Cate Blanchett Gave Her Daughter THREE Vintage Baby Names!

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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Carrie Underwood’s Baby Name: Get the Scoop!

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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How Kelly Clarkson Nailed 3 Baby Name Trends

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!

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Celebrity Baby Name: Liv Tyler’s New Son!

Liv TylerLiv Tyler and her boyfriend David Gardner welcomed a baby boy recently, and now the actress has shared the baby’s name. Joining big brothers Milo and Gray is the intriguingly named Sailor Gene. Sailor is, of course, an occupational baby name with ties to the sea. Sailor has been a more popular baby name for girls, thanks to Christie Brinkley picking it for her daughter a few years back.

Gene is often used as a nickname for Eugene (or Eugenia, in the case of a girl). And it once ruled the charts as a top 75 name back in the 1930s, but interestingly, it started falling out of favor just as movie legend Gene Kelly made his debut in the 1940s. It dropped out of the top 1000 baby names here in the U.S. in the early 1990s, but Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher recently gave it to his son.

In general, I think it’s an intriguing name choice—though I’m not quite sure I’m loving Sailor Gardner as a name combo. However, Sailor does go nicely with Milo and Gray as a sibling set.

What do you think of Sailor as a baby name? Is it taking that occupational name trend a bit too far, or is it a cool alternative to some of the more popular occupational names, like Mason, Taylor and Cooper? And would you give it to a boy or girl?

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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Celebrity Baby Name: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Second Daughter

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?

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
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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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