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What Names Will Be Red-Hot in 2014? Think Frozen!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We called it! Back when the Frozen juggernaut started, we came up with a list of wearable baby names from the blockbuster. And now, some of our fellow baby-name sites are already seeing that Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are all on a huge rise within their sites.

It’s not surprising. Elsa has a similar sound and feel to many of the top names (think Ella, Emma and the like), and it’s actually a variant of top 10 name Elizabeth, it’s not a big stretch to go in this direction.

Only poor Olaf still isn’t making an impression (what does a snowman have to do to get some love?).

If you like that Scandinavian vibe but don’t want to be so literal (or have your daughter be one of several Elsas)?

Some names to consider:

For Boys
Anders-Andrew with Scandinavian flavor
Erik-A variant spelling of Eric
Soren-a popular Scandinavian name with famed philosopher Kierkegaard

For Girls
Agneta-The Scandinavian version of Agnes (Agnetha was one of the members of ABBA)
Annika-A variant of Anna (and a sneaky way to still pay homage to the scrappy little sister)
Lilya-A variation of Lily

Tell us: Have you considered a Frozen name for your baby? Or do you know any new baby Elsas? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, try 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.

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

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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 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.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Cool Name of the Week: Hazel

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Finding time to read isn’t always easy with kids—and so I’m just now getting around to reading The Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s masterful story about the romance between two kids who just happen to have cancer. (I’m not yet done, so no spoilers, please!) If you haven’t read it, do—it’s the kind of book I love, where writer’s skill is so deft that he could write several chapters about assembling IKEA furniture, and you’d be willing to go along for the ride. And the movie, which opens in theaters on Friday, looks like a winner as well.

And if you’ve read the book, you know it only takes a few paragraphs before you fall in love with Hazel Grace, the “miracle” girl who survived a cancer that wrecked her lungs, forcing her to walk around trailing an oxygen tank that pipes better air through a cannula under her nose. And it seems that people have fallen back in love with the name Hazel as well.

Hazel is a nature name, for the tree that gives us hazelnuts, and it’s also a color—a green-flecked brown eye hue. It reached its first peak in popularity back in the early 1900s, then bottomed out from the 1970s to the early 2000s. But like many other turn-of-the-20th-century faves (think Adeline and Clara), this is making a big comeback. It’s a favorite of celebrities—Julia Roberts picked it first, followed recently by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. And it’s currently the 157th most popular name for girls here in the U.S. My guess is that with the movie release and the passionate fan base surrounding The Fault in Our Stars, this name is definitely on a popularity trajectory that should bring it into the top 100 within the next year or two.

John Green chose well pairing Hazel with the sweet middle name Grace. If you don’t want to seem like you’re copying, consider pairing Hazel with June, James (yes, it works for girls!), Claire, Plum or May/Mae.

What do you think of the name Hazel? Would you consider a nature-based name for your baby?

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

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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 for advice. 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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Cool Name of the Week: India

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Place names are apparently all the rage, at least for girls—among the top movers and shakers, five place names jumped more than 100 spots in popularity. And one of the biggest jumpers was U.K. favorite India, which leaped 240 places and finally entered the top 1000 here in the U.S.

India is, of course, one of the most populous countries on the planet, with more than 1 billion people, one with a rich and interesting history and culture—and it gives this name a touch of its timeless grandeur. Thanks to its long-standing popularity in the U.K. (and the U.K.’s once-upon-a-time rule of the country), it also feels vaguely British, too.

It was the name of Ashley Wilkes’ disapproving sister in Gone With the Wind, but it’s likely India achieved its newfound popularity because Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky picked it for their eldest daughter. Celebs like singer Sarah McLachlan and Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein also favored it for their daughters.

India needs a special middle name—no Jane or Anne for this one. Chris and Elsa paired it with Rose, Harvey picked Pearl, both of which would be lovely with it. I’d also like it with Jade, Scarlett, Violet, and Charlotte.

What do you think of the name India? Is it ready for the big time here in the U.S.?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names

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