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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: The Meaning Behind the Royal Baby Name

Monday, May 4th, 2015

As pretty much everyone in the world now knows, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton and Prince William) welcomed a royal baby girl early May 2nd. But now we know that they gave their daughter a baby name befitting a princess (and those betting that it’d be Chardonnay were sorely disappointed). So let’s get the scoop behind this very traditional and sentimental baby name choice: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Charlotte is an old-school royal name—there was a Queen Charlotte in England during the late 18th century, and it also pays homage to the new princess’s grandpa, Prince Charles. Charles is a French name that means “free man,” and it’s very popular here—just outside the top 10 baby names.

Elizabeth is clearly a homage to the new princess’s great grandmother, the current Queen Elizabeth II (and also goes back to one of the grandest queens in royal history). It’s a perennial top 20 favorite here in the U.S., with Biblical roots and a slew of great nicknames.

Diana is clearly picked to pay honor to the Prince’s late mother, the popular Princess Diana. It’s a lovely name connected to the Roman goddess of the moon, and means “divine.” It’s currently just inside the top 300 in the U.S.

In all, it’s a lovely and not unexpected mix of baby names for this new princess, ones that perfectly mirrors the picks made for her big brother George.

Tell us: What do you think of the royal baby name? Is there anything there you’d pick for your own daughter—or is it too traditional for you?

If you’re still looking for a great name for your heir, check out our lists of names perfect for a princess or prince. 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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Celebrity Baby Name: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Second Daughter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

mark paul gosselaar and wife catrionaHow many different ways can you spell the baby name Lachlan? Apparently, plenty.

Saved By the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn picked a variant spelling of this Scottish classic boys’ name, Lachlyn, for their brand new daughter, and paired it with the popular middle name, Hope. Lachlan in all its forms seems to be a popular choice for stylish celeb babies of late—Vince Vaughn picked Lochlyn recently for his daughter.

Lachlan (or in this case, Lachlyn) means from the lake land, and it’s currently just inside the top 1000 baby names for boys here in the U.S, but it’s much more popular in Australia. The variant spelling, Lochlan, ranks slightly higher than Lachlan here in the U.S. (at #938 vs #991), and you could also consider the Irish variant Laughlin as another option.

Hope is a word/virtue baby name that’s been a super popular pick for the middle spot, but is also pretty popular as a first name–it’s regularly been in the top 300 for more than 20 years.

Lachlyn seems like a great baby name match with the rest of her sibling set. She joins big brothers Dekker Edward and Michael Charles and big sister Ava Lorenn.

Tell us: Would you prefer Lachlan (or one of its variant spellings) for a boy or a girl?

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

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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8 Oscar-Worthy Baby Names

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Benedict CumberbatchThis year’s batch of Oscar nominees may have touched off some controversy due to the lack of diversity, but if you’re looking for great baby names, there are more than a few in the pool. Check out my picks for some winning baby name options.

Selma – There’s been a bit of controversy over the fact that Selma, the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t score any acting or directing nods for its cast and crew—though the film itself was nominated for best picture. It’s a place name with historic significance—and has connections to Selma Blair and Salma Hayek to recommend it.

Felicity – Playing Jane Wilde, wife of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything earned Felicity Jones her first nomination. If you love names like Faith and Hope and are looking for something that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider this baby name, which means happiness.

Rosamund - Nominated for her wicked turn in Gone Girl, actress Rosamund Pike sports a Rose alternative that’s worth a second look.

Benedict - British star Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be everywhere these days—including in the Oscar nomination pool. Given his current white-hot status, expect a big batch of little Benedicts in the next few years.

KeatonMichael Keaton scores a nomination—and a hit with his surname. It’s become a popular baby name for both boys and girls.

Alejandro – Alejandro G. Iñárritu earned his first Oscar nod for directing The Birdman, and offers baby namers this stellar variant on the classic Alexander.

Morten – Morten Tyldum directed The Imitation Game—but is his name worthy of imitation? I’m kind of digging this alternate spelling that livens up the old-man classic Morton.

Meryl – Perpetual nominee (and multiple winner) Meryl Streep sports a lovely name that means “by the sea.”

Tell us: Are there any names in the mix you might consider for your child? And which movies are you rooting for at the Oscars this year?

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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Nutella and 8 Other Banned Baby Names

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

NutellaWhile here in the U.S., no baby names are off limits (hello, Hashtag!), in many parts of the world, the government gets a say in whether your baby name is up to snuff. For instance, New Zealand kept babies from living under the names Mafia No Fear and Anal, Brazil doesn’t want anyone to name their babies after deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Germany said no to a baby named Osama Bin Laden, and the Mexican state of Sonora said no way to the names Virgin, Scrotum, and Robocop.

Recently, foodie names were given the boot by the French court, based on their law that prohibits baby names that could be the cause of mockery for the child. Parents who wanted to name their baby Nutella were told their pick wouldn’t fly—and that they’d have to choose another name for their little one. And a couple who wanted to name their baby Fraise (which means strawberry in French) were also told to tweak the name—they went with Fraisine, which was a 19th century favorite, and I’m sure their little one is still being called their petit Fraise.

Some countries definitely take the limits a little too far—like the Icelandic laws that only allow families to choose from an approved list of a few thousand names. But let’s face it: We’ve all heard some really bad, cringeworthy baby names around the U.S. (and especially within the list of celebrity baby names). Maybe it’s not such a bad thing if we keep people from giving their babies names like Jermajesty or Moxie Crimefighter.

What do you think? Should the French court have kept Nutella from getting that…ahem…nutty name? Or should we all be free to name our kids Nestlé Crunch or Godiva Chocolate if we see fit? And tell us—what’s the wildest name you’ve heard in real life? (Mine is Hap Hazard. No lie!)

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder!

 

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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Celebrity Baby Name: Shakira’s New Baby!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

ShakiraIt’s another boy for international pop star Shakira and her fiancé, FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique. Joining big brother Milan is a baby boy bearing an increasingly unisex baby name: Sasha Piqué Mebarak.

Sasha is a Russian short version of Alexander, and shares its strong meaning, defending men. Lately, it’s been used more commonly for girls (see the First Family), but it’s still A-OK for a boy. (Actor Chris Hemsworth recently picked it for one of his twin sons, and comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen bears a variant spelling.)

And the middle name they picked for their new son, Piqué, is fiancé Gerard’s last name—a nice way to honor both sides of the family within the baby name.

Sasha and Milan are a nice baby name pairing for a pair of brothers—both names have international flair and flow well together, without being too matchy-matchy. And they both have a slightly offbeat, but still classic vibe.

Tell us: What do you think of the baby name Shakira and Gerard picked for their new son? Do you like the name Sasha better for a boy or a girl? And would you consider using this name for your own child?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your own baby, check out our Baby Name Finder at Parents.com, or email me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your dilemma, and you could be featured in a future In Name Only column. 

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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