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Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively’s Baby Name Is Revealed!—Finally!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Ryan Reynolds ended a few months’ worth of hemming and hawing (and some incorrect speculation about the name) today by finally revealing the name of his daughter with fellow actor Blake Lively. It’s not Violet, as was previously rumored, nor is it “Butternut Summersquash,” as he joked on the show. Instead, he picked the hot boys’ baby name crossover du jour for the celebrity set: James!

James is a top 10 mainstay for boys, and means “supplanter.” But a recent spate of celebrities have picked it in the middle spot for their daughters, including actor James Marsden (Mary James), actresses Jessica Capshaw (Poppy James) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Autumn James), and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder (Olivia James). But Ryan and Blake are among the first to put it in the front spot.

There’s been no word on what middle name they picked to go with James—I’d probably swing in a more feminine direction, in case my daughter wasn’t loving James as a name. I’d go with something longer and multisyllable—my suggestions would include Elizabeth, Evangeline, Aurelia, Juliet (if they like alliteration), or Azalea, if they’re looking for something nature themed.

Tell us: Would you consider James for a girl? And are there any other uberclassic boys’ names that might be worthy of crossover? (I might even make the case for something like William—though I prefer Willa if you’re going in that direction!) And what middle name do you think Blake and Ryan picked for their daughter?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for 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 Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Unique Pick for a Girl

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Baby Names for GirlsReader Jenn will be having a baby girl in a few months, but can’t decide on a name.

I am 6 1/2 months pregnant with a girl. I would really like to give her a unique but not too far off the wall name. I like unisex or almost boy names that can now be girl names like Braxton, Maxwell, etc. I also like vintage names. I’m just having a really hard time coming up with something different and meaningful.

I can totally understand the urge to have something different and meaningful, and not the typical Olivia, Sophia, and top 10 crew. Here are a few suggestions I have:

I’m loving some of the cool old-school floral and nature names for girls. Names like Juniper, Hazel, Clementine, Flora (or even Florence), or even fresh flowers like Poppy and Iris make beautiful options for a baby girl. Some of them are on their way up, but still aren’t quite as well known as ones like Willow, Violet, and Sage.

Or consider some of the vintage British names that are coming into vogue there, but still aren’t heard too often across the pond. I’m thinking Imogen, Isla, and Eleanor.

And then, there’s always those wonderful unisex baby names. What about considering Winton, Vaughan, Vale, or Laurent for your daughter?

Here are a few suggestions for naming your daughter: I like Winton Jade, Clementine Mae, or Eleanor Laurent.

And here’s where you step in, readers: What names would you suggest for Jenn? I’m sure you guys all have some great ideas!

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Cate Blanchett Gave Her Daughter THREE Vintage Baby Names!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Cate BlanchettOscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett just adopted a baby girl—and in keeping with her vintage chic baby name style, joining big brothers Ignatius, Roman, and Dashiell is little sister Edith Vivian Patricia.

Edith is one of those turn-of-the-20th century favorites that’s making a comeback in this century, now in the 719th spot on the baby name charts. It means “prosperous in war,” and the most current and cool bearer of the name is Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey. With the popularity of “E” names like Evie, Ever, and Evelyn, Edith makes a wonderful vintage alternative that’s likely going to be making a nice jump in popularity in the coming years. (It’s definitely on my “names to watch” list!)

Vivian was rumored to be in the first spot (but with the fancier Vivienne spelling). It’s a French baby name that means life, and it’s been in the top 200 names since 2008.

Patricia is the second middle name, and it means noble. After a long run in the very top of the charts from the 1930s to the 1980s, it’s been on a sharp decline since the turn of the 21th century.

In all, Cate made a lovely pick that fits in well with her choices for her sons.

Tell us: What do you think of Cate’s baby name choices? Would you dust off a vintage name like Edith (or even her other picks, like Ignatius)?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Carrie Underwood’s Baby Name: Get the Scoop!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Carrie Underwood and Mike FisherIt apparently took a little while for Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher to lock down a baby name, but they found a beautiful one! They welcomed Isaiah Michael Fisher to the world last Friday.

Isaiah is an old Biblical name that means “salvation of the Lord,” and it’s the name of one of the prophets in the Old Testament. It’s also become pretty popular lately, steadying out near the top 50 for the past 20 years. Actor Isaiah Washington and a whole slew of NFL players have probably helped catapult that poetic baby name into the popularity stratosphere.

Michael was chosen in honor of Dad—and it’s been a longtime favorite, hovering in the top 10 names for the past 70 years. It means, literally “Who is like God?” and is the name of a Biblical angel. There’s a whole slew of famous people who bear the name, from athletes to musicians to authors. (But still no president yet!)

In interviews during her pregnancy, Carrie mentioned that they’d had trouble settling on a baby name, and were often joking about names that wouldn’t go so well with Mike’s surname, Fisher. (I’m thinking things like Marlin, Angel and King were on that list.)

My verdict? I think it’s a lovely baby name pick. But tell us what YOU think in the comments!

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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How Kelly Clarkson Nailed 3 Baby Name Trends

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Kelly Clarkson and River RoseKelly Clarkson dishes about her daughter’s name in the latest issue of People magazine, explaining how she and hubby Brandon Blackstock settled on River Rose. And while the celeb mama is modest about it, we think she totally rocked the baby-name game. The reason? River Rose exemplifies three of the hottest trends in baby names these days. Here’s why her pick is totally on trend:

She chose a cool unisex name. River works for boys or girls (in fact, actor River Phoenix was the most famous bearer of the name)—but the middle name Rose adds just a little bit of a girly vibe. Kelly joins a long list of celebs who picked baby names that could have worked for a boy or a girl—everyone from Kim Kardashian’s North to Shakira’s son Sasha. (By the way, Kelly told People that she picked River because they live near a river—a nice little personal touch.)

• She honored a family member. I’m a big proponent of choosing baby names that are meaningful to you (both my daughters were named after beloved family members)—and Kelly told People she picked Rose in honor of her mother’s maiden name.

• She added a little alliteration. River Rose flows beautifully because of all those rs, offset by the sharper vs and zs. Alliteration has been popping up here and there, with celebrity baby names like Royal Reign (from Lil Kim), Vernon Vaughn (son of Vince Vaughn) and Bill Hader’s two daughters, Harper and Hannah Hader. Of course, alliteration is one of those baby name trends that tends to be pretty divisive—some people (like Kelly!) love it, and others think it’s way too cutesy.

Tell us: Did your baby name picks follow one of these trends? And what’s your take on alliteration—cool or cutesy?

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

Photo courtesy of Instagram/KellyClarkson

Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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