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Cool Name of the Week: Ophelia

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Last week, we celebrated the Bard’s 450th birthday—and the fact that he made so many of his character’s names instant (and timeless) classics. William Shakespeare’s first name is still a top 10 choice after centuries, and names like Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Duncan, Miranda, Viola and yes, even Romeo have popped up time and time again.

But one character’s name has often gotten the short shrift—and that’s Ophelia. The fact that the bearer of the name drowned in the river in Hamlet’s tragic tale probably helped doom the name—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1950s. But it’s a beautiful name, a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Olivia, and has a lovely meaning—help. Matilda author Roald Dahl even picked it for one of his daughters.

Ophelia needs a nice short middle name to go with it. I’d pair it with Lark, Rose, Hope or Faith.

What do you think of the name Ophelia? Too burdened by the weight of its tragic Shakespearean character, or worthy of another look? And what other Shakespeare names do you love? You can check out my list of the most wearable baby names from Shakespeare for inspiration!

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Are There Any Boys’ Names You Wouldn’t Give a Girl?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

These days, it seems like more and more boys’ names are crossing the aisle and turning pink, particularly when it comes to celebrity baby names. James has become a middle name for girls—everyone from Sean Combs to Jennifer Love Hewitt used it—and recent celeb daughters have been named Asa, Frankie and Lincoln.

So is there anything in the boy column that you can’t see becoming a girls’ name? Top 10 names like Joshua, Mason and Jacob feel a little too solidly in the boys’ column to move over, and don’t naturally lend themselves to feminization. But many of the boys’ names I might put in that column, like Joseph, William, Robert—have their feminine counterparts.

But even in the top 25 boys’ names, there are plenty of contenders for future unisex status: Aiden and Jayden have been definitely heard for girls, and Logan and Noah definitely could be crossover contenders.

Of course, as more and more names become unisex, that tends to leave fewer and fewer names for the boys—names like Tracy, Ashley, Harper and Meredith were once boys’ names, and are now nearly exclusively used for the girls.

Tell me: What do you think? Can you think of any boys’ names that you think would never work for a girl? Would you use a unisex name that’s trending more toward the girls, like Bailey or Quinn, for a boy?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Drew Barrymore’s New Daughter

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Congratulations to Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman, who just welcomed girl #2. Joining big sister Olive is Frankie Barrymore Kopelman.

Frankie is a more casual nickname for name-on-the-rise Frances (or the more Italian Francesca) which means, “free man.” Actresses Amanda Peet and Mia Farrow and rocker Nikki Sixx also used Frankie for their daughters, either as the formal name or as a nickname, though traditionally, Frankie’s been more often in the boys’ column name wise.

I’d probably pair Frances/Frankie with something fun and a little more feminine in the middle spot. I like Ramona, Jane, Belle or Charlotte.

Olive and Frankie seem like a cute sibling set, don’t you think?

What do you think of the name Frankie? Would you go for the nickname or a more formal version, like Frances or Francesca?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name, try our Baby Name Generator, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your baby name dilemma. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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Celebrity Baby Names: A Few Fab Unisex Names

Monday, April 21st, 2014

This week’s celebrity baby name roundup features some great names that I think could work for either sons or daughters. Do you agree?

Beckett Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland welcomed son Beckett Thomas. Beckett is a British name that means “bee colony,” and has become red-hot for boys, currently nosing toward the top 300. But I’d say the case could be made for this to be a girl’s name, too—especially since TV cop Kate Beckett from Castle regularly goes by her surname. Becky or Kitty could be girlier nicknames. What do you think?

Asa Hangover star Justin Bartha gave his daughter the name Asa Charlotte—and while Asa is usually in the boys’ column, I think it’s definitely even more wearable for girls than Beckett. Asa means “born in the morning,” and is currently in the top 600 for boys, though hasn’t charted in the top 1000 yet for girls.

Winston Idris Elba, who recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, welcomed a son with the very British (and very cool) name Winston. Winston means “wine town,” and is currently in the top 700 baby names in the U.S. It has the legendary Winston Churchill as its claim to fame, and could be an offbeat way to make it to the cool girl nickname Winnie. (That shortened Winnie was picked by Jimmy Fallon for his daughter.)

What do you think about these crossover celebrity baby names? Are they ones you’d consider for your son—or for your daughter? If you’re still looking for a celebrity-worthy name, try our baby fame name generator—or hunt down a little something less offbeat in our baby name finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.

 

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Cool Name of the Week: Carolina

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Forgive my lack of posting last week—I was enjoying some much needed R&R with the family down in North Carolina. Which, of course, led to this week’s cool name of the week. Carolina is perhaps one of the more wearable state names for baby names (Dakota, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, and Arizona are my other faves). It’s a variant of Caroline, which itself is a variant of Charles, and means “free man.” While the resurgent Caroline is now in the top 100, Carolina is barely cracking the top 500.

There’s some debate over how to pronounce it, though—it’s Carol-eye-na if you want to pronounce it like the state, but Caro-leen-a if you’re going for the European pronunciation. The most famous bearer of the name is fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who does red carpet looks for many of the A-list stars. (For the record, she pronounces it with the “ee” in the middle.) And there’s a rose with the name—and how pretty is the name Carolina Rose?

If you’re looking for other middle names, look in the direction of short and sweet: June, Mae, Lark, Leigh, and Gray all sound lovely with Carolina (no matter how you want to pronounce it).

Which way would you pronounce Carolina? And would you consider it or another place name for your child? Share your favorites in the comments.

Still looking for the perfect name for your baby? Try our Baby Name Finder—or our Baby Fame Name Generator, for something a little…ahem…off beat.

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