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

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Art, Otis and 13 Other Hot Grandpa Names for Boys

Monday, February 9th, 2015

boy and elderly manNames generally skip a generation or two before they come back into vogue—so when it comes to up-and-coming baby name options, try your local retirement community! Grandpa names have become especially popular for boys lately, as celebrities have picked “old man” names for their baby boys. Several recent celeb babies have scored the name Gus; Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd chose Art (likely short for Arthur) for his new son; and Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis picked Otis for their son.

Interested in following this trend? Here are a few other grandpa names that seem ready for resurrection for the new generation of boys—and in some cases, even girls. (We’ve seen a few girls sporting Winston, Walter, and Lionel!)

Hugo There was the kids’ movie a few years back—and of course, Ron and Hermione picked it for their son in the Harry Potter series. Plus it has a great meaning: “intellect.”

Leopold You get the cool “Leo” nickname from this old-school name that means “brave people.” Leopold hasn’t seen the top 1000 since the 1920s, making it a truly vintage name.

Nelson Pay homage to South African civil rights fighter (and former president) Nelson Mandela with this name pick, which is currently trending just outside the top 600 names.

Winston This is a winning name, associated with Britain’s famed WWII era prime minister, Winston Churchill. There’s been a sharp and sudden increase in popularity in this one over the past few years. (Maybe it’s because of its definition: wine’s town!)

Quincy Skip the overpopular (and increasingly girly) Quinn and go for this old-school version, made popular by a 1970s TV show, Quincy, M.E., and of course, an early U.S. President. It literally means “fifth son,” but you don’t have to save it for that particular person.

Wallace Animated characters Wallace and Gromit, and cool Veronica Mars BFF Wallace Fennel haven’t helped this name rejoin the top 1000 yet, but give it time. I like “Ace” as an offbeat nickname from this one.

Walter Walter is starting to see a small uptick in popularity, after being on a slow and steady decline since the 1930s. It means ruler.

Lionel You’ll find another path to Leo through this old-school name, which actually means young lion. Singer Lionel Richie and legendary actor Lionel Barrymore are the most noted bearers of the name.

Wilfred I’m loving this old-school name as a way to pay homage to a William AND a Fred in your past. (And because it was given to one of my favorite Doctor’s companions on Doctor Who.) Plus, you have a choice of cute nicknames: Will or Freddie.

Alfred This close companion to Wilfred is the more commonly used name. It’s been on a steady downtick here, but it’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance in England, where kids are even getting the nickname “Alfie” as their official name. It’s the name of a legendary English king, the founder of the Nobel prize, and famed movie director Hitchcock.

Oscar This top 200 favorite is often associated with the Grouchy green Sesame Street character, but it has a wonderful meaning: champion.

Harry England’s wild about Harry, a top 10 favorite across the pond, thanks to their Prince and the boy wizard. Here, it still dwells near the bottom of the top 1000.

Vernon Vince Vaughn picked this poetic name, which means “place of alders,” for his son—I can see it catching on for non-celeb parents, too.

Tell us: What grandpa names are you loving these days? What other ones would you like to see make a comeback—and are there some that you think won’t ever make it back into vogue (we’re looking at you, Wilbur!)

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder for get options. 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 Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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What Names Will Be Red-Hot in 2014? Think Frozen!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We called it! Back when the Frozen juggernaut started, we came up with a list of wearable baby names from the blockbuster. And now, some of our fellow baby-name sites are already seeing that Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are all on a huge rise within their sites.

It’s not surprising. Elsa has a similar sound and feel to many of the top names (think Ella, Emma and the like), and it’s actually a variant of top 10 name Elizabeth, it’s not a big stretch to go in this direction.

Only poor Olaf still isn’t making an impression (what does a snowman have to do to get some love?).

If you like that Scandinavian vibe but don’t want to be so literal (or have your daughter be one of several Elsas)?

Some names to consider:

For Boys
Anders-Andrew with Scandinavian flavor
Erik-A variant spelling of Eric
Soren-a popular Scandinavian name with famed philosopher Kierkegaard

For Girls
Agneta-The Scandinavian version of Agnes (Agnetha was one of the members of ABBA)
Annika-A variant of Anna (and a sneaky way to still pay homage to the scrappy little sister)
Lilya-A variation of Lily

Tell us: Have you considered a Frozen name for your baby? Or do you know any new baby Elsas? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, try 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.

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Augustus

Monday, June 9th, 2014

As expected, YA-novel-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars ruled the box office over the weekend. And since we analyzed heroine Hazel’s name last week, I thought it was only fair to take a look at the other name from this pair of star-crossed lovers—Augustus.

Augustus was pretty popular for guys back in the 19th century, then began a slow and steady decline to the bottom of the top 1000. (You might think that the popular 1971 version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory put it on a downslope, given that the character Augustus Gloop was portrayed as a fat and gluttonous kid. But it actually started rising right after the movie came out.) Even before John Green’s book topped the best seller lists last year, the name was on a sharp incline back into popularity, thanks to its now trendy “us” ending. (It’s currently in the top 700 names in the U.S.) The name means great or magnificent, and comes with two cute nicknames: Auggie and Gus.

No word on what John Green thought Augustus’ middle name would be. I’d pair it with something short and traditional. John would be good, or try Thomas, Lee, James or Jackson.

What do you think of the name Augustus? Too stodgy, or something freshly worthy of consideration?

If you’re still looking for a perfect baby name, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder. And be sure 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 Popular?
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Baby Name Dilemma: Something “Green”

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I always love when there’s a story behind a chosen name—and reader Kara’s looking for another name that has personal meaning. Here’s her dilemma:

We are currently expecting our 4th child. My maiden name is Green and married name is Stone and since I am an only child I wanted my maiden name to live on. So I chose the names Jade and Teal…Our 8-year-old daughter is Jade Marie, 5-year-old son is Anthony James (Jr), & our 2-year-old is Alexis Teal. If it is a girl we have it covered but if it is a boy we are totally lost! Any suggestions?

Finding a name with meaning can be tough. Since big brother is a junior, if it’s a boy, you might want to consider looking for something in the family tree (or perhaps a variant on your name!) for your son. Carey means “dark,” and could be in homage to your name, Kara. Jamison could be an intriguing way to bring your husband’s middle name into your son’s name. Look at the grandfathers, and see if there’s something that might work.

And of course, you can work with the Green theme you started with your daughters. Jasper is a precious stone that’s often in green, and it’s an up-and-coming name for boys (currently just inside the top 250). Consider it a nice way to combine your maiden name with your married surname! I also like Olivier, which means “olive tree.” It’s the French variant of popular Oliver—and actually, either would pair nicely with Stone. Laramie isn’t just the name of a city in Wyoming—it also means “canopy of leafy boughs.” And it might be worth considering for your son, too. One last thought: Forrest. It’s not just for the titular character of Forrest Gump—consider Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker!

Tell me: What other meaningful suggestions would you give Kara? And did you choose a name with meaning for your baby? 

You can search for the perfect name with our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to for some personal suggestions. 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

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