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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
It’s often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games’ popularity. And there’s really only one Beyonce—that name, created for the singer by her parents, still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.
But another celebrity catapulted her totally made up (and not even official) name into the baby name stratosphere—Miley Cyrus, who was born with the name Destiny Hope. Miley was her nickname because she was so “smiley” as a kid, and it became both her stage name and her alter ego’s name from Hannah Montana, too.
The year after the show Hannah Montana hit the airwaves, the name hit the big time, becoming the 278th most popular name in the country. Its popularity peaked in 2008, and it’s been on a slow and steady decline since then—in 2012, it ranked 335th.
I’m curious to see if it’s going to make a much sharper trajectory into the basement with all of Miley’s latest hijinks—maybe parents don’t want their kids named in honor of someone so controversial. My guess? It probably will take a huge nosedive. For reference, take a look at the trajectory of the name Lindsay (a la Lindsay Lohan), which took a big bump down starting with her first brushes with the law in 2006. And Lindsay is an actual name with a real meaning behind it, so it has that going over Miley’s name.
What do you think? Is Miley destined for a big drop in popularity? Or will parents still like that “smiley” message behind it?
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Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Two celebrity baby boys made their debut this week—first came Mmm-Bopper Zac Hanson’s brand new son, George Abraham Walker Hanson, then came Homeland star Morena Baccarin’s son, Julius.
George is quickly becoming a red-hot celebrity name, thanks in part to the royal baby. It means farmer, and is currently in the top 200 here in the U.S.—expect it to rise when the stats come out for 2013. It’s a royal and presidential name, and there’s a ton of legendary namesakes, from our first President to the famously curious monkey.
Zac Hanson has already said, though, that he’s calling the new baby by his middle name, Abraham—another long-time classic making a comeback. It’s a Biblical name, but one that’s most often associated with President Lincoln. It means father of multitudes.
Walker is a surname/occupational name, and is an up-and-coming name, currently #411 on the U.S. baby name popularity charts.
Morena Baccarin and husband Austin Chick welcomed son Julius a few days ago. Julius is most commonly linked with the famous Roman conqueror, Julius Caesar. The name means “youthful,” and the name is currently on the rise, after dipping into the 500s in the 1990s. It comes with the cool nickname “Jules.”
So, what do you think of the latest batch of celebrity baby names? Anything in the mix that you might consider for your baby?
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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner kept it all in the family when they picked the names for their new son. Joining big sister Arabella is Joseph Frederick, named after Ivanka’s and Jared’s grandfathers.
Joseph has rarely dipped out of the top 20 in the past century. It’s a classic name that means “God increases,” and it’s been worn by a number of notable people, from the stepfather of Jesus to the current Vice President Joe Biden.
Frederick is just as classic, though nowhere near as popular here in the U.S. It’s a German name that means “peaceful ruler,” and is currently just shy of the top 500 names in the U.S. for boys. As for Frederick namesakes, there’s Frederick Douglass, a social reformer and abolitionist, numerous European royals (they’re up to Frederick IX in Denmark!), Frederick Law Olmsted, the revolutionary landscape designer responsible for creating Central Park and numerous other urban green spaces.
In all, it’s a name that’s very “old-school,” classic and reliable—and it makes a nice counterpoint to the equally classic, though more unique moniker they chose for their oldest, Arabella.
What do you think of Ivanka’s baby name choice? Too traditional or just about right?
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Monday, October 7th, 2013
Actress Jaime King gave her brand new son a name that’s pretty similar to her own. She and husband Kyle Newman welcomed a baby boy they named James Knight Newman.
James is one of the most enduringly popular baby names, having never left the top 20 baby names within the past 150 years. It means “supplanter,” and it’s connected to another uberpopular name, #1 Jacob. It’s so timeless, it’s been the name of two of Jesus’s apostles, of numerous royals, of American presidents, and countless bold-faced names. (It’s even become popular as a middle name for girls, at least within the A-list celebrity set!) James and Jaime are both variants of Jacob—Jaime is the Spanish version, while James is the English.
They went a little more offbeat in the middle with the name Knight. It’s a noble title for the armor-clad warriors of yore, like King Arthur’s Round Table companions. I think it lends the name a little chivalrous note, don’t you think?
What do you think of Jaime King’s choice? Would you pair a common name with a more offbeat middle, or should they have gone classic in the middle as well?
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Two celebs had baby boys this week, with very different “D” names—one super-traditional, one a little more offbeat. Do their names score an A+ in your book, or (yikes!) a D?
First came Dominic James, the son of two-time Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino and his wife Nicole. And then Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best known for playing Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, and his wife Catriona McGinn had their son, Dekker Edward.
Dominic means belonging to the lord, and it’s a top 100 baby name here in the U.S. It comes complete with cute nicknames, like Dom and Nick. And James is a top name—currently at number 14—that means supplanter. Dekker is a unique spelling of the name Decker, which is an occupational name for a roofer. Neither Dekker nor Decker has hit the top 1000. Edward, on the other hand, is still relatively popular—it’s a top 200 name that means guardian.
Personally, I’m more of a Dominic kind of baby namer myself. But I agree with Mark-Paul’s assessment of the name “Dekker,” that “it’s different, but not something odd.” But which one do you love? Share your favorite in the comments! And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
Image: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com
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