Cool Name of the Week: Gavin

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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Survivor Winners Score Their Fourth Daughter

It’s a girl—again!–for Survivor winners Rob and Amber Mariano, who welcomed their fourth daughter on June 20th. Joining big sisters Lucia, Carina and Izabetta is Adelina Rose. Adelina is, of course, a variation on the rising name Adeline, which means noble. Adelina was the 619th most popular name last year, while Adeline was #232 and rising fast.

And Rose is a lovely floral name and a common middle name—in fact, the Survivor pair picked it in the middle spot for all of their daughters. Rose is currently ranked 224th when used as a first name, but I’d guess it ranks even higher as a middle name.

In all, a lovely name, and one that fits in perfectly with her sisters’ names.

Tell us: What do you think of Adelina? Would you choose it or the more common Adeline?

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Image: Rob and Amber Mariano courtesy of Rob Mariano/Twitter.com

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kenan Thompson’s New Daughter

It’s a baby girl for SNL comedian Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline. The couple welcomed their first daughter on Friday, and named her Georgia Marie.

Georgia is a place name, but it’s also a feminization of the classic George, which means farmer. There’s also famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a slew of other celebrity babies sporting the name—including the daughters of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and Harrison Ford. It’s currently near the 250nd spot in popularity.

Marie is the French variation of Mary, and it means bitter. It’s often used in the middle spot.

In all, it’s a lovely name! What do you think of it?

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Image: Kenan Thompson by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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

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

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.

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Brienne

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

 

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