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How Popular is TOO Popular for Baby Names?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

I’m always intrigued when I talk to parents about their baby naming strategy.

Some people simply pick a name without regards to popularity—and are often very surprised when they find out that the name they thought was so original was in the top 5 names for that year. (The mom of one of the three Olivias in my daughter’s class said she was shocked that there were so many.)

And then there are others who won’t pick a name if they know it’s in the top 1000—even though, quite honestly, if you avoid the top 10 names for your state, you’re probably golden. I’ve even been asked by readers to remove references to their beloved baby names from blog posts or stories, as if my single blog post is going to be responsible for breathing life back into the name Louisa. (Honestly, I wish I was even close to that influential!) This crew is also more likely to choose creative baby name spellings to make a their child’s name stand out—even though Aydyn is still pronounced exactly like Aidan.

Personally, I’m more in the first camp. The names we picked for our daughters were picked to honor beloved family members, and if those family members were named Sophia or Olivia or Isabella, that would have been that, popularity be damned. But if we’d chosen another baby naming strategy, simply picking baby names that we loved or ones we thought had a lovely meaning, we may have been more conscious of where they sat on the charts.

So where do you stand on this issue? Would you choose a top 10 name, despite the fact that your kiddos would likely find others with the same name in their class? Or would you consciously try to avoid those above a certain point on the popularity list? I’m intrigued to see where you all draw the line!

Still looking for the perfect baby name? Try our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your dilemma, and we’ll try to solve it on this blog.

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

 

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You Won’t Believe Who Gave Kim Kardashian Baby Naming Advice…

Monday, September 8th, 2014

So who exactly gave Kim Kardashian and Kanye West the thumbs up on North West as a baby name? You won’t believe it—but it was vaunted Vogue editor Anna Wintour!

According to a recent article in Us Magazine, Kim and Kanye were having lunch at New York’s Mercer Hotel when two luminaries stopped over separately to give them the thumbs up on North West, which had been rumored to be their name of choice. First came Pharrell Williams, who said it was the “best name.” Then later, Anna Wintour stopped at their table to tell them that “North is a genius name.” And apparently, when Anna Wintour gives the thumbs up on your baby name, you’re going with it.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Pharrell named his son Rocket—and Anna’s daughter, while given the classic name Katherine, goes by the nickname Bee.

That still doesn’t quite change my opinion of their baby name choice, but it helps me understand why something that started out as a joke ended up becoming their daughter’s actual name.

Tell me: Did anyone else’s opinion sway your choice of baby name? And would you let Anna Wintour name your baby?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or find your perfect A-list name with our Celebrity Fame Name Generator. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Name for a Twin

Monday, September 1st, 2014

It can be hard to find two names you love when you have twins on the way! That’s reader Stephanie’s dilemma:

My twins are due in October – a boy and a girl, and we have chosen Violet Kathryn for the girl’s name, but are at a loss of a boy’s name. We would like the middle name Joseph to honor a family member, but we haven’t fallen in love with any boy’s names! They will be joining big brothers Kieran Anthony and Grayson Alexander, and I want to find a boy name that pairs well with his bigger siblings as well as his sister. Any suggestions are welcome!

Finding the name for a third boy (who is also part of boy-girl twins) can be tricky. I like the idea of continuing your “ending in n” theme you have going on with the older boys, but I’d like to work that “v” in, to tie it in with his sister’s names.

I have a few favorites that could work in that area: My top choice is Gavin, a top 50 name that has a lovely meaning—white hawk—and was a knight of the Round Table. It’s similar in popularity to the other names you’ve used, and shares the two-syllable structure of your other boys’ names. If Gavin isn’t working for you, try Vaughn, a Welsh name that means “little,” and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names. (If you’d rather make it more modern and sleek, try Von, a Norse name that means hope.)

The danger, of course, is choosing a name that’s too similar to Kieran or Grayson. I like Declan or Deacon, which add that hard “k” sound in the middle, to help this name stand out from the others in the sibling set. Or go in the other direction, with softer names that don’t have the hard Ks or Gs—names like Owen and Lennon. Other two-syllable names that aren’t quite as well known as the Aiden/Brayden/Jayden crew—and I think have a touch of cool—would be Alden, Edwin, Winston and Tristan.

You could also go with a name that ends in “T,” to link your son with his sister. I like August, Barrett, Dermot, Everett, Prescott, and Rupert. (Rupert’s my absolute favorite of these, but I love Violet and Everett as a sibling set!)

Okay, readers, your turn! What should Stephanie name baby boy #3? Share your thoughts in the comments. And if you have a great baby name dilemma, send it my way at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and you could see it answered here. Do your own baby name spelunking with our Baby Name Finder, and keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.

Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples
Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples
Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples

 

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Baby Name Dilemma: A No-Nickname Name

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.

I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?

Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)

Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.

Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.

Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.

Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.

Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.

Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.

Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.

Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.

If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)

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

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Baby Name Dilemma: An Italian Boys’ Name, No “O” Please

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 lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

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