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The Rise (And Fall?) of Celebrity Name Miley

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

It’s often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games’ popularity. And there’s really only one Beyonce—that name, created for the singer by her parents, still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.

But another celebrity catapulted her totally made up (and not even official) name into the baby name stratosphere—Miley Cyrus, who was born with the name Destiny Hope. Miley was her nickname because she was so “smiley” as a kid, and it became both her stage name and her alter ego’s name from Hannah Montana, too.

The year after the show Hannah Montana hit the airwaves, the name hit the big time, becoming the 278th most popular name in the country. Its popularity peaked in 2008, and it’s been on a slow and steady decline since then—in 2012, it ranked 335th.

I’m curious to see if it’s going to make a much sharper trajectory into the basement with all of Miley’s latest hijinks—maybe parents don’t want their kids named in honor of someone so controversial. My guess? It probably will take a huge nosedive. For reference, take a look at the trajectory of the name Lindsay (a la Lindsay Lohan), which took a big bump down starting with her first brushes with the law in 2006. And Lindsay is an actual name with a real meaning behind it, so it has that going over Miley’s name.

What do you think? Is Miley destined for a big drop in popularity? Or will parents still like that “smiley” message behind it?

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Image: Miley Cyrus by Joe Seer /


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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?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Michael Buble’s Boy, Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s Son

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Two celebrities just shared the news of new babies. Crooner Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato have a new son to sing lullabies to—his name is Noah. And Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler and fiancé Cutter Dykstra had their first son as well, a boy named Beau. (No middle names have been announced!)

Noah is a classic name that’s currently topping the charts—it’s number 4 in popularity here in the U.S. It comes from the Bible (the man who built the ark), and means “restful.” It’s even been used occasionally for girls—Miley Cyrus has a sister named Noah.

Noah sounds nice when paired with a softer sounding middle name—like Michael, Finn or Sebastian.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra picked an up-and-coming name for their son—Beau. Beau is the French word for handsome, and it’s currently nearing the top 300 baby names here in the U.S.  It was the nickname of historic dapper British stylemaker Beau Brummell, and is most famously used for actor Beau Bridges.

Beau also pairs nicely with a softer middle name. I like it with Felix, William, or Francis.

What do you think of this latest pair of celebrity boys’ names? Would you go for the uberpopular Noah, or the more unique Beau?

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Image: Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra by Helga Esteb /

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