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Celebrity Baby Names: Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Baby Girl

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

It’s a girl for Jennifer Love Hewitt and her new husband, Brian Hallisay. And the pair gave their brand new daughter a perfectly apropos name for the season—Autumn James.

Autumn is the most popular of the season names, currently at #68 in the U.S. (It’s followed by Summer, Winter, and then finally, Spring, which hasn’t been in the top 1000 for decades.)

And James has become the hot middle name du jour for celebrity daughters—Autumn is the third celebrity daughter who has James in the middle. James was actually a reasonably popular name for girls through much of the last century—it dropped out of the top 1000 back in the 1980s, and it’s been a top 20 name for boys for the past century and a half.

I like the flow of the names together, with the soft ms and ns. What do you think of the name they picked? Do any of the seasonal baby names appeal to you? (I’m digging Winter myself.)

If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your kids, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder—or email me at for a little expert advice.

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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Cool Name of the Week: Dixon

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

There are characters you love to hate. And then there are characters you love to hate, that turn around and surprise you. And that’s exactly what happened last night with Merle Dixon, one of a pair of badass brothers on The Walking Dead. While Merle’s little brother Daryl has been a fan favorite, it’s hard to imagine that Merle hasn’t become one after last night.

The name Merle might seem a little too old-fashioned to resurrect—though it’s actually a charming French name that means blackbird, and a name I wouldn’t mind seeing make a comeback as an alternative to the popular Miles. But Dixon has promise as part of that surname-as-a-name trend. It has the cool “x” factor, and it’s a relative of the classic name Richard. Its biggest claim to fame (at least, pre-zombie apocalypse TV shows) is Jeremiah Dixon, one of a pair of surveyors who settled a colonial era border dispute and determined the line between Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia—essentially, the line between North and South. Other than that, it’s been used as a first name for characters in a few nighttime soaps, but is still relatively unheard of—which may make it intriguing for those looking for a slightly more offbeat name. (You might consider it for your son if you’re a fan of the uberpopular Dylan.)

A name like Dixon needs a short, sharp middle name. I’m favoring James (as in Jesse James), West or Jude.

What do you think of the baby name Dixon? Would you add that to your boys’ name list, or do you think it’s a little too out there?

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Baby Name Advice: What’s a Good Middle Name for Zoey?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Reader Ashley is in a bit of a time crunch—her baby is due this week and she doesn’t have a middle name!

My husband and I love the name Zoey and can not come up with a middle name we love. The suggestion from our family is Elizabeth but my husband is not 100% about it, what are your suggestions? She is due within the week so as you can see its been a long battle…and to think Zoey was so easy for us to agree on! —Ashley

Ashley has a last name that’s on the short side, so you can go either way with the middle name—either something long, like Elizabeth (which I happen to like) or something short and sweet.

If you wanted something a bit more traditional, you can’t go wrong with Jane, Rose or Alice for shorter middle names, or Violet, Catherine or Charlotte for girls. Some of my personal favorites include Adeline, Calista and Caroline.  But I’m thinking that you’re looking for something a little more offbeat, given that you’ve chosen a more modern spelling of Zoe for your daughter.

I’m liking some of the modern wintry names—names like Snow, January and Winter all flow nicely with Zoey. You could also consider some of the haute color names. Ruby would be a bit much with Zoey, but you could try Blue, Gray, Jade or Scarlet. And of course, you could try a nature-based name, like Luna, Stella, Wren or Juniper.

But personally, my vote would be for one of the following: Zoey Josephine, which gives you a series of nice, soft sounds throughout the first and middle name, or following in the footsteps of several stars, and giving her James as a middle name.

What middle names do you like with Zoey? Ashley, don’t forget to share your final decision with us! And if you have a baby name dilemma of your own, feel free to share it with me at, or in the comments below!

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