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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
It’s a girl for Parents contributor (and Pregnant in Heels star) Rosie Pope! Joining siblings Vivienne, Wells and James is daughter Bridget Monroe.
Bridget is a top 500 name here in the U.S., and it means strength. She’s the patron saint of Ireland, and most famously, the klutzy cool heroine of the Bridget Jones Diaries. It comes with cute nicknames like Bridie and Bree—and I love it in its own right. It’s a sprightly, cheerful name.
Monroe started out as a place name and surname—and thanks to Marilyn Monroe and Mariah Carey, who chose it for her her daughter, it’s become a cool name choice for girls. And considering Vivienne’s middle name is another Presidential surname (Madison), it’s kind of a fun set—Madison and Monroe, the fourth and fifth Presidents of the U.S.
What do you think of Rosie’s name pick? Would Bridget or Monroe suit your baby naming style?
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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Break out the champagne and the fancy hors d’oeuvres—today’s my version of the Superbowl, the Oscars. While the number of nominated films I get to see (at least in the non-animated categories) has fallen exponentially since I had kids, I’m always excited to check out the fashions and start crafting my own imaginary acceptance speech.
But while I love Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence and all the other nominees, watching the Oscars always makes me nostalgic for my old-school favorite movies, often starring legendary actors who never even scored an Oscar. (Cary Grant only scored an honorary Oscar for all of his years starring in amazing films like His Girl Friday and Philadelphia Story; Marilyn Monroe never scored one either, despite hilarious turns in Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.)
If you’re a big movie buff, there are plenty of wonderful names to consider among past (and current) honorees—here are some of my favorites.
You can’t go wrong with Meryl Streep, nominated yet again this year for her role in August: Osage County. She’s scored the most total nominations, with 18—and three wins among them. Her name is a variant of Muriel, which means “of the sea.”
Bette Davis was the first woman to receive 10 nominations—and had five consecutive, along with fellow actress Greer Garson. Bette is a variant of Elizabeth, which means consecrated to God.
Walt Disney won the most Oscars, with 22 victories. His name is short for Walter, a German name that means ruler, and is currently on an upsurge.
The legendary costume designer Edith Head is known as the most-honored woman in Oscar history, with 7 wins, including two for Roman Holiday and Sabrina, where she outfitted the equally legendary Audrey Hepburn. Edith means prosperous in war, and is currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 800 names.
Katharine Hepburn is the winningest actress with four acting awards—and an inspiration for my daughter’s name. Katharine means pure. Her true love, Spencer Tracy, was among the first to win twice consecutively. His name, Spencer, means steward, and is currently in the top 250 names for boys.
And last but not least, Marlon Brando was a legendary actor who scored the most consecutive nominations with four in a row. His name’s origin is a bit of a mystery, but the name is currently in the top 700 in the U.S. Some more adventurous namers have chosen Brando instead to honor the Oscar winner.
What’s your favorite Oscar-related name? Share it in the comments! (And see what other Oscar-related name I picked for the Cool Name of the Week.)
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Image: Oscar award by Joe Seer
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
British baby name lists always have some cool trends to consider as you’re picking your baby’s moniker. When we last checked into the tops of the British charts, they had some pretty cool trends going on:
• Nicknames make great official names. Names like Charlie, Alfie, Millie and Evie are red hot—more popular, even than the formal names like Charles and Millicent.
• The third time’s the charm. Brits get more than two chances to get the name right—giving a child two middle names is common.
• Old-fashioned names look new. Old-school classics like Arthur and Florence are red-hot in the UK right now.
• Character names are in vogue. British institutions like Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who have influenced the charts—the top name for boys is Harry (also the name of the young prince), and Amelia, the name of a recent companion on Doctor Who.
• Pick a pretty floral name. Poppy, Daisy and Jasmine were all in the top 50.
• The “Es” have it. The top 10 boys’ names in the UK include Harry, Charlie, Alfie and Riley.
What do you think of the British baby name trends? Which ones would you consider for your son or daughter? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder. And I’d love to help you with your latest baby name dilemma—just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy baby name hunting!
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Monday, February 24th, 2014
The Lego Movie has now replaced Frozen as the movie du jour in my house—and apparently in just about every house in the U.S., as the movie has now grossed $183.2 million in the U.S. (And my girls keep singing the anthem “Everything is Awesome!”)
And while some famous characters made their way into the movie (Batman! Gandalf! Harry Potter!), the heart of the story is Emmet Brickowski, a construction worker who may just be the one to overthrow the evil President Business (voiced by Will Farrell).
While the more common spelling, Emmett, is a top 200 name, Emmet hasn’t been out of the top 1000 since the 1930s. It’s a name that means truth, and is Hebrew in origin. (And it’s more common spelling, Emmett, also rose to the top on the heels of Twilight.)
As for middle names with Emmet, I like it with Miles, Beau, Jude or Reed.
What do you think of the name Emmet? Would you pick it for your son?
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Three actors welcomed brand new babies this week—Jason Biggs (from American Pie and Orange is the New Black) and wife, writer Jenny Mollen; Frozen star Josh Gad and wife Ida Darvish; and actress Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and director hubby Mark Webber. And the names run the gamut from the uberpopular to the so-old-it’s-maybe-ready-for-a-comeback.
Jason Biggs’ new son gets the moniker Sid. It has a lot of pop culture cred—it’s the name of infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, of legendary comedian Sid Caesar, who passed away a few days before this Sid was born (perhaps the inspiration for the name). For parents, it’s probably most well known for the Science Kid on PBS and the bully-ish next door neighbor from Toy Story. Sid is usually short for Sidney, which itself is a contraction for St. Denis. It’s an old-school name, more popular at the turn of the 20th century, and falling out of favor thanks to the uberpopularity of the girls’ soundalike, Sydney.
Frozen star Josh Gad went totally classic with his daughter’s name—Isabella Eve. Isabella has been in the top 10 for more than a decade—in part thanks to the character Bella Swan from Twilight. But it’s a real classic, an international variation on the timeless Elizabeth, and it’ll still sound great decades from now. The middle name is Eve, which means “life.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 600 names in the U.S., but it’s a nice variation on the all-too-common Avas and Evas.
And actress Teresa Palmer has a brand new boy with a name that feels a little more like the typically offbeat celebrity baby names—Bodhi Rain. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that means enlightenment, and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. With Olympic skier Bode Miller in the news lately, we might expect an uptick in this soundalike as well. Rain is one of the nature names that has taken off of late—and it makes a nice middle name.
Which of these celebrity baby names fits your baby naming style? Do any of these names make your short list?
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