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True Blood Baby Name Picks

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

It’s almost time to say goodbye to Bon Temps, Louisiana, and the various vamps, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters that call it home. So let’s take a look back at some of the characters (and names) that made that town more than a little bit wild.

Many of True Blood‘s characters sport names that are pretty standard—there’s Eric, Pam, Sam, Jason, Bill and Jessica amongst the main characters. And some of the names even border on fuddy-duddy. (We’re looking at you, Arlene!)

But still, there’ve been plenty of creative name choices that many folks might consider, amongst the more standard fare. Here, some of the coolest, more offbeat choices from

Willa is the youngest vampire in town, and sports a newly trendy feminization of William.

Sookie is the heroine, a half-fairy/half-human lady who’s been at the center of practically every love triangle/quadrangle/hexagon on the show. Her name is allegedly a nickname of Susan, and means lily. Despite the popularity of the books and the show, it hasn’t seen a rise in popularity: Last year, only nine girls were given the name.

Thornton, Sookie’s BFF Tara’s surname, makes a cool, if offbeat, surname name. (“Our Town” playwright Thornton Wilder is another claim to fame.)

Luna was Sam’s shapeshifting love, and her name has been red hot of late, thanks to Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter’s offbeat pal. (It shot up nearly 200 spots in the year the Order of the Phoenix came out.) It means moon.

Nora was Eric Northman’s sister, and lost her battle to the evil Hep V virus that’s been a real plague through the last season. Nora is a shortened form of the Irish Honora, an equally lovely name.

We’ve learned a lot more about Ginger, the seemingly ditzy waitress at the vamp bar Fangtasia, over the past few weeks. Apparently, before she hooked up with Eric and Pam, she was a smart college student working on a complex thesis about vampires. I think she was probably glamored one too many times, which led to her more ditzy (but still loyal) demeanor of today. Ginger is considered short for Virginia, along with a spicy name—and it’s also associated with the dancing great Ginger Rogers.

Salome, the gorgeous vampire on True Blood, wasn’t just based on the Biblical character—she was the character from the Bible, who was allegedly involved in the death of John the Baptist. But her name has a more zen meaning: peace.

Adele Stackhouse was Sookie’s grandmother and guardian, who met an untimely death at the hands of a vampire hater named Rene. Adele means “noble,” and it’s a top 700 name currently.

We’ve also covered True Blood‘s favorite names in the past, so check out our previous roundup.

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send it to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and your dilemma could appear in a future issue of American Baby magazine. Or go ahead and give our Baby Name Finder a try. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Vampire Baby Names
Vampire Baby Names
Vampire Baby Names

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The Most Buzzed About Baby Names of 2014 (So Far)…

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

So, our friends over at Nameberry crunched their numbers as to what names topped their searches and views for the first half of 2014, and it’s clear that baby namers are looking for something fresh in their baby name choices.

Topping the searches were Imogen for girls, a popular British name that has Shakespearean roots and has never broken the top 1000 for girls, and Asher for boys, an Old Testament name that’s expected to surge into the top 100 this year.

And many of the other names on their list aren’t currently top 10 contenders—but are lovely, wearable names for those looking for something more offbeat. I’m loving Cora, Adelaide, and Eleanor on the girls’ list, and Jude, Emmett, and Archer for boys.

Of course, looking at the names on a baby naming website isn’t the same thing as actually choosing the name as your child, so don’t expect that Khaleesi, which is the 18th most viewed name on the site for girls, will actually be in the top 20 when the Social Security puts out its list next year. But could up-and-comers like Hazel, Soren, Knox and Ruby make rise up on the list of popular names? Absolutely!

Check out the full top 100 baby names here, and let us know which names you’d pick from the list! If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your baby, check out our baby naming tool, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

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What Names Will Be Red-Hot in 2014? Think Frozen!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We called it! Back when the Frozen juggernaut started, we came up with a list of wearable baby names from the blockbuster. And now, some of our fellow baby-name sites are already seeing that Elsa, Anna and Kristoff are all on a huge rise within their sites.

It’s not surprising. Elsa has a similar sound and feel to many of the top names (think Ella, Emma and the like), and it’s actually a variant of top 10 name Elizabeth, it’s not a big stretch to go in this direction.

Only poor Olaf still isn’t making an impression (what does a snowman have to do to get some love?).

If you like that Scandinavian vibe but don’t want to be so literal (or have your daughter be one of several Elsas)?

