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Monday, August 11th, 2014
Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.
This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.
And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!
If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?
If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 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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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
It’s a girl for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and her husband, Gavin Bellour. Joining big brother Luca Shai is a daughter with a unique name choice for a girl: Bowie Lou.
Bowie has generally been a name in the boys’ column, most commonly associated with rock legend David Bowie, Alamo hero Jim Bowie, and the Bowie knife. (Though 2013 figures show that 42 girls bear the name, compared to only 25 boys.) It’s of Scottish origin, and means blonde.
Lou is often considered a nickname for Louisa, though can be a name in its own right. It’s recently become somewhat fashionable among celebs for a middle name, with Louis C.K. picking it for his daughter, Mary Lou, and Keri Russell choosing Willa Lou.
Tell us: What do you think of Rebecca and Gavin’s choice? Would you consider Bowie for your daughter or your son?
We’re looking for a few great baby name dilemmas to feature in our sister publication, American Baby. Send us your baby name issue at email@example.com and you could be featured! 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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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
It’s almost time to say goodbye to Bon Temps, Louisiana, and the various vamps, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters that call it home. So let’s take a look back at some of the characters (and names) that made that town more than a little bit wild.
Many of True Blood‘s characters sport names that are pretty standard—there’s Eric, Pam, Sam, Jason, Bill and Jessica amongst the main characters. And some of the names even border on fuddy-duddy. (We’re looking at you, Arlene!)
But still, there’ve been plenty of creative name choices that many folks might consider, amongst the more standard fare. Here, some of the coolest, more offbeat choices from
Willa is the youngest vampire in town, and sports a newly trendy feminization of William.
Sookie is the heroine, a half-fairy/half-human lady who’s been at the center of practically every love triangle/quadrangle/hexagon on the show. Her name is allegedly a nickname of Susan, and means lily. Despite the popularity of the books and the show, it hasn’t seen a rise in popularity: Last year, only nine girls were given the name.
Thornton, Sookie’s BFF Tara’s surname, makes a cool, if offbeat, surname name. (“Our Town” playwright Thornton Wilder is another claim to fame.)
Luna was Sam’s shapeshifting love, and her name has been red hot of late, thanks to Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter’s offbeat pal. (It shot up nearly 200 spots in the year the Order of the Phoenix came out.) It means moon.
Nora was Eric Northman’s sister, and lost her battle to the evil Hep V virus that’s been a real plague through the last season. Nora is a shortened form of the Irish Honora, an equally lovely name.
We’ve learned a lot more about Ginger, the seemingly ditzy waitress at the vamp bar Fangtasia, over the past few weeks. Apparently, before she hooked up with Eric and Pam, she was a smart college student working on a complex thesis about vampires. I think she was probably glamored one too many times, which led to her more ditzy (but still loyal) demeanor of today. Ginger is considered short for Virginia, along with a spicy name—and it’s also associated with the dancing great Ginger Rogers.
Salome, the gorgeous vampire on True Blood, wasn’t just based on the Biblical character—she was the character from the Bible, who was allegedly involved in the death of John the Baptist. But her name has a more zen meaning: peace.
Adele Stackhouse was Sookie’s grandmother and guardian, who met an untimely death at the hands of a vampire hater named Rene. Adele means “noble,” and it’s a top 700 name currently.
We’ve also covered True Blood‘s favorite names in the past, so check out our previous roundup.
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and your dilemma could appear in a future issue of American Baby magazine. Or go ahead and give our Baby Name Finder a try. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Well played, Maya Rudolph! It took nearly a year for us to find name what the comedian and her husband, director Paul Thomas Anderson, chose for fourth child—or even the fact that she’s a girl! So what name did Maya and Paul pick for baby number four? Joining big siblings Pearl, Lucille and Jack is baby Minnie Ida. (Love their vintage name picks!)
Minnie is generally thought of as a nickname for Minerva, the Roman version of the goddess of wisdom—and the name means wise. Minerva’s current claim to fame is Professor Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter’s protector at Hogwarts. And Minnie? Well, it’s most commonly associated with the beau of Mickey Mouse. Minnie is one of those vintage names, like Hattie, Sadie and Millie, that’s making a bit of a comeback.
Ida’s a name that I’m always shocked hasn’t taken off, especially in an era when Eve, Ava and Adeline are red hot. It’s an old-school name that means industrious one, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 here in the U.S. since the 1980s.
What do you think of the name Minnie Ida? Would either of those be on your short list?
Note: Thanks to the (many, many, many) readers who noted that Minnie was a family name choice, after Maya’s mother, singer Minnie Riperton—who passed away in 1979. (You may know her biggest hit, “Lovin’ You.”)
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Lots of great dilemmas in my inbox! Reader Lisa has an exciting challenge (and a short timeframe—hope we get this help to you in time):
My husband and I are really stuck for a name for our Baby Boy #3. We used our two “dream” names for our first two sons, Julian and Anthony, and now can’t think of a 3rd name that will fit with all our criteria.
In our case, both our other sons’ names are Latin-based and fit with our last name, a very Italian-sounding Molinaro. So we’d like our third pick to work with our last name as well, however I have huge reservations about making the whole name sound “super-Italian” as I call it. In addition, I’d like the 3rd name to fit with our first two, so for example: Julian, Anthony, and Billy, wouldn’t go together in my opinion. To complicate matters further, I’m a teacher, so I’m turned off of a number of names, and my husband and I just can’t seem to agree. Here’s where an unbiased 3rd party, such as yourself, could be helpful.
Some other “would-be-nice” criteria for the name include:
– also 3 syllables
– is more of a classic name, rather than a hot-right-now name
– doesn’t end in an “O” – i.e – Franco, Juliano, etc.
I’m immediately thinking of the old-school Latin “us” names, which have become so hot lately. Some picks I love: Augustus, Atticus, Darius and Magnus, which are up-and-comers, but not yet everywhere. (I especially love Augustus, which may eventually be on an upswing thanks to the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, but is currently just inside the top 700.)
There are a couple of names that have a stronger Italian connotation, but I like with your other picks. Have you considered Dante, Dominic or Salvatore?
And finally, a few options that also come from Latin, but don’t end in “us.” I like Francis, Felix, and Maximilian. (Max Molinaro just sounds pretty great to me!)
So help Lisa out: What other names go with Anthony and Julian? Share your favorites in the comments!
If you’re looking for a great name, start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder, and send along your dilemmas to me at email@example.com. 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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