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2015 Baby Name Trends: What Will Be Hot?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy 2015! As always, we like to ring in the New Year on In Name Only with our predictions of what’s going to be hot in baby names for the coming year. So consider these thoughts when you’re picking names for your little one.

The “-lyns” and “-lines” Move over -ellas and -bellas. The hot new ending for girls’ names is -line or -lyn. Some of the biggest movers and shakers of last year fell into this category, and I can see them rising even further in 2015. Names like Adeline, Coraline, Evelyn, and Evangeline should be on the rise as part of this trend.

The “s” ending Boys’ names like Silas, Jonas, Matthias, Magnus, Atlas, Cassius and Otis may be on your radar—the “s” ending is very hot.

Short and sweet Forget those 13+ letter names—you’ll hear a lot more babies with charming, short names. Considering following this trend? Try Gus, Ezra, Beau, or Grey for boys, or Eve, Wren, Mae, or Pearl for girls.

The new florals Top names like Lily and Violet are old hat—you’ll see more exotic blooms amongst this year’s names—Azalea, Dahlia, Magnolia, and Iris are all on our radar.

Pop culture picks Pop culture brought us red hot names like Gus and Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars), Arya (Game of Thrones), Elsa (Frozen) and Bruno (as in singer Bruno Mars). Expect Elsa to continue its meteoric rise, and expect that many parents will find new names to consider amongst the hottest shows, performers, and books. Our pop-culture picks: Cormoran (from J.K. Rowling’s detective series), Dixon (as in Daryl Dixon of the Walking Dead), Anastasia (50 Shades of Grey), Ophelia (Hamlet), and Brienne (Game of Thrones).

Wild words Word names are becoming ever more popular, and celebrities have taken the trend in an even more extreme direction, replacing stalwarts like Deacon and Faith with picks like Reign and Saint. Look for these to make a splash this year, along with Winter, Major, Serenity, Legend, Haven, and Mercy.

Tell us: What names do you think will be popular this year? Are any of these names on your short list? 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 for the very latest in baby names!

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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What’s Your Baby Name Pet Peeve?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Are there baby names that grate on your ears like nails on a chalkboard? It seems like everyone has that certain name or name type that really makes them crazy. (And of course, one person’s trashy name is another’s treasured moniker.) But what baby name types seem to draw the most ire? After serving a few years as the resident baby name expert here at Parents, I’ve noted what usually gets people riled up. Check out the most common baby naming pet peeves.

Kreative Spellyngs.  There are enough Jurnees and Addysyns out there to attest to the fact that creative spellings are here to stay. (In fact, Aiden, the alternative spelling of Aidan, is more popular than the original.) But detractors think that parents who pick a creative spelling seem less educated than a proper spelling stickler.

Celeb-Worthy Baby Names. Would you vote for President North West or Apple? Odds are, the children of celebrities who are often get saddled with these offbeat names will never have to work a day in their life. But it’s likely that your kiddo will need to get herself a job one of these days—and people may think twice before they listen to the advice of Dr. Moxie.

Giving a Girl a Boys’ Name—and Vice Versa. The trend of giving girls boys’ names seems to have no end in sight—which is a shame for many boys, as people end to stray away from giving their sons names that have started favoring the pink side of the column. (Did you know that names like Meredith, Carol, and Ashley all started as boys’ names?) And it’s rarer, but some guys have started getting names that are generally for the fairer sex.

Pop Culture Character Baby Names. While your personal family tree is a great way to find a name with meaning, many moms-to-be are hunting their favorite shows for name inspiration. But some character name picks (i.e. Arya from Game of Thrones) may be inspired and wearable, while others—like Khaleesi, the Game of Thrones Dothraki word for queen—may be better left to fiction.

Ultraconservative Baby Name Choices. The other extreme of baby naming is to go with the simplest and safest name. If you pick Sophia or Noah right now, you know your kid won’t have any trouble fitting in namewise—there will probably be at least a few of fellow Noahs and Sophias in class with him or her. But the naysayers shake their heads at this nod to conformity and stick-to-the-basics baby names.

Tell us: What’s your big baby name pet peeve? What names really make you cringe?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at for advice. 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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Cool TV Character Baby Names

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Pop culture has become a bigger influence on baby names lately—as many people turn to TV shows and movies for their baby name inspiration. So what names might be worth emulating from some current TV favorites? Here are my picks:

Abigail (Sleepy Hollow) Sleepy Hollow cop Abigail has to contend with some pretty spooky occurrences (and a resurrected Ichabod Crane), but sports a classic name that’s back in vogue.

Annalise (How to Get Away With Murder) Annalise Keating, the brilliant, tough-as-nails law professor in Shonda Rimes’ latest drama, scores an old-school German name that means grace.

Arya (Game of Thrones) Arya Stark has been in hiding ever since her father, Ned Stark, was beheaded—but her name is on a hot streak, as one of the most popular names in the U.S.

Arizona (Grey’s Anatomy) The hospital’s resident pediatrician sports one of the less common—but still very cool—place names.

Blaine (Glee) Glee may no longer be red hot, but this Irish name, which means slender, is currently on an uptick.

Cameron (Modern Family) Everyone must love this vibrant member of the Dunphy clan—Cameron’s now a top 60 name in the U.S.

Clara (Doctor Who) The Doctor’s current companion wears a lovely name that means “bright,” and is currently surging in popularity.

