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Cate Blanchett Gave Her Daughter THREE Vintage Baby Names!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Cate BlanchettOscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett just adopted a baby girl—and in keeping with her vintage chic baby name style, joining big brothers Ignatius, Roman, and Dashiell is little sister Edith Vivian Patricia.

Edith is one of those turn-of-the-20th century favorites that’s making a comeback in this century, now in the 719th spot on the baby name charts. It means “prosperous in war,” and the most current and cool bearer of the name is Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey. With the popularity of “E” names like Evie, Ever, and Evelyn, Edith makes a wonderful vintage alternative that’s likely going to be making a nice jump in popularity in the coming years. (It’s definitely on my “names to watch” list!)

Vivian was rumored to be in the first spot (but with the fancier Vivienne spelling). It’s a French baby name that means life, and it’s been in the top 200 names since 2008.

Patricia is the second middle name, and it means noble. After a long run in the very top of the charts from the 1930s to the 1980s, it’s been on a sharp decline since the turn of the 21th century.

In all, Cate made a lovely pick that fits in well with her choices for her sons.

Tell us: What do you think of Cate’s baby name choices? Would you dust off a vintage name like Edith (or even her other picks, like Ignatius)?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Name: Liv Tyler’s New Son!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Liv TylerLiv Tyler and her boyfriend David Gardner welcomed a baby boy recently, and now the actress has shared the baby’s name. Joining big brothers Milo and Gray is the intriguingly named Sailor Gene. Sailor is, of course, an occupational baby name with ties to the sea. Sailor has been a more popular baby name for girls, thanks to Christie Brinkley picking it for her daughter a few years back.

Gene is often used as a nickname for Eugene (or Eugenia, in the case of a girl). And it once ruled the charts as a top 75 name back in the 1930s, but interestingly, it started falling out of favor just as movie legend Gene Kelly made his debut in the 1940s. It dropped out of the top 1000 baby names here in the U.S. in the early 1990s, but Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher recently gave it to his son.

In general, I think it’s an intriguing name choice—though I’m not quite sure I’m loving Sailor Gardner as a name combo. However, Sailor does go nicely with Milo and Gray as a sibling set.

What do you think of Sailor as a baby name? Is it taking that occupational name trend a bit too far, or is it a cool alternative to some of the more popular occupational names, like Mason, Taylor and Cooper? And would you give it to a boy or girl?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

 

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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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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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: Jenna Fischer’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Office star Jenna Fischer welcomed her second child with husband Lee Kirk. Joining big brother Weston Lee is little sister Harper Marie. (I’m sensing that Jenna and Lee love surname names—don’t you?)

Harper has been a huge favorite lately for ladies—it’s currently the 16th most popular name for girls. It means, naturally, “harp player.”

Marie is a French variant of Mary, and means bitter. It’s been a top middle name choice for decades, and it’s currently in the top 600 baby names for the U.S.

In all, a lovely name, and one that it’s likely that some of you may have picked. (No oddball names here!)

Tell us: Do you love Jenna’s choice? And if you are one of the moms who picked Harper for your daughter, what did you pick as the middle name?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some personalized 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 Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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