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Friday, March 20th, 2015
Ryan Reynolds ended a few months’ worth of hemming and hawing (and some incorrect speculation about the name) today by finally revealing the name of his daughter with fellow actor Blake Lively. It’s not Violet, as was previously rumored, nor is it “Butternut Summersquash,” as he joked on the show. Instead, he picked the hot boys’ baby name crossover du jour for the celebrity set: James!
James is a top 10 mainstay for boys, and means “supplanter.” But a recent spate of celebrities have picked it in the middle spot for their daughters, including actor James Marsden (Mary James), actresses Jessica Capshaw (Poppy James) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Autumn James), and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder (Olivia James). But Ryan and Blake are among the first to put it in the front spot.
There’s been no word on what middle name they picked to go with James—I’d probably swing in a more feminine direction, in case my daughter wasn’t loving James as a name. I’d go with something longer and multisyllable—my suggestions would include Elizabeth, Evangeline, Aurelia, Juliet (if they like alliteration), or Azalea, if they’re looking for something nature themed.
Tell us: Would you consider James for a girl? And are there any other uberclassic boys’ names that might be worthy of crossover? (I might even make the case for something like William—though I prefer Willa if you’re going in that direction!) And what middle name do you think Blake and Ryan picked for their daughter?
If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for 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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Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Liv Tyler and her boyfriend David Gardner welcomed a baby boy recently, and now the actress has shared the baby’s name. Joining big brothers Milo and Gray is the intriguingly named Sailor Gene. Sailor is, of course, an occupational baby name with ties to the sea. Sailor has been a more popular baby name for girls, thanks to Christie Brinkley picking it for her daughter a few years back.
Gene is often used as a nickname for Eugene (or Eugenia, in the case of a girl). And it once ruled the charts as a top 75 name back in the 1930s, but interestingly, it started falling out of favor just as movie legend Gene Kelly made his debut in the 1940s. It dropped out of the top 1000 baby names here in the U.S. in the early 1990s, but Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher recently gave it to his son.
In general, I think it’s an intriguing name choice—though I’m not quite sure I’m loving Sailor Gardner as a name combo. However, Sailor does go nicely with Milo and Gray as a sibling set.
What do you think of Sailor as a baby name? Is it taking that occupational name trend a bit too far, or is it a cool alternative to some of the more popular occupational names, like Mason, Taylor and Cooper? And would you give it to a boy or girl?
If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try 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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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
How many different ways can you spell the baby name Lachlan? Apparently, plenty.
Saved By the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn picked a variant spelling of this Scottish classic boys’ name, Lachlyn, for their brand new daughter, and paired it with the popular middle name, Hope. Lachlan in all its forms seems to be a popular choice for stylish celeb babies of late—Vince Vaughn picked Lochlyn recently for his daughter.
Lachlan (or in this case, Lachlyn) means from the lake land, and it’s currently just inside the top 1000 baby names for boys here in the U.S, but it’s much more popular in Australia. The variant spelling, Lochlan, ranks slightly higher than Lachlan here in the U.S. (at #938 vs #991), and you could also consider the Irish variant Laughlin as another option.
Hope is a word/virtue baby name that’s been a super popular pick for the middle spot, but is also pretty popular as a first name–it’s regularly been in the top 300 for more than 20 years.
Lachlyn seems like a great baby name match with the rest of her sibling set. She joins big brothers Dekker Edward and Michael Charles and big sister Ava Lorenn.
Tell us: Would you prefer Lachlan (or one of its variant spellings) for a boy or a girl?
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Reader Christie already has two girls and a boy—and is looking for the perfect name for her third daughter.
I am pregnant with my 4th child. This will be our 3rd girl, and we are having trouble finding a name we love. My other children are Austin, Sophia and Marlie (twins).
We don’t really want a popular name. And we have a tough last name to match with: Graham.
Some names we like, but not sure if we love are: Annalee, Cora, Coralee, Charlee (pronounced like Charlie). Also we are trying to stay away from M names, because we have a Marlie, and I have a stepdaughter Maddie.
We are considering Joy for a middle name, but it’s not set in stone.
I think Joy is a lovely middle name, and there are plenty of names that would sound great with your pick. Of the ones you’re considering, Cora would be my choice. (I’d nix Charlee, since it’s too close to Marlie, and you’ll end up calling them both the same name!) I like that hard C, which mirrors your name and the “a” ending like big sister Sophia. I think names with an “ine” or “yn” ending would also work beautifully. I’d consider Coraline, Clementine, Adeline, Evelyn, and Caroline.
Some other names with “C” that you could consider: Clara, Cordelia, Celeste, and Charity.
If you want to move away from the Cs, consider some other names that feature the softer sounds like your other children’s names. Some of my picks that’ll flow nicely with her big sisters and brother: Eliza, Eleanor, Juliet, Adelaide, and Annabel.
Of my suggestions, I’d go with Clementine Joy or Eliza Joy.
Now it’s your turn, readers: What names should Christie consider? What goes best with Austin, Sophia, Marlie, and Maddie?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send your dilemma to me at email@example.com, or 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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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Are there baby names that grate on your ears like nails on a chalkboard? It seems like everyone has that certain name or name type that really makes them crazy. (And of course, one person’s trashy name is another’s treasured moniker.) But what baby name types seem to draw the most ire? After serving a few years as the resident baby name expert here at Parents, I’ve noted what usually gets people riled up. Check out the most common baby naming pet peeves.
Kreative Spellyngs. There are enough Jurnees and Addysyns out there to attest to the fact that creative spellings are here to stay. (In fact, Aiden, the alternative spelling of Aidan, is more popular than the original.) But detractors think that parents who pick a creative spelling seem less educated than a proper spelling stickler.
Celeb-Worthy Baby Names. Would you vote for President North West or Apple? Odds are, the children of celebrities who are often get saddled with these offbeat names will never have to work a day in their life. But it’s likely that your kiddo will need to get herself a job one of these days—and people may think twice before they listen to the advice of Dr. Moxie.
Giving a Girl a Boys’ Name—and Vice Versa. The trend of giving girls boys’ names seems to have no end in sight—which is a shame for many boys, as people end to stray away from giving their sons names that have started favoring the pink side of the column. (Did you know that names like Meredith, Carol, and Ashley all started as boys’ names?) And it’s rarer, but some guys have started getting names that are generally for the fairer sex.
Pop Culture Character Baby Names. While your personal family tree is a great way to find a name with meaning, many moms-to-be are hunting their favorite shows for name inspiration. But some character name picks (i.e. Arya from Game of Thrones) may be inspired and wearable, while others—like Khaleesi, the Game of Thrones Dothraki word for queen—may be better left to fiction.
Ultraconservative Baby Name Choices. The other extreme of baby naming is to go with the simplest and safest name. If you pick Sophia or Noah right now, you know your kid won’t have any trouble fitting in namewise—there will probably be at least a few of fellow Noahs and Sophias in class with him or her. But the naysayers shake their heads at this nod to conformity and stick-to-the-basics baby names.
Tell us: What’s your big baby name pet peeve? What names really make you cringe?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for 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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