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Monday, February 2nd, 2015
While here in the U.S., no baby names are off limits (hello, Hashtag!), in many parts of the world, the government gets a say in whether your baby name is up to snuff. For instance, New Zealand kept babies from living under the names Mafia No Fear and Anal, Brazil doesn’t want anyone to name their babies after deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Germany said no to a baby named Osama Bin Laden, and the Mexican state of Sonora said no way to the names Virgin, Scrotum, and Robocop.
Recently, foodie names were given the boot by the French court, based on their law that prohibits baby names that could be the cause of mockery for the child. Parents who wanted to name their baby Nutella were told their pick wouldn’t fly—and that they’d have to choose another name for their little one. And a couple who wanted to name their baby Fraise (which means strawberry in French) were also told to tweak the name—they went with Fraisine, which was a 19th century favorite, and I’m sure their little one is still being called their petit Fraise.
Some countries definitely take the limits a little too far—like the Icelandic laws that only allow families to choose from an approved list of a few thousand names. But let’s face it: We’ve all heard some really bad, cringeworthy baby names around the U.S. (and especially within the list of celebrity baby names). Maybe it’s not such a bad thing if we keep people from giving their babies names like Jermajesty or Moxie Crimefighter.
What do you think? Should the French court have kept Nutella from getting that…ahem…nutty name? Or should we all be free to name our kids Nestlé Crunch or Godiva Chocolate if we see fit? And tell us—what’s the wildest name you’ve heard in real life? (Mine is Hap Hazard. No lie!)
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder!
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
That’s the battle the Sabr family is facing with the state of Tennessee. Parents Kim Sarubbi and Carl Abramson decided to give their kids a name built from parts of theirs: Combining the Sar and the Abr from the beginning of their surnames to make Sabr. Their plan worked out fine for the two kids who were born in California, but apparently, their new son who was born in Tennessee isn’t so lucky: His birth certificate was returned with a big red line through Sabr. And they’re supposed to either pick one of their surnames for their son, give him both surnames—or pay $150 to change his name to whatever they want.
But the couple is opting for none of the above, and intends to take their fight to court, to help prevent this from happening to other name mashers.
(For the record, Tennessee seems to be a very tough place for baby-naming freedom—this is also where a judge denied one mom the right to give her son the name Messiah.)
Personally, I’d just pay the $150 and be done with it. (Or I’d just do what I did, and give my daughters my husband’s last name, and just keep my maiden name. Done!)
But I’m intrigued about what you think: Did you give much thought to which surname you’d give your baby? Did you follow tradition and give your baby his/her father’s surname, give your baby a hyphenated last name, or choose yours? And would you ever consider creating a mashup surname like the Sabrs?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or get personalized advice by emailing your issue at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Bruce Willis is definitely thinking pink today: He just welcomed his fifth daughter! And this baby name is just as cool and eclectic as those he gave to her big sisters: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah (with ex-wife Demi Moore) and Mabel Ray, with wife Emma Heming-Willis. The newest addition to the Willis clan? Welcome Evelyn Penn!
Evelyn is actually a lot more popular than you’d imagine—it’s the 27th most popular name in the country. Consider it a part of that uberpopular Ev/Av crew, with Ava, Eva, Evangeline and Avery. It hit the top 10 back in the 1910s—and I’m going to be very intrigued to see if it’s inched closer to the top spot when the Social Security Administration’s top baby name list comes out later this week. Evelyn has a very sweet meaning—wished for child. I’d definitely put it on my short list if I was expecting!
Penn is an English surname—perhaps in homage to someone in Emma’s family, as she hails from England. Penna was recently picked by actor Ian Ziering for his daughter, so perhaps Penn is the celebrity baby name syllable du jour. Penn’s most famous bearers are William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania—and of course, actor Sean Penn.
What do you think of the name? Does Evelyn still feel too old-fashioned to you—or is it ready for the top 10?
Find your perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder—and don’t forget to like In Name Only so you can keep up with the very latest in baby names (including the big announcement of the top baby names in the U.S. later this week!).
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly welcomed their third child—a daughter—earlier this week. Joining big sister Olivia and big brother Joshua is brand new baby Annabel.
Annabel is a bit more offbeat than her siblings’ top ten baby names—her name is falling just below the top 500. The name means loving, and its big claim to fame is Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, Annabel Lee. The name was at its most popular back in the 1880s, when it neared the top 400, but it’s currently on a major upswing. And since it’s in stile close to top names like Isabella and Adeline, it may reach its pinnacle of popularity in the next few years.
No word from the Van Der Beeks about which middle name they chose. My picks would be Lee (I’m a big Poe fan at heart), plus names like Rose, Maeve, Margaret or James (that’s the new hot middle name for girls!).
What do you think of the name Annabel? And what middle name would you pick with it? Get help finding the perfect name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder, or like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.
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Monday, January 20th, 2014
Actress Laura Linney and husband Marc Schauer welcomed their first son earlier this week, and they chose a pretty cool moniker for their boy: Bennett Armistead.
Bennett is a variation on Benedict, and means blessed. It’s been on a slow and steady rise from its low point in 1975 (when it was the 943rd most popular baby name)—it’s currently about to break the top 200 names in the country.
Armistead is an intriguing choice. It’s a surname name that means “hermit’s place,” and hasn’t ever been in the top 1000 in the U.S. Early in her career, Laura Linney starred in a mini-series based on author Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City—which may have been the inspiration behind her name choice.
Overall, it’s a really classic, weighty name—it feels like the name of a classic author or playwright.
What do you think of the name Bennett Armistead? Cool—or a little too stuffy? If you still need baby name inspiration, check out the Baby Name Finder, or like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
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