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Cate Blanchett Gave Her Daughter THREE Vintage Baby Names!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Cate BlanchettOscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett just adopted a baby girl—and in keeping with her vintage chic baby name style, joining big brothers Ignatius, Roman, and Dashiell is little sister Edith Vivian Patricia.

Edith is one of those turn-of-the-20th century favorites that’s making a comeback in this century, now in the 719th spot on the baby name charts. It means “prosperous in war,” and the most current and cool bearer of the name is Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey. With the popularity of “E” names like Evie, Ever, and Evelyn, Edith makes a wonderful vintage alternative that’s likely going to be making a nice jump in popularity in the coming years. (It’s definitely on my “names to watch” list!)

Vivian was rumored to be in the first spot (but with the fancier Vivienne spelling). It’s a French baby name that means life, and it’s been in the top 200 names since 2008.

Patricia is the second middle name, and it means noble. After a long run in the very top of the charts from the 1930s to the 1980s, it’s been on a sharp decline since the turn of the 21th century.

In all, Cate made a lovely pick that fits in well with her choices for her sons.

Tell us: What do you think of Cate’s baby name choices? Would you dust off a vintage name like Edith (or even her other picks, like Ignatius)?

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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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Carrie Underwood’s Baby Name: Get the Scoop!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Carrie Underwood and Mike FisherIt apparently took a little while for Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher to lock down a baby name, but they found a beautiful one! They welcomed Isaiah Michael Fisher to the world last Friday.

Isaiah is an old Biblical name that means “salvation of the Lord,” and it’s the name of one of the prophets in the Old Testament. It’s also become pretty popular lately, steadying out near the top 50 for the past 20 years. Actor Isaiah Washington and a whole slew of NFL players have probably helped catapult that poetic baby name into the popularity stratosphere.

Michael was chosen in honor of Dad—and it’s been a longtime favorite, hovering in the top 10 names for the past 70 years. It means, literally “Who is like God?” and is the name of a Biblical angel. There’s a whole slew of famous people who bear the name, from athletes to musicians to authors. (But still no president yet!)

In interviews during her pregnancy, Carrie mentioned that they’d had trouble settling on a baby name, and were often joking about names that wouldn’t go so well with Mike’s surname, Fisher. (I’m thinking things like Marlin, Angel and King were on that list.)

My verdict? I think it’s a lovely baby name pick. But tell us what YOU think in the comments!

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at 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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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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8 Oscar-Worthy Baby Names

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Benedict CumberbatchThis year’s batch of Oscar nominees may have touched off some controversy due to the lack of diversity, but if you’re looking for great baby names, there are more than a few in the pool. Check out my picks for some winning baby name options.

Selma – There’s been a bit of controversy over the fact that Selma, the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t score any acting or directing nods for its cast and crew—though the film itself was nominated for best picture. It’s a place name with historic significance—and has connections to Selma Blair and Salma Hayek to recommend it.

Felicity – Playing Jane Wilde, wife of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything earned Felicity Jones her first nomination. If you love names like Faith and Hope and are looking for something that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider this baby name, which means happiness.

Rosamund - Nominated for her wicked turn in Gone Girl, actress Rosamund Pike sports a Rose alternative that’s worth a second look.

Benedict - British star Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be everywhere these days—including in the Oscar nomination pool. Given his current white-hot status, expect a big batch of little Benedicts in the next few years.

KeatonMichael Keaton scores a nomination—and a hit with his surname. It’s become a popular baby name for both boys and girls.

Alejandro – Alejandro G. Iñárritu earned his first Oscar nod for directing The Birdman, and offers baby namers this stellar variant on the classic Alexander.

Morten – Morten Tyldum directed The Imitation Game—but is his name worthy of imitation? I’m kind of digging this alternate spelling that livens up the old-man classic Morton.

Meryl – Perpetual nominee (and multiple winner) Meryl Streep sports a lovely name that means “by the sea.”

