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Celebrity Baby Names: Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s New Daughter

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nick and Vanessa Lachey must have mapped out their baby names with an atlas! Joining big brother Camden John is a baby sister with another place name/classic name pairing—Brooklyn Elisabeth.

Brooklyn is a top 30 baby name for girls, and picked based on the hot New York City borough. Victoria and David Beckham picked it for their son way back in 1999, and since then it’s taken off, but mostly for the girls.

Elisabeth, of course, is an alternative spelling of the classic, top-of-the-charts perennial, and shares its meaning, consecrated to God. With this spelling, it’s below the top 600 name picks in the country.

Tell us: What do you think of Nick and Vanessa’s pick? Is it one you’d consider for your daughter or son? And would you/did you choose a theme for your baby names?

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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: Kenan Thompson’s New Daughter

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

It’s a baby girl for SNL comedian Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline. The couple welcomed their first daughter on Friday, and named her Georgia Marie.

Georgia is a place name, but it’s also a feminization of the classic George, which means farmer. There’s also famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a slew of other celebrity babies sporting the name—including the daughters of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and Harrison Ford. It’s currently near the 250nd spot in popularity.

Marie is the French variation of Mary, and it means bitter. It’s often used in the middle spot.

In all, it’s a lovely name! What do you think of it?

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Image: Kenan Thompson by s_bukley /

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Cool Name of the Week: India

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Place names are apparently all the rage, at least for girls—among the top movers and shakers, five place names jumped more than 100 spots in popularity. And one of the biggest jumpers was U.K. favorite India, which leaped 240 places and finally entered the top 1000 here in the U.S.

India is, of course, one of the most populous countries on the planet, with more than 1 billion people, one with a rich and interesting history and culture—and it gives this name a touch of its timeless grandeur. Thanks to its long-standing popularity in the U.K. (and the U.K.’s once-upon-a-time rule of the country), it also feels vaguely British, too.

It was the name of Ashley Wilkes’ disapproving sister in Gone With the Wind, but it’s likely India achieved its newfound popularity because Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky picked it for their eldest daughter. Celebs like singer Sarah McLachlan and Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein also favored it for their daughters.

India needs a special middle name—no Jane or Anne for this one. Chris and Elsa paired it with Rose, Harvey picked Pearl, both of which would be lovely with it. I’d also like it with Jade, Scarlett, Violet, and Charlotte.

What do you think of the name India? Is it ready for the big time here in the U.S.?

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Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names

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Cool Name of the Week: Carolina

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Forgive my lack of posting last week—I was enjoying some much needed R&R with the family down in North Carolina. Which, of course, led to this week’s cool name of the week. Carolina is perhaps one of the more wearable state names for baby names (Dakota, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, and Arizona are my other faves). It’s a variant of Caroline, which itself is a variant of Charles, and means “free man.” While the resurgent Caroline is now in the top 100, Carolina is barely cracking the top 500.

There’s some debate over how to pronounce it, though—it’s Carol-eye-na if you want to pronounce it like the state, but Caro-leen-a if you’re going for the European pronunciation. The most famous bearer of the name is fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who does red carpet looks for many of the A-list stars. (For the record, she pronounces it with the “ee” in the middle.) And there’s a rose with the name—and how pretty is the name Carolina Rose?

If you’re looking for other middle names, look in the direction of short and sweet: June, Mae, Lark, Leigh, and Gray all sound lovely with Carolina (no matter how you want to pronounce it).

Which way would you pronounce Carolina? And would you consider it or another place name for your child? Share your favorites in the comments.

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Geographic Baby Names

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Brooklyn, London, Madison, Jordan, Camden and Austin—the top baby names are all over the map, literally! But if you’re looking for an exotic place name that isn’t quite so high on the popularity list, consider taking your globe for a whirl and finding some name inspiration there.

Here are some of my favorite worldly names:

India I love this baby name—it’d be on my short name for a little girl, with its melodious sound, exotic flavor and its Gone With the Wind ties. It’s pretty darned popular in the UK, but still not-so-common here.

Everest George Lucas just picked the name of the tallest mountain in the world for his daughter, but I’d love to see this on a boy instead!

Hudson The famed New York river has spawned an up-and-coming name for boys.

Cairo Consider the Egyptian capital as an exotic name choice for a boy.

Aspen The Rocky Mountain getaway (named for the elegant tree) works beautifully as a boy’s name.

Eden The Biblical paradise could make a beautiful name for a little girl (I know of an adorable three-year-old bearing the name).

Montana Big Sky country gives us this beautiful name, the Spanish word for “mountain.”

Olympia The mountain that served as the home of the Greek gods and goddesses serves as a majestic name for a little girl. (Plus I love the nickname Pia for a girl.)

Athena The Greek capital—named for the goddess of wisdom—gives us this up-and-coming girls’ name, favored by Tina Fey.

Roman Add the “n” to the end of Italy’s legendary capital for a beautiful name choice for a boy.

Sahara The world’s largest desert gives us this soft and sweet girls’ name.

Rio The Spanish word for “river” is part of the name of Brazil’s famed city, Rio de Janeiro.

Indiana While the “ana” ending might scream girl, Indiana Jones helps bring the name over to the boys’ side.

Calais A fancy French locale makes a beautiful name for a girl.

So—what names did I miss? Share your favorite place name baby names with me in the comments!

Image: Baby with globe by pzAxe/

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