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Baby Name Dilemma: A Unique Pick for a Girl

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Baby Names for GirlsReader Jenn will be having a baby girl in a few months, but can’t decide on a name.

I am 6 1/2 months pregnant with a girl. I would really like to give her a unique but not too far off the wall name. I like unisex or almost boy names that can now be girl names like Braxton, Maxwell, etc. I also like vintage names. I’m just having a really hard time coming up with something different and meaningful.

I can totally understand the urge to have something different and meaningful, and not the typical Olivia, Sophia, and top 10 crew. Here are a few suggestions I have:

I’m loving some of the cool old-school floral and nature names for girls. Names like Juniper, Hazel, Clementine, Flora (or even Florence), or even fresh flowers like Poppy and Iris make beautiful options for a baby girl. Some of them are on their way up, but still aren’t quite as well known as ones like Willow, Violet, and Sage.

Or consider some of the vintage British names that are coming into vogue there, but still aren’t heard too often across the pond. I’m thinking Imogen, Isla, and Eleanor.

And then, there’s always those wonderful unisex baby names. What about considering Winton, Vaughan, Vale, or Laurent for your daughter?

Here are a few suggestions for naming your daughter: I like Winton Jade, Clementine Mae, or Eleanor Laurent.

And here’s where you step in, readers: What names would you suggest for Jenn? I’m sure you guys all have some great ideas!

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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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The Hottest Celebrity Baby Names This Week

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It was all about honoring Daddy for two celebs who welcomed new sons recently—and a cool, offbeat baby name for a girl for a third.

Zombie fighter Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead and her husband Kenric Green kept it in the family with their baby name pick for their son: Kenric Justin Green II, named after Daddy. Kenric seems to be a variant spelling of Kendrick, an English name that means ruler and is currently in the top 350 baby names in the United States. I’m kind of loving Kenric as an updated way to honor a Kenneth (or a Kenneth and a Richard) in your family tree.

Former Bachelor contestant Renee Oteri Maynard finally found love with husband Bracy Maynard, and together they welcomed Jax Bracy, who was given his middle name in homage to Dad. Jax is a brand new name that’s already making a splash—it’s nearing the top 200. Consider it a postmodern Jack.

Finally, singers Vanessa Carlton and James McCauley welcomed daughter Sidney Aoibheann. Sidney has been on a sharp decline, and falls just inside the top 1000 baby names for both boys and girls—it’s been recently overshadowed by the ultrapopular Sydney spelling. Aoibheann may seem like a tongue twister of a baby name, but it’s actually pronounced “Even.” It’s an Irish name that means beautiful sheen.

Tell us: What do you think of this latest batch of celebrity baby name picks? Is there anything you’d consider amongst the names?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at 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 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, 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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Unique Choices

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

This week, two celebs welcomed new babies: Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her DJ/producer husband Sunnery James had a daughter named Myllena Mae, who joins big brother Phyllon Joy, while Evanescence singer Amy Lee and husband Josh Hartzler welcomed their first child, a son they named Jack Lion.

Doutzen and Sunnery picked a name that seems to suit their family, as they all sport unique names. Myllena seems to be a unique spelling of Milena, which means love and warmth, and Mae’s a relatively common middle name, considered a shortened version of Margaret.

Amy and Josh went in the other direction, with a popular first name, Jack, which is a nickname for the classic John, and a top 40 name in its own right. The middle name is a bit more unique—only 13 boys were given the name Lion last year. It follows a current celebrity name trendlet of picking animal names for kids (think Alicia Silverstone’s Bear Blu, and Nicole Richie’s son Sparrow).

Tell us: What do you think of their name picks? And is there an animal name you’d consider for your child?

If you’re still loping for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to 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 Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Middle Name Beginning With J

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

We’ve had a TON of great reader questions lately—and so I’m hoping to get through a lot of them this week. We’re kicking it off with reader Mandy, who needs a little help with a middle name:

I’m wondering if you could help me come up with a middle name for Maeve, preferably one that starts with the letter J.

Maeve is one of my favorite go-to middle name choices, and I LOVE the idea of putting it in the starring role. With a short-and-sweet name like Maeve, you need a middle name that’s a little longer—so we have to discount common middles like Jane, June, Jade and James (yes, that works for a girl!). But there are still some really intriguing options out there for you.

I absolutely LOVE the thought of pairing Maeve with Josephine. It’s a feminization of Joseph and means “Jehovah increases.” There are plenty of cool historical/literary figures with the name, including Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine, singer/actor Josephine Baker, and of course, Josephine March, the heroine of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Another name with great literary chops and a nice pairing option with Maeve is Juliet, the female part of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers. It means “youthful.”

A few other options for you: I love the two nature names Juniper (a berry-producing tree that is the source of gin), and Jasper, the precious stone (this name is usually reserved for guys, but I kind of like the sound of Maeve Jasper). And then there’s Jolie, a French name that means pretty.

If you want to move beyond the Js, there are a few other names I’d love paired with Maeve. Try the “J” sounding Gs, like Genevieve, Giada and Georgia, or some hard “C” names, like Clementine, Clara or Caroline.

What other “J” names do you like, readers? Or are there any other names you’d like to see paired with Maeve?

If you’re looking for a little advice for your baby’s name, don’t be shy. You can email me at, or study names on your own with 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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Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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