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Celebrity Baby Names: Snooki Named Her Daughter…

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Jersey Shore’s “Snooki” Nicole Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle welcomed their second child, and gave her a name with plenty of Italian flair. Joining big brother Lorenzo is Giovanna Marie.

Giovanna is the feminization of the Italian variation of John, Giovanni. It shares its meaning, “God is gracious.” It’s a relatively new addition to the top 1000, having just started charting in the early 1990s, and it’s never made it higher than #635. (It’s currently at 962.)

Marie has long been a favorite in the middle spot. It’s a variant on Mary, and shares its meaning—bitter. Marie is solidly in the top 600 range currently, though on a general downward trend.

Looks like I didn’t guess correctly when I took a stab at choosing a name for Snooki’s baby, but I love Giovanna—it’s very pretty.

Tell us: What do you think of Snooki’s pick? Is it a name you’d consider?

If you’re still looking for a name for your daughter, don’t forget to send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (If you want to DIY it, turn to our Baby Name Finder.) 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 Name Dilemma: An Italian Boys’ Name, No “O” Please

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lots of great dilemmas in my inbox! Reader Lisa has an exciting challenge (and a short timeframe—hope we get this help to you in time):

My husband and I are really stuck for a name for our Baby Boy #3. We used our two “dream” names for our first two sons, Julian and Anthony, and now can’t think of a 3rd name that will fit with all our criteria.

In our case, both our other sons’ names are Latin-based and fit with our last name, a very Italian-sounding Molinaro. So we’d like our third pick to work with our last name as well, however I have huge reservations about making the whole name sound “super-Italian” as I call it. In addition, I’d like the 3rd name to fit with our first two, so for example: Julian, Anthony, and Billy, wouldn’t go together in my opinion. To complicate matters further, I’m a teacher, so I’m turned off of a number of names, and my husband and I just can’t seem to agree. Here’s where an unbiased 3rd party, such as yourself, could be helpful.

Some other “would-be-nice” criteria for the name include:
– also 3 syllables
– is more of a classic name, rather than a hot-right-now name
– doesn’t end in an “O” – i.e – Franco, Juliano, etc.

I’m immediately thinking of the old-school Latin “us” names, which have become so hot lately. Some picks I love: Augustus, Atticus, Darius and Magnus, which are up-and-comers, but not yet everywhere. (I especially love Augustus, which may eventually be on an upswing thanks to the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, but is currently just inside the top 700.)

There are a couple of names that have a stronger Italian connotation, but I like with your other picks. Have you considered Dante, Dominic or Salvatore?

And finally, a few options that also come from Latin, but don’t end in “us.” I like Francis, Felix, and Maximilian. (Max Molinaro just sounds pretty great to me!)

So help Lisa out: What other names go with Anthony and Julian? Share your favorites in the comments!

If you’re looking for a great name, start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder, and send along your dilemmas to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. 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 Name Dilemma: A Baby Brother for Gianni

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Reader Kelly is having a hard time coming up with a follow up to a wonderful name:

I would love some help coming up with a name for my son due in 7 short weeks. My older son’s name is Gianni so I’d like a name that sort of “goes” with that. I prefer a name that’s not trending and my husband and I just cannot come up with anything!

It’s great that you want your kids’ names to make sense together—it always makes me scratch my head when I see a set of siblings like, say, Rainbow and Elizabeth. If you wanted to go for another Italian name (which makes sense with your last name), try names like Dante, Luca, Roman or even short and simple Leo (even though it ends with an “o” like your last, it really flows beautifully!). You could also go with some of the Latin-based “us” names—consider them old-school Italian. Atticus and Magnus have been trending up, but there are tons of beautiful ones: I like Lucius, Aurelius, or Andreas. Of course, you could always cross the borders, and find another European name that blends well with Gianni. I like Dimitri, Ari, Olivier, and Remy.

With a long last name and a multi-syllable first, you need something short and sweet in the middle. I’d go with a mono-syllable middle name, like James, Lee, or Rey. For instance, Leo James, Lucius Ray, or Remy Lee.

What ideas do you have for Kelly to pair with her son Gianni? Share them in the comments!

If you want some baby name help, feel free to email me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com, or check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names—with the new Social Security top names coming out this week, you know you’ll want to be the very first to know when it breaks!

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Pretty Italian Name for Snooki’s Baby-to-Be

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi did a pretty great job naming her son—I love the name Lorenzo! But apparently, she’s stumped for names when it comes to her new baby to be. She recently posted on her CeleBuzz blog: “Help us with names! We honestly have no ideas for any names, and I’m looking for something original like Lorenzo. Something Italian, and beautiful.”

Readers of Snooki’s blog have already given her lots of great advice, but here are my picks for a potential daughter:

Allegra I really wish the allergy med hadn’t co-opted this one. It’s a pretty name, has a wonderful meaning (joyful), and is easy to pronounce and understand, yet not exactly popular.

Giada This gem of a name is an actual gem—it means “jade.” Thanks to popular Food Network chef Giada DeLaurentiis, it’s been in the top 1000 since 2007, but it’s still unique enough to set Snooki’s daughter apart. Consider it the girl version of her fab name Lorenzo.

Valentina This top 200 baby name means healthy and strong, and comes with a whole slew of cute nicknames (I’m partial to Lena). I think it would flow beautifully with Snooki’s fiancé Jionni LaValle’s last name.

Francesca A-lister Drew Barrymore just picked the boyish nickname from this Italian favorite for her daughter—could Snooki have her own Frankie, too? Francesca means “free man,” and is currently a top 500 name.

Luciana This sweet Italian variant on Lucy means “light,” and is on a sharp upswing in the U.S.—though it still hasn’t cracked the top 500. This is another one that comes with lots of fun nicknames—which is a very big consideration with the Jersey Shore crew!

Luna Thanks to Harry Potter and Uma Thurman, Luna’s been on a big upswing over the past decade, from near the bottom of the top 1000 to the top 250. (Expect it to go even higher this year, thanks to a character on True Blood and Uma’s daughter. This sweet name means moon.

And for a son:

Aurelio  This name means “golden one,” and really flows beautifully with LaValle.

Orlando Don’t think DisneyWorld when you think of this name—think more like Orlando Bloom. The name means “famous,” making perfect for the offspring of a reality show star, don’t you think?

Santino Popularized in The Godfather, this name means “little saint,” even though the character was anything but. The name Santino is just about to break through the top 600 here in the U.S.

So what do you think? Share your favorite Italian-flavored names here for Snooki. If you need help searching, check out our Baby Name Finder. Or check out our Baby Fame Name Generator for a name worthy of the A list.

Image: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.com

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