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Cool Name of the Week: Gavin

Monday, June 30th, 2014

My sister seems to be really good at picking baby names just before they peak. My oldest nephew, Aidan, was born in 2003, when the correct spelling of this Irish saint’s name hit its pinnacle. (That was before the alternate spelling, Aiden, climbed into the baby name stratosphere.) And the same goes for my younger nephew, who was born nine years ago today and given the recently cool name Gavin. (Happy Birthday, Gavin!)

Gavin’s a Celtic name that means “white hawk,” a fierce meaning that doesn’t seem quite so fitting with my charming and sweet nephew. (We all joke that he’ll get into politics with his charisma and ability to sway you into doing his bidding!) The name’s biggest claims to fame—at least until my nephew makes his run for President—is rocker (and Gwen Stefani husband) Gavin Rossdale, and Love Boat actor Gavin MacLeod. It’s fallen off a little from its peak at #30, and now stands just inside the top 50 baby names. And yes, it makes a nice alternative to some of the “den” names, like his big brother Aidan, Braeden and Jayden.

My sister paired Gavin with a family surname as the middle name, but it’d work beautifully with either a long or short middle name, depending on the length of the last name. James and Alexander work nicely if you like something more traditional, or Chase or Wilder if you don’t.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Gavin? Is it something you’d consider for your son, or is it too popular for your taste? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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What Names Will Be Red-Hot in 2014? Think Frozen!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We called it! Back when the Frozen juggernaut started, we came up with a list of wearable baby names from the blockbuster. And now, some of our fellow baby-name sites are already seeing that Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are all on a huge rise within their sites.

It’s not surprising. Elsa has a similar sound and feel to many of the top names (think Ella, Emma and the like), and it’s actually a variant of top 10 name Elizabeth, it’s not a big stretch to go in this direction.

Only poor Olaf still isn’t making an impression (what does a snowman have to do to get some love?).

If you like that Scandinavian vibe but don’t want to be so literal (or have your daughter be one of several Elsas)?

Some names to consider:

For Boys
Anders-Andrew with Scandinavian flavor
Erik-A variant spelling of Eric
Soren-a popular Scandinavian name with famed philosopher Kierkegaard

For Girls
Agneta-The Scandinavian version of Agnes (Agnetha was one of the members of ABBA)
Annika-A variant of Anna (and a sneaky way to still pay homage to the scrappy little sister)
Lilya-A variation of Lily

Tell us: Have you considered a Frozen name for your baby? Or do you know any new baby Elsas? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Cool Name of the Week: Brienne

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Anyone who has watched this blog for a while knows that the offbeat names of Game of Thrones have started to climb the charts—including names you’d never expect, like Khaleesi, and ones you would, like Arya.

[NOTE: If you haven't watched this week's season finale, read no further! Spoilers ahead!]

I’m thinking that after this week’s season finale, Brienne might get a lot more play. (At least, more than the eight girls who were given the name last year.) George R.R. Martin picked this variant of Brianna for his character Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who has served as a protector of the Starks, and now seeks to help reunite the Stark sisters with the rest of the family. And that’s what led to this week’s epic and brutal battle between Brienne and the Hound, a fight where no matter who won, the viewers would be bummed. (And while I think the right person won, I’ll miss seeing the other one around!)

Let’s call Brienne a variant of Brian, which means “strong and honorable,” both traits of this noble lady. And let’s call this name pretty offbeat—but still not so far off the beaten path that it seems like a big mistake.

I’d pair Brienne with an equally strong middle name. Let’s try it with Rose, Pearl, True or Leigh.

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Jenna Fischer’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Office star Jenna Fischer welcomed her second child with husband Lee Kirk. Joining big brother Weston Lee is little sister Harper Marie. (I’m sensing that Jenna and Lee love surname names—don’t you?)

Harper has been a huge favorite lately for ladies—it’s currently the 16th most popular name for girls. It means, naturally, “harp player.”

Marie is a French variant of Mary, and means bitter. It’s been a top middle name choice for decades, and it’s currently in the top 600 baby names for the U.S.

In all, a lovely name, and one that it’s likely that some of you may have picked. (No oddball names here!)

Tell us: Do you love Jenna’s choice? And if you are one of the moms who picked Harper for your daughter, what did you pick as the middle name?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some personalized advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

Image: Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk by DFree / Shutterstock.com

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelly Clarkson’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

It’s a girl for first-time mom Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock. And they gave her daughter a very nature-themed baby name: River Rose.

River used to be considered a more male baby name, thanks to actor River Phoenix. But now, the girls are starting to catch up—River is still in the top 400 baby names for boys, but it’s currently the 588th most popular name for girls. (Perhaps the biggest claim to fame in the girls’ column is the character River Song from the recent Doctor Who series.)

Rose is one of the most popular and timeless floral names for girls, and regularly used in the middle spot. Rose is currently the 224th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

River Rose definitely has a nice melody to it, and gives off a country singer vibe. (You can picture a River Rose out on stage somewhere in Nashville.)

Tell us: What do you think of Kelly and Brandon’s choice? Do you think boy or girl when you hear the name River?

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Image: Kelly Clarkson by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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