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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Thanksgiving often seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas—especially when the stores seem to start putting up their Christmas displays before you’re done with your back-to-school shopping. And it’s a shame, as it’s a pretty great holiday: When else are you encouraged to think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for—and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family? If you’re looking for a baby name that suits the meaning of this particular season—gratitude, friendship and kindness—here are some options for you.
Alden This charming boys’ name makes a nice alternative to Aiden. It means friends.
Amity This sweet virtue name is virtually unheard of, but has a lovely meaning—friendship.
Charity This charming old-school virtue name just cracked the top 1000, and seems particularly perfect for the season.
Concord Considered a boys’ virtue name, Concord is a word that means peace and harmony.
Connelly This Irish boys’ name means love and friendship—and would make a lovely girls’ name, too.
Edwin This old-school variant on Edward means wealthy friend—and makes a winning way to pay homage to an Edward in your family tree.
Dakota is a Sioux name meaning “friendly one,” and has been popular for both boys and girls since the 1980s.
Mercy Another old-school virtue name, Mercy means compassion, and has become one of the more popular virtue names for girls.
Rowena This lovely Welsh name has become more noticed since J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter for the name of one of Hogwarts’ founders. It means famous friend.
Shakir This Arabic name means thankfulness. Shaquille O’Neal gave the variant spelling Shaqir to his son.
Zendaya An African name that literally means “to give thanks.” Its most famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman, who starred on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up and took a spin on Dancing With the Stars that almost netted her the disco ball prize.
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Monday, November 17th, 2014
Reader Michelle clearly has some wonderful baby name taste—I really adore the names she picked for her first two kids. But she hasn’t fallen in love with a name for her third child (they’re planning to be surprised as to whether it’s a boy or girl). Let’s help her out! Here’s her dilemma:
We are having a gender surprise sibling for Olivia (4) and Roman (2) early next year. We have read 900 baby name books and I think just the crazy lists numb our brains because there’s nothing we love.
-We don’t want a really common or traditional American name (although Olivia is very common, but I’ve loved it since before it was high on the list so we went with it anyway) like John or Jennifer. However, we do like older American names pre-1940′s era.
-We also like a lot of Irish and Scottish names, and also some of the cool European regal sounding names.
-We don’t want something that can’t be easily spelled or pronounced (i.e. the problem with “Isla” below).
-We like cool nicknames, too. Olivia actually nicknamed herself “Oli” pronounced like “Oh-lee”, and we call Roman “Ro.”
We LIKE but don’t know if we love the following, but any other ideas/opinions?
Isla (I’m being told the general public will never pronounce or spell this correctly, but it’s our favorite), Harper (dang it Beckham family!), Lucia (Loo-see-uh, aka Lucy)
Wyatt (sort of), Finn… uhh we’re really bad with narrowing down boy names…
I love all of your baby name picks! I think Isla is becoming more well known here in the U.S., with actress Isla Fisher and with it becoming so popular in the U.S., so your concerns about spelling and pronunciation issues may be a moot point. (Of course, you could always move to the U.K., where it’s so red hot that your Isla will likely not be the only one in her class.) Personally, I love Isla and Finn best out of your picks, but any of those names would be sweet and go well with your other kids’ names. If you’re still looking for suggestions that suit your baby name taste, here are my thoughts:
It’s so hard to narrow it down! I love Clara, Violet, Lillian (which comes with the cool and in vogue nickname Lily), Adeline (which would be my third daughter’s name, if there was a third daughter to name!), Eleanor, Rosalind, Clementine, Fiona, Alice, Harriet, and Louisa. Just to name a few!
Boys’ names always seem to be a bit trickier for parents. Here are a few I think would work beautifully with the sibset, and have some flair and personality: Arthur, Alistair, Edwin (nicknamed Win!), Killian, Flynn (like Finn, but with a little more flair—think swashbuckling early silver screen star Errol Flynn), Ewan, Evander, Lachlan and Duncan.
