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Celebrity Baby Names: Ellen Pompeo’s Baby Girl

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery kept a little secret—they were expecting, via surrogate. And a few weeks ago, the Grey’s Anatomy star and her mate welcomed Sienna May to the world.

Sienna is the orangey-brown color from the Crayola boxes of crayons—but it’s based on the rich color of the soil in Italy’s picturesque Tuscan city, Siena. With the two ns, it’s in the top 300, while the Siena spelling is just inside the top 700. Actress Sienna Miller is the name’s big claim to fame.

May is, of course, the name of the fifth month, though it’s also considered a nickname for Margaret. While it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the early 1980s as a first name, it’s remained extremely popular in the middle slot.

In all, a lovely and poetic name pick.

Tell us: What do you think of Sienna May? Are either of those names on your baby name list?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send me your dilemma 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.

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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Celebrity Baby Names: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Named Their Daughter…

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

There were reports that Finn was the name of choice for their brand new daughter, but Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunas have officially released the name they picked—and while Finn isn’t it, it’s another very popular boy’s name! Wyatt Isabelle is the name they gave their girl.

Wyatt is a top 50 name for boys, and it means “brave in war.” It has a bit of Old West swagger to it, thanks to legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. (And of course, if you already have kids, you know that it’s the name of one of the foursome on SuperWhy!) Until now, this has been a staunchly boys-only name—only six girls in the whole U.S. were given it last year—so it’ll be interesting to see how their baby name choice affects the trajectory for that name. Will it become more unisex?

Isabelle is a less-popular alternative to the top 5 fave Isabella—though Isabelle still ranks pretty high, at #115. It’s a variant of Elizabeth, and means consecrated to God.

What do you think of Mila and Ashton’s pick? Do you think Wyatt’s a name that has crossover potential? I’ve written before about how many boys’ names make the crossover. What other boys’ names would you consider giving a girl?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send me your dilemma 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.

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: Alyssa Milano’s New Daughter

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s a girl for actress Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari! Joining big brother Milo is daughter Elizabella Dylan.

Elizabella is a mashup of Eliza (a short form of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God”), and Bella, which means beautiful. It’s never been in the top 1000 (in fact, only 35 girls were given the name last year), but given the popularity of the two names smooshed together in this one name, it’s probably only a matter of time before it hits the limelight.

Dylan is a unisex name that means “son of the sea,” and is currently still more popular for boys than girls (it’s top 500 for girls, but top 30 for boys).

It’s a really intriguing name they picked: Still very timeless and classic, but offbeat enough that they’re guaranteed there’s no other Elizabella in the class. And they have a whole bevy of nicknames to pick from, if they want to go that way: Eliza, Bella, Belle, Liz, and more. Two thumbs up!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Alyssa and David picked for their daughter? Would you consider it for your kiddo?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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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Cool Name of the Week: Saint

Monday, August 25th, 2014

When two celebs pick the same baby name within a few weeks of each other, we need to pay attention. Two years ago, it was Camden that was the big hit, picked by both Nick Lachey and Kristin Cavallari. This year, it’s Saint, picked by two different rock stars: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Grohl, and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

Saint could be a unisex name, but on the Social Security lists, it only showed up for boys—and only 22 boys bore the name last year. It has that virtuous vibe, like names like Hope and Faith, but feels much fresher. And compared to some of the more wild word names that stars have picked for their kids in recent years, like Rainbow, Apple, and the like, this one feels more wearable to me. (Perhaps it’s because musician St. Vincent, who performed with Grohl and Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show, also goes by the name.) But a word of warning: Your devoutly religious grandmother may not approve of taking this title, given to those officially recognized as holy, and giving it to your brand new baby.

While Pete Wentz put it in the front spot, giving his son the moniker Saint Lazslo, I’d prefer it in the middle spot, where Dave Grohl placed it for his new daughter, Ophelia Saint. For girls, I like this crisp middle with a very feminine first name, like Emily, Cordelia or Rosalind. For boys, try names like Dexter and Harrison. For both sexes, I’d avoid putting it in the first spot with the name of a very popular saint in the middle: Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anne, Saint Luke.

Tell us: Do you think Saint is a wearable choice, or is it a little too irreverent for your taste?

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Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Stacy Keibler’s Daughter

Monday, August 25th, 2014

TV personality (and Dancing With the Stars finalist) Stacy Keibler and her husband, Jared Pobre, picked a name that will never end up on any wacky celebrity name list. In fact, they picked a name that you’re very likely to hear around the playground: Ava Grace.

Ava means “life,” and after nearly bottoming out on the baby name popularity charts in the 1980s, it began a sharp rise to its current #5 slot back in the mid 1990s. (My guess is that it rose hand in names like Emma and Olivia, as it bears the same simple feminine charm.)

Grace is a virtue name that’s never gone out of style, though it’s currently experiencing a huge resurgence, and is at #22. (If its use as a middle name was factored in, it’d probably be in the top 10 baby names.

All in all, Stacy and Jared picked a lovely and timeless name for their daughter.

Tell us: Do you know an Ava Grace? And have you considered either of those names for a daughter?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and you could see your dilemma answered here. And don’t forget to like In Name Only 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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