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Cool Name of the Week: Neal

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Season finale season on TV usually includes a birth or two, and Once Upon a Time’s season finale featured the birth, and naming, of Prince Charming and Snow White’s son. And what moniker did they give the Prince? That’d be the decidedly not too royal (or too fairy tale) Neal.

Neal has a bit of a history on the show—it’s the name picked by the son of Rumpelstiltskin, who had previously gone by the name Baelfire—and who had fallen in love and had a child with Charming and Snow’s daughter, Emma. (Whew!)

Neal is an Irish name that means cloud, and it’s more typically spelled Neil. (Though I kinda prefer the “a” in the middle.) With the more popular spelling, there’s a crew of famous namesakes—man on the moon Neil Armstrong, pop-singing institution Neil Diamond, and of course, actor Neil Patrick Harris, to name a few. After years in the top 400, Neal started a nosedive in the mid 1980s, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 since. But could ABC’s fairy-tale show help bring it back?

Neal could be easily paired with some of the longer names that are in vogue. I’d love it with Parker, Andrew, Oliver and Xavier—either name could be in the middle spot. (I’m especially liking the combos Andrew Neal and Neal Parker!)

What do you think of the name Neal? Too 1950s, or ready to reclaim the limelight?

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Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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Most Popular Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Social Security Administration finally revealed the list of the most popular baby names for 2013, and it’s a new number one—at least on the boys’ side. Finally knocking Jacob out of the top spot after more than a decade is the Biblical Noah! On the girls’ side, Sophia still reigns supreme, with a little switching of spots between the next three: Emma, Olivia and Isabella. Here’s the whole top 10 for boys—and for girls!

Top 10 for Boys & Girls

1. Noah & Sophia

2. Liam & Emma

3. Jacob & Olivia

4. Mason & Isabella

5. William & Ava

6. Ethan & Mia

7. Michael & Emily

8. Alexander & Abigail

9. Jayden & Madison

10. Daniel & Elizabeth

You can see the full list on the Social Security site. Don’t see the perfect name for your baby in the top 10 (or you’re looking for something that’s not quite in the spotlight)? Use our Baby Name Finder to search out a great moniker, or send me your dilemma at to get personalized advice. And keep watching this blog as we slice and dice the numbers and analyze which baby names are trending, which ones are on the way out, and what’s most popular in your neighborhood! (You can like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post!)

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

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Baby Brother for Gianni

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Reader Kelly is having a hard time coming up with a follow up to a wonderful name:

I would love some help coming up with a name for my son due in 7 short weeks. My older son’s name is Gianni so I’d like a name that sort of “goes” with that. I prefer a name that’s not trending and my husband and I just cannot come up with anything!

It’s great that you want your kids’ names to make sense together—it always makes me scratch my head when I see a set of siblings like, say, Rainbow and Elizabeth. If you wanted to go for another Italian name (which makes sense with your last name), try names like Dante, Luca, Roman or even short and simple Leo (even though it ends with an “o” like your last, it really flows beautifully!). You could also go with some of the Latin-based “us” names—consider them old-school Italian. Atticus and Magnus have been trending up, but there are tons of beautiful ones: I like Lucius, Aurelius, or Andreas. Of course, you could always cross the borders, and find another European name that blends well with Gianni. I like Dimitri, Ari, Olivier, and Remy.

With a long last name and a multi-syllable first, you need something short and sweet in the middle. I’d go with a mono-syllable middle name, like James, Lee, or Rey. For instance, Leo James, Lucius Ray, or Remy Lee.

What ideas do you have for Kelly to pair with her son Gianni? Share them in the comments!

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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Roger Federer Has Twins—Again!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

First, it was twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose. But now, tennis great Roger Federer and wife Mirka are welcoming another set of twins to their family, and this time it’s boys. His new twin sons sport a pair of similar names, Leo and Lenny, according to his tweeted birth announcement.

Leo is close to hitting the top 100 for boys in the U.S., thanks to the popularity of Leonardo DiCaprio, who usually goes by the shortened Leo. It’s a Latin name with a cool meaning—lion—and it was used for literally a dozen Popes and many saints.

Lenny is usually short for Leonard—which means that he’s essentially giving his two sons the same name. (Leonard also means lion.) However, Lenny hasn’t fared quite as well as the cooler “Leo” nickname—it fell out of the top 1000 in the early 1980s, probably thanks to the doofus neighbors Lenny and Squiggy on the show Laverne and Shirley.

No word yet on the middle names, but I find it interesting that both sets of twins have one child with an “in vogue” name (Myla and Leo), and one with a retro choice (Charlene and Lenny).

What do you think of the names they picked? Would you go for Lenny or Leo?

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Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples
Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples
Baby Names: How To Name Twins and Multiples

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Cool Name of the Week: Ignacio

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of our southern neighbor’s celebration, this week’s name has some very cool associations with Mexican history. Ignacio is a Spanish variant of old-school Latin Ignatius, and it means “fiery.” And it was quite the apropos name for two very fiery Mexican historical figures. Ignacio Zaragosa Seguin achieved a major (and very unlikely) victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. That victory helped keep Mexico from falling under French rule—and may have helped the North win the American Civil War, as historians believe that the French would have provided some much needed aid to the South if they’d developed a Mexican stronghold. (So there’s good reason for the U.S. to celebrate, too!) And Ignacio Allende is a key figure in Mexico’s history—though he was a leader in the Spanish army, he took up the cause of Mexican independence and helped organize it, before he was executed for treason.

Ignacio has never broken the top 500 in the U.S., and is currently in a bit of a dip. But with so much great history behind it—and some intriguing nicknames (I’m seeing Iggy or Ace)—couldn’t this name head back up the charts? Its origin, Ignatius, was picked by Cate Blanchett for one of her children, and was featured several times in Harry Potter, as well.

What middle name would you pair with Ignacio? Allende’s middle name was Jose, and if you want to keep the Spanish flavor, Cruz, Rey or Paz would all be good choices. If you want to go in a different direction, try something with a little spunk. What about Justice, True, or even Rebel?

What do you think of the name Ignacio? Cool, or too old-fashioned for a modern boy? If you’re still hunting for the perfect baby name, check out 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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Spanish Baby Names
Spanish Baby Names

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