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Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s New Baby’s Name Is…

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Edward Duke Rancic was born on Wednesday, a happy ending to the couple’s long struggle with infertility and miscarriages and Giuliana‘s breast cancer. And the name seems to be fitting for a kid that’s clearly going to be treated like royalty.

Edward is a British name that’s long been used by the royal family, and appeared in several of Shakespeare’s plays—it means “happy guardian.” Of course, these days it’s more commonly associated with the sparkly undead romancer from the Twilight series, which may turn off some who would otherwise choose the name. It’s a classic name that’s never fallen out of fashion, remaining in the top 150 names in the country from 1880 on (it’s currently at 148), and it’s a name that comes with a few good nicknames: Ed and Eddie are most common, but Ned and Ted can also be used.

Duke is actually a title of nobility—and its most famous namesake is jazz great Duke Ellington, and it was also a nickname for the great John Wayne. The name hasn’t broken the top 1000 here in the U.S. since 1970—but I think it makes a lovely middle name for those who like the spunkiness of Jack or Max but want something with a little more panache.

My only beef with the name is that the “d” at the end of Edward blends too easily in with the beginning of Duke, making them less distinct from each other. But otherwise, hats off to Giuliana and Bill for choosing a fabulous name for their brand new baby.

What do you think of Giuliana and Bill’s name choice? Would the Twilight association affect your decision to choose Edward? Is Duke too “out there” for you to use?

Photo: Bill and Giuliana Rancic by s. bukley/ Shutterstock

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A Traditional Name for Bill and Giuliana Rancic?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Reality show stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic are expecting their first child, a boy, later this summer. And they’ve already said they aren’t planning to follow the celebrity preference for offbeat names. “It won’t be anything like Stereo System or Flag,” Giuliana has said. The couple is seeking a name that’s nice and traditional—though not necessarily from the top 10 names. (My guess is that Jacob is not on their short list.)

So what works well with Rancic? Obviously, William would be a nice choice, after his father. They could call the younger one Will, instead of resorting to the whole Junior business.

But I’m betting that’s not where they’re headed with their son’s name. So here’s a strategy for them (and, well, for anyone who’s naming a baby): Ideally, a first name should not have the same number of syllables as the last name, and shouldn’t end in the same sound as the beginning of the last name. So that limits Bill and Giuliana a little bit, as many of the more popular first names for boys are two syllable names, like Aidan, Mason and Dylan.

I like names like Charles and James with the last name Rancic. Those names have such a nice, classic appeal—and have a number of nickname options as well. If they want something longer, Maximilian and Nathaniel would work well with the last name, and each shortens nicely (Max and Nate, respectively).

As for middle names, I like the punch of a short, one-syllable middle name. A name like Luke, Cole, Finn or Chance are all great middle name options, depending on the first name choice.

What do you think Bill and Giuliana should choose for their upcoming bundle of joy? Are you planning to go for a more traditional name, or something more unique for your baby?

Photo: Bill and Giuliana Rancic by s. bukley/ Shutterstock

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