I’ve been thinking about the latest spate of celebrity baby names, and I’ve noticed a trend—the celebs who have more unique names themselves gave their kids very traditional names (i.e. actress Shiri Appleby and her daughter, Natalie), while ones who have more common names themselves went offbeat for their babies (see Holly Madison and her daughter, RainbowAurora, and Kristen Bell and her daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard).
So are we all looking to give our kids the names we wish we had? I know I didn’t like that my name was super popular and had no nickname possibilities, and so I gave my girls names that weren’t super common (Katharine and Margaret), and came with a slew of nickname possibilities. And I’ve seen that with some of my friends—one who loathed the fact that her name, Katherine, was always shortened to a nickname, gave her sons names that can’t really be shortened. Another who disliked the offbeat spelling of her name gave her kids names with classic spellings.
I think it’s only natural that we’d want to give our kids names in the style we wish we’d been named. But does that mean that my daughters are going to pick short and sweet names for their kids? Or that all the Olivias and Jacobs from this generation are going to rebel and give their kids offbeat names like Wheat and Amaryllis?
Let me know if my theory’s totally bunk! In the comments, let me know what you would have changed about your own name—and if you picked names for your kids don’t have that particular issue.
It’s a girl for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard—and with an offbeat name that tends more toward dad Dax (a French place name that’s near the bottom of the top 1000 for boys) than mom’s conventional Kristen (currently number 661, after a long run in the top 10 baby names for girls). Their new daughter? Welcome LincolnBell Shepard.
Lincoln has Presidential links, thanks to the Great Emancipator himself (perhaps the couple loved the recent flick). But it’s a name that’s almost always been used for boys—and I’ve never seen it mentioned for a girl. It’s currently on an upswing for boys, in the top 200 baby names, and given the recent movie, I don’t expect to see it take a downturn any time soon. Which means that this girly Lincoln may just have a boyfriend with the same name one day.
Lincoln is usually shortened to “Linc,” but for a girl, I’d go with Lin or Callie as a nickname. Or perhaps even Libby—Kristen appears to go by “KB” with her friends, as evidenced by the recent Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign. Maybe they planned the name so little Lincoln can go by her initials as well.
Bell is obviously her mom’s surname, but it’s also been relatively popular for girls—especially in that middle spot.
I love the name if they’d have a son, but I’m not so convinced that Lincoln works for a girl. (Of course, that all depends on what kind of girl she is—and if she’s as funny and sassy as her mom, perhaps it really will work for her.) Still I expected something offbeat and cool from this duo, and they definitely delivered.
What do you think? Does Lincoln work for the ladies? Or is it a boys’ only name? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
Anyone else excited by the news that there’s a new Veronica Mars movie in the works? Apparently, quite a few people are—producer Rob Thomas went on Kickstarter earlier this week to try to raise the funds to bring the whip-smart girl detective to the big screen—and managed to score the full $2 mil he needed within a few hours. (Check out the very funny video they created to sell you on their idea.)
I adored the show, which ran from 2004-2007—it was a smart, funny and very modern take on a Nancy Drew type, and featured future stars galore—most notably one of our current favorite pregnant ladies, Kristen Bell, and Amanda Seyfried. (If you haven’t caught it, check it out on theWB.com, which is showing the entire series for free.)
But I also like some of the naming choices that Rob Thomas made when he created his characters—and apparently, so did a lot of other people, as many of these names have hit the big time over the past few years. Check out the cast of characters for a few options for your son or daughter.
Veronica is one of the few from the cast that actually dropped lower after its run. It means true, and currently sits at #284 on the list, after reaching the top 100 in the 1970s and 1980s. It comes with nicknames like Ronnie, but I like that she always used her name in full.
Logan is her on-again, off-again bad-boy boyfriend’s name, which means “small hollow.” It hit the top 20 in 2006, right as the show was ending. It’s still a huge hit, and a nice alternative to some of the other -an names out there.
Duncan is her other on-again, off-again boyfriend, who has a few dark secrets of his own. The name, which means dark warrior, is currently sitting right around the top 800 names.
Wallace, Veronica’s right hand man and best bud, hasn’t had his name in the top 1000 U.S. names since 1990. Maybe the Veronica Mars resurgence will bring it back around?
Lilly, Veronica’s former best bud and Duncan’s sister, was already dead when the series premiered, but Amanda Seyfried popped up to play her in flashbacks and visions well into season two. The more common Lily spelling was already near the top when the show hit the air, and it’s #15 on the list now.
Bad boy biker Eli had a name that’s seen the biggest upswing since the show began—it’s currently #58 on the list, and it means uplifted.
Let me know if you’ve put some money into the Kickstarter campaign—and if you’d consider any of these names for your child.