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Thursday, September 12th, 2013
It’s a bumper crop of boys in the celebrisphere this week, as two stars welcomed new sons—and gave them names that are hot with other celebrities. First, Jordana Brewster (you’ll know her from Dallas) and her husband Andrew Form had a son, who they named Julian. And then, actor Johnathon Scaech and wife Julie Solomon welcomed their son, named Camden Quinn.
Julian means youthful, and is a freshly popular name, currently #53 on the charts. Music legends John Lennon and Bob Marley each chose it for their sons, along with stars like Robert DeNiro, Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Kudrow, and Robin Thicke.
Camden is slightly less popular—currently at #156—and means winding valley. It’s also the name of a city in New Jersey and a legendary baseball field in Baltimore. But given its current popularity with the celebrity set (I’m picturing lots of Camden C.s and Camden S.’s in kindergarten), I expect it to head much higher next year. Other celebs who picked Camden include Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, and Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo.
Quinn is a cute unisex name that’s still okay for boys and girls, though Quinn from Glee has helped bring the name more firmly into girl territory. (It’s currently at #153 for girls, and #321 for boys.) It’s an Irish name that means leader.
What do you think of these “n” ending boys’ names. Do you see anything you’d consider?
Image: Jordana Brewster by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
It’s a boy for Extra host (and Saved By the Bell alum) Mario Lopez and his wife, Courtney. Son Dominic joins big sister Gia Francesca—a sweet sibling pair, don’t you think?
Dominic means “belonging to the Lord,” and it’s been a top 400 name for over a century. Today it’s #70 on the U.S. charts, and it’s on a steady climb toward the top. The name comes with some great nicknames—Dom or Nick being the most common. It’s been the name of several actors, including 70s comedy staple Dom Deluise and former Hobbit Dominic Monaghan.
No word yet on what Mario and Courtney chose for a middle name, but Mario would be a lovely homage to Dad. It also pairs nicely with Vincent, Lucius or Javier.
What do you think of the name Dominic? Is it one you’d pick for your son?
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Image: Courtney and Mario Lopez by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com
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Saturday, September 7th, 2013
It’s all girls this week in celebrity baby names. Singer Monica and her husband, Phoenix Suns’ b-ball player Shannon Brown welcomed their first daughter, Laiyah Shannon, while it’s a second girl for NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra, who welcomed Lydia Norriss, who joined big sister Genevieve Marie.
Laiyah was the name the baby’s godmother picked for her. It isn’t a common name—and seems to be a variant of either the Hebrew Leah, which means weary, or the Catalan nickname-name Laia, which means sweet speaking. It’s also similar to the name Aaliyah, worn most famously by the late pop singer, which is an Arabic name that means “high born.” Her middle name is Shannon, in homage to her daddy—this unisex Irish name is now slightly more common for girls.
Lydia is a classic Greek baby name, currently in the top 100. A Lydia plays a small part in the New Testament, and it rose in popularity in the 18th century—it was featured as one of the Bennett sisters in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. Norriss appears to be a family name.
What do you think? Would you prefer the more offbeat Laiyah, or the classic Lydia?
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Photo: Monica and Shannon Brown by Allen Berezovsky / Shutterstock.com
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Friday, August 30th, 2013
It’s been all boys for celebrities this week! Yesterday, Fergie and Josh Duhamel welcomed their baby boy, and gave him a very rock-n-roll name—Axl Jack.
Axl is most famous for being worn by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose—whose own name was a slightly less rocking Bill Bailey. It’s a variant spelling of Axel, which means father of peace, though was picked by Axl in honor of one of his first bands, AXL. And apparently, Fergie and Josh picked the name in honor of that rocking Axl (though let’s hope this baby avoids the more controversial aspects of his namesake’s history, including drug use, domestic abuse, and mental illness).
Jack is, of course, one of the more popular names right now—currently in the top 50, though more popular than that with some people using it as a nickname for #22 boys’ name, Jackson. Jack is actually a nickname for John, and means God is gracious. There’s a whole slew of famous Jacks—several in nursery rhymes, author Jack Kerouac, actor Jack Nicholson—and of course, the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.
All in all, it’s a pretty sharp name, with all those short-and-sweet consonant sounds, which makes it really stand out against the softer sounds of their surname, Duhamel.
What do you think of Fergie and Josh’s choice? Too rock-n-roll for a wee baby, or something a cool kid could easily grow into?
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Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Two celebrities just shared the news of new babies. Crooner Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato have a new son to sing lullabies to—his name is Noah. And Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler and fiancé Cutter Dykstra had their first son as well, a boy named Beau. (No middle names have been announced!)
Noah is a classic name that’s currently topping the charts—it’s number 4 in popularity here in the U.S. It comes from the Bible (the man who built the ark), and means “restful.” It’s even been used occasionally for girls—Miley Cyrus has a sister named Noah.
Noah sounds nice when paired with a softer sounding middle name—like Michael, Finn or Sebastian.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra picked an up-and-coming name for their son—Beau. Beau is the French word for handsome, and it’s currently nearing the top 300 baby names here in the U.S. It was the nickname of historic dapper British stylemaker Beau Brummell, and is most famously used for actor Beau Bridges.
Beau also pairs nicely with a softer middle name. I like it with Felix, William, or Francis.
What do you think of this latest pair of celebrity boys’ names? Would you go for the uberpopular Noah, or the more unique Beau?
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Image: Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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