Thursday, October 10th, 2013
X marks the spot—or at least the end of the first names of two brand new celebrity babies. First, Pretty Little Liars star Tammin Sursok gave birth to a baby girl and named her Phoenix Emmanuel, a pretty offbeat moniker for a daughter. Then country singer Dierks Bentley had his third child, a son named Knox.
Phoenix is a mythical bird that burns then is able to be reborn from the ashes. It has strong ties to Chinese mythology and well, it’s the name of a city in Arizona, too. It’s in the top 400 for boys, and the top 600 baby names for girls.
Emmanuel is usually a boys’ name—girls tend to get the fancy French “elle” ending (i.e. Emmanuelle). It means “God is with us,” and is a top 200 name for boys.
And Knox was popularized by Brangelina, who chose it for one of their set of twins. It’s a Scottish surname that means “round hill,” and has been on a huge upswing ever since Brad and Angelina’s son received the name. (It’s currently #368 in the U.S.)
Not loving these names, but still like the “x” ending? You can go with one of Brad and Angelina’s other sons’ names—Maddox or Pax—or try Felix, Rex or Devereaux for boys, or Beatrix or Margeaux for girls.
What do you think? Do you like names with an X in them?
Image: Tammin Sursok by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Celebrity Baby Names, In Name Only
Friday, December 7th, 2012
It’s a girl for Gisele Bündchen and her New England Patriots’ QB hubby, Tom Brady. Their daughter sports a beautiful name, Vivian Lake, and joins big brothers Benjamin Rein and John.
Vivian comes from the Latin word for life, and has been hovering in the top 200 baby names in the country for the past several years. Actress Vivien Leigh was born with this spelling (she changed it to an “e” for her stage name), and actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose the Frenchified version, Vivienne, for one of their daughters, lending this old-fashioned name some grand Hollywood style.
Vivian has somewhat limited nickname potential. Most commonly, Vi, Viv or Vivi are used, but Ann or Annie could also be an option.
Lake is a word name for the picturesque body of water—and it’s a nice, sharp middle name to contrast with the softer sounds in Vivian. It’s become popular as a middle name, in lieu of some of the more traditional names like Ann, Lynn or Marie. Paired with Vivian, it brings to mind another silver-screen icon, actress Veronica Lake.
Vivian’s name fits nicely with her older brothers’ names, with a classic first name with softer sounds and a more offbeat middle name paired together.
What do you think of Gisele and Tom’s name choice? Do you love it or loathe it?
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