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Cool Name of the Week: Azalea

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.

This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.

And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!

If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer’s Twins

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Just in time for the True Blood season premiere this weekend, the show’s stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, finally spilled the beans on the names of their adorable boy-girl twins. (I was worried they’d be sent off to college before we found out what they’re called!) And the names are: Poppy and Charlie—two names I just happen to adore.

Poppy is obviously a floral name, a bright, cheerful bloom with a name that’s just as joyful. Unlike fellow floral names Lily and Violet, Poppy still hasn’t cracked the top 1000, but it’s been a relatively popular name with the celebrity set. (Anthony Edwards, Jamie Oliver and Jessica Capshaw all picked the name for their daughters.) It fits beautifully with the name Stephen chose for his daughter from a previous relationship—Lilac.

And Charlie’s name goes hand-in-hand with the name of Stephen’s older son—Billy. It has the same casual take on a traditional name that we all know and love. No word on whether they went for the official Charles (which currently ranks #62 in baby names in the U.S.), or straight for the nickname (Charlie ranks #233 for boys). Either way, the name means “free man.”

We don’t have their middle names, but I’d probably pair Poppy with something longer—like Caroline, Clementine or Josephine. I like Charlie with something short and sweet, like James, Brooks or Bennett.

What do you think of Poppy and Charlie as a twin set? What middle names would you pick for them? And if you’re as stoked as I am for the season premiere of True Blood this weekend, check out my list of True Blood names that might just be perfect for you.

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Image: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer by Helga Esteb /

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Celebrity Baby Names: Poppy Montgomery’s New Daughter

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Actress Poppy Montgomery and boyfriend Shawn Sanford welcomed their first daughter earlier this week. Her name has a floral motif, just like Mom—Violet Grace.

Violet’s been an up-and-coming name ever since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose it for their daughter. It’s just about to hit the top 100 baby names, as part of the rise of floral names like Lily, Poppy, Rose and Daisy. Violet’s been popular for fictional characters—you’ll find it as the gum-chewing contest winner in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the superhero teen with invisibility powers on The Incredibles, and the oldest Baudelaire orphan in the popular Series of Unfortunate Events books.

And the middle name is even hotter—Grace is #16 on the U.S. list for girls’ names. It’s part of the virtue name trend, with names like Hope and Faith. And Grace is a name associated with true Hollywood royalty—Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco.

In all, I think it’s a winner—a name that would be fabulous for any girl.

What do you think of Violet Grace? Is it a name you’d consider for your daughter?

Image: Poppy Montgomery by Helga Esteb /

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