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Celebrity Baby Names: Bruce Willis’ Daughter!

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?

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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: James Van Der Beek’s New Daughter

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.

Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Celebrity Baby Names: Laura Linney’s New Son

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.

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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Would You Name Your Baby After Your Favorite Sports Team?

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

That’s what one couple in Alabama did—they gave their son the creatively spelled moniker Krimson Tyde, after the University of Alabama’s legendary sports program. And apparently, they’re not alone—among the few kids named Crimson (or in this case, Krimson), most are residents of the state of Alabama.

I’m not sure how many mascots lend themselves to baby names, though—and while I like the idea of Crimson as an offbeat baby name, putting it with Tide kind of leaves me cold (it feels like blood in the water, a la D-Day, to me). My two alma maters are on opposite ends of the spectrum, baby name wise. St. Bonaventure’s Bonnies are a no-brainer (the lovely Scottish name Bonnie was a top name in the 1940s-1950s). But the Syracuse Orangemen? Well, I don’t see Syracuse or Orange exactly lighting up the baby name charts.

Some people opt to name a child after a sports hero, but with so many pro athletes facing scandals, that’s a bit of a gamble—disgraced bicycling athlete Lance Armstrong, for instance, helped his name spike in popularity after his Tour wins—but Lance is on a sharp decline now that he’s admitted to doping.

What do you think—does Crimson Tide (or Krimson Tyde) make a good baby name? Did you pick an athlete or a sports team to inspire your own child’s baby name?

If your alma mater doesn’t have a good baby name option, consider checking out our Baby Name Finder for some great baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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A Presidential Grandchild: Behind the New Baby’s Name

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

The former First Family has a new addition! Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager welcomed George W. Bush’s first granddaughter, who was given the names of her two grandmothers—Margaret Laura. She’ll be called Mila.

Mila is usually shorthand for Milena, and means “love.” Margaret is one of my favorite names (it’s my youngest daughter’s), and it’s a Greek name meaning pearl. There’s a slew of noteworthy Margarets in the past, including queens, England’s former prime minister, and an array of authors and actors.

Laura is the former First Lady’s name, and another classic. It means “laurel,” and it’s still a top 300 name, though it’s on a bit of a decline from its last peak in the 1980s. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little House on the Prairie series,  is perhaps the other lady of fame associated with the name.

In all, Jenna and Henry chose a lovely, classic name that’s full of meaning for the family, and a sweet nickname that pays homage to both grandmothers.

What do you think of Mila—or Margaret Laura? Are any of those names on your short list?

If you’re having trouble coming up with a great baby name, feel free to send me an e-mail at I’d love to help you solve your baby-name dilemmas!

Image: Jenna Bush Hager, a White House photo by Shealah Craighead

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