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8 Oscar-Worthy Baby Names

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Benedict CumberbatchThis year’s batch of Oscar nominees may have touched off some controversy due to the lack of diversity, but if you’re looking for great baby names, there are more than a few in the pool. Check out my picks for some winning baby name options.

Selma – There’s been a bit of controversy over the fact that Selma, the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t score any acting or directing nods for its cast and crew—though the film itself was nominated for best picture. It’s a place name with historic significance—and has connections to Selma Blair and Salma Hayek to recommend it.

Felicity – Playing Jane Wilde, wife of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything earned Felicity Jones her first nomination. If you love names like Faith and Hope and are looking for something that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider this baby name, which means happiness.

Rosamund - Nominated for her wicked turn in Gone Girl, actress Rosamund Pike sports a Rose alternative that’s worth a second look.

Benedict - British star Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be everywhere these days—including in the Oscar nomination pool. Given his current white-hot status, expect a big batch of little Benedicts in the next few years.

KeatonMichael Keaton scores a nomination—and a hit with his surname. It’s become a popular baby name for both boys and girls.

Alejandro – Alejandro G. Iñárritu earned his first Oscar nod for directing The Birdman, and offers baby namers this stellar variant on the classic Alexander.

Morten – Morten Tyldum directed The Imitation Game—but is his name worthy of imitation? I’m kind of digging this alternate spelling that livens up the old-man classic Morton.

Meryl – Perpetual nominee (and multiple winner) Meryl Streep sports a lovely name that means “by the sea.”

Tell us: Are there any names in the mix you might consider for your child? And which movies are you rooting for at the Oscars this year?

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

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Snooki Named Her Daughter…

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Jersey Shore’s “Snooki” Nicole Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle welcomed their second child, and gave her a name with plenty of Italian flair. Joining big brother Lorenzo is Giovanna Marie.

Giovanna is the feminization of the Italian variation of John, Giovanni. It shares its meaning, “God is gracious.” It’s a relatively new addition to the top 1000, having just started charting in the early 1990s, and it’s never made it higher than #635. (It’s currently at 962.)

Marie has long been a favorite in the middle spot. It’s a variant on Mary, and shares its meaning—bitter. Marie is solidly in the top 600 range currently, though on a general downward trend.

Looks like I didn’t guess correctly when I took a stab at choosing a name for Snooki’s baby, but I love Giovanna—it’s very pretty.

Tell us: What do you think of Snooki’s pick? Is it a name you’d consider?

If you’re still looking for a name for your daughter, don’t forget to send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (If you want to DIY it, turn to 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!

Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Christina Aguilera’s New Daughter!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

It’s a girl for pop diva Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler! And they picked a phrase for her name—Summer Rain. She joins big brother Max Liron. Summer is currently a top 200 baby name (at 188), and among the most popular season names (Autumn is the other red-hot one, at #65).

Rain hasn’t hit the top 1000 yet, and it makes a nice nature-themed middle name.

It seems along the lines of some of the latest celebrity baby names, like Holly Madison’s Rainbow Aurora or Kim Kardashian’s North West.

Tell us: What do you think of Christina’s baby name choice?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com.

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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Celebrity Baby Names: A Boy for Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s a boy for actors Alan Ruck (best known as Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and Mireille Enos, from AMC’s murder thriller series The Killing and World War Z. Joining big sister Vesper Vivienne is baby brother Larkin Zouey.

Larkin may sound like the song bird, but it’s an Irish name that means fierce. It’s been on the rise for both boys and girls, but it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 1909—when it last hit the charts for boys.

Zouey reads like a variant spelling of Zoe/Zooey, but it’s also the name of an area in Cameroon. While Zoe is clearly a girls’ name, Zooey was originally a boy’s name, a character in J.D. Salinger’s classic Franny & Zooey.

In all, it’s an intriguing name—more out there than some of the more recent celeb baby names (Jimmy Kimmel picked classic Jane for his daughter, after all), but still not completely off the beaten path.

What do you think? Would you pick Larkin for your child—and would you give it to a son or a daughter?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or feel free to email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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Celebrities Have Baby Name Dilemmas, Too!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Stars—they’re just like us! And when it comes to baby names, they often have the same issues and quandaries we all do.

For instance, people always seem to have the perfect baby name lined up for the first baby—but for the kiddos after that, it can be harder to find a baby name that they love as much (or that they both agree on). That’s apparently an issue for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who found and loved the name Lincoln for their oldest daughter. But according to People, the pair are stumped when it comes to baby #2. Do you think they’ll follow the latest trend and give their new baby a name out of Frozen? Given that they picked one name to use for a boy or a girl, I’m guessing they’ll go with something else intriguingly unisex. (That way, they only have to come up with one good name!)

And while celebrities are often mocked for coming up with out-there baby names (hello, Audio Science and Pilot Inspektor), sometimes they inadvertently almost give their kid a bad name, simply by not checking for weird pronunciation issues or awful monograms. For instance, actor Poppy Montgomery (currently pregnant with baby #3) nearly gave her son the name Jack—a perfectly respectable and normal baby name. But not if you really listen to it, when it’s paired with her husband’s surname, Kaufman. Her new rule: Say it 3 times fast and see if there’s something embarrassing that happens (that’s when she discovered why Jack Kaufman doesn’t work). That’s great advice for any parent! And think about nicknames that come from the name, too—you don’t want to give your kid the name Richard Head, for instance.

If you have a baby name dilemma, don’t be shy—share it with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. You’ll find great baby name ideas with our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only 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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