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Celebrity Baby Name: Shakira’s New Baby!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

ShakiraIt’s another boy for international pop star Shakira and her fiancé, FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique. Joining big brother Milan is a baby boy bearing an increasingly unisex baby name: Sasha Piqué Mebarak.

Sasha is a Russian short version of Alexander, and shares its strong meaning, defending men. Lately, it’s been used more commonly for girls (see the First Family), but it’s still A-OK for a boy. (Actor Chris Hemsworth recently picked it for one of his twin sons, and comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen bears a variant spelling.)

And the middle name they picked for their new son, Piqué, is fiancé Gerard’s last name—a nice way to honor both sides of the family within the baby name.

Sasha and Milan are a nice baby name pairing for a pair of brothers—both names have international flair and flow well together, without being too matchy-matchy. And they both have a slightly offbeat, but still classic vibe.

Tell us: What do you think of the baby name Shakira and Gerard picked for their new son? Do you like the name Sasha better for a boy or a girl? And would you consider using this name for your own child?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your own baby, check out our Baby Name Finder at, or email me your dilemma at with your dilemma, and you could be featured in a future In Name Only column. 

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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The Hottest Celebrity Baby Names This Week

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It was all about honoring Daddy for two celebs who welcomed new sons recently—and a cool, offbeat baby name for a girl for a third.

Zombie fighter Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead and her husband Kenric Green kept it in the family with their baby name pick for their son: Kenric Justin Green II, named after Daddy. Kenric seems to be a variant spelling of Kendrick, an English name that means ruler and is currently in the top 350 baby names in the United States. I’m kind of loving Kenric as an updated way to honor a Kenneth (or a Kenneth and a Richard) in your family tree.

Former Bachelor contestant Renee Oteri Maynard finally found love with husband Bracy Maynard, and together they welcomed Jax Bracy, who was given his middle name in homage to Dad. Jax is a brand new name that’s already making a splash—it’s nearing the top 200. Consider it a postmodern Jack.

Finally, singers Vanessa Carlton and James McCauley welcomed daughter Sidney Aoibheann. Sidney has been on a sharp decline, and falls just inside the top 1000 baby names for both boys and girls—it’s been recently overshadowed by the ultrapopular Sydney spelling. Aoibheann may seem like a tongue twister of a baby name, but it’s actually pronounced “Even.” It’s an Irish name that means beautiful sheen.

Tell us: What do you think of this latest batch of celebrity baby name picks? Is there anything you’d consider amongst the names?

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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What’s the Most Common “Christmasy” Baby Name?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Some baby names seem simply well suited to the holiday season—but which of those is the most popular? According to some data, Carol reigns supreme. There are more than one million Carols in the U.S., thanks in no small part to its reign in the top 10 names in the 1930s and 1940s. Alas, it hasn’t made such a big impact in the current generation, as it fell out of the top 1000 back in 2006. Interestingly, this used to be a boys’ name, and you may find it on the male side of your family tree a few generations back.

But what other monikers are in the top 10 most popular Christmas-themed baby names? Virginia (as in that famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter) has nearly 600,000 people with the name, followed by Holly, which has nearly 300,000 people bearing the name. (It’s also one of the ones in the top 10 that’s still relatively popular for girls.) The first purely boys’ name came in the 4th spot: Jesus (usually pronounced hay-SOOS) has been hovering in and out of the top 100 since the 1970s.

Here’s the full list, if you’re intrigued to see your other holiday-themed options!

1. Carol – 1,148,024
2. Virginia – 577,805
3. Holly – 298,910
4. Jesus – 284,001
5. Joy – 214,192
6. Noel – 71,816
7. Rudolph – 47,598
8. Merry – 14,226
9. Bell – 5,047
10. Claus – 1,614

One last fun fact: There is only one Kris Kringle in the U.S.—and he doesn’t live at the North Pole. (Perhaps Santa finally sprung for a summer house?)

