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Why Does Everyone Hate Gwyneth (And Other High-Profile Baby Names)?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow was just named People’s Most Beautiful Person—but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another Gwyneth in real life. It’s a pretty name, reminiscent of the far more popular Genevieve, and has a lovely meaning—cherished. But I’m thinking the Gwyneth Paltrow backlash against the Marie Antoinette-ish lack of reality in her GOOP newsletter. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a half a million dollars to spring on “wardrobe essentials.”)

Which got me thinking about some other names you should be seeing around the playground, but never took off. Here’s my list of names that should be higher on the radar.

Suri My younger daughter and I actually brushed past Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s intriguingly named offspring recently. (We both attended the same performance of Cinderella on Broadway and both ended up hanging out backstage at the same time.) Tom and Katie claimed the name meant rose or royalty in Persian or Hebrew, but experts say it’s a name that has more negative connotations—like “pickpocket” in Japanese. Whether it’s part of the Tom Cruise backlash or it’s the fact that Suri rhymes with “slurry,” this name hasn’t caught fire.

Pax The names of some of Brangelina’s other offspring have really taken off—we’re looking at you Maddox, Vivienne, and Knox! But Pax has yet to take off—despite the fact that it has that cool “x” ending and a really neat meaning, “peace.”

Seraphina It’s been four years since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner gave this angelic name to their daughter, and it still hasn’t cracked the top 1000. It’s a nice alternative to the far-more-popular Sabrina.

Harry A handsome British royal and the world’s most famous boy wizard haven’t done anything to bring this variant of Henry back from its slow and steady decline. (Though Henry itself has been on the rise!)

What names do you think should be more popular than they are? (Or are you too afraid to share them, in case you want to use them?)

Image: Gwyneth Paltrow by s_bukley /

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Baby Name Inspiration: How Celebrities Found Their Baby Names

Friday, October 12th, 2012

According to People, Vanessa and Nick Lachey found their baby’s name on a street sign–Camden was the name of the street where their obstetrician practiced. But they’re not the only ones who found more mundane ways to select their baby’s name. Gwyneth Paltrow famously explained naming her daughter Apple because she thought the name sounded fresh and pure. Jessica Simpson’s daughter was given the traditionally male moniker Maxwell as a nod to fiance Eric Johnson’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name. And Nicholas Cage’s inspiration for his son, Kal-el, would be obvious to any comic-book fan–it’s Superman’s Kryptonian name, in case you aren’t quite up on your superhero lore.

The moral of the story? Even celebrities find their names the same way we do, by searching high and low for that one, absolutely perfect name. So keep your eyes and ears peeled as you go through your day. Maybe you’ll find the perfect name when you check out the name tag of your favorite barista at Starbucks, or the name of the park where you like to walk your dog. Maybe (like my parents), you’ll be inspired by a model house you love or a character on a beloved TV show (my brother would have scored the name of one of the Hardy Boys’ girlfriends from the late-70s TV show, had he been a girl). Maybe you’ll find it as you’re pursuing your passions–a favorite fashion designer’s name, the singer in your favorite band, or the name of your yoga studio. Or maybe it’ll just be after someone special who you love–your favorite aunt or your grandfather.

So keep searching for that perfect inspiration! And if you need any help, e-mail me at for a little baby naming guidance.

Photo: Vanessa and Nick Lachey by s_bukley /
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