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Celebrity Baby Names: A Boy for Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s a boy for actors Alan Ruck (best known as Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and Mireille Enos, from AMC’s murder thriller series The Killing and World War Z. Joining big sister Vesper Vivienne is baby brother Larkin Zouey.

Larkin may sound like the song bird, but it’s an Irish name that means fierce. It’s been on the rise for both boys and girls, but it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 1909—when it last hit the charts for boys.

Zouey reads like a variant spelling of Zoe/Zooey, but it’s also the name of an area in Cameroon. While Zoe is clearly a girls’ name, Zooey was originally a boy’s name, a character in J.D. Salinger’s classic Franny & Zooey.

In all, it’s an intriguing name—more out there than some of the more recent celeb baby names (Jimmy Kimmel picked classic Jane for his daughter, after all), but still not completely off the beaten path.

What do you think? Would you pick Larkin for your child—and would you give it to a son or a daughter?

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Image: Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos by s_bukley /

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Cool Name of the Week: Rory

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

It had to be an Irish name for this week, when everyone’s just a little bit Irish. But Patrick seemed to be a little too cliche—and while it’s a timeless name, it’s not exactly red-hot these days.

But compare that with the equally Irish name Rory, and you’ll see what red hot really means. This Irish name means “red king,” and it’s on a sharp spike here in the U.S. since 2007, sitting at #481. In Scotland and Ireland, it’s a top 50 name!

You can attribute the sharpest part of the spike, from 2010-present, to the recent renaissance in popularity of Doctor Who—and two of his most beloved companions, the Ponds. That’s Amelia Pond (the girl who waited), and her future husband and true love, Rory, who died off and was resurrected a record number of times during his two years of traveling with the Doctor.

To me, Rory’s kind of a perfect name for someone looking to share their Irish heritage with their son—it’s a simple and straightforward, without the difficult spellings and pronunciations, like fellow Irish monikers Aoife and Ciaran. And if you’re daring, Rory works pretty well for a daughter, too.

I’d pair Rory with something else equally cool—Knox, Shea, True or Sage.

What do you think of the baby name Rory? Is it worthy of consideration? Check out our baby name finder to choose the perfect name for your baby, 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: Sinead

Monday, October 7th, 2013

If you’ve been following the whole Miley Cyrus grows up/goes bad controversy, you know that a blast from the past came in to offer some advice to this latest wild child. Sinead O’Connor, who was name checked by Miley Cyrus as the inspiration behind her “naked-girl-on-a-wrecking ball” video, wrote a letter telling Miley she deserves better than being pimped out by the record company executives. But Miley didn’t take too kindly to the suggestions—even though Sinead went on and on about her talent. And that’s led to a whole big battle, played out on Twitter and the internet, between Sinead and Miley.

Personally, I’m on team Sinead. And it’s not just because her name is awesome. Sinead is the Irish version of Jane or Janet, and it means “God’s gracious gift.” And thanks to the singer, more people know how to pronounce it (if you aren’t sure, it’s Shin-aid) than in the past. The name has never been in the top 1000 in the U.S., but it does rank in the top 100 in Ireland. I think it’s a cool way to pay homage to a Grandma Janet, without choosing that more dated name.

Sinead needs a beautiful middle name accompaniment. I like it paired with Maeve, Rose, Ivy or Margaret.

What do you think of the name Sinead? Totally cool, or still too foreign for an American girl?

Want to catch up with my Cool Name of the Week series? I’d love to see what you think of my past choices!


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