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Cool Name of the Week: Azalea

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.

This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.

And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!

If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

 

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True Blood Baby Name Picks

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

It’s almost time to say goodbye to Bon Temps, Louisiana, and the various vamps, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters that call it home. So let’s take a look back at some of the characters (and names) that made that town more than a little bit wild.

Many of True Blood‘s characters sport names that are pretty standard—there’s Eric, Pam, Sam, Jason, Bill and Jessica amongst the main characters. And some of the names even border on fuddy-duddy. (We’re looking at you, Arlene!)

But still, there’ve been plenty of creative name choices that many folks might consider, amongst the more standard fare. Here, some of the coolest, more offbeat choices from

Willa is the youngest vampire in town, and sports a newly trendy feminization of William.

Sookie is the heroine, a half-fairy/half-human lady who’s been at the center of practically every love triangle/quadrangle/hexagon on the show. Her name is allegedly a nickname of Susan, and means lily. Despite the popularity of the books and the show, it hasn’t seen a rise in popularity: Last year, only nine girls were given the name.

Thornton, Sookie’s BFF Tara’s surname, makes a cool, if offbeat, surname name. (“Our Town” playwright Thornton Wilder is another claim to fame.)

Luna was Sam’s shapeshifting love, and her name has been red hot of late, thanks to Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter’s offbeat pal. (It shot up nearly 200 spots in the year the Order of the Phoenix came out.) It means moon.

Nora was Eric Northman’s sister, and lost her battle to the evil Hep V virus that’s been a real plague through the last season. Nora is a shortened form of the Irish Honora, an equally lovely name.

We’ve learned a lot more about Ginger, the seemingly ditzy waitress at the vamp bar Fangtasia, over the past few weeks. Apparently, before she hooked up with Eric and Pam, she was a smart college student working on a complex thesis about vampires. I think she was probably glamored one too many times, which led to her more ditzy (but still loyal) demeanor of today. Ginger is considered short for Virginia, along with a spicy name—and it’s also associated with the dancing great Ginger Rogers.

Salome, the gorgeous vampire on True Blood, wasn’t just based on the Biblical character—she was the character from the Bible, who was allegedly involved in the death of John the Baptist. But her name has a more zen meaning: peace.

Adele Stackhouse was Sookie’s grandmother and guardian, who met an untimely death at the hands of a vampire hater named Rene. Adele means “noble,” and it’s a top 700 name currently.

We’ve also covered True Blood‘s favorite names in the past, so check out our previous roundup.

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send it to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and your dilemma could appear in a future issue of American Baby magazine. Or go ahead and give our Baby Name Finder a try. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Girl’s Name for Baby #4

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?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some 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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Cool Name of the Week: Augustus

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Scott Wolf’s New Daughter

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 lamilbrand@gmail.com. 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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British Baby Names

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