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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Just in time for the True Blood season premiere this weekend, the show’s stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, finally spilled the beans on the names of their adorable boy-girl twins. (I was worried they’d be sent off to college before we found out what they’re called!) And the names are: Poppy and Charlie—two names I just happen to adore.
Poppy is obviously a floral name, a bright, cheerful bloom with a name that’s just as joyful. Unlike fellow floral names Lily and Violet, Poppy still hasn’t cracked the top 1000, but it’s been a relatively popular name with the celebrity set. (Anthony Edwards, Jamie Oliver and Jessica Capshaw all picked the name for their daughters.) It fits beautifully with the name Stephen chose for his daughter from a previous relationship—Lilac.
And Charlie’s name goes hand-in-hand with the name of Stephen’s older son—Billy. It has the same casual take on a traditional name that we all know and love. No word on whether they went for the official Charles (which currently ranks #62 in baby names in the U.S.), or straight for the nickname (Charlie ranks #233 for boys). Either way, the name means “free man.”
We don’t have their middle names, but I’d probably pair Poppy with something longer—like Caroline, Clementine or Josephine. I like Charlie with something short and sweet, like James, Brooks or Bennett.
What do you think of Poppy and Charlie as a twin set? What middle names would you pick for them? And if you’re as stoked as I am for the season premiere of True Blood this weekend, check out my list of True Blood names that might just be perfect for you.
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Image: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Apparently, now that Jersey Shore is cancelled and she already has experience naming one baby of her own, Snooki has gone into the baby-naming biz—and she’s offering her unsolicited baby name advice to celebs like Kim Kardashian and Fergie.
For Fergie’s soon-to-come baby, she offers Casper for a boy, “because Fergie is funky and fun, so Casper’s a fun name.” For a girl, Violet’s her choice, “because Violet is pretty just like Fergie.”
For the offspring of the K-centric couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Snooki picked Kougar or Kat “so they could still fit in the family business.” (I’m intrigued as to what business the Kardashians are in, other than allowing their lives to be filmed for prime-time TV and coming up with trendy names like Khloe and Mason.)
Overall, the choices are about 50-50 in my book. I like the girls’ names. Violet’s always been a big favorite of mine (I’m using it for the heroine of a novel I’m working on), and I like Kat as a nickname for something longer, like Katharine or Katrina. But Casper has the connection with the “friendly ghost” of old-school cartoon fame (maybe Snooki’s too young to remember the cartoons?), and Kougar—well, you know my thoughts about creative spellings. Plus, Cougar has those semi-creepy connotations of middle-aged women prowling for young handsome men. I also find it interesting that she went for mostly offbeat, daring choices for others, when her own baby was given a very old-school Italian name (Lorenzo).
What do you think of Snooki’s baby name choices? Would any of them make your short list? (Shout out to Appellation Mountain for the heads up on this interesting news!)
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
It’s a girl for heartthrob Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum. And though initially, the couple were hush-hush about the baby name, it’s finally been announced: Everly.
Everly sounds like it should mean something along the lines of “forever,” but it actually means wild boar (maybe not the meaning you were seeking for your baby girl!). It’s an English name that began its life as a boys’ name (Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis picked it for his son). But lately, parents have started to consider it for their girls. (Twilight actor Cam Gigandet picked an alternative spelling, Everleigh, for his daughter.) And in fact, it charted in the top 1000 for the first time last year, as a girls’ name. And it’s also associated with the pop greats, who were noted for the song “Bye, Bye Love.”
I actually wondered if they were going to pick a name with a double-n in it, to work well with their names—a name like Annabel, Hannah, Quinn or Sienna would have been my choices if they’d gone in that direction.
No word on a middle name for Everly, but I would pick something short and sweet—Rose, James (the current vogue celeb middle name for girls) or Maeve.
What do you think of the name Everly? Is it one you’d pick for your daughter—or your son? And what middle name do you think Channing and Jenna picked for their baby?
Photo: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Two celeb couples just welcomed daughters—Ron Livingstone (you’ll remember him most memorably as the hypnotized hero Peter of cult classic Office Space), and wife Rosemarie DeWitt (an actress who starred in Standoff) welcomed daughter Gracie James; baseball player Nick Swisher and Reba star Joanna Garcia Swisher welcomed daughter Emerson Jay. So two ladies with names on the boyish side!
Gracie is a more informal version of the word name Grace, a name that’s just fallen out of the top 20–and James has been popping up more and more for girls as a clever (and slightly less expected) middle name, in lieu Jane or Ann.
Emerson used to be a boys’ only name—but recently, it’s become even more popular for girls, where it’s currently in the top 250. It’s another way to get that popular Emma/Emily/Em sound in your daughter’s name. Jay comes from the bluejay bird (or is short for Jason). Traditionally, this was also boys’ only, but now it’s a girls name, too.
What do you think of these two celebrity “tomboy” names? Are these names you’d want to give your daughter—or would you prefer them for your sons?
And don’t forget to vote for your favorite names with our cool Name Game feature!
Photo: Ron Livingstone and Rosemarie DeWitt by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Monday, May 20th, 2013
It’s twins for country singer Chely Wright and her wife, Lauren Blitzer Wright, who welcomed a pair of sons over the weekend. The two boys were given names that had meaning for the couple—they’re the names of Chely and Lauren’s grandfathers: Everett Joseph and George Samuel.
Everett is a relatively popular name that means “brave,” and currently is on a major upswing toward the top 200 names. They paired it with the timeless Joseph, a top 20 Biblical name.
George is a Greek name that means farmer. It’s a name that’s on a very slow and steady decline, after decades in the top 20 names. (I still love it, though, for little boys!) It’s a name with a very long and illustrious past, including British royals, our first President, a slew of writers, and of course, a few modern Presidents, too. Samuel is an Old Testament name, which hasn’t been out of the top 100 for over a century. It’s a name that means “told by God,” and it’s currently in the top 25 in the U.S.
What do you think of Chely and Lauren’s choices? Are you planning on any of those names for your baby boy? (Don’t forget to check out our Name Game to tell us what other names you love—or love to hate!)
Photo: Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Wright by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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