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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Boys’ names always seem to be much more challenging for parents-to-be—especially when there are already sibling names to consider. Reader Emily is having a hard time finding a name for her daughter Cassidy’s new baby brother:
My husband and I are expecting a boy in August. We have a 20 month old daughter named Cassidy. We almost came to blows trying to find the perfect blend of not too common, but not too off-the-wall, for her name. For our son, we are having even more difficulty trying to follow this path we set for ourselves. One of the biggest concerns (for me, at least) is our last name is Head (bleck!), so we have to find something that doesn’t sound ridiculous. We also don’t want it to be so common that he will have to be called by his full name in school (I had about 4 Jennifers as friends in elementary school, and STILL call them by their first and last names, out of habit).
We THOUGHT we agreed on Cameron. It met all of our criteria: two or more syllables; good choice of nicknames; and not too common…or so we thought. We’ve met two couples expecting boys, and each are naming their sons Cameron! We are also afraid Cassidy and Cameron are too “cutesy” together.
Any suggestions/thoughts you might have would be MUCH appreciated!
First, let me just say that Cameron and Cassidy are a nice sibling set, and not too cutesy. Cameron appears to be on a big upswing lately, thanks to Modern Family, but hey, if you love the name—you should go for it!
With the surname Head, you do have to be very careful with your name choices. (No word names for you!) You could go for another surname name, like Cassidy and Cameron. Sullivan, Jameson, Donovan and Callahan are up-and-comers that are still not super popular, or consider Finnegan, which has the cool nickname Finn. I do like the “n” ending with Head, and as a nice offset to the “ee” ending of Cassidy. You could also go with names like Declan, Kieran or Brennan, which all sound wonderful with your last name and Cassidy (I particularly like the way Declan matches up with Cassidy sound wise, without mirroring the name too closely).
You could consider some of the “son” names as well: Emerson, Anderson, or Grayson, for example. (I’d skip the uberpopular Mason, which is likely to be even more popular than Cameron is!) I’m a big fan of Emerson as a brother for Cassidy. And of course, there are all the “er/or” names, which are definitely on the rise—names like Sawyer, Jasper and Archer.
Readers: Share your ideas for Cassidy’s little brother! What should they call him?
If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
First, it was twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose. But now, tennis great Roger Federer and wife Mirka are welcoming another set of twins to their family, and this time it’s boys. His new twin sons sport a pair of similar names, Leo and Lenny, according to his tweeted birth announcement.
Leo is close to hitting the top 100 for boys in the U.S., thanks to the popularity of Leonardo DiCaprio, who usually goes by the shortened Leo. It’s a Latin name with a cool meaning—lion—and it was used for literally a dozen Popes and many saints.
Lenny is usually short for Leonard—which means that he’s essentially giving his two sons the same name. (Leonard also means lion.) However, Lenny hasn’t fared quite as well as the cooler “Leo” nickname—it fell out of the top 1000 in the early 1980s, probably thanks to the doofus neighbors Lenny and Squiggy on the show Laverne and Shirley.
No word yet on the middle names, but I find it interesting that both sets of twins have one child with an “in vogue” name (Myla and Leo), and one with a retro choice (Charlene and Lenny).
What do you think of the names they picked? Would you go for Lenny or Leo?
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Monday, May 5th, 2014
Happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of our southern neighbor’s celebration, this week’s name has some very cool associations with Mexican history. Ignacio is a Spanish variant of old-school Latin Ignatius, and it means “fiery.” And it was quite the apropos name for two very fiery Mexican historical figures. Ignacio Zaragosa Seguin achieved a major (and very unlikely) victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. That victory helped keep Mexico from falling under French rule—and may have helped the North win the American Civil War, as historians believe that the French would have provided some much needed aid to the South if they’d developed a Mexican stronghold. (So there’s good reason for the U.S. to celebrate, too!) And Ignacio Allende is a key figure in Mexico’s history—though he was a leader in the Spanish army, he took up the cause of Mexican independence and helped organize it, before he was executed for treason.
Ignacio has never broken the top 500 in the U.S., and is currently in a bit of a dip. But with so much great history behind it—and some intriguing nicknames (I’m seeing Iggy or Ace)—couldn’t this name head back up the charts? Its origin, Ignatius, was picked by Cate Blanchett for one of her children, and was featured several times in Harry Potter, as well.
What middle name would you pair with Ignacio? Allende’s middle name was Jose, and if you want to keep the Spanish flavor, Cruz, Rey or Paz would all be good choices. If you want to go in a different direction, try something with a little spunk. What about Justice, True, or even Rebel?
What do you think of the name Ignacio? Cool, or too old-fashioned for a modern boy? If you’re still hunting for the perfect baby name, check out 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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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
David Arquette and girlfriend Christina McLarty welcomed a boy yesterday, and gave him a cool, casual name—Charlie West. I think it’s the perfect match for his big sister, who sports the offbeat “nickname” name Coco (David’s daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox).
Charlie is of course a casual nickname for Charles, a more formal, royal name that means “Free man.” While Charles is the 62nd most popular name in the U.S., Charlie is quickly creeping up, and nearing the top 200. While most of the most famous “Charlies” started life as Charles, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Brown and Charlie Sheen are all famous namesakes.
West is the most popular of the “directional” baby names (though something tells me when we get the official Social Security list next week, North may have made a very strong showing). West was actually a top 1000 name first back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and hasn’t been seen in the top 1000 since—though I think it makes a stronger showing as a middle name instead.
All in all, Charlie West Arquette is a pretty cool name. What do you think?
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Image: David Arquette and Christina McLarty by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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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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