Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Two celebs welcomed girls recently: Foo Fighter frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl welcomed his third daughter with wife Jordyn Blum. Joining big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow is daughter Ophelia Saint. (People magazine got the scoop from the obituary for Dave’s father, Jim Grohl, in The Vindicator.) And Carson Daly and fiancee Siri Pinter welcomed their daughter, London Rose, who joins siblings Etta Jones and Jackson James.
Ophelia is most famous as the name of Hamlet’s drowned lady love, but this lovely Greek name, which means “help,” may be ready for a comeback. (It hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1950s!) No word on what middle name Dave and Jordyn chose, but I could see it paired with a short and sweet middle, like Leigh, Rose, or June. People may have been nervous about using it in the past because of its association with one of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters, but it’s a wonderfully wearable alternative to some of the uber popular baby names, like Sophia and Fiona.
London is a top 100 baby name, and has been on a sharp rise in popularity since the start of the 21st century, as part of the new interest geographic names. They paired it with popular middle name Rose, one of the red-hot floral names.
What do you think of Carson and Dave’s choices? Which one would you consider for your daughter?
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Friday, September 7th, 2012
Etta Jones Daly. It appears that the former MTV host and current NBC late night host—along with his girlfriend Siri Pinter—decided to honor jazz great Etta Jones (not to be confused with “At Last” singer Etta James) by naming their new baby after her. Etta joins brother Jackson James (looks like the Daly-Pinter clan likes some Js in their names).
Etta means “ruler of the home,” and began its life as a nickname for Henrietta, but now serves as a name in its own right. The name hasn’t hit the top 1000 in decades, but its striking similarity to many of the currently popular names (such as Emma and Ella) mean its comeback is inevitable. The two chanteuses are the most prominent people who bear the name.
Jones follows that whole surname-as-a-name trend, and literally means “son of John.” It’s usually used as a male name, but makes a nice middle name, along the lines of Jane.It still doesn’t rank very highly as a baby name, though—probably due to that whole “keeping up with the Joneses” saying.
It’s a unique name combination, that really works nicely for them. I think the name fits beautifully with her big brother’s name, especially with the striking similarities between their middle names.
What do you think of Carson and Siri’s baby name choices? Would you (or did you) give your child a name that pays homage to an artist you love—or do you think that’s a lame idea? Share your thoughts (or your biggest baby naming dilemmas!) in the comments.
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