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Celebrity Baby Name: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Second Daughter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

mark paul gosselaar and wife catrionaHow many different ways can you spell the baby name Lachlan? Apparently, plenty.

Saved By the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn picked a variant spelling of this Scottish classic boys’ name, Lachlyn, for their brand new daughter, and paired it with the popular middle name, Hope. Lachlan in all its forms seems to be a popular choice for stylish celeb babies of late—Vince Vaughn picked Lochlyn recently for his daughter.

Lachlan (or in this case, Lachlyn) means from the lake land, and it’s currently just inside the top 1000 baby names for boys here in the U.S, but it’s much more popular in Australia. The variant spelling, Lochlan, ranks slightly higher than Lachlan here in the U.S. (at #938 vs #991), and you could also consider the Irish variant Laughlin as another option.

Hope is a word/virtue baby name that’s been a super popular pick for the middle spot, but is also pretty popular as a first name–it’s regularly been in the top 300 for more than 20 years.

Lachlyn seems like a great baby name match with the rest of her sibling set. She joins big brothers Dekker Edward and Michael Charles and big sister Ava Lorenn.

Tell us: Would you prefer Lachlan (or one of its variant spellings) for a boy or a girl?

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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Photo of Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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Celebrity Baby Names: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Picked…

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Hey, girl! We finally found out what name Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes picked for their brand new baby daughter: Esmeralda Amada!

Esmeralda is the Spanish variation of Emerald, that amazing bright green gem. It’s currently in the top 400 names here in the U.S., though it’s on a bit of a downward trend. (It hit its peak at #134 back in 1998.)

Amada can be considered either a variation of Amadea, a Latin name that means beloved of God, or Amy, which just means beloved. It’s relatively unheard of here, but was the name of a character Eva played in a movie a few years back.

I’m loving Esmeralda, which can be shortened to the sweet and chic Esme. The names flow almost too well together—as if they’re both parts of a whole. Which may not be a bad thing, depending on your preferences.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Ryan and Eva picked? Would you consider Esmeralda?

Image: Ryan Gosling by Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or use our Baby Name Finder to find a great one. 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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Spanish Baby Names
Spanish Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Chelsea Clinton’s Daughter

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

It’s a girl for former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Mark Mezvinsky. That makes former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State (and potential 2016 contender) Hillary Clinton officially grandparents! And the name picked for this little girl? The lovely and classic Charlotte!

Charlotte is a French feminization of Charles, and shares its meaning of free man. It’s been on the rise for a while, and is now just outside the top 10, at #11. It’s a classic name that’s been used for numerous famous folks European royalty, author Charlotte Bronte, and the character Charlotte York on Sex and the City.

The middle name is mom’s famous surname, Clinton.

What do you think of Charlotte as a baby name pick? Too popular, or just a wonderful classic?

If you’re still looking for baby names, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your dilemma. 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: 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!

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Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names

Image: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.com

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What’s the Hottest Celebrity Baby Name of the Year (So Far)?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Which celebrity gave their new kiddo the most red-hot name? It turns out Scarlett Johansson picked the winner with her sweetly old-fashioned Rose. There are nearly 400,000 other people in the U.S. bearing the name!

Whitepages.com sussed out the numbers, and not only determined which celeb moms chose the hottest names, but also in which states they found the most people bearing the name. Here’s what they found:

Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies

1. Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
2. Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
3. Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
4. Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
5. Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
6. Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
7. Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
8. Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
9. Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
10. Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
11. Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
12. Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
13. River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
14. Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
15. Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
16. Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
17. Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
18. Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
19. Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
20. Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most

And who would have thought that traditional Elizabella would be far less popular than more offbeat names like Lyric and Apollo?

What do you think? Which of these celebrity baby names would you consider for your kiddo?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com—I’m especially looking for a really good dilemma from someone who’s having a baby girl. (You could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!) Want to double check the meaning of your favorite name? Check out our Baby Name Finder for the inside scoop. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on FB to keep up with the very latest in celebrity baby names!

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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