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Celebrity Baby Names: Jimmy Fallon’s New Daughter!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

It’s another girl for Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen! Joining big sister Winnie Rose is Frances Cole, who was born via surrogate on December 3rd.

Frances is experiencing a bit of a renaissance after more than 50 years on the decline. (You can probably thank Pope Francis for the newfound interest!) The name means either free man or from France, depending on the source. If you liked Drew Barrymore’s decision to go with Frankie for her daughter, you can use the same nickname with this name. (And given that Nancy is a partner in Drew Barrymore’s production company and Drew’s the gal who set them up, I wouldn’t be surprised if she helped inspire the name choice!)

Cole is generally used as a boy’s name, and means “coal black.” It’s currently near the top 100 boys’ names, and is most commonly associated with songwriter Cole Porter. (Not a bad association for a baby!) I’m wondering if the name has some sort of family history to it.

In all, the name hits the same vein as big sister Winnie’s—and I kind of love the Winnie/Frances sibset.

Tell us: What do you think of Jimmy and Nancy’s name choices? Would you consider Frances for your daughter—and is Cole ready to make the jump from boys’ name to girls’?

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Image: Nancy and Jimmy Fallon, by  DFree/

French Baby Names
French Baby Names
French Baby Names

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What’s the Coolest Name of the Year?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I picked 51 cool names of the week this year—everything from Dixon to Delphine. And some of the most talked-about names—like Holly Madison’s hippie Rainbow Aurora and the totally directional Kardashian-Kanye baby North West—didn’t even make it into the cool name of the week list. So what are some of the most intriguing names of the year? You can read my picks for the buzziest names  of 2013—and a look ahead at my forecast for the red-hot names of the near future. But what names caught my eye this year? Here are my top four:


There’s a new, very buzzed about Pope—and he’s sporting a fresh papal name, Francis. I’m expecting to see both Francis and the feminine Frances or Francine making big strides in popularity.

The royal baby may have had a tried-and-true name—George—but you can expect to see that name get a bump, at least in the UK, thanks to its current buzz.


Mila was picked by Jenna Bush for her daughter (the granddaughter/great-granddaughter of two former U.S. Presidents). Add in popular actress Mila Kunis, and you have a recipe for a hot name.

Everly is destined for a popularity bump, thanks to hot couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum picking it for their daughter. (Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis also picked it, and two celebs have also picked the similar Ever for their kids.)

What do you think was the coolest name this year? Share your favorites in the comments! If you’re looking for baby name inspiration, check out our Baby Name Finder, and don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Sons for Kevin Richardson and Ali Landry

Friday, July 12th, 2013

It’s been a veritable babypalooza in Hollywood this week. First Busy Philipps shared the news of her new arrival Cricket—and now two other celebrity couples welcomed new additions. Actress Ali Landry and husband Alejandro Monteverde welcomed son Valentine Francesco, while Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and wife Kristin’s new son was given the moniker Maxwell Haze.

Let’s start with the most unusual name: Valentine is the name of the saint that inspired the hearts-and-flowers holiday. It’s a name that means healthy and strong, and it’s a unique choice—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 baby for nearly 65 years. Ali said that the name Francesco was inspired by her recent meeting with the Pope Francis I. It’s the Italian version of the name Francis, which means free man. It hasn’t been a top 1000 favorite since the turn of the century. Ali’s other children have very Italian names—Estela and Marcelo—so Valentine Francesco fits right in the family.

Meanwhile, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson’s new son has a more popular first name—Maxwell is a well-loved choice to get to that cool “Max” nickname—it’s currently sitting right below the top 100 most popular names. The name means great stream. Haze seems to be their little nod to the offbeat celebrity names. I doubt they’re paying homage to the hazy smog around L.A.—maybe it’s a reference to Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Purple Haze?” Max joins big brother Mason.

What do you think of the latest Hollywood baby names? Are there any in there that might make your list?

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Image: Kevin Richardson by Helga Esteb /


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New Pope, New Pope’s Name: Francis

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

I kind of like the idea of getting a new name when something important has happened in your life. What a wonderful way to get a fresh start, and to choose a name that you really think reflects you as a person. That’s the kind of fresh start that Jorge Mario Bergoglio got today, when he became Pope Francis I.

It’s interesting that the new Pope, who by all accounts is extremely conservative, decided to go for a more daring choice for his papal name. Most popes simply choose a name from the short list of names chosen by previous popes – names like Pius, John, Innocent, and Benedict. Francis is the Latin name that means free man and is in the top 700 names for boys and here in the US.  And he is the first Pope in more than 2000 years to select Francis as his name.

I have to admit that even as a lapsed Catholic, I’m intrigued as to what Pope Francis is going to bring – in no small part because he pays homage to one of my favorite saints with his name. St. Francis of Assisi is famous for his love of nature and animals and the Franciscan friars who taught at St. Bonaventure University, my alma mater, were among the kindest and loveliest people I’ve ever met. Maybe this means that he’s going to be a kinder and gentler Pope, and that he’s signaling that he’s hoping to break free of some of the scandal in dissent that the Catholic Church has faced in recent years. (After all, his name does mean free man.)

Based on the number of searches for baby names Francis and Frances (the female version of Francis) currently on Nameberry, I am wondering if we will see a mini boom of  babies named after the new Pope.

When you think of the name Francis? Do you think the selection of the new Pope is going to impact the popularity of that name?

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