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Jenna Bush Hager’s Sweet Baby Name: Get the Scoop!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager welcomed their second daughter yesterday, and continued in their tradition of naming their kids after family members.

Big sister Mila was formally named Margaret Laura after her two grandmothers, while new daughter Poppy Louise was named after her great-grandpa, former President George H.W. Bush.

Before you say, “huh?,” here’s the scoop: When he was a boy, George H.W. went by the nickname Poppy—which probably wasn’t quite the same as the cheerful floral baby name that’s recently been on an upswing in the U.S. It still hasn’t quite broken the top 1000 here, but it’s squarely in the top 20 across the pond, and lots of celebs have been picking it lately, including Nate Berkus, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, and Jessica Capshaw.

The middle name, Louise, comes from the baby’s great-grandmothers, which include former First Lady Barbara Bush: Their middle names were Louise and Lewis. Louise means renowned warrior, just like its male counterpart, Louis, and it hasn’t been in the headlines lately — it dropped out of the top 1000 in the early 1990s.

Once again, I’m loving the name they picked, and I’m always a sucker for names with such warm, family connections. (My daughters’ names came from beloved family members, too.)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Jenna and Henry picked? What floral names do you love?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email 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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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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Billy Joel’s New Baby Girl: Get the Name Details!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

It’s another “Uptown Girl” for music legend Billy Joel, as he and his new wife, Alexis, welcomed their first daughter together on August 12th. Joining big sister Alexa Ray (his daughter with model Christie Brinkley) is daughter Della Rose.

Della is a variation on the German name Adela, and shares its meaning, noble. Della was a top 100 baby name back in the 1800s, but gradually lost favor and dropped out of the top 1000 back in the 1970s. If you like some of its more popular related names — like Adeline, Ella, and Bella — but don’t like how common they’re becoming, this might be a lovely option for your baby.

Rose is, of course, a favorite floral baby name. It’s currently just inside the top 200 baby names as a first name, but it’s an extremely popular middle choice. (In fact, a whole slew of stars have given it to their daughters as a middle name, including Ben Affleck and Jen Garner, Jon Stewart, Ewan McGregor, and Eric Clapton.)

Tell us: What do you think of his baby name pick? All in all, I think it’s a lovely name with a very poetic lilt — and it’s just offbeat enough to be unique, without venturing out into oddball territory.

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email 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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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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Get the Scoop on Keira Knightley’s Baby Name (Now That We FINALLY Know It!)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

It took a while, but Keira Knightley has finally revealed the baby name she and husband James Righton picked for their daughter in the current issue of Elle magazine. And the name she kept under wraps? The up-and-coming nickname name Edie.

Edie is commonly considered a short form of Edith, and shares its meaning: prosperous in war. Edith has been on a big uptick over the past few years; it currently ranks in the top 700 here in the U.S., and we can see Edie following in its footsteps, alongside other popular nickname names like Ellie, Evie, Abby, and Millie. Edie’s most popular bearers include Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick and Emmy award-winning actress Edie Falco (of Sopranos and Nurse Jackie fame).

There’s no word on what middle name the couple picked for Edie. I like the idea of James, which has become a celebrity name du jour for girls, with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds picking it for their daughter, and stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Capshaw, and James Marsden all using it in the middle spot. (And it would pay homage to Dad, too.) It’d also be nice to go with a longer pick, like Clementine, Fiona, or even Keira in honor of Mom.

Tell us: What do you think of Edie? Would you consider it—or its origin name, Edith—for your daughter?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me atlamilbrand@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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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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Ashley Scott’s Baby Name: You Have to Say It Out Loud!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

It’s a girl (again!) for UnREAL star Ashley Scott and her husband, Worlds Apart singer Steve Hart. And the couple went with something a little different for their baby name—a name that came with a little extra meaning. Joining big sister Ada is… Iyla Vue. (Say it out loud to get the little something extra in the name: I love you!)

Iyla is either a variant spelling of Isla, which means island, or Ayla, which means moonlight. Both names are relatively popular with their more common spelling: Isla’s at 150 here in the U.S. (and a top baby name in the U.K.), while Ayla is in the top 300.

Vue is a less common name—it’s a variant spelling of the word view. And interestingly, it makes sense paired with either of the potential first name meanings (and of course, as part of their word play name).

The name is in the same vein as actor Rob Morrow naming his daughter Tu (i.e. tomorrow), though not quite as wild as that pick. But plenty of non-famous people do the same thing with their kids’ names: I’ve heard of a Mabel Later and actually met a Hap Hazard. (And it definitely makes me wonder what big sister Ada’s middle name is!)

So what do you think of the name Iyla Vue? Would you give your child a name pun if you could?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me atlamilbrand@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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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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All About Megan Alexander’s Sporty Baby Name Pick

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It’s a boy for TV correspondent Megan Alexander and her husband, Brian—and they picked a unique, sporty name for their adorable new son! The Inside Edition and Thursday Night Football correspondent chose the baby name Catcher Brian.

Even though Megan definitely loves sports, baseball wasn’t the inspiration behind the couple’s choice, as she told our sister site Fit Pregnancy. (And no, it wasn’t from the J.D. Salinger classic title Catcher in the Rye, either!) Instead, you can credit the Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger retro comedy Down With Love (in which a suave Ewan played a swinging sixties playboy named Catcher Block) for giving them the baby name idea. It’s definitely not an over-used pick—only 13 boys were given the name last year.

Brian is obviously chosen in homage to Dad. It’s an Irish classic that means strong and virtuous. It held steady in the top 10 back in the 1970s, but hasn’t fallen far in the intervening decades. It’s still at #168 for boys.

This is the couple’s second son, and I think the name Catcher fits nicely with his big brother’s name, Chace.

Tell us: What do you think of Catcher as a baby name pick?

If you’re still looking for a fabulous baby name for your baby-to-be, check out our Baby Name Finder or shoot me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get a little expert guidance. (Your baby name dilemma could appear in this column!) And don’t forget to like In Name Onlyto keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Image: Instagram/Megan Alexander

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

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