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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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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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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
How I Met Your Mother is finally wrapping after 9 years of the exploits of Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall—all in the pursuit of Ted’s legen-(wait for it)-DARY true love. And we’ve finally met her—but we still don’t even know her name. In fact, the name is apparently being kept as some sort of state secret—even the actress who plays her, Cristin Milioti, still doesn’t know what her character’s name is. (Or she’s a pretty good liar.)
So what kind of name is worth this kind of wait? Odds are, her name isn’t shared by one of Ted’s cavalcade of exes. So that rules out: Robin, Karen, Victoria, Stella, Zoey, Jeanette, Cathy, Stacey, Natalie, Becky, Naomi, Carly, Mary, Vicky, Holli, Amanda, Jen, Amy, Cindy, Natali, Cassie, Trudy, or Rachel. And I don’t think it’s Lily, either.
I’m going to throw a few names out there. According to the How I Met Your Mother wiki, the Mother was born in 1984, the year when Jessica was poised to start dominating the girls’ names chart for the rest of the decade. Jessica would be a very fair assumption. But I’m thinking that they might go with something a little less “80s”—so no Tiffany or Amber, either. They’d want something timeless and classic. Something that sounds right with Ted.
Here are my guesses:
Lauren (#21 back in 1984)
What do you think the Mother’s name is? Share your guesses in the comments.
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Image: Courtesy of CBS/How I Met Your Mother
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Sunday, February 9th, 2014
There are some old-fashioned names that may never make a comeback—we’re looking at you, Gertrude and Ethel. But I think Harriet is ready to come back into vogue, nearly 40 years after it left the top 1000.
It’s a beautiful name that means ruler, a British version of the French Henriette. But it’s its pedigree that could make it a pretty wonderful choice. Two of its most famous bearers are Harriet Tubman, a former slave who ran the Underground Railroad and helped dozens of slaves escape to freedom, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, noted abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which documented some of the horrors of slavery. And of course, there’s Harriet the Spy, if you’re into kids lit.
Harriet comes with some cute nicknames—Hattie and Hetty—and yes, even Harry, if you’re feeling daring. And I think it pairs beautifully with middle names like Maeve, Juniper, Pearl and Ruby.
What do you think of the name Harriet? Is it a name you’d like to see make a comeback?
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly welcomed their third child—a daughter—earlier this week. Joining big sister Olivia and big brother Joshua is brand new baby Annabel.
Annabel is a bit more offbeat than her siblings’ top ten baby names—her name is falling just below the top 500. The name means loving, and its big claim to fame is Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, Annabel Lee. The name was at its most popular back in the 1880s, when it neared the top 400, but it’s currently on a major upswing. And since it’s in stile close to top names like Isabella and Adeline, it may reach its pinnacle of popularity in the next few years.
No word from the Van Der Beeks about which middle name they chose. My picks would be Lee (I’m a big Poe fan at heart), plus names like Rose, Maeve, Margaret or James (that’s the new hot middle name for girls!).
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Image: Kim and James Van Der Beek by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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