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Ali Larter’s Vintage-Glam Baby Name

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Actress Ali Larter gave birth to her second child last Thursday, and announced the happy news on her website—along with the ever-important baby name!

We absolutely love her old fashioned, glam-granny name choice: Vivienne Margaret. Vivienne means “alive,” “full of life,” or “vibrant” and is a name (and spelling) that’s rising in popularity: It ranked number 280 on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available); up from number 531 just five years earlier.

Vivienne is also a popular baby name pick among the celebrity set: Rosie O’Donnell, Angelina Jolie, and Rosie Pope all have daughters named Vivienne. (Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady gave their little girl the name, too, but with a different spelling: Vivian.)

It’s an elegant, glamorous name that fits nicely with the traditional (and longtime favorite of English royals!) Margaret, which means “pearl” and ranks number 181 on the SSA’s popular baby names list. (It’s one our our classic middles names for girls picks, too!)

It also goes nicely with the name of her big brother, 4-year-old Theodore Hayes MacArthur. Clearly, this is a couple that loves a good throwback baby name—and we couldn’t agree more.

Congrats to the new family of four!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Vivienne Margaret—and of vintage baby names in general?

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The Hottest Celebrity Baby Names This Week

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

It was all about honoring Daddy for two celebs who welcomed new sons recently—and a cool, offbeat baby name for a girl for a third.

Zombie fighter Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead and her husband Kenric Green kept it in the family with their baby name pick for their son: Kenric Justin Green II, named after Daddy. Kenric seems to be a variant spelling of Kendrick, an English name that means ruler and is currently in the top 350 baby names in the United States. I’m kind of loving Kenric as an updated way to honor a Kenneth (or a Kenneth and a Richard) in your family tree.

Former Bachelor contestant Renee Oteri Maynard finally found love with husband Bracy Maynard, and together they welcomed Jax Bracy, who was given his middle name in homage to Dad. Jax is a brand new name that’s already making a splash—it’s nearing the top 200. Consider it a postmodern Jack.

Finally, singers Vanessa Carlton and James McCauley welcomed daughter Sidney Aoibheann. Sidney has been on a sharp decline, and falls just inside the top 1000 baby names for both boys and girls—it’s been recently overshadowed by the ultrapopular Sydney spelling. Aoibheann may seem like a tongue twister of a baby name, but it’s actually pronounced “Even.” It’s an Irish name that means beautiful sheen.

Tell us: What do you think of this latest batch of celebrity baby name picks? Is there anything you’d consider amongst the names?

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!

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Celebrity Baby Names: Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s New Daughter

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nick and Vanessa Lachey must have mapped out their baby names with an atlas! Joining big brother Camden John is a baby sister with another place name/classic name pairing—Brooklyn Elisabeth.

Brooklyn is a top 30 baby name for girls, and picked based on the hot New York City borough. Victoria and David Beckham picked it for their son way back in 1999, and since then it’s taken off, but mostly for the girls.

Elisabeth, of course, is an alternative spelling of the classic, top-of-the-charts perennial, and shares its meaning, consecrated to God. With this spelling, it’s below the top 600 name picks in the country.

Tell us: What do you think of Nick and Vanessa’s pick? Is it one you’d consider for your daughter or son? And would you/did you choose a theme for your baby names?

If you’re still looking for the perfect 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 for 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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kourtney Kardashian Named Her Son…

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Nope, it’s not Jeffrey or Robert, as some gossip rags were speculating last week. The name of the third child of Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian follows one of 2014′s biggest celebrity name trends, by trying to lend him a little royal air: Reign Aston.

Reign is a word name meaning ruler. (Perhaps a nod to Scott Disick’s purchased British noble title?) Lil Kim put it in the middle spot for her daughter, Royal Reign.

Aston seems likely to have been picked for its most glamourous claim to fame. It’s part of the name of luxury car maker Aston Martin, favored by James Bond. It’s a relatively rare baby name—hasn’t ever been in the top 1000.

What do you think? Does Reign fit in with big brother and sister Mason and Penelope? Or is it too out there for standard usage?

If you’re still looking for the perfect 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 for the very latest in baby names!

Updated to correct middle name.

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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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s New Daughter

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

It’s another girl for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who welcomed daughter Delta Bell Shepard, who joins big sister Lincoln.

Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (and part of many a sorority and/or fraternity name). It’s also the name of the land around the mouth of a river. It hasn’t been very popular here in the U.S. since the early 20th century, when it last hit the top 1000, but with all the Ella/Elle names in vogue, this feels like a natural variant.

And Bell, obviously, is in honor of Mom’s surname. Together, it has a bit of Southern flair. You can picture a Gone With the Wind character named Delta Bell(e), can’t you?

What do you think of Kristen and Dax’s pick? Is Delta destined to reenter the top 1000?

If you’re still looking for the perfect 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
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