Deacon (Nashville) This hunky character sports a church official’s title name that is currently on the up-and-coming list.

Eliza (Selfie) Yes, this new show based on the classic My Fair Lady is currently in danger of being cancelled, but Eliza, a shortened form of the classic Elizabeth, is a classic that never goes out of style.

Fiona (Shameless) The “mom” of the scrappy Gallagher clan is big sister Fiona, who sports this pretty Celtic name that means fair.

Kalinda (Good Wife) The Good Wife’s investigator sports this pretty Hindu name that means “sun.”

Michonne (Walking Dead) We’ve picked Michonne as a stellar name choice ever since her character was introduced on the Walking Dead—and there’s no reason not to consider this offbeat name for your daughter.

Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) This name, which means valley, seems like it could never be back in vogue, but perhaps the nerdy lead in Big Bang Theory could give it a little extra cool.

Temperance (Bones) This cool virtue name just made it back into the top 1000, probably through the influence of the show.

Theon (Game of Thrones) Theon’s been through some pretty rough stuff on Game of Thrones, and is currently going by the name Reek. But I think Theon could be a cool way to get that Theo nickname.

Tell us: What names are you loving from the current TV season? Are there any you’d add to this list?

If you’re looking for a perfect baby name, send your dilemma to me at, or check out our Baby Name Finder. 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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Twin Peaks Baby Names

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Anyone else as jazzed as I was to find out that the totally bizarro Twin Peaks will be coming back—with its Log Lady, cherry pie, doughnuts, and damn fine cups of coffee? It’ll be a Showtime series for 2016—and while no casting has been revealed, the fact that Kyle MacLachlan (aka Agent Dale Cooper) was recently lunching with series creator David Lynch could be a very good sign. (And his recent tweet about firing up the percolator and finding his black suit probably means he’s a go!)

The fictional town of Twin Peaks was populated with a lot of people with very old-fashioned names—but many of those names have seen a revitalization in the 25 years since the show hit the air. Here are some of my favorites—and how they fared.

Cooper His first name, Dale, never really recovered, but Agent Dale Cooper’s surname spiked in popularity as a baby name after the show first aired, and hasn’t come down from that high ever since. Perhaps the revitalization of the show may bring Cooper even closer to the top 10.

Laura This classic name, meaning “from the laurel tree,” actually started a downward trend after Twin Peaks aired. (Perhaps the negative association with a girl who had a seedy double life hurt it?) It’s still a lovely pick.

Harry Another, far more popular Harry appeared during the 25 years since Twin Peaks fared, but neither Sheriff Truman nor the Boy Who Lived could keep Harry from sliding further down the popularity charts.

Lucy Ditzy Lucy Moran, secretary for the sheriff’s office, didn’t seem to impact the popularity of her classic name—in fact, Lucy slid down the charts during the two years the show aired. But it quickly rebounded, and is currently in the top 100.

Audrey Audrey was already on an upswing before the retro-cool teen Audrey Horne first made her appearance on the screen. But thanks mostly to its association with screen legend Audrey Hepburn, this is still on a climb toward the top.

Nadine One of the truly weird characters in Twin Peaks has to be Nadine, the eye-patched wife of mechanic Ed. (She’s the one who was obsessed with silent curtains, if you recall.) This classic, that means hope, took a nosedive after the series premiered, and dropped out of the top 1000 not long afterward.

Madeleine Actress Sheryl Lee got to play two parts in the show—murder victim Laura Palmer, and her lookalike cousin Madeleine. Madeleine had just begun a swift climb toward the top as the series premiered, and has settled in the top 500 names.

Leo Violent truck driver/drug dealer Leo Johnson was hardly someone to emulate—but his name, which means “lion,” became a big hit after Twin Peaks, and is now just below the top 100 names in the U.S.

Tell us: Are you looking forward to the return of Twin Peaks? Are any names from the show on your short list?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name, send your dilemma to me at, or check out our Baby Name Finder for some DIY advice. 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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Celebrity Baby Names: Scarlett Johansson’s Daughter

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Scarlett Johansson and fiance Romain Dauriac welcomed their first child—and gave her a sweetly old-fashioned name, Rose Dorothy.

Rose is, of course, the classic floral name that’s never totally gone out of style—it’s never been out of the top 400. It’s currently on an upswing, and placed at #224 last year for girls. (If you include girls given that name in the middle spot, the numbers would probably rise even higher.) It’s shown up all over pop culture, from a character on Downton Abbey to Kate Winslet’s heroine in Titanic. (And it was even the name master namer J.K. Rowling picked for Ron and Hermione’s daughter in Harry Potter.)

Dorothy hasn’t aged quite as well as its floral counterpart. It hit rock bottom, at 996, back in 2006, but is slowly making a comeback (it’s currently nearing the top 800). The name means “gift of God,” and is most notable for the ruby-slippered heroine of Wizard of Oz and noted writer Dorothy Parker. (Though Scarlett and Romain announced that they chose it in honor of Scarlett’s grandmother.)

I assume that wasn’t the inspiration behind the name, but Scarlett and Romain also picked two names from the old-lady sitcom Golden Girls—including the character played by celebrated comedienne Betty White.

What do you think? Is Dorothy ready for its comeback? And do you like Rose better in the first or middle spot?

If you’re still looking for a perfect baby name, our Baby Name Finder can help you in your search—or if you’re really stuck, send your dilemma to me at for some more personalized advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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