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Celebrity Baby Names: Rosie Pope’s New Daughter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

It’s a girl for Parents contributor (and Pregnant in Heels star) Rosie Pope! Joining siblings Vivienne, Wells and James is daughter Bridget Monroe.

Bridget is a top 500 name here in the U.S., and it means strength. She’s the patron saint of Ireland, and most famously, the klutzy cool heroine of the Bridget Jones Diaries. It comes with cute nicknames like Bridie and Bree—and I love it in its own right. It’s a sprightly, cheerful name.

Monroe started out as a place name and surname—and thanks to Marilyn Monroe and Mariah Carey, who chose it for her her daughter, it’s become a cool name choice for girls. And considering Vivienne’s middle name is another Presidential surname (Madison), it’s kind of a fun set—Madison and Monroe, the fourth and fifth Presidents of the U.S.

What do you think of Rosie’s name pick? Would Bridget or Monroe suit your baby naming style?

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Cool Name of the Week: Idina

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

If you kept your kids up way past their bedtimes to watch the incomparable Idina Menzel belt out the Frozen showstopper (and Oscar winner)  ”Let It Go,” you might be a little confused about what her name really is. (John Travolta, what were you doing?) But her first name isn’t Adele or Dell or Aziz or whatever the heck he mumbled—it’s Idina. (For the record, it’s pronounced uh-DEE-nah.) Don’t worry that Travolta’s slip-up means this name is doomed to constant butchering. Odds are, Ms. Menzel (who I’m just one degree of separation from, thanks to a very good friend who performed in high school shows with her) is about to put the name on the map.

And Idina actually has a connection to the map—it’s a variant of Edina, which means “from Edinburgh.” It’s a name that hasn’t been in the top 1000—yet—but it’s a big climber over at Nameberry, and I’m guessing it’ll break the top 1000 very soon.

Idina Menzel’s parents paired it with Kim, but I’d look for a more poetic name to go with it—I’d love it with True, Rose, Ever, and Evangeline.

What do you think of the name of Idina? Is it ready for the limelight?

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
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Throwback Thursday: 1910s Baby Names

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Today we’re finishing up our Throwback Thursday series with a visit back to the 1910s—exactly 100 years ago. And the intriguing thing is that so many of the top names are coming back into vogue from then—names like Alice, Lillian and Rose for girls, Charles, Henry and James for boys.

But there definitely are names that haven’t been mined quite yet, and are worthy of a look. Check out these choices:

BABY GIRL NAMES

Helen was the number two name of the decade—it has a lovely background, the name of a mythical queen whose legendary beauty set off the Trojan War. The name means shining one, and is currently near the top 400 baby names.

Irene was a top 20 name a century ago, but it’s currently down in the top 700. It’s a beautiful name with an equally beautiful meaning: peace.

Mabel now has a celebrity baby in her corner—unique baby namer Bruce Willis picked it for his daughter. It’s a short version of Amabel (also lovely) and it means lovable. It might be a nice ancillary to the up-and-coming Mavis.

Thanks to red-hot Girls star Lena Dunham and Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, Lena, a shortened version of Helena and Elena, is likely to make a big comeback.

Genevieve peaked at 82 a century ago, and it’s definitely on its way back into prominence (it’s about to break the top 200). It’s a French name that means tribeswoman.

Maxine means the greatest—and it hit its peak as the 100th most popular name back in the 1910s.  With celebrities like Jessica Simpson picking Maxwell, this might be a more traditional way to get to that cute “Max” nickname for a girl.

BABY BOY NAMES

Carl is a Germanic take on Charles, and was in the top 25 a century ago. It bottomed out at the top 600 two years ago, but seems to be on an uptick since it was used for the son of lead Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead.

Bernard means “brave as a bear,” and was a top 50 name in the 1910s. It fell out of the top 1000 a few years back, but I think it makes a nice, classic alternative to some of the popular “B” names, like Bentley and Brayden.

Woodrow was the 67th most popular name in 1910, thanks to the popularity of President Woodrow Wilson. Modern bearers of the name go by Woody (we’re talking Woody Guthrie and Woody Harrelson). I also think you could make the case for Drew as a nickname.

Edwin peaked way back in the 1910s, and could be a cooler way to honor an Edward. If you don’t like Eddie as a nickname, Win could be a winning choice.

