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Cool Name of the Week: Delphine

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Anyone else watching this season of American Horror Story? I’m loving the witchy New Orleans crew, and I’m intrigued by the fact that they actually based one of the characters on a real-life person. Delphine Lalaurie, played by Kathy Bates, was an actual woman who lived in 19th century New Orleans, and severely abused her slaves (though it’s unlikely she turned any into a minotaur, as is alleged in American Horror Story).

She may not be anything close to a role model, but perhaps Madame Lalaurie, as she was known, will help bring the name Delphine back into the spotlight. Delphine is a French name, and it’s associated with either the flower delphinium or with dolphins, depending on who you ask. It’s pretty popular with authors, and has been used by characters in several novels. It peaked as a top 400 baby name back in the 1930s, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 names since the 1960s. But it’s a beautiful name, and it’s a nice alternative to some chart toppers, including Chloe, Josephine and Lillian.

Delphine can be matched up with lovely middle names—I’d pair it with Rose, Juliet, Eleanor, or Victoria.

What do you think of Delphine? Do you think it makes a fresher addition to the “ine” names currently on the rise? Or is it too fancy-French for your taste? If you’re still looking for a great baby name, don’t forget to check out our baby naming tool to help you find the perfect name.




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Cool Name of the Week: Daisy

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

This weekend, Great Gatsby ruled the box office—and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic love triangle, set against the roaring 20s backdrop, is once again in the limelight. While some daring folks may decide to choose Gatsby as an offbeat first name in homage to the tale, Daisy seems to be the more popular choice for fans of the book—or the movie.

This garden flower has been steadily in the top 200 names since the 1990s, a fresh choice like Violet, Lily and Rose. Daisy is considered a nickname for Margaret, which makes it a nice choice in homage to a relative who bears the name. Daisy has a few other pop culture associations, beyond the Gatsby heroine. There’s Daisy Duke (of Dukes of Hazzard fame), Daisy Duck (Donald’s girlfriend), and Daisy Miller, from Henry James’ novel.

The name’s been relatively popular with celebrities—actors Jon Cryer, Lucy Lawless and Anthony Stewart Head all picked it for their daughters. Often, it’s paired with wordy middle names: Meg Ryan’s daughter is Daisy True, and chef Jamie Oliver named his daughter Daisy Boo. I like it with Bell, Claire, Kate and June.

And it’s a perfect choice for a baby born this time of year, when gardens begin to bloom. What do you think of Daisy? Is it a name you’d want to use for your daughter?

Check back later this week for more analysis of the top baby names of the year!

Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/


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More Flowery Baby Names

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

We’ve already covered a few favorite flower names that aren’t the ultra-hot Rose, Lily or Violet options. But it turns out, there’s a whole garden of possibilities beyond the ones I covered in the last installment. Here are a few to consider for your daughter.

Iris A flower that blooms (at least here in the Northeast) during the late spring and early summer. It usually comes in bright shades of purple and gold.

Magnolia A flower that signifies the South—grandly showy, white blooms with a beautiful fragrance. It’s a name comes with a built-in nickname, Maggie.

Calla This form of lily has a shapely, graceful shape, and has been a wedding bouquet staple for the past couple of decades. Calla is a Greek name that means “beautiful.”

Fleur The French word for “flower” makes a beautiful name choice. (It was also the name of one of Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire competitors—and future sister-in-law—in the Harry Potter series.

Azalea These bright pink blooms are a springtime staple—and a showy choice for a beautiful girl.

Zinnia The zinnia is a native of the southwest, a showy, colorful bloom that’s a summery garden staple throughout the U.S.

Daffodil These yellow flowers have a distinctive, cup-shaped blossom and symbolize spring. Keep in mind, though, that the logical nicknames from this name, Daffy or Dilly, might not be your cup of tea.

Jasmine Yeah, it’s a princess name, but this fragrant bloom has an exotic history that makes it a sweet choice for your baby girl.

Leilani It’s a popular name in Hawaii, where it means lovely flower—and it’s in the top 300 girls’ names in the country.

Hyacinth It’s another spring bloom, with large cones of tiny purple or pink flowers.

Would you pick a floral name for your daughter? What do you think of these options?

Photo: Baby in a Bed of Flowers by Heather LaVelle / Shutterstock


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Flowery Baby Names: Beyond Violet, Rose, Daisy and Lily

Friday, July 6th, 2012

We’ve seen a bumper crop of babies named Violet, Rose, Daisy and Lily—but there’s a whole garden of beautiful bloom names ready to be picked. Consider some of these flowers for your future daughter.

Poppy This bold and cheerful bloom is perfect for a girl with a big personality.

Primrose You may discover that this name gets a boost from the popularity of the Hunger Games, as it was the name of heroine Katniss’s beloved little sister.

Marigold If you’re having a fall baby, consider the name of this autumnal bloom.

Dahlia This large, exotic flower has somewhat mysterious connotations, thanks to its connection to an infamous unsolved Hollywood murder, the Black Dahlia. It’s a beautiful alternative to Daisy.

Tulip Find inspiration in this bright spring flower name. It has never cracked the top 1000—but it’s an offbeat floral name option.

Blossom Blossom may still be connected to that 80s sitcom, but it’s a sweet name if you just can’t narrow it down to one particular flower.

Peony This fragrant, showy bloom is the national flower of China—and it’s a beautiful alternative to Lily.

Petunia If you’re looking for a pretty, old-fashioned name choice, consider this common garden bloom—as long as you don’t mind that it was once used in the Loony Tunes cartoons for Porky Pig’s girlfriend.

Orchid Consider this exotic and bold bloom for your daughter—it makes a nice alternative to Violet.

Anemone This bright-hued, black-centered flower can be a beautiful choice for your garden—and for your daughter’s name. Keep in mind that many may associate Anemone with the sea bloom instead of the garden one.

Heather Once red-hot in the 1980s, this name, based on a tiny, pink flower that grows on rocky Scottish heaths, has declined in popularity over recent years, but still makes a beautiful name choice.

Would you consider a floral name for your child? Have I missed a good one?

Photo: Baby in a Bed of Flowers by Heather LaVelle / Shutterstock

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