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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelly Clarkson’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

It’s a girl for first-time mom Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock. And they gave her daughter a very nature-themed baby name: River Rose.

River used to be considered a more male baby name, thanks to actor River Phoenix. But now, the girls are starting to catch up—River is still in the top 400 baby names for boys, but it’s currently the 588th most popular name for girls. (Perhaps the biggest claim to fame in the girls’ column is the character River Song from the recent Doctor Who series.)

Rose is one of the most popular and timeless floral names for girls, and regularly used in the middle spot. Rose is currently the 224th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

River Rose definitely has a nice melody to it, and gives off a country singer vibe. (You can picture a River Rose out on stage somewhere in Nashville.)

Tell us: What do you think of Kelly and Brandon’s choice? Do you think boy or girl when you hear the name River?

Want to come up with your own celebrity-perfect baby name? Try our Baby Fame Name Generator. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in celebrity baby name news.

Image: Kelly Clarkson by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

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Under the Radar Boys’ Names: Beyond the Top 1000 Baby Names

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The top 1000 baby names is always intriguing. But what’s even more interesting is seeing what’s below that level—the names that only 5 or 25 people picked for their kids. While there’s always an array of creative spellings, possible mistakes (did 6 people really name their boys Adeline?) and assorted other oddball picks that probably won’t suit most guys out there, you can find a few gems hidden among the more…ahem…unique choices.

You can check out my girls’ name picks from last week, or see what I’ve picked for the boys here.

Rigby This proper British surname name means farm along the ridge, and is perfect for a baby of Beatles fans (think Eleanor Rigby). It’s a nice alternative to other surname names like Reilly and Sullivan.

Hero This old-school name was traditionally for the girls (think of the character Hero in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing). But this is one girls’ name that could easily cross the aisle for the boys.

Bruin I’m guessing most of the baby boy Bruins live in the Boston area, and the name was picked to honor the hockey team. But Bruin makes another offbeat color name (it means brown or bear).

Indy I’m assuming this was picked as a casual nickname for Indiana (a la Indiana Jones), but could also be considered short for independent. I’m not sure I totally love it, but it’s intriguing to me.

Sylvan This name evokes the woods and forest, perfect for a nature-loving family. (And you can either go with Syl or Van for short.)

Aristotle Someone’s parents were philosophy majors (or Greek). The name of the great Greek philosopher could be considered one of those cool and clunky old-school names, especially when you start talking nicknames, like Ari.

Wilfred You get two great nicknames—Will and the adorable Freddie—with this old English name, that means “desires peace.” Actor David Tennant chose it for his son, and it was also the name of a character on his show, Doctor Who. For the more literary minded, it was a hero in Sir Walter Scott’s classic Ivanhoe.

Sven Scandinavian names were already starting their climb in popularity before Frozen hit the big time, and now Elsa, Kristoff and Anna stand to become seriously red hot. Sven was the brave reindeer sidekick, and it means “youth.”

Tell us: What off-the-beaten path names do you like for your son? If you’re looking for something unique, try our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some baby name advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest baby name news.

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Baby Name Dilemma: Something “Green”

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I always love when there’s a story behind a chosen name—and reader Kara’s looking for another name that has personal meaning. Here’s her dilemma:

We are currently expecting our 4th child. My maiden name is Green and married name is Stone and since I am an only child I wanted my maiden name to live on. So I chose the names Jade and Teal…Our 8-year-old daughter is Jade Marie, 5-year-old son is Anthony James (Jr), & our 2-year-old is Alexis Teal. If it is a girl we have it covered but if it is a boy we are totally lost! Any suggestions?

Finding a name with meaning can be tough. Since big brother is a junior, if it’s a boy, you might want to consider looking for something in the family tree (or perhaps a variant on your name!) for your son. Carey means “dark,” and could be in homage to your name, Kara. Jamison could be an intriguing way to bring your husband’s middle name into your son’s name. Look at the grandfathers, and see if there’s something that might work.

