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Best Celebrity Baby Names of the Year

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Stars—they’re just like us. Except when they pick some really offbeat names like Moxie Crimefighter or Pilot Inspektor. But there are plenty of stars out there who give their kids names you might actually want to consider for your own baby—even if they are a little offbeat. Here are some of our favorites from 2014!

Exotic Picks
Kaya Evdokia Chosen by Hayden Panettiere & Wladimir Klitschko, this unique name combines a Native American name with one common in Slavic countries.

Esmeralda Amada Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes picked this gem of a name, which means emerald.

Elizabella Dylan Alyssa Milano opted for this rarely heard mashup of Elizabeth and Isabella.

Word Names
Delta Bell Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard gave their daughter a name with a bit of Southern flair.

Gus Two different actresses picked the cute nickname Gus for their sons this year—Poppy Montgomery and Ashley Williams.

Viola Philomena Actress Megan Hilty chose this name, which has a musical bent.

Hazel John Krasinski & Emily Blunt picked the color/nature name Hazel for their daughter.

River Rose Kelly Clarkson liked this melodic combo of nature-themed names.

Booker Jombe Thandie Newton chose this occupational name for her son.

Rose Dorothy Scarlett Johansson gave her daughter a sweet, old-fashioned name (that had an inadvertent shout-out to the 80s sitcom Golden Girls).

Old-School Names

Ophelia Saint Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl went with this Shakespearean name (and the offbeat word name Saint) for his daughter.

Georgia Marie SNL’s Kenan Thompson picked this vintage place name and a traditional middle for his daughter.

Evelyn Penn Bruce Willis chose an on-the-rise old-fashioned name for his fourth daughter.

Otis Alexander Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde may be bringing back the rarely heard Otis from obscurity.

Bridget Monroe Rosie Pope went with Irish favorite Bridget for her daughter.

Tell us: What was your favorite baby name of 2014? Would you consider any of these?

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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s New Daughter

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

It’s another girl for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who welcomed daughter Delta Bell Shepard, who joins big sister Lincoln.

Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (and part of many a sorority and/or fraternity name). It’s also the name of the land around the mouth of a river. It hasn’t been very popular here in the U.S. since the early 20th century, when it last hit the top 1000, but with all the Ella/Elle names in vogue, this feels like a natural variant.

And Bell, obviously, is in honor of Mom’s surname. Together, it has a bit of Southern flair. You can picture a Gone With the Wind character named Delta Bell(e), can’t you?

What do you think of Kristen and Dax’s pick? Is Delta destined to reenter the top 1000?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at 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 Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Celebrities Have Baby Name Dilemmas, Too!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Stars—they’re just like us! And when it comes to baby names, they often have the same issues and quandaries we all do.

For instance, people always seem to have the perfect baby name lined up for the first baby—but for the kiddos after that, it can be harder to find a baby name that they love as much (or that they both agree on). That’s apparently an issue for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who found and loved the name Lincoln for their oldest daughter. But according to People, the pair are stumped when it comes to baby #2. Do you think they’ll follow the latest trend and give their new baby a name out of Frozen? Given that they picked one name to use for a boy or a girl, I’m guessing they’ll go with something else intriguingly unisex. (That way, they only have to come up with one good name!)

And while celebrities are often mocked for coming up with out-there baby names (hello, Audio Science and Pilot Inspektor), sometimes they inadvertently almost give their kid a bad name, simply by not checking for weird pronunciation issues or awful monograms. For instance, actor Poppy Montgomery (currently pregnant with baby #3) nearly gave her son the name Jack—a perfectly respectable and normal baby name. But not if you really listen to it, when it’s paired with her husband’s surname, Kaufman. Her new rule: Say it 3 times fast and see if there’s something embarrassing that happens (that’s when she discovered why Jack Kaufman doesn’t work). That’s great advice for any parent! And think about nicknames that come from the name, too—you don’t want to give your kid the name Richard Head, for instance.

If you have a baby name dilemma, don’t be shy—share it with me at You’ll find great baby name ideas with our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

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Is Your Baby’s Name the One You Wish You Had?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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, Rainbow Aurora, 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.

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Celeb Baby Name: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard’s New Daughter

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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 Lincoln Bell 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.

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