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The Sweet Meaning Behind Vin Diesel’s Baby Name Choice

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Vin Diesel and his longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez welcomed their third child recently, and they picked a baby name with a lot of meaning to them: Pauline, in honor of Vin’s late Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker. In fact, he revealed why he picked the name on the Today show: “He was in the room [when she was born]. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there,” he said. “It felt like a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.”

While its male counterpart Paul has consistently been in the top 200, Pauline made its biggest splash in the 1910s through 1920s, and fell off the charts before the start of the 21st century. It means “small,” and has a slew of historic cred, at least on the male side of things—we’re talking saints, popes, artists, and a Beatle. It seems like a name that could be destined for a comeback, given the recent resurgence in popularity of baby names from that era (we’re talking Adeline and Clara, for instance), and its classic vibe.

Pauline matches nicely with the other vintage names picked for her siblings: Vincent, a top 100 pick which means “conquering,” and Hania, an offbeat variation on Hannah, which means “grace.”

Tell us: Have you named your baby after a loved one? And do you think Pauline is ready to make its comeback as a girls’ name?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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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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Do We Make Sexist Baby Name Choices?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Are we picking names that fit into gender stereotypes when we choose our children’s names? If you look at word name picks—names like Charity and Grey—it certainly seems like it. In taking a look at the biggest movers and shakers—the names that are moving quickly up the list—you’ll find that most fall along these lines:

Boys are bestowed names that are fancy titles.Yeah,  a few parents named their girls Khaleesi, but a ton of guys got real-life honorary titles, like Major, Duke, King and Deacon. (Duke alone jumped over 429 places on the list.) The only fancy title on the girls’ big risers list? Princess, which could just as easily be in homage to Snow White as it is to a real life royal.

Girls are given floral names. With Violet and Lily near the top of the popularity list, it’s not really surprising that some less common florals made the list—Azalea, Dahlia, Iris and Magnolia among them. The boys didn’t even get a single nod to nature among their biggest jumpers.

• Boys get names that connote risk taking. There’s Gunner and Archer, and Major is usually a military title. Maverick actually means risk taker. And Legend? Well, you don’t get to be a legend by playing by the rules.

• Girls are given safer names. There’s Haven, Mercy, Charity, and Laurel. Even Olive could be considered in this category, since the olive branch is often considered a sign of peace.

And only one name appeared on both the boys’ and girls’ lists—Justice, which seems to be an up-and-coming name for both boys and girls.

Tell us: Have you considered a word name for your child? Does it fall along these gender lines? Would you ever consider crossing the aisle with some of the word names—for instance, choosing a risk-taking name like Maverick or Legend for a girl, or going with a “safe” name like Haven for a boy?

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

Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Celebrity Baby Names: Megan Hilty’s Daughter

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Megan Hilty’s new daughter has a Smash-ing name! The Broadway star, who was formerly on the show Smash, welcomed daughter Viola Philomena yesterday, with husband, musician Brian Gallagher.

Viola is a fitting name for the daughter of two musically inclined people—it’s a stringed musical instrument, and it’s also the name of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines, from Twelfth Night. Viola hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the early 1970s, but it’s a lovely choice, especially if you’ve been looking for an alternative to the far more popular Violet.

Philomena hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1940s, but its profile recently was elevated, thanks to the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. It has a wonderful meaning—lover of strength—and can be shortened to the totally cute Mina. (Chew host—and Dr. Oz daughter—Daphne Oz picked it for her daughter earlier this year.)

It’s a really fantastic name—two very old-fashioned names that are poised for a comeback.

Tell us: Would Viola or Philomena be in consideration if you were having a daughter? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your daughter (or son), send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (Or take your hunt into your own hands with our Baby Name Finder.) And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest celebrity baby names.

Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Scarlett Johansson’s Daughter

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Scarlett Johansson and fiance Romain Dauriac welcomed their first child—and gave her a sweetly old-fashioned name, Rose Dorothy.

Rose is, of course, the classic floral name that’s never totally gone out of style—it’s never been out of the top 400. It’s currently on an upswing, and placed at #224 last year for girls. (If you include girls given that name in the middle spot, the numbers would probably rise even higher.) It’s shown up all over pop culture, from a character on Downton Abbey to Kate Winslet’s heroine in Titanic. (And it was even the name master namer J.K. Rowling picked for Ron and Hermione’s daughter in Harry Potter.)

Dorothy hasn’t aged quite as well as its floral counterpart. It hit rock bottom, at 996, back in 2006, but is slowly making a comeback (it’s currently nearing the top 800). The name means “gift of God,” and is most notable for the ruby-slippered heroine of Wizard of Oz and noted writer Dorothy Parker. (Though Scarlett and Romain announced that they chose it in honor of Scarlett’s grandmother.)

I assume that wasn’t the inspiration behind the name, but Scarlett and Romain also picked two names from the old-lady sitcom Golden Girls—including the character played by celebrated comedienne Betty White.

What do you think? Is Dorothy ready for its comeback? And do you like Rose better in the first or middle spot?

If you’re still looking for a perfect baby name, our Baby Name Finder can help you in your search—or if you’re really stuck, send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some more personalized advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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French Baby Names
French Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Stacy Keibler’s Daughter

Monday, August 25th, 2014

TV personality (and Dancing With the Stars finalist) Stacy Keibler and her husband, Jared Pobre, picked a name that will never end up on any wacky celebrity name list. In fact, they picked a name that you’re very likely to hear around the playground: Ava Grace.

Ava means “life,” and after nearly bottoming out on the baby name popularity charts in the 1980s, it began a sharp rise to its current #5 slot back in the mid 1990s. (My guess is that it rose hand in names like Emma and Olivia, as it bears the same simple feminine charm.)

Grace is a virtue name that’s never gone out of style, though it’s currently experiencing a huge resurgence, and is at #22. (If its use as a middle name was factored in, it’d probably be in the top 10 baby names.

All in all, Stacy and Jared picked a lovely and timeless name for their daughter.

Tell us: Do you know an Ava Grace? And have you considered either of those names for a daughter?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and you could see your dilemma answered here. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

 
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