Tell us: Did you keep the season in mind when you picked your child’s name? And would you give your winter baby a name like Snow or January?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder to help hook you up with the perfect one. 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 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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Cool TV Character Baby Names

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Pop culture has become a bigger influence on baby names lately—as many people turn to TV shows and movies for their baby name inspiration. So what names might be worth emulating from some current TV favorites? Here are my picks:

Abigail (Sleepy Hollow) Sleepy Hollow cop Abigail has to contend with some pretty spooky occurrences (and a resurrected Ichabod Crane), but sports a classic name that’s back in vogue.

Annalise (How to Get Away With Murder) Annalise Keating, the brilliant, tough-as-nails law professor in Shonda Rimes’ latest drama, scores an old-school German name that means grace.

Arya (Game of Thrones) Arya Stark has been in hiding ever since her father, Ned Stark, was beheaded—but her name is on a hot streak, as one of the most popular names in the U.S.

Arizona (Grey’s Anatomy) The hospital’s resident pediatrician sports one of the less common—but still very cool—place names.

Blaine (Glee) Glee may no longer be red hot, but this Irish name, which means slender, is currently on an uptick.

Cameron (Modern Family) Everyone must love this vibrant member of the Dunphy clan—Cameron’s now a top 60 name in the U.S.

Clara (Doctor Who) The Doctor’s current companion wears a lovely name that means “bright,” and is currently surging in popularity.

Deacon (Nashville) This hunky character sports a church official’s title name that is currently on the up-and-coming list.

Eliza (Selfie) Yes, this new show based on the classic My Fair Lady is currently in danger of being cancelled, but Eliza, a shortened form of the classic Elizabeth, is a classic that never goes out of style.

Fiona (Shameless) The “mom” of the scrappy Gallagher clan is big sister Fiona, who sports this pretty Celtic name that means fair.

Kalinda (Good Wife) The Good Wife’s investigator sports this pretty Hindu name that means “sun.”

Michonne (Walking Dead) We’ve picked Michonne as a stellar name choice ever since her character was introduced on the Walking Dead—and there’s no reason not to consider this offbeat name for your daughter.

Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) This name, which means valley, seems like it could never be back in vogue, but perhaps the nerdy lead in Big Bang Theory could give it a little extra cool.

Temperance (Bones) This cool virtue name just made it back into the top 1000, probably through the influence of the show.

Theon (Game of Thrones) Theon’s been through some pretty rough stuff on Game of Thrones, and is currently going by the name Reek. But I think Theon could be a cool way to get that Theo nickname.

Tell us: What names are you loving from the current TV season? Are there any you’d add to this list?

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


Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Boys’ Name With 4 Syllables, 8 Letters

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Reader Tracy is really specific about the kind of name she wants for her son:

I was wondering if you could help with any suggestions for a 4-syllable boy name. This is my 6th baby and I am truly at a loss this time! My oldest 3 children all have 3-syllable, 7 letter names (Breanna, Cassidy, and Zachary) and my youngest 2 have 4-syllable, 8 letter names (Monterio and Giavonna). I would love for this little guy to have a 4-syllable, 8 letter name but I haven’t been very successful in my search. I don’t want a common name but I don’t want anything too outlandish either! If you could help with any suggestions, I would be grateful!

These parameters present a pretty interesting challenge—especially as so many boys’ names are shorter. (I think eight letters and four syllables would be much simpler for a girl.)

Just like your son Monterio, look at names that end with that “o” at the end—they’re becoming red hot in their two-syllable forms, like Milo and Arlo, so the four syllables will be a bit of a twist. I like Benvolio, Demetrio, Pacifico, Fiorello and Annunzio, but my favorite with your baby name mix is Oliviero, which is an international take on Oliver.

Another option is the Roman name trend, shown in shorter names like Augustus and Magnus. I’d pick Aurelius or Ignatius—or try Octavius or Octavian.

Two other names to consider—Jeremiah, a Biblical name with lots of weight behind it, and Ebenezer, which is starting to come back after a long time of being associated with fictional miser Ebenezer Scrooge. (I love the Eben nickname with that one.)

Okay readers: What do you have for Tracy? Share your favorites in the comments.

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

Spanish Baby Names
Spanish Baby Names
Spanish Baby Names

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