Friday, August 30th, 2013
It’s been all boys for celebrities this week! Yesterday, Fergie and Josh Duhamel welcomed their baby boy, and gave him a very rock-n-roll name—Axl Jack.
Axl is most famous for being worn by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose—whose own name was a slightly less rocking Bill Bailey. It’s a variant spelling of Axel, which means father of peace, though was picked by Axl in honor of one of his first bands, AXL. And apparently, Fergie and Josh picked the name in honor of that rocking Axl (though let’s hope this baby avoids the more controversial aspects of his namesake’s history, including drug use, domestic abuse, and mental illness).
Jack is, of course, one of the more popular names right now—currently in the top 50, though more popular than that with some people using it as a nickname for #22 boys’ name, Jackson. Jack is actually a nickname for John, and means God is gracious. There’s a whole slew of famous Jacks—several in nursery rhymes, author Jack Kerouac, actor Jack Nicholson—and of course, the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.
All in all, it’s a pretty sharp name, with all those short-and-sweet consonant sounds, which makes it really stand out against the softer sounds of their surname, Duhamel.
What do you think of Fergie and Josh’s choice? Too rock-n-roll for a wee baby, or something a cool kid could easily grow into?
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Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Apparently, now that Jersey Shore is cancelled and she already has experience naming one baby of her own, Snooki has gone into the baby-naming biz—and she’s offering her unsolicited baby name advice to celebs like Kim Kardashian and Fergie.
For Fergie’s soon-to-come baby, she offers Casper for a boy, “because Fergie is funky and fun, so Casper’s a fun name.” For a girl, Violet’s her choice, “because Violet is pretty just like Fergie.”
For the offspring of the K-centric couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Snooki picked Kougar or Kat “so they could still fit in the family business.” (I’m intrigued as to what business the Kardashians are in, other than allowing their lives to be filmed for prime-time TV and coming up with trendy names like Khloe and Mason.)
Overall, the choices are about 50-50 in my book. I like the girls’ names. Violet’s always been a big favorite of mine (I’m using it for the heroine of a novel I’m working on), and I like Kat as a nickname for something longer, like Katharine or Katrina. But Casper has the connection with the “friendly ghost” of old-school cartoon fame (maybe Snooki’s too young to remember the cartoons?), and Kougar—well, you know my thoughts about creative spellings. Plus, Cougar has those semi-creepy connotations of middle-aged women prowling for young handsome men. I also find it interesting that she went for mostly offbeat, daring choices for others, when her own baby was given a very old-school Italian name (Lorenzo).
What do you think of Snooki’s baby name choices? Would any of them make your short list? (Shout out to Appellation Mountain for the heads up on this interesting news!)
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