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Monday, June 16th, 2014
Anyone who has watched this blog for a while knows that the offbeat names of Game of Thrones have started to climb the charts—including names you’d never expect, like Khaleesi, and ones you would, like Arya.
[NOTE: If you haven't watched this week's season finale, read no further! Spoilers ahead!]
I’m thinking that after this week’s season finale, Brienne might get a lot more play. (At least, more than the eight girls who were given the name last year.) George R.R. Martin picked this variant of Brianna for his character Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who has served as a protector of the Starks, and now seeks to help reunite the Stark sisters with the rest of the family. And that’s what led to this week’s epic and brutal battle between Brienne and the Hound, a fight where no matter who won, the viewers would be bummed. (And while I think the right person won, I’ll miss seeing the other one around!)
Let’s call Brienne a variant of Brian, which means “strong and honorable,” both traits of this noble lady. And let’s call this name pretty offbeat—but still not so far off the beaten path that it seems like a big mistake.
I’d pair Brienne with an equally strong middle name. Let’s try it with Rose, Pearl, True or Leigh.
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Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Finding time to read isn’t always easy with kids—and so I’m just now getting around to reading The Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s masterful story about the romance between two kids who just happen to have cancer. (I’m not yet done, so no spoilers, please!) If you haven’t read it, do—it’s the kind of book I love, where writer’s skill is so deft that he could write several chapters about assembling IKEA furniture, and you’d be willing to go along for the ride. And the movie, which opens in theaters on Friday, looks like a winner as well.
And if you’ve read the book, you know it only takes a few paragraphs before you fall in love with Hazel Grace, the “miracle” girl who survived a cancer that wrecked her lungs, forcing her to walk around trailing an oxygen tank that pipes better air through a cannula under her nose. And it seems that people have fallen back in love with the name Hazel as well.
Hazel is a nature name, for the tree that gives us hazelnuts, and it’s also a color—a green-flecked brown eye hue. It reached its first peak in popularity back in the early 1900s, then bottomed out from the 1970s to the early 2000s. But like many other turn-of-the-20th-century faves (think Adeline and Clara), this is making a big comeback. It’s a favorite of celebrities—Julia Roberts picked it first, followed recently by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. And it’s currently the 157th most popular name for girls here in the U.S. My guess is that with the movie release and the passionate fan base surrounding The Fault in Our Stars, this name is definitely on a popularity trajectory that should bring it into the top 100 within the next year or two.
John Green chose well pairing Hazel with the sweet middle name Grace. If you don’t want to seem like you’re copying, consider pairing Hazel with June, James (yes, it works for girls!), Claire, Plum or May/Mae.
What do you think of the name Hazel? Would you consider a nature-based name for your baby?
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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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