Okay readers: What’s your favorite? And what other suggestions do you have for Michelle? (I know there are plenty of other favorites out there to recommend!)
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Friday, September 19th, 2014
Actress Lindsay Price and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone welcomed their second son—and gave him a “son” name to match big brother Hudson. The new baby is Emerson Spencer Stone.
Emerson has become a unisex name, thanks to actress Teri Hatcher, who picked it for her daughter. But it’s still just outside the top 300 names for boys, and it has German origins. The most famous bearer of the name wore it as a surname: Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Spencer is also considered unisex, though falls more heavily on the boys’ side of the equation—it’s currently just below the top 250 names for boys, and it means steward.
All in all, it’s a lovely and classic name they picked, and I love the longer, soft consonant-filled first and middle name with the short and slightly stronger Stone.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Lindsay and Curtis picked? Do you think of Emerson as more of a boys’ or a girls’ name?
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Image: Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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Monday, September 1st, 2014
It can be hard to find two names you love when you have twins on the way! That’s reader Stephanie’s dilemma:
My twins are due in October – a boy and a girl, and we have chosen Violet Kathryn for the girl’s name, but are at a loss of a boy’s name. We would like the middle name Joseph to honor a family member, but we haven’t fallen in love with any boy’s names! They will be joining big brothers Kieran Anthony and Grayson Alexander, and I want to find a boy name that pairs well with his bigger siblings as well as his sister. Any suggestions are welcome!
Finding the name for a third boy (who is also part of boy-girl twins) can be tricky. I like the idea of continuing your “ending in n” theme you have going on with the older boys, but I’d like to work that “v” in, to tie it in with his sister’s names.
I have a few favorites that could work in that area: My top choice is Gavin, a top 50 name that has a lovely meaning—white hawk—and was a knight of the Round Table. It’s similar in popularity to the other names you’ve used, and shares the two-syllable structure of your other boys’ names. If Gavin isn’t working for you, try Vaughn, a Welsh name that means “little,” and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names. (If you’d rather make it more modern and sleek, try Von, a Norse name that means hope.)
The danger, of course, is choosing a name that’s too similar to Kieran or Grayson. I like Declan or Deacon, which add that hard “k” sound in the middle, to help this name stand out from the others in the sibling set. Or go in the other direction, with softer names that don’t have the hard Ks or Gs—names like Owen and Lennon. Other two-syllable names that aren’t quite as well known as the Aiden/Brayden/Jayden crew—and I think have a touch of cool—would be Alden, Edwin, Winston and Tristan.
You could also go with a name that ends in “T,” to link your son with his sister. I like August, Barrett, Dermot, Everett, Prescott, and Rupert. (Rupert’s my absolute favorite of these, but I love Violet and Everett as a sibling set!)
Okay, readers, your turn! What should Stephanie name baby boy #3? Share your thoughts in the comments. And if you have a great baby name dilemma, send it my way at email@example.com, and you could see it answered here. Do your own baby name spelunking with our Baby Name Finder, and keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.
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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
So, our friends over at Nameberry crunched their numbers as to what names topped their searches and views for the first half of 2014, and it’s clear that baby namers are looking for something fresh in their baby name choices.
Topping the searches were Imogen for girls, a popular British name that has Shakespearean roots and has never broken the top 1000 for girls, and Asher for boys, an Old Testament name that’s expected to surge into the top 100 this year.
And many of the other names on their list aren’t currently top 10 contenders—but are lovely, wearable names for those looking for something more offbeat. I’m loving Cora, Adelaide, and Eleanor on the girls’ list, and Jude, Emmett, and Archer for boys.
Of course, looking at the names on a baby naming website isn’t the same thing as actually choosing the name as your child, so don’t expect that Khaleesi, which is the 18th most viewed name on the site for girls, will actually be in the top 20 when the Social Security puts out its list next year. But could up-and-comers like Hazel, Soren, Knox and Ruby make rise up on the list of popular names? Absolutely!
Check out the full top 100 baby names here, and let us know which names you’d pick from the list! If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your baby, check out our baby naming tool, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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