Some names to consider:

For Boys
Anders-Andrew with Scandinavian flavor
Erik-A variant spelling of Eric
Soren-a popular Scandinavian name with famed philosopher Kierkegaard

For Girls
Agneta-The Scandinavian version of Agnes (Agnetha was one of the members of ABBA)
Annika-A variant of Anna (and a sneaky way to still pay homage to the scrappy little sister)
Lilya-A variation of Lily

Tell us: Have you considered a Frozen name for your baby? Or do you know any new baby Elsas? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, try 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.

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

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Wild Middle Name Request!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

We all know fanboys and fangirls who picked a baby name based on a favorite character (heck, that explains a lot of the Isabellas and Bellas out there, am I right?). But reader Meghan’s husband is taking his superhero love a little too far with his baby name pick:

My husband and I are expecting our first son after three girls. He is very excited, and I agreed to allow him to name the boy, but now I have some serious concerns for my son’s future, because the middle name he has chosen could lead to him getting picked on. My husband (named Steven Rogers) would like to name his son Steven Rogers as well, because he likes that he shares a name with a superhero (Captain America). That I was fine with, but he would like his middle name to be “The Great.” At first I thought he was kidding, but he is not. I was hoping you might have some alternative suggestions I could offer him that he might enjoy as much, but that would not neccessary lead to my son being picked on, or me having to listen to negative feedback from my relatives. He wants a strong/fun name. Any recommendations?

You kind of have to respect your husband’s dedication to his favorite comic book hero—but I think adding in “The Great” as a middle name may take it a little bit too far. (Okay, a LOT too far.)

Maybe he’d be happy with a name that actually means great? Some options: Magnus, Maximilian and Tai. Or maybe he could pick a virtue name? Consider Valor, Brave, Hero, Honor, or Justice. Or what about a name that means brave? Some ones to consider: Everett (love it with Steven), Hardy, or Wyatt.

Maybe he’d be keen to pick another member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to pay homage to—like Nick Fury or Tony Stark? (It’s still a little out there, but Steven Fury Rogers is cooler than Steven The Great Rogers.) Or is there another superhero he could honor? Some cool options that work with Steven Rogers: Kent (a la Superman’s alter ego), Bruce (Batman), Xavier (X-Men’s Professor X), or heck, even Lex to showcase your son’s dark side.

Since Steven Rogers is a family name, consider looking for a middle within your families. Maybe your father’s or grandfather’s name could stand in the middle spot.

If you lose the battle, at least it’s just the middle name, which you and your child can choose to ignore on all but the most official documents. Good luck!

Tell us: Did you pick a pop culture name for your kiddo? And would you let your husband give your son a middle name like “The Great”?

If you’re still looking for a great name, try our Baby Name Finder—or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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

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Under the Radar Boys’ Names: Beyond the Top 1000 Baby Names

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The top 1000 baby names is always intriguing. But what’s even more interesting is seeing what’s below that level—the names that only 5 or 25 people picked for their kids. While there’s always an array of creative spellings, possible mistakes (did 6 people really name their boys Adeline?) and assorted other oddball picks that probably won’t suit most guys out there, you can find a few gems hidden among the more…ahem…unique choices.

You can check out my girls’ name picks from last week, or see what I’ve picked for the boys here.

Rigby This proper British surname name means farm along the ridge, and is perfect for a baby of Beatles fans (think Eleanor Rigby). It’s a nice alternative to other surname names like Reilly and Sullivan.

Hero This old-school name was traditionally for the girls (think of the character Hero in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing). But this is one girls’ name that could easily cross the aisle for the boys.

Bruin I’m guessing most of the baby boy Bruins live in the Boston area, and the name was picked to honor the hockey team. But Bruin makes another offbeat color name (it means brown or bear).

Indy I’m assuming this was picked as a casual nickname for Indiana (a la Indiana Jones), but could also be considered short for independent. I’m not sure I totally love it, but it’s intriguing to me.

Sylvan This name evokes the woods and forest, perfect for a nature-loving family. (And you can either go with Syl or Van for short.)

Aristotle Someone’s parents were philosophy majors (or Greek). The name of the great Greek philosopher could be considered one of those cool and clunky old-school names, especially when you start talking nicknames, like Ari.

Wilfred You get two great nicknames—Will and the adorable Freddie—with this old English name, that means “desires peace.” Actor David Tennant chose it for his son, and it was also the name of a character on his show, Doctor Who. For the more literary minded, it was a hero in Sir Walter Scott’s classic Ivanhoe.

Sven Scandinavian names were already starting their climb in popularity before Frozen hit the big time, and now Elsa, Kristoff and Anna stand to become seriously red hot. Sven was the brave reindeer sidekick, and it means “youth.”

Tell us: What off-the-beaten path names do you like for your son? If you’re looking for something unique, try our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some baby name advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest baby name news.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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