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Cool Name of the Week: Arthur

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

The National Weather Service recycles a series of 21 names for the hurricanes that run amok in the Atlantic every hurricane season. And this year’s first named storm of the year added a little extra excitement to the Fourth of July festivities, as Arthur paid a visit to North Carolina and made for a stormy holiday for much of the East Coast.

But this old-school name may be perfect for a modern-day boy. After a few decades of decline, it seems to be back on its way up to the top of the charts. (It was the 323rd most popular name last year.)

Arthur’s a Celtic name that means “bear,” and is most notable as the legendary king and leader of the Knights of the Round Table. Other famous Arthurs include playwright Arthur Miller, Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, and of course, Happy Days’ legendary Arthur Fonzarelli (aka “the Fonz”).

I’d pair Arthur with Nathaniel, James, Thaddeus or Gray.

Tell me: What do you think of Arthur? Is it a name you’d consider for your son?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kenan Thompson’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

It’s a baby girl for SNL comedian Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline. The couple welcomed their first daughter on Friday, and named her Georgia Marie.

Georgia is a place name, but it’s also a feminization of the classic George, which means farmer. There’s also famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a slew of other celebrity babies sporting the name—including the daughters of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and Harrison Ford. It’s currently near the 250nd spot in popularity.

Marie is the French variation of Mary, and it means bitter. It’s often used in the middle spot.

In all, it’s a lovely name! What do you think of it?

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Image: Kenan Thompson by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelly Clarkson’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

It’s a girl for first-time mom Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock. And they gave her daughter a very nature-themed baby name: River Rose.

River used to be considered a more male baby name, thanks to actor River Phoenix. But now, the girls are starting to catch up—River is still in the top 400 baby names for boys, but it’s currently the 588th most popular name for girls. (Perhaps the biggest claim to fame in the girls’ column is the character River Song from the recent Doctor Who series.)

Rose is one of the most popular and timeless floral names for girls, and regularly used in the middle spot. Rose is currently the 224th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

River Rose definitely has a nice melody to it, and gives off a country singer vibe. (You can picture a River Rose out on stage somewhere in Nashville.)

Tell us: What do you think of Kelly and Brandon’s choice? Do you think boy or girl when you hear the name River?

Want to come up with your own celebrity-perfect baby name? Try our Baby Fame Name Generator. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in celebrity baby name news.

Image: Kelly Clarkson by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

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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Under the Radar Boys’ Names: Beyond the Top 1000 Baby Names

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The top 1000 baby names is always intriguing. But what’s even more interesting is seeing what’s below that level—the names that only 5 or 25 people picked for their kids. While there’s always an array of creative spellings, possible mistakes (did 6 people really name their boys Adeline?) and assorted other oddball picks that probably won’t suit most guys out there, you can find a few gems hidden among the more…ahem…unique choices.

You can check out my girls’ name picks from last week, or see what I’ve picked for the boys here.

Rigby This proper British surname name means farm along the ridge, and is perfect for a baby of Beatles fans (think Eleanor Rigby). It’s a nice alternative to other surname names like Reilly and Sullivan.

Hero This old-school name was traditionally for the girls (think of the character Hero in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing). But this is one girls’ name that could easily cross the aisle for the boys.

Bruin I’m guessing most of the baby boy Bruins live in the Boston area, and the name was picked to honor the hockey team. But Bruin makes another offbeat color name (it means brown or bear).

Indy I’m assuming this was picked as a casual nickname for Indiana (a la Indiana Jones), but could also be considered short for independent. I’m not sure I totally love it, but it’s intriguing to me.

Sylvan This name evokes the woods and forest, perfect for a nature-loving family. (And you can either go with Syl or Van for short.)

Aristotle Someone’s parents were philosophy majors (or Greek). The name of the great Greek philosopher could be considered one of those cool and clunky old-school names, especially when you start talking nicknames, like Ari.

Wilfred You get two great nicknames—Will and the adorable Freddie—with this old English name, that means “desires peace.” Actor David Tennant chose it for his son, and it was also the name of a character on his show, Doctor Who. For the more literary minded, it was a hero in Sir Walter Scott’s classic Ivanhoe.

Sven Scandinavian names were already starting their climb in popularity before Frozen hit the big time, and now Elsa, Kristoff and Anna stand to become seriously red hot. Sven was the brave reindeer sidekick, and it means “youth.”

Tell us: What off-the-beaten path names do you like for your son? If you’re looking for something unique, try our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some baby name advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest baby name news.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Lil Kim’s New Baby Girl

Monday, June 9th, 2014

It’s a girl for rapper Lil Kim! And the first time mom gave her daughter a word name that makes it clear she’s treating her new daughter like a princess: Royal Reign.

Both names are relatively unheard for girls, but Royal is in the top 1000 for boys for the first time since the early 1970s. As you can imagine, it means kingly. Reign means rule—and only 97 girls rocked that name last year.

Yep, it’s a name that has celebrity written all over it! It’s along the lines of Holly Madison’s infamous Rainbow Aurora—in other words, not a name for someone who might someday need to have a career in a professional field like medicine or law to support themselves.

What do you think? Do you like Royal or Reign, for either a girl or a boy? And if you think Royal Reign is out there, check out our picks for the wildest baby names of 2013. If you want to celebrify your baby name choice, check out our Baby Fame Name Generator to jazz it up. 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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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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