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Should You Be Able to Create a Last Name for Your Baby?

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 lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very 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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Baby Name Dilemma: A No-Nickname Name

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.

I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?

Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)

Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.

Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.

Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.

Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.

Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.

Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.

Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.

Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.

If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)

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

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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Unique Choices

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

This week, two celebs welcomed new babies: Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her DJ/producer husband Sunnery James had a daughter named Myllena Mae, who joins big brother Phyllon Joy, while Evanescence singer Amy Lee and husband Josh Hartzler welcomed their first child, a son they named Jack Lion.

Doutzen and Sunnery picked a name that seems to suit their family, as they all sport unique names. Myllena seems to be a unique spelling of Milena, which means love and warmth, and Mae’s a relatively common middle name, considered a shortened version of Margaret.

Amy and Josh went in the other direction, with a popular first name, Jack, which is a nickname for the classic John, and a top 40 name in its own right. The middle name is a bit more unique—only 13 boys were given the name Lion last year. It follows a current celebrity name trendlet of picking animal names for kids (think Alicia Silverstone’s Bear Blu, and Nicole Richie’s son Sparrow).

Tell us: What do you think of their name picks? And is there an animal name you’d consider for your child?

If you’re still loping for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to lamilbrand@gmail.com. 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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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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