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What’s the Most Bizarre Baby Name Ever?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Could it be Zzyzx? (That’s pronounced Zay-zix, if you’re as stumped as I was!) That’s the baby name voted the weirdest by readers on EBabyNames, and it’s actually a place name somewhere out in California (officially titled the “last place on Earth,” thanks to that weird spelling which puts it last in the alphabet). And apparently, 5 kids received that name last year here in the U.S.

While I can appreciate the desire to give your kid an original name, does anyone think we’re taking it a little too far? Maybe it’s because of all those weird celebrity baby names, like Apple and Moxie Crimefighter. But with names like Khaleesi, Nimrod, and yes, Zzyzx showing up on the official baby name charts, can we just all agree that maybe it’s time to let our kids stand out for their talents, their personalities and just for being a one-of-a-kind person on this planet—and just give them a name that’s easily pronounceable and understandable and spellable?

There are literally thousands of names out there that aren’t heard on the playground at the moment, but won’t make people say “huh?” There are so, so many intriguing names that you just don’t hear much these days—names like Augustine and Esme, Meadow and Houston, Azalea and Anders, Bodhi and Estella. Do we really need to name our kids Abcde (that’s pronounced Ab-sid-ee, if you’re wondering)?

You tell me: If you made up a name for your baby, or chose something extreme like Zzyzx, I’d love to hear why you made that choice—and what kind of a reaction you and your child have gotten from loved ones, teachers, etc. And if you’re anti-offbeat, tell me exactly what bothers you about the more bizarre end of the baby name spectrum—and share the most bizarre baby name you’ve heard!

If you’re still looking for a name for your baby (and Zzyzx and Abcde haven’t made your list!), check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names. (Sign up now, and you’ll be among the first to find out when the brand-new most popular baby name list comes out within the few days!)

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Celebrity Baby Names: David Arquette’s New Son

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

David Arquette and girlfriend Christina McLarty welcomed a boy yesterday, and gave him a cool, casual name—Charlie West. I think it’s the perfect match for his big sister, who sports the offbeat “nickname” name Coco (David’s daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox).

Charlie is of course a casual nickname for Charles, a more formal, royal name that means “Free man.” While Charles is the 62nd most popular name in the U.S., Charlie is quickly creeping up, and nearing the top 200. While most of the most famous “Charlies” started life as Charles, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Brown and Charlie Sheen are all famous namesakes.

West is the most popular of the “directional” baby names (though something tells me when we get the official Social Security list next week, North may have made a very strong showing). West was actually a top 1000 name first back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and hasn’t been seen in the top 1000 since—though I think it makes a stronger showing as a middle name instead.

All in all, Charlie West Arquette is a pretty cool name. What do you think?

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Image: David Arquette and Christina McLarty by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Pretty Italian Name for Snooki’s Baby-to-Be

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi did a pretty great job naming her son—I love the name Lorenzo! But apparently, she’s stumped for names when it comes to her new baby to be. She recently posted on her CeleBuzz blog: “Help us with names! We honestly have no ideas for any names, and I’m looking for something original like Lorenzo. Something Italian, and beautiful.”

Readers of Snooki’s blog have already given her lots of great advice, but here are my picks for a potential daughter:

Allegra I really wish the allergy med hadn’t co-opted this one. It’s a pretty name, has a wonderful meaning (joyful), and is easy to pronounce and understand, yet not exactly popular.

Giada This gem of a name is an actual gem—it means “jade.” Thanks to popular Food Network chef Giada DeLaurentiis, it’s been in the top 1000 since 2007, but it’s still unique enough to set Snooki’s daughter apart. Consider it the girl version of her fab name Lorenzo.

Valentina This top 200 baby name means healthy and strong, and comes with a whole slew of cute nicknames (I’m partial to Lena). I think it would flow beautifully with Snooki’s fiancé Jionni LaValle’s last name.

Francesca A-lister Drew Barrymore just picked the boyish nickname from this Italian favorite for her daughter—could Snooki have her own Frankie, too? Francesca means “free man,” and is currently a top 500 name.

Luciana This sweet Italian variant on Lucy means “light,” and is on a sharp upswing in the U.S.—though it still hasn’t cracked the top 500. This is another one that comes with lots of fun nicknames—which is a very big consideration with the Jersey Shore crew!

Luna Thanks to Harry Potter and Uma Thurman, Luna’s been on a big upswing over the past decade, from near the bottom of the top 1000 to the top 250. (Expect it to go even higher this year, thanks to a character on True Blood and Uma’s daughter. This sweet name means moon.

And for a son:

Aurelio  This name means “golden one,” and really flows beautifully with LaValle.

Orlando Don’t think DisneyWorld when you think of this name—think more like Orlando Bloom. The name means “famous,” making perfect for the offspring of a reality show star, don’t you think?

Santino Popularized in The Godfather, this name means “little saint,” even though the character was anything but. The name Santino is just about to break through the top 600 here in the U.S.

So what do you think? Share your favorite Italian-flavored names here for Snooki. If you need help searching, check out our Baby Name Finder. Or check out our Baby Fame Name Generator for a name worthy of the A list.

Image: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.com

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Are There Any Boys’ Names You Wouldn’t Give a Girl?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

These days, it seems like more and more boys’ names are crossing the aisle and turning pink, particularly when it comes to celebrity baby names. James has become a middle name for girls—everyone from Sean Combs to Jennifer Love Hewitt used it—and recent celeb daughters have been named Asa, Frankie and Lincoln.

So is there anything in the boy column that you can’t see becoming a girls’ name? Top 10 names like Joshua, Mason and Jacob feel a little too solidly in the boys’ column to move over, and don’t naturally lend themselves to feminization. But many of the boys’ names I might put in that column, like Joseph, William, Robert—have their feminine counterparts.

But even in the top 25 boys’ names, there are plenty of contenders for future unisex status: Aiden and Jayden have been definitely heard for girls, and Logan and Noah definitely could be crossover contenders.

Of course, as more and more names become unisex, that tends to leave fewer and fewer names for the boys—names like Tracy, Ashley, Harper and Meredith were once boys’ names, and are now nearly exclusively used for the girls.

Tell me: What do you think? Can you think of any boys’ names that you think would never work for a girl? Would you use a unisex name that’s trending more toward the girls, like Bailey or Quinn, for a boy?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde’s Son

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

It’s a boy for former SNLer Jason Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde, who welcomed Otis Alexander on Sunday—he’s the first child for the couple.

Otis is an intriguing name choice. It means wealthy, and hit its peak in popularity back in the early 1900s. It hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 1995, but makes a nice alternative to more in vogue names like Lucas or Logan. The most famous guy who sported it was the legendary R&B singer Otis Redding (famous for “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” and “Try a Little Tenderness”). Actors James Marsden and Tobey Maguire chose it for their sons, making it currently popular among the A-list set.

Alexander is one of the ultraclassic boys’ names, currently in the top 10 here in the U.S. It means “defender of men.”

All in all, a fabulous baby name choice—Otis is a true classic, and hasn’t been used extensively in decades, so it has a bit of freshness to it. And Alexander flows beautifully with it.

What do you think of Otis? Is it ready to surge again in popularity—or does it feel too old-fashioned for your taste?

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