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Monday, May 19th, 2014
Place names are apparently all the rage, at least for girls—among the top movers and shakers, five place names jumped more than 100 spots in popularity. And one of the biggest jumpers was U.K. favorite India, which leaped 240 places and finally entered the top 1000 here in the U.S.
India is, of course, one of the most populous countries on the planet, with more than 1 billion people, one with a rich and interesting history and culture—and it gives this name a touch of its timeless grandeur. Thanks to its long-standing popularity in the U.K. (and the U.K.’s once-upon-a-time rule of the country), it also feels vaguely British, too.
It was the name of Ashley Wilkes’ disapproving sister in Gone With the Wind, but it’s likely India achieved its newfound popularity because Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky picked it for their eldest daughter. Celebs like singer Sarah McLachlan and Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein also favored it for their daughters.
India needs a special middle name—no Jane or Anne for this one. Chris and Elsa paired it with Rose, Harvey picked Pearl, both of which would be lovely with it. I’d also like it with Jade, Scarlett, Violet, and Charlotte.
What do you think of the name India? Is it ready for the big time here in the U.S.?
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Monday, May 12th, 2014
Season finale season on TV usually includes a birth or two, and Once Upon a Time’s season finale featured the birth, and naming, of Prince Charming and Snow White’s son. And what moniker did they give the Prince? That’d be the decidedly not too royal (or too fairy tale) Neal.
Neal has a bit of a history on the show—it’s the name picked by the son of Rumpelstiltskin, who had previously gone by the name Baelfire—and who had fallen in love and had a child with Charming and Snow’s daughter, Emma. (Whew!)
Neal is an Irish name that means cloud, and it’s more typically spelled Neil. (Though I kinda prefer the “a” in the middle.) With the more popular spelling, there’s a crew of famous namesakes—man on the moon Neil Armstrong, pop-singing institution Neil Diamond, and of course, actor Neil Patrick Harris, to name a few. After years in the top 400, Neal started a nosedive in the mid 1980s, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 since. But could ABC’s fairy-tale show help bring it back?
Neal could be easily paired with some of the longer names that are in vogue. I’d love it with Parker, Andrew, Oliver and Xavier—either name could be in the middle spot. (I’m especially liking the combos Andrew Neal and Neal Parker!)
What do you think of the name Neal? Too 1950s, or ready to reclaim the limelight?
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Monday, May 5th, 2014
Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of our southern neighbor’s celebration, this week’s name has some very cool associations with Mexican history. Ignacio is a Spanish variant of old-school Latin Ignatius, and it means “fiery.” And it was quite the apropos name for two very fiery Mexican historical figures. Ignacio Zaragosa Seguin achieved a major (and very unlikely) victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. That victory helped keep Mexico from falling under French rule—and may have helped the North win the American Civil War, as historians believe that the French would have provided some much needed aid to the South if they’d developed a Mexican stronghold. (So there’s good reason for the U.S. to celebrate, too!) And Ignacio Allende is a key figure in Mexico’s history—though he was a leader in the Spanish army, he took up the cause of Mexican independence and helped organize it, before he was executed for treason.
Ignacio has never broken the top 500 in the U.S., and is currently in a bit of a dip. But with so much great history behind it—and some intriguing nicknames (I’m seeing Iggy or Ace)—couldn’t this name head back up the charts? Its origin, Ignatius, was picked by Cate Blanchett for one of her children, and was featured several times in Harry Potter, as well.
What middle name would you pair with Ignacio? Allende’s middle name was Jose, and if you want to keep the Spanish flavor, Cruz, Rey or Paz would all be good choices. If you want to go in a different direction, try something with a little spunk. What about Justice, True, or even Rebel?
What do you think of the name Ignacio? Cool, or too old-fashioned for a modern boy? If you’re still hunting for the perfect baby name, 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!
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Monday, April 28th, 2014
Last week, we celebrated the Bard’s 450th birthday—and the fact that he made so many of his character’s names instant (and timeless) classics. William Shakespeare’s first name is still a top 10 choice after centuries, and names like Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Duncan, Miranda, Viola and yes, even Romeo have popped up time and time again.
But one character’s name has often gotten the short shrift—and that’s Ophelia. The fact that the bearer of the name drowned in the river in Hamlet’s tragic tale probably helped doom the name—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1950s. But it’s a beautiful name, a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Olivia, and has a lovely meaning—help. Matilda author Roald Dahl even picked it for one of his daughters.
Ophelia needs a nice short middle name to go with it. I’d pair it with Lark, Rose, Hope or Faith.
What do you think of the name Ophelia? Too burdened by the weight of its tragic Shakespearean character, or worthy of another look? And what other Shakespeare names do you love? You can check out my list of the most wearable baby names from Shakespeare for inspiration!
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Monday, April 21st, 2014
Forgive my lack of posting last week—I was enjoying some much needed R&R with the family down in North Carolina. Which, of course, led to this week’s cool name of the week. Carolina is perhaps one of the more wearable state names for baby names (Dakota, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, and Arizona are my other faves). It’s a variant of Caroline, which itself is a variant of Charles, and means “free man.” While the resurgent Caroline is now in the top 100, Carolina is barely cracking the top 500.
There’s some debate over how to pronounce it, though—it’s Carol-eye-na if you want to pronounce it like the state, but Caro-leen-a if you’re going for the European pronunciation. The most famous bearer of the name is fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who does red carpet looks for many of the A-list stars. (For the record, she pronounces it with the “ee” in the middle.) And there’s a rose with the name—and how pretty is the name Carolina Rose?
If you’re looking for other middle names, look in the direction of short and sweet: June, Mae, Lark, Leigh, and Gray all sound lovely with Carolina (no matter how you want to pronounce it).
Which way would you pronounce Carolina? And would you consider it or another place name for your child? Share your favorites in the comments.
Still looking for the perfect name for your baby? Try our Baby Name Finder—or our Baby Fame Name Generator, for something a little…ahem…off beat.
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