And of course, you can work with the Green theme you started with your daughters. Jasper is a precious stone that’s often in green, and it’s an up-and-coming name for boys (currently just inside the top 250). Consider it a nice way to combine your maiden name with your married surname! I also like Olivier, which means “olive tree.” It’s the French variant of popular Oliver—and actually, either would pair nicely with Stone. Laramie isn’t just the name of a city in Wyoming—it also means “canopy of leafy boughs.” And it might be worth considering for your son, too. One last thought: Forrest. It’s not just for the titular character of Forrest Gump—consider Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker!

Tell me: What other meaningful suggestions would you give Kara? And did you choose a name with meaning for your baby? 

You can search for the perfect name with our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to lamilbrand@gmail.com for some personal suggestions. 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 Name Dilemma: Should We Steal a Baby Name?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Lately, people have become very territorial about their baby names—leading to lots of drama when a friend or family member picks your secret dream name first. That’s the issue reader Vanessa’s up against:

We’ve always had our hearts set on Sebastian as a name for our unborn son (before we had children), who already has a sister Clementine. However, a close friend has also chosen this name for his son (born a year ago). We live in different countries and I have asked if they would mind us using this name to which they said, they would be “funny” about.

What to do? Things are we considering:
– We don’t live in the same country
– We don’t like any other names as much
– We have many mutual friends and will come across as arrogant to everyone considering he has voiced his opinion

Other names we like:
Charlie although we don’t like Charles and are hesitant to use a “nickname” as official name. Goes with Clementine as starts with C and ends with E.
Archer – grandparents hate this name.

Unfortunately, you’re in a tough spot. Since your friend has said they wouldn’t like you to use Sebastian, you’ll need to decide if it’s more important to use your favorite name or to keep their friendship (and possibly, the friendships of some other people in your circle, who might be offended that you “stole” the baby name). Because it’s likely that they may not take your decision to use the name despite their protests well.

Charlie and Archer are two of my favorite boys’ names as well, but since there are issues with both of them, let’s work on coming up with something that’s in the same wheelhouse as Sebastian, Charlie and Archer. I like the name Jasper, which has the “er” sound like Archer and a similar cadence of hard and soft consonants as Sebastian. It’s the name of a precious stone, and I think it’s a lovely pairing with Clementine (another gem of a name, I might add!).

Tristan, Sullivan, Harrison and Simon all follow the lines of Sebastian—I especially love Sullivan paired with Clementine. If Archer gets some bad press from the relatives, try similar classic names Arthur, Alistair or Sawyer. Four classic names I happen to love that I think would work for your situation: Holden, Roman, Henry and Finnegan.

Tell us: Would you name your child the same thing as your friend’s child? And what other name suggestions do you have for Vanessa?

If you’re still looking for a 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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Baby Name Dilemma: A Baby Brother for Gianni

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Reader Kelly is having a hard time coming up with a follow up to a wonderful name:

I would love some help coming up with a name for my son due in 7 short weeks. My older son’s name is Gianni so I’d like a name that sort of “goes” with that. I prefer a name that’s not trending and my husband and I just cannot come up with anything!

It’s great that you want your kids’ names to make sense together—it always makes me scratch my head when I see a set of siblings like, say, Rainbow and Elizabeth. If you wanted to go for another Italian name (which makes sense with your last name), try names like Dante, Luca, Roman or even short and simple Leo (even though it ends with an “o” like your last, it really flows beautifully!). You could also go with some of the Latin-based “us” names—consider them old-school Italian. Atticus and Magnus have been trending up, but there are tons of beautiful ones: I like Lucius, Aurelius, or Andreas. Of course, you could always cross the borders, and find another European name that blends well with Gianni. I like Dimitri, Ari, Olivier, and Remy.

With a long last name and a multi-syllable first, you need something short and sweet in the middle. I’d go with a mono-syllable middle name, like James, Lee, or Rey. For instance, Leo James, Lucius Ray, or Remy Lee.

What ideas do you have for Kelly to pair with her son Gianni? Share them in the comments!

If you want some baby name help, feel free to email me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or 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—with the new Social Security top names coming out this week, you know you’ll want to be the very first to know when it breaks!

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