Tell us: Are there any names in the mix you might consider for your child? And which movies are you rooting for at the Oscars this year?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at for advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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

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The Bachelor’s Fave Couple: How Ashley & J.P. Chose a Baby Name

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Bachelor's Ashley and J.P.

Parents had a blast talking with new parents Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum. They’ve partnered with Puffs to keep moms and dads everywhere happy and healthy, but it’s their joy in each other that is contagious. For those of you part of Bachelor Nation, you probably already know about the unique name the reality stars chose for their little bundle. But what was behind their choice of Fordham Rhys? We’ve got the deets for you!

P: Tell me about your baby’s name.

A: We went through a million names. We were driving through Manhattan one day and we would consider every name we saw on a sign. We passed by Fordham University and I was like I LOVE that. We can call him Ford, it’s a strong name, it’s a power name. Fordham, it’s different. I think it’s cute for a baby and great for an adult. It’s just setting him up for success.

J.P.: It’s hard to name a human being. It’s gotta work through every phase of life. He’s got a be a cute kid with a name, he can’t get made fun of in junior high and high school, and then he’s got to be taken seriously as an adult.

A: Can we tell her what you wanted to name the baby?

J.P.: Nooooo.

A: We’ll never use it.

J.P.: It wasn’t the number-one choice!

A: It was your number-one choice.

J.P.: I liked it. I wasn’t sold on it.

A: Okay, share it.

J.P.: I liked Gage. I thought it was cool. It’s not over.

A: It took me 9 months to convince him to go with Fordham. We call him Fordy and Fordy Cent. It’s just cute.

J.P.: It is cute.

P: Is his middle name, Rhys, a family name?

J.P.: The R is. My mother’s mother, who is deceased, we took the first initial of her name and her Hebrew name and used it in his middle name.

A: We liked the name Rhys though. It was another name we were considering. We liked those two names so we just put them together.

P: This parenting job is forever and whether you have 1 or you have 5, how will you keep your relationship fresh, engaged—

J.P.: GAGE. It’s a sign!

A: NO! No Gage. It’s not happening.

Plus: Read more about Ashley and J.P.’s experience as new parents. And find your perfect name with the Parents Baby Name app!

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she’s practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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Jewish Baby Names
Jewish Baby Names

Photograph: J.P., Ashley, and Fordham Rosenbaum / Courtesy of The Rosenbaums

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Yep, We’re Analyzing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Baby Names

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Fifty Shade of GreyCould the phenomenon known as Fifty Shades of Grey have an impact on baby names? Despite the obvious ick factor in naming your kid after a character in an erotic novel/movie, Fifty Shades of Grey does offer some intriguing baby name choices. With the movie’s upcoming, um, release, we’ve delved into the secrets behind the best baby names from the sexy film.

Christian This religious-themed name has been in the top 50 since the early 1990s, but actually seems to be on a bit of a downturn since the book came out. (Perhaps moms-to-be don’t want their babies to grow up to be S&M advocates—or they don’t want people to think their name choice was inspired by the book. ) It’ll be more interesting to see how Christian pans out in popularity this year and next, when the influence of the movie and the book could more readily be seen.

Grey Grey wasn’t even charting until last year, when it entered the top 1000 for the first time. Color names are definitely in vogue—but could this be a subtle surname homage to the mysterious Mr. Grey?

Anastasia Christian’s new paramour sports this Russian royal name that means resurrection—and has been resurrected in popularity recently. After going on a slow and steady decline, it jumped nearly 100 spots last year.

Kate Anastasia’s BFF gets this short and sweet nickname for Katherine, which means pure. Kate’s been popular as a name on its own, and is currently in the top 200 baby names.

Jose Jose seems to be the Jacob character from the Twilight series—it’s a Spanish variant on Joseph that’s been in the top 100 baby names for the past 50 years.

Tell us: Would you choose baby names associated with an erotic novel? Or would you skip these because they’re associated with the book?

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

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