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Thursday, July 17th, 2014
We all have our “dream names” that we use for our first baby (or three), but sometimes coming up with a name that you love for baby #4 can be a challenge. That’s the issue reader Katie has:
I am expecting my 4th child in about 5 weeks. My husband and I can not agree on anything for a name. My other three children are Ethan (13), Presley (girl), and Emett (4 year old twins).
I am leaning towards surnames or even boy names for a girl. My trouble becomes one minute I like something and the next I don’t. I want something different, but not weird. I want people to be able to pronounce it and spell it, but I don’t want there to be five other little girls in her class with the same name.
Names are hard. They are such a big decision. I have no idea how we were able to come up with two names for the twins. However, when we agreed on Presley after they were delivered I didn’t really like it. I do still love the boys’ names we chose, though. I am hoping to find a girl’s name that I feel the same about for this little one.
Looks like you picked some really intriguing names for your first three—nothing too popular, but definitely still on people’s radar as a good name. Clearly, you want something not-so-traditionally girl (so no Amelia or Penelope for you, right?).
Finley is one of my favorites for girls (and boys). It’s a Celtic name that means “fair-haired hero,” and while it’s up and coming, it’s still a bit below the radar (it just broke the top 300 for girls last year). I think it would pair beautifully with the other names you’ve picked.
Another (more popular) unisex name that matches beautifully with the names of your other kids is Peyton, which is just below the top 50 currently. I like that it features similar sounds to her siblings—Presley and Peyton make a good sister pair, don’t you think?
There’s a slew of fun “R” names that are unisex—Rowan, Rory, Regan, Romilly and Remy all could work for your daughter. Of these four, I’d pick Rowan and Remy as the best two options.
And then there’s Marley. Yes, it’s currently associated with the dog in the best selling book and movie—but it also has ties to reggae great Bob Marley, and of course, the ghost of Dickens’ classic, Christmas Carol. With a meaning like “seaside meadow,” it’s a lovely choice. Not into Marley? Try Marlowe, which a few celebs have picked for their daughters (in honor of Britain’s great playwright, perhaps?).
Two other options for you: I love Arden, which is the name of the forest in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and means “valley of the eagle.” It hasn’t hit the top 1000 yet—I think it’s a wonderful choice. And it’s not unisex or a surname, but Imogen, a longtime British favorite that means “maiden,” would sound beautiful with the rest of your choices. It’s on the radar of many naming experts as an up-and-comer, but it still hasn’t cracked the top 1000 yet. You could be a trend setter with that one!
Readers: What other options would you suggest for Katie?
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Monday, June 9th, 2014
As expected, YA-novel-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars ruled the box office over the weekend. And since we analyzed heroine Hazel’s name last week, I thought it was only fair to take a look at the other name from this pair of star-crossed lovers—Augustus.
Augustus was pretty popular for guys back in the 19th century, then began a slow and steady decline to the bottom of the top 1000. (You might think that the popular 1971 version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory put it on a downslope, given that the character Augustus Gloop was portrayed as a fat and gluttonous kid. But it actually started rising right after the movie came out.) Even before John Green’s book topped the best seller lists last year, the name was on a sharp incline back into popularity, thanks to its now trendy “us” ending. (It’s currently in the top 700 names in the U.S.) The name means great or magnificent, and comes with two cute nicknames: Auggie and Gus.
No word on what John Green thought Augustus’ middle name would be. I’d pair it with something short and traditional. John would be good, or try Thomas, Lee, James or Jackson.
What do you think of the name Augustus? Too stodgy, or something freshly worthy of consideration?
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Baby Name Stories
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Party of Five star Scott Wolf added a daughter to his family’s party of five! He and wife Kelley welcomed their first daughter, Lucy Marie, who joins big brothers Miller William and Jackson Kayse.
Lucy is an English variation on Lucius, and it means “light.” It’s been on a slow but steady climb toward the top since the early 1990s, and is currently the 66th most popular name in the U.S. The most popular namesakes are, of course, Lucy Van Pelt, Charlie Brown’s bossy neighbor, and Lucille Ball’s wacky I Love Lucy character.
Marie is the French version of Mary, which means “bitter.” It’s currently just inside the top 600 as a first name, though it’s often used in the middle spot instead. French queen Marie Antoinette is one of the most famous namesakes, along with scientist Marie Curie.
Lucy Marie fits well with her sibling’s names—like Miller and Jackson, it’s popular and timeless. In all, they’ve picked a lovely name that you’d definitely hear on your local playground—no crazy celebrity name here! (If you want to celebrify Lucy Marie—or your own kid’s name—check out our Celebrity Fame Name Generator for inspiration. That turned Lucy Marie to the more offbeat Lala Maliboo!)
What do you think of the name Lucy Marie? Would Lucy be on your baby name short list? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send me your dilemma at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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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!
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Monday, May 5th, 2014
Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of our southern neighbor’s celebration, this week’s name has some very cool associations with Mexican history. Ignacio is a Spanish variant of old-school Latin Ignatius, and it means “fiery.” And it was quite the apropos name for two very fiery Mexican historical figures. Ignacio Zaragosa Seguin achieved a major (and very unlikely) victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. That victory helped keep Mexico from falling under French rule—and may have helped the North win the American Civil War, as historians believe that the French would have provided some much needed aid to the South if they’d developed a Mexican stronghold. (So there’s good reason for the U.S. to celebrate, too!) And Ignacio Allende is a key figure in Mexico’s history—though he was a leader in the Spanish army, he took up the cause of Mexican independence and helped organize it, before he was executed for treason.
Ignacio has never broken the top 500 in the U.S., and is currently in a bit of a dip. But with so much great history behind it—and some intriguing nicknames (I’m seeing Iggy or Ace)—couldn’t this name head back up the charts? Its origin, Ignatius, was picked by Cate Blanchett for one of her children, and was featured several times in Harry Potter, as well.
What middle name would you pair with Ignacio? Allende’s middle name was Jose, and if you want to keep the Spanish flavor, Cruz, Rey or Paz would all be good choices. If you want to go in a different direction, try something with a little spunk. What about Justice, True, or even Rebel?
What do you think of the name Ignacio? Cool, or too old-fashioned for a modern boy? If you’re still hunting 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!
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