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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? 

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Pretty Italian Name for Snooki’s Baby-to-Be

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi did a pretty great job naming her son—I love the name Lorenzo! But apparently, she’s stumped for names when it comes to her new baby to be. She recently posted on her CeleBuzz blog: “Help us with names! We honestly have no ideas for any names, and I’m looking for something original like Lorenzo. Something Italian, and beautiful.”

Readers of Snooki’s blog have already given her lots of great advice, but here are my picks for a potential daughter:

Allegra I really wish the allergy med hadn’t co-opted this one. It’s a pretty name, has a wonderful meaning (joyful), and is easy to pronounce and understand, yet not exactly popular.

Giada This gem of a name is an actual gem—it means “jade.” Thanks to popular Food Network chef Giada DeLaurentiis, it’s been in the top 1000 since 2007, but it’s still unique enough to set Snooki’s daughter apart. Consider it the girl version of her fab name Lorenzo.

Valentina This top 200 baby name means healthy and strong, and comes with a whole slew of cute nicknames (I’m partial to Lena). I think it would flow beautifully with Snooki’s fiancé Jionni LaValle’s last name.

Francesca A-lister Drew Barrymore just picked the boyish nickname from this Italian favorite for her daughter—could Snooki have her own Frankie, too? Francesca means “free man,” and is currently a top 500 name.

Luciana This sweet Italian variant on Lucy means “light,” and is on a sharp upswing in the U.S.—though it still hasn’t cracked the top 500. This is another one that comes with lots of fun nicknames—which is a very big consideration with the Jersey Shore crew!

Luna Thanks to Harry Potter and Uma Thurman, Luna’s been on a big upswing over the past decade, from near the bottom of the top 1000 to the top 250. (Expect it to go even higher this year, thanks to a character on True Blood and Uma’s daughter. This sweet name means moon.

And for a son:

Aurelio  This name means “golden one,” and really flows beautifully with LaValle.

Orlando Don’t think DisneyWorld when you think of this name—think more like Orlando Bloom. The name means “famous,” making perfect for the offspring of a reality show star, don’t you think?

Santino Popularized in The Godfather, this name means “little saint,” even though the character was anything but. The name Santino is just about to break through the top 600 here in the U.S.

So what do you think? Share your favorite Italian-flavored names here for Snooki. If you need help searching, check out our Baby Name Finder. Or check out our Baby Fame Name Generator for a name worthy of the A list.

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
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Celebrity Baby Names: A Few Fab Unisex Names

Monday, April 21st, 2014

This week’s celebrity baby name roundup features some great names that I think could work for either sons or daughters. Do you agree?

Beckett Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland welcomed son Beckett Thomas. Beckett is a British name that means “bee colony,” and has become red-hot for boys, currently nosing toward the top 300. But I’d say the case could be made for this to be a girl’s name, too—especially since TV cop Kate Beckett from Castle regularly goes by her surname. Becky or Kitty could be girlier nicknames. What do you think?

Asa Hangover star Justin Bartha gave his daughter the name Asa Charlotte—and while Asa is usually in the boys’ column, I think it’s definitely even more wearable for girls than Beckett. Asa means “born in the morning,” and is currently in the top 600 for boys, though hasn’t charted in the top 1000 yet for girls.

Winston Idris Elba, who recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, welcomed a son with the very British (and very cool) name Winston. Winston means “wine town,” and is currently in the top 700 baby names in the U.S. It has the legendary Winston Churchill as its claim to fame, and could be an offbeat way to make it to the cool girl nickname Winnie. (That shortened Winnie was picked by Jimmy Fallon for his daughter.)

What do you think about these crossover celebrity baby names? Are they ones you’d consider for your son—or for your daughter? If you’re still looking for a celebrity-worthy name, try our baby fame name generator—or hunt down a little something less offbeat in our baby name finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.


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Baby Name Dilemma: Find Me a Boys’ Name!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Reader Carlie isn’t quite sure about the boys’ name she loves:

I am due April 13th and having a hard time finding a boys’ name I love. I do not know what I’m having. If it’s a girl her name will be Alana Louise but if it is a boy I’m a little lost. I live in Hawaii and have fallen in love with the name Kainoa, But I am unsure if I want it as a first name or a middle name. I’m looking for a good name to partner it. Please help!

Hope we’re getting this name advice to you before it’s too late! I like the name Kainoa—it has a great meaning, “strength of the sea,” and too cool nicknames, red-hot Kai and Noa. I think it’s a great name, and I’d definitely put it in the first spot. But deciding what to do for the middle name is probably a bit trickier, right? You could go in the direction of a more straightforward middle name, and names like James, Shane, and Zane could fit the bill. You could also go with another nature-themed name, like Bay, Sage, Dune or Ford. If you do want to keep with the Hawaiian names, Tane (the name of a Polynesian sky god), or Tai, a Maori name that means tide, might pair nicely with Kainoa. Or you could always split the name into a first and middle—Kai’s a very popular name, even among people not blessed to live in Hawaii (you lucky dog!), and Noa is a different spelling of the Biblical Noah.

My favorites would be Kainoa James, Kainoa Bay, or Kainoa Tai.

What do you think, readers? What middle names would you suggest with Kainoa? Or would you have put Kainoa in the middle spot?

If you have your own baby name dilemma, share it in the comments, or email me at (You can also start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Classic Girl’s Name

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Reader Katie’s looking for the perfect name for baby #3.

We have two children already who both hold family names and are trying to find a name for our third child that fits with the first two. My son is William Charles and my daughter is Elizabeth Marie. We call her Emmie (based on her initials). We have considered Charlotte, Caroline, and Lilian. Any suggestions on a name that fits the traditional/classic sound of our first two? Thanks!

Katie, you’re a baby namer after my own heart! I adore those old-fashioned, totally classic names—and Caroline is my Katie’s middle name. If I was going for #3, the three names you’re already considering would be on my short list.

But there are plenty of other classics that deserve your consideration. Here are a few that I think would work beautifully with William and Emmie.

Adeline is one of my favorite names—it was the name of my great grandmother. It means noble, and comes with an adorable nickname—can’t you just picture a pair of sisters named Emmie and Addie? If you like the -ine ending, but not Adeline, consider Clementine, Madeline or Josephine.

Alice also means noble, and seems to fit perfectly with that Elizabeth and William sibling set. I’d pair it with Rose as the middle name. If you like the softer consonant sounds—as you have in both of your other children’s names, you could also consider Beatrice, Celeste, Lucy and Helen as options. (I’m a big fan of Beatrice especially!)

I think Clara could be another lovely choice for your daughter. It means bright and clear, and is an up-and-coming name—though still well below the top 100. Since you seem to like names with Cs and Ls in them, it’s a perfect option. Other names with a similar sound include Louisa, Julia, and Veronica.

And of course, I’m very partial to Margaret–that’s my youngest’s name—it’s a lovely name that means “pearl,” and there are an array of nicknames that come with that, similar to Elizabeth. (Margo or Maggie would be my pick.)

One last note: Since you chose family names for the two oldest children, it might make sense to peruse your family trees to see if there’s something that could inspire your name choice. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match—you can honor an Alan with an Eleanor, an Anne with an Annabel, or a Harold with a Harriet.

What do you think, readers? What other suggestions do you have for Katie? And what would be your pick? Search for your own perfect name with our Baby Name Finder—or write your own dilemma in the comments or email them to me at

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