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Thanksgiving-Worthy Baby Names

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving often seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas—especially when the stores seem to start putting up their Christmas displays before you’re done with your back-to-school shopping. And it’s a shame, as it’s a pretty great holiday: When else are you encouraged to think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for—and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family? If you’re looking for a baby name that suits the meaning of this particular season—gratitude, friendship and kindness—here are some options for you.

Alden This charming boys’ name makes a nice alternative to Aiden. It means friends.

Amity This sweet virtue name is virtually unheard of, but has a lovely meaning—friendship.

Charity This charming old-school virtue name just cracked the top 1000, and seems particularly perfect for the season.

Concord Considered a boys’ virtue name, Concord is a word that means peace and harmony.

Connelly This Irish boys’ name means love and friendship—and would make a lovely girls’ name, too.

Edwin This old-school variant on Edward means wealthy friend—and makes a winning way to pay homage to an Edward in your family tree.

Dakota is a Sioux name meaning “friendly one,” and has been popular for both boys and girls since the 1980s.

Mercy Another old-school virtue name, Mercy means compassion, and has become one of the more popular virtue names for girls.

Rowena This lovely Welsh name has become more noticed since J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter for the name of one of Hogwarts’ founders. It means famous friend.

Shakir This Arabic name means thankfulness. Shaquille O’Neal gave the variant spelling Shaqir to his son.

Zendaya An African name that literally means “to give thanks.” Its most famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman, who starred on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up and took a spin on Dancing With the Stars that almost netted her the disco ball prize.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names

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Baby Name Dilemma: Help Us Find a Baby Name We LOVE!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Reader Michelle clearly has some wonderful baby name taste—I really adore the names she picked for her first two kids. But she hasn’t fallen in love with a name for her third child (they’re planning to be surprised as to whether it’s a boy or girl). Let’s help her out! Here’s her dilemma:

We are having a gender surprise sibling for Olivia (4) and Roman (2) early next year. We have read 900 baby name books and I think just the crazy lists numb our brains because there’s nothing we love.

-We don’t want a really common or traditional American name (although Olivia is very common, but I’ve loved it since before it was high on the list so we went with it anyway) like John or Jennifer. However, we do like older American names pre-1940′s era.

-We also like a lot of Irish and Scottish names, and also some of the cool European regal sounding names.

-We don’t want something that can’t be easily spelled or pronounced (i.e. the problem with “Isla” below).

-We like cool nicknames, too. Olivia actually nicknamed herself “Oli” pronounced like “Oh-lee”, and we call Roman “Ro.”

We LIKE but don’t know if we love the following, but any other ideas/opinions?

Girls
Isla (I’m being told the general public will never pronounce or spell this correctly, but it’s our favorite), Harper (dang it Beckham family!), Lucia (Loo-see-uh, aka Lucy)

Boys
Wyatt (sort of), Finn… uhh we’re really bad with narrowing down boy names…

I love all of your baby name picks! I think Isla is becoming more well known here in the U.S., with actress Isla Fisher and with it becoming so popular in the U.S., so your concerns about spelling and pronunciation issues may be a moot point. (Of course, you could always move to the U.K., where it’s so red hot that your Isla will likely not be the only one in her class.) Personally, I love Isla and Finn best out of your picks, but any of those names would be sweet and go well with your other kids’ names. If you’re still looking for suggestions that suit your baby name taste, here are my thoughts:

GIRLS’ NAMES

It’s so hard to narrow it down! I love Clara, Violet, Lillian (which comes with the cool and in vogue nickname Lily), Adeline (which would be my third daughter’s name, if there was a third daughter to name!), Eleanor, Rosalind, Clementine, Fiona, Alice, Harriet, and Louisa. Just to name a few!

BOYS’ NAMES

Boys’ names always seem to be a bit trickier for parents. Here are a few I think would work beautifully with the sibset, and have some flair and personality: Arthur, Alistair, Edwin (nicknamed Win!), Killian, Flynn (like Finn, but with a little more flair—think swashbuckling early silver screen star Errol Flynn), Ewan, Evander, Lachlan and Duncan.

Okay readers: What’s your favorite? And what other suggestions do you have for Michelle? (I know there are plenty of other favorites out there to recommend!)

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, you’ve come to the right place. Our Baby Name Finder can help you hunt, or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get some personalized suggestions. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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Baby Name Dilemma: VERY Last Minute Help!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Talk about waiting until the last minute! Reader Kaleen emailed me last night—and she’s going into labor today! She and her husband still can’t find a great name:

I’m due with our third child, but first girl, tomorrow!!! And yes, there are STILL some definite naming issues between my husband and I. Would love to hear a perfect name….would love to have A name before labor!

Well, I’m not sure if we got in under the wire here for Kaleen (and alas, she didn’t give me much to go on as far as parameters—or where the disagreements lie). So I think I’ll just share a few of my favorite names (beyond the ones that I actually gave my daughters—Katharine and Margaret—which of course, I absolutely adore).

One of my favorite of-the-moment names, Luna, won’t work super well with her last name, Wolfe. (To me, that feels a little too much like a clever character in a werewolf movie.)

But with a short-and-sweet last name, you can go nice and long with the first. A few to consider:

Veronica, which has a great Biblical beginning, plus the cool girl-detective character Veronica Mars to recommend it.

Clementine, an up-and-comer name that has been a celebrity darling over the past year or so.

Fiona, one of my top picks and a former cool name of the week.

Evelyn, a recent celebrity baby name favorite—which feels like an author’s name when paired with Wolfe.

Elizabella, picked by actress Alyssa Milano, a vintage mashup between favorites Elizabeth and Isabella. (Hey, you’ve got the room for all those extra syllables!)

Juliet, because the classic Shakespearean lover never goes out of style.

Eleanor, because she’s one of my favorite figures in British history.

and Clara, because that’s my daughters’ favorite Doctor Who companion.

So what do you think, folks? What other names should Kaleen consider? What are some of your favorites that you’ll never get to use (and might go well with the last name Wolfe)?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for a little expert advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

 

Vampire Baby Names
Vampire Baby Names
Vampire Baby Names

 

 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Savannah Guthrie’s New Daughter

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

It’s a girl for Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband, Michael Feldman, who welcomed their first daughter yesterday. And they gave her an intriguing name: Vale Guthrie Feldman.

Vale is a word name, which means valley. It’s one that hasn’t been commonly used—it doesn’t even register on the Social Security list, which means that fewer than five children had the name last year. (But I’m guessing that Savannah may have helped bring it into the spotlight!) I love the idea of choosing the name Vale for a daughter of someone named Savannah, since Savannah means grassy plain—in addition to being the city in Georgia.

And with V names becoming so popular (think Violet, Vivienne, Everly and Evelyn), Vale seems to fit right in with the current baby name trends.

Vale’s middle name, of course, is Guthrie’s surname, a wonderful way to honor mom!

What do you think? Could Vale be a new and welcome addition to the universe of names, or is it too offbeat for you?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com (you could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!). And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/Twitter.com

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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?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

 

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