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Two Big Stars Welcome Sons—Get the Baby Name Scoop!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Two A-list stars recently welcomed boys—and picked two very intriguing names for their brand new sons. First, Empire actor Terrence Howard announced that he welcomed a son in May with his wife Miranda, named Qirin Love. Then Alec and Hilaria Baldwin announced their son’s birth and his name, Rafael Thomas.

According to their baby announcement, Terrence and Miranda created the name Qirin based on a Chinese mythological creature called a qilin, a hooved and antlered animal that is often aflame and appears when a person of prominence is born or dies. (No word on whether they’ll pronounce the Q more like the “k” of Western usage, or the “ch” in the Chinese pronunciation.) Love is, of course, a word name, which is usually used for girls. Qirin joins a host of siblings bearing unique names: Heaven, Hunter, and Aubrey, all from Terrence’s first marriage.

Alec and Hilaria went for more standard names. Rafael is a Spanish variant of Raphael, the name of the patron saint of travelers and one of the great artists of the Renaissance. And Thomas is one of the most timeless names out there, with an apostle and a slew of famous bearers of the name to recommend it. Rafael has two big sisters: Carmen Gabriela and Ireland. (Ireland is Alec’s daughter with actress Kim Basinger.)

Tell us: What do you think of this pair of baby names? Would you be more likely to pick a name like Qirin or like Rafael?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelly Rowland’s New Son

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

It’s a boy for singer and Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Witherspoon! And they chose a legendarily strong baby name for their son: Titan Jewell.

Titan has moved into the top 1000 over the last few years. It’s the name of a legendary group of immortal giants from Greek mythology. With names like Athena rising on the girls’ list, it’s no surprise that Titan is now on its way up.

Jewell was likely the name Kelly was alluding to when she said that Tim picked a name related to family. It’s generally a surname, but could also be considered an alternative spelling of Jewel.

What do you think? Is this a gem of a name, or too offbeat for your taste?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name, email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or check out your options with 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: 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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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 lamilbrand@gmail.com 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.

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Do We Make Sexist Baby Name Choices?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Are we picking names that fit into gender stereotypes when we choose our children’s names? If you look at word name picks—names like Charity and Grey—it certainly seems like it. In taking a look at the biggest movers and shakers—the names that are moving quickly up the list—you’ll find that most fall along these lines:

Boys are bestowed names that are fancy titles.Yeah,  a few parents named their girls Khaleesi, but a ton of guys got real-life honorary titles, like Major, Duke, King and Deacon. (Duke alone jumped over 429 places on the list.) The only fancy title on the girls’ big risers list? Princess, which could just as easily be in homage to Snow White as it is to a real life royal.

Girls are given floral names. With Violet and Lily near the top of the popularity list, it’s not really surprising that some less common florals made the list—Azalea, Dahlia, Iris and Magnolia among them. The boys didn’t even get a single nod to nature among their biggest jumpers.

• Boys get names that connote risk taking. There’s Gunner and Archer, and Major is usually a military title. Maverick actually means risk taker. And Legend? Well, you don’t get to be a legend by playing by the rules.

• Girls are given safer names. There’s Haven, Mercy, Charity, and Laurel. Even Olive could be considered in this category, since the olive branch is often considered a sign of peace.

And only one name appeared on both the boys’ and girls’ lists—Justice, which seems to be an up-and-coming name for both boys and girls.

Tell us: Have you considered a word name for your child? Does it fall along these gender lines? Would you ever consider crossing the aisle with some of the word names—for instance, choosing a risk-taking name like Maverick or Legend for a girl, or going with a “safe” name like Haven for a boy?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get help with a sticky situation. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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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Baby Name Dilemma: A No-Nickname Name

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.

I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?

Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)

Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.

Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.

Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.

Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.

Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.

Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.

Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.

Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.

If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)

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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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