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Thursday, July 25th, 2013
With all the royal baby hoopla, we missed a few notable births—including the daughter of Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen Fallon. They gave her a sweet name, Winnie Rose.
Winnie is a nickname-name. It’s usually used as a shortened version of Winona, Gwendolyn or Winifred. Winifred means “gentle friend,” Gwendolyn means “white ring,” and Winona means “oldest daughter.” So take your pick of which meaning they’ve chosen as the one that sticks for their Winnie. You can probably expect that Winnie’s going to get some Pooh-related jokes, thanks to the famous, hunny-loving bear. But there’s also Winnie Cooper, the object of adoration from the show The Wonder Years, and South African activist Winnie Mandela.
Rose is a beloved middle name, after the lovely flower.
In all, a sweet—and dare I say it—winning name.
What do you think of Jimmy and Nancy’s name choice? Would you have gone for the more formal Winifred or Winona, or do you like the short and sweet nickname best?
Image: Nancy and Jimmy Fallon, by DFree / Shutterstock.com
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
For name nerds like me, the big story wasn’t whether Prince William and Duchess Kate had a boy or girl—it’s what names they picked for the royal baby. Following tradition, the future King of England was given almost as many names as Uma Thurman’s daughter, Luna—three. And here it is: George Alexander Louis! Read below for the full scoop on these names.
George This lovely name, which means “farmer,” has a long history with British royalty—there was a King George in charge of England for a stretch of more than a century. It’s also rumored to be the name Prince Charles will take on when he becomes king.
Alexander Alexander the Great was an early conquerer of Asia—and Alexander was a common royal name for Russian and Greek monarchs. The name means defender of men—a wonderful meaning for a future king’s name. The female version, Alexandra, is part of Queen Elizabeth’s name.
Louis The legendary kings of France (who ended their reign when they were snuffed out in the French Revolution) wore this moniker, which means warrior. (It’s also one of Prince William’s middle names!)
What do you think of Kate and William’s choices? Still not loving any of the prince’s names? Try one of these other royal boys’ names on for size! (Or if you have a little princess to name, check out our list of royal names for girls!)
Take a look back at Kate’s pregnancy, her marriage, and more! (And see our special message about the royal baby!)
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Photo: Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince George Alexander Louis
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Friday, July 12th, 2013
It’s been a veritable babypalooza in Hollywood this week. First Busy Philipps shared the news of her new arrival Cricket—and now two other celebrity couples welcomed new additions. Actress Ali Landry and husband Alejandro Monteverde welcomed son Valentine Francesco, while Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and wife Kristin’s new son was given the moniker Maxwell Haze.
Let’s start with the most unusual name: Valentine is the name of the saint that inspired the hearts-and-flowers holiday. It’s a name that means healthy and strong, and it’s a unique choice—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 baby for nearly 65 years. Ali said that the name Francesco was inspired by her recent meeting with the Pope Francis I. It’s the Italian version of the name Francis, which means free man. It hasn’t been a top 1000 favorite since the turn of the century. Ali’s other children have very Italian names—Estela and Marcelo—so Valentine Francesco fits right in the family.
Meanwhile, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson’s new son has a more popular first name—Maxwell is a well-loved choice to get to that cool “Max” nickname—it’s currently sitting right below the top 100 most popular names. The name means great stream. Haze seems to be their little nod to the offbeat celebrity names. I doubt they’re paying homage to the hazy smog around L.A.—maybe it’s a reference to Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Purple Haze?” Max joins big brother Mason.
What do you think of the latest Hollywood baby names? Are there any in there that might make your list?
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Image: Kevin Richardson by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, July 11th, 2013
We admit it—even here across the pond, we have a bit of royal baby fever. I’ve been trolling the news sites looking for confirmation that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labor—and hit a bit of excitement when Twitter had some (seemingly unsubstantiated) news of the impending arrival of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s much-anticipated baby.
But even I’m not quite as crazy as some of the Brit moms to be—who are apparently holding off on naming their already-born progeny in order to give their kids a name befitting royalty. According to Female First, many newborns remain nameless so their moms can commemorate the royal birth by copycatting on the new prince or princess.
Because you have 60 days to register a baby’s name after birth, odds are there could be a huge spate in Alexandras or Georges with summer 2013 birthdays. (Those two monikers are the current frontrunners in betting pools.)
I’m just hoping that all of these moms have a backup plan, given there’s a 50/50 shot that their babies aren’t the same sex as the royal one.
What do you think? Would you copycat the royal baby name?
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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
When your mom’s named Busy and your big sister is Birdie, it’s only natural that your name won’t be plain Jane. So Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein gave their daughter another nod to the animal kingdom: Joining big sis Birdie Leigh is Cricket Pearl.
Cricket is obviously a nod to the jumpy little insect. There aren’t too many other people bearing the name, other than a character on Young and the Restless who used it as a nickname, and a talking doll that was popular in the 1980s. It has a cheerful vibe to it, even if it is a bit offbeat to name your kid after an insect.
Pearl is another word name, but with a much more elegant meaning—it makes a lovely middle name (and could even make a great first name, if Cricket decides her name is a bit too offbeat for her personality).
Obviously, pairing Cricket with Birdie is kind of a fun little naming thing—though is it worrisome that crickets are often prey for birds? Personally, I can’t ever see myself picking Cricket for one of my children, but with that family set—and the California/celebrity vibe, it works.
What do you think of Busy’s baby names? Is Cricket cool and fresh, or too far out there for your taste?
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Image: Busy Philipps by Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com
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