Similar name Edgar, meaning wealthy spearman, has been on a slight uptick lately, after a period of slow and steady decline. With cool literary icon Edgar Allan Poe and Impressionist artist Edgar Degas as the most famous bearers, it could be a cool choice for academically oriented parents.

Want to take a tour through the entire Throwback Thursday series? Here are my picks:

1880s Baby Names

1890s Baby Names

1900s Baby Names

1920s Baby Names

1930s Baby Names

1940s Baby Names

1950s Baby Names

1960s Baby Names

1970s Baby Names

1980s Baby Names

1990s Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Offbeat Choices for Boys, One Classic for a Girl

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Three actors welcomed brand new babies this week—Jason Biggs (from American Pie and Orange is the New Black) and wife, writer Jenny Mollen; Frozen star Josh Gad and wife Ida Darvish; and actress Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and director hubby Mark Webber. And the names run the gamut from the uberpopular to the so-old-it’s-maybe-ready-for-a-comeback.

Jason Biggs’ new son gets the moniker Sid. It has a lot of pop culture cred—it’s the name of infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, of legendary comedian Sid Caesar, who passed away a few days before this Sid was born (perhaps the inspiration for the name). For parents, it’s probably most well known for the Science Kid on PBS and the bully-ish next door neighbor from Toy Story. Sid is usually short for Sidney, which itself is a contraction for St. Denis. It’s an old-school name, more popular at the turn of the 20th century, and falling out of favor thanks to the uberpopularity of the girls’ soundalike, Sydney.

Frozen star Josh Gad went totally classic with his daughter’s name—Isabella Eve. Isabella has been in the top 10 for more than a decade—in part thanks to the character Bella Swan from Twilight. But it’s a real classic, an international variation on the timeless Elizabeth, and it’ll still sound great decades from now. The middle name is Eve, which means “life.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 600 names in the U.S., but it’s a nice variation on the all-too-common Avas and Evas.

And actress Teresa Palmer has a brand new boy with a name that feels a little more like the typically offbeat celebrity baby names—Bodhi Rain. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that means enlightenment, and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. With Olympic skier Bode Miller in the news lately, we might expect an uptick in this soundalike as well. Rain is one of the nature names that has taken off of late—and it makes a nice middle name.

Which of these celebrity baby names fits your baby naming style? Do any of these names make your short list?

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Black History Month Baby Names

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

February is Black History Month—and there’s a rich array of historic names to choose from, if you’re looking to honor the past. Here are some of my favorite picks, and the stories behind them.

Harriet was my cool name of the week pick last week, and with good reason. There’s Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who helped dozens of slaves escape abuse through her Underground Railroad. It’s a classic name that means “ruler.”

Frederick also means ruler, and it’s the name of Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery and went on to fight against it and become a political activist and the first African-American nominated for the Vice Presidency. (He also fought for women’s suffrage, decades before women won the right to vote.)

Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, and went on to become a driving force in the Civil Rights Movement. Her lovely name means “rose.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged non-violence as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. His name, Martin, actually means the opposite—warlike.

Langston Hughes was one of the leading members of the Harlem Renaissance, a poet and novelist in 1920s New York. He was the first African-American man to make his living solely on writing and speaking engagements. Langston is actually an English surname that means “long man’s town.”

Zora Neale Hurston’s most important novel was Their Eyes Were Watching God—but this novelist and playwright, another member of the Harlem Renaissance, also served as an anthropologist studying the Caribbean and the American South. Her name, Zora, means dawn.

Carter G. Woodson was a prominent African-American historian—and is noted as the creator of Black History Month. His name has become trendy lately, and is in the top 10 in some states.

Hiram hasn’t been in vogue since the turn of the 20th century, and dropped out of the top 1000 back in the 1980s. This Hebrew name, which means “brother of the exalted,” was the name of the first African-American Senator, Hiram Revels.

Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice—and he sports an old-fashioned virtue name. It means “thoroughly good,” a trait you could attribute to this historic figure.

Malcolm X was a strong leader who pushed for civil rights for African-Americans, and a Muslim minister. Like Martin Luther King, Jr., he was assassinated.  His name, Malcolm, is a royal name in Scotland, and has been consistently in the top 600 names in the U.S.

Would you consider naming your child after a historical figure you admired? What person would you pick? If you’re still searching for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
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