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Two Big Stars Welcome Sons—Get the Baby Name Scoop!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Two A-list stars recently welcomed boys—and picked two very intriguing names for their brand new sons. First, Empire actor Terrence Howard announced that he welcomed a son in May with his wife Miranda, named Qirin Love. Then Alec and Hilaria Baldwin announced their son’s birth and his name, Rafael Thomas.

According to their baby announcement, Terrence and Miranda created the name Qirin based on a Chinese mythological creature called a qilin, a hooved and antlered animal that is often aflame and appears when a person of prominence is born or dies. (No word on whether they’ll pronounce the Q more like the “k” of Western usage, or the “ch” in the Chinese pronunciation.) Love is, of course, a word name, which is usually used for girls. Qirin joins a host of siblings bearing unique names: Heaven, Hunter, and Aubrey, all from Terrence’s first marriage.

Alec and Hilaria went for more standard names. Rafael is a Spanish variant of Raphael, the name of the patron saint of travelers and one of the great artists of the Renaissance. And Thomas is one of the most timeless names out there, with an apostle and a slew of famous bearers of the name to recommend it. Rafael has two big sisters: Carmen Gabriela and Ireland. (Ireland is Alec’s daughter with actress Kim Basinger.)

Tell us: What do you think of this pair of baby names? Would you be more likely to pick a name like Qirin or like Rafael?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Get the Scoop on Haylie Duff’s Trendy, Unisex Baby Name!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

It’s a girl for Real Girl’s Kitchen host and actress Haylie Duff and her fiance Matt Rosenberg, who welcomed their daughter yesterday, just one day after Mother’s Day! And the baby name they picked is one that’s traditionally been true blue, but is recently seeing a huge upswing for the girls: Ryan.

Ryan is an Irish name that means “little king,” and has been a consistent top 50 pick for boys. But this year it was one of the big movers and shakers on the girls’ side of the aisle, moving up more than 100 places to just outside the top 500 names for girls. (Perhaps its rise can be traced back to its usage for Sandra Bullock’s astronaut, Dr. Ryan Stone, in Gravity?)

Related: The 12 Buzziest Baby Names of 2015

There’s no word on what middle name Haylie and Matt picked to go with it, but I’d pair it with a short and sweet name, like Jade, Jane, Maeve or Leigh (perhaps as a little homage to mom?).

Baby Ryan joins her cousin, Luca, the son of Lizzie Maguire and Younger star Hilary Duff—who also sports a more unisex-style name.

Related: Haylie Duff on Being Pregnant and Hungry

Tell us: What do you think of Haylie and Matt’s baby name pick for their brand new daughter? What middle name would you pair with Ryan?

Check out the latest on the top baby names of the year, and if you’re still hunting for the perfect name, try 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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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: The Meaning Behind the Royal Baby Name

Monday, May 4th, 2015

As pretty much everyone in the world now knows, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Kate Middleton and Prince William) welcomed a royal baby girl early May 2nd. But now we know that they gave their daughter a baby name befitting a princess (and those betting that it’d be Chardonnay were sorely disappointed). So let’s get the scoop behind this very traditional and sentimental baby name choice: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Charlotte is an old-school royal name—there was a Queen Charlotte in England during the late 18th century, and it also pays homage to the new princess’s grandpa, Prince Charles. Charles is a French name that means “free man,” and it’s very popular here—just outside the top 10 baby names.

Elizabeth is clearly a homage to the new princess’s great grandmother, the current Queen Elizabeth II (and also goes back to one of the grandest queens in royal history). It’s a perennial top 20 favorite here in the U.S., with Biblical roots and a slew of great nicknames.

Diana is clearly picked to pay honor to the Prince’s late mother, the popular Princess Diana. It’s a lovely name connected to the Roman goddess of the moon, and means “divine.” It’s currently just inside the top 300 in the U.S.

In all, it’s a lovely and not unexpected mix of baby names for this new princess, ones that perfectly mirrors the picks made for her big brother George.

Tell us: What do you think of the royal baby name? Is there anything there you’d pick for your own daughter—or is it too traditional for you?

If you’re still looking for a great name for your heir, check out our lists of names perfect for a princess or prince. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

 

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Get the Scoop on Jill Duggar Dillard’s Baby Name!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard didn’t follow in her 19 Kids and Counting family’s “J” baby name footsteps. Her first son, who was born last night, was given the name Israel David!

Israel is a place name, of course, but before it became the name of the Middle Eastern country, it was a common boys’ name that means “he who struggles with God.” In the Old Testament, God gave Jacob that name after he tangled with an angel. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the 1960s.

David is a timeless pick, and given the family’s devout religious faith, it’s not too surprising that it’s another Biblical name. David means beloved, and has been in the top 50 for the past century and a half. There are numerous namesakes, including the Old Testament king, rock legend David Bowie, and the protagonist of Charles’ Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, just to mention a few.

All in all, Israel David is a name that speaks to their family’s strong religious traditions, and gives them plenty of room to pick lots of other “I” names, if they choose to follow the family tradition of giving all of their kids the same first initial. (I’m loving the idea of Israel coupled with Isadora and Ignatius!)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Israel David? Are either of those picks on your short list?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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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All About the Boy’s Baby Name Milla Jovovich Picked—for Her Girl!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s a girl for model/actress Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson—and for their second daughter, they chose to follow the latest celeb trend of giving their daughter a baby name that’s been traditionally used for boys. Joining big sister Ever Gabo is baby sister Dashiel Edon. (And that’s a much better baby name than the one Ever suggested for her little sister—Toilet Bowl!)

Dashiel is a unique spelling for Dashiell, a British take on the French surname de Chiel. It’s been picked by a slew of celebrities for their sons—actors Cate Blanchett and Jason Priestley, and rocker Alice Cooper. It comes with a couple of nicknames, including the stylish Dash and the more staid Shelly. It hasn’t been a top 1000 choice for either boys or girls.

The middle name they chose, Edon, appears to be an alternative spelling of Aidan, though it could also be a variant of the more girly Eden. Depending on which name it originated from, Edon either means little fire or paradise.

It’s definitely not a common choice for a girl—though Dashiel feels a little bit more feminine than some of the other baby names celebs have co-opted (hello, James!). What do you think of it?

And what do you think of the trend of using boys’ names for girls? Are there any boys’ names you think should be “off-limits” to girls? And would you consider following this trend with your own child?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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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