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Baby Name Dilemma: An Italian Boys’ Name, No “O” Please

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Lots of great dilemmas in my inbox! Reader Lisa has an exciting challenge (and a short timeframe—hope we get this help to you in time):

My husband and I are really stuck for a name for our Baby Boy #3. We used our two “dream” names for our first two sons, Julian and Anthony, and now can’t think of a 3rd name that will fit with all our criteria.

In our case, both our other sons’ names are Latin-based and fit with our last name, a very Italian-sounding Molinaro. So we’d like our third pick to work with our last name as well, however I have huge reservations about making the whole name sound “super-Italian” as I call it. In addition, I’d like the 3rd name to fit with our first two, so for example: Julian, Anthony, and Billy, wouldn’t go together in my opinion. To complicate matters further, I’m a teacher, so I’m turned off of a number of names, and my husband and I just can’t seem to agree. Here’s where an unbiased 3rd party, such as yourself, could be helpful.

Some other “would-be-nice” criteria for the name include:
– also 3 syllables
– is more of a classic name, rather than a hot-right-now name
– doesn’t end in an “O” – i.e – Franco, Juliano, etc.

I’m immediately thinking of the old-school Latin “us” names, which have become so hot lately. Some picks I love: Augustus, Atticus, Darius and Magnus, which are up-and-comers, but not yet everywhere. (I especially love Augustus, which may eventually be on an upswing thanks to the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, but is currently just inside the top 700.)

There are a couple of names that have a stronger Italian connotation, but I like with your other picks. Have you considered Dante, Dominic or Salvatore?

And finally, a few options that also come from Latin, but don’t end in “us.” I like Francis, Felix, and Maximilian. (Max Molinaro just sounds pretty great to me!)

So help Lisa out: What other names go with Anthony and Julian? Share your favorites in the comments!

If you’re looking for a great name, start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder, and send along your dilemmas 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.

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Lucy

Monday, July 28th, 2014

This week’s box office was a battle between two potential baby names—and Lucy was the clear winner. The thriller, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who can utilize the entire potential of her brain, outpaced the mythological epic strongman Hercules by a considerable margin.

Lucy is one of those names that never falls out of fashion. It hit its low mark back in the late 1970s, when it was a top 600 name, but it’s currently on another uptick, and the 66th most popular baby name. It means “light,” and in addition to this movie’s brilliant heroine, it has an excellent pedigree: Think comedienne Lucille “I Love Lucy” Ball, Charlie Brown’s bossy buddy Lucy Van Pelt, vampire victim Lucy Westenra from Dracula, and the Beatles’ classic, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

If you love Lucy, look for a middle name that’s either short and sweet or longer to pair with it. I’d pair Lucy with Violet, Grace, Rose, Adeline, Clementine, or Juliet.

Tell me: Is Lucy on your baby name short list? And what middle names would you pair with it? Find your perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder, or search our past cool names of the week for inspiration. You can keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelsey Grammer’s Son

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s a boy for Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte! Joining Grammer’s four children from previous relationships—Spencer, Greer, Mason, and Jude—and big sister Faith Evangeline Elisa is Kelsey Gabriel Elias, who will go by the name Gabriel.

The elder Kelsey is probably the most famous bearer of the name, but in recent years, this unisex name has gone over to the girl side. (It’s currently about to hit the top 300 names for girls.) I’d love to see more guys bearing it, though!

Gabriel has been a top 25 pick for the past five years, and and has never been out of the top 1000. It’s one of the Biblical archangels—the one given the cool job of announcing Jesus’s birth.

Elias is the Greek version of Elijah, and a whole slew of mathematicians, scientists and inventors have borne the name, including sewing machine inventor Elias Howe. It’s currently just outside the top 100 names here in the U.S.

In all, a lovely name! Tell me: Are there any names here you love? Would you ever give your child a first name you don’t intend for him to use?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or feel free to email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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

Image: Kelsey and Kayte Grammer, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Survivor Winners Score Their Fourth Daughter

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

It’s a girl—again!–for Survivor winners Rob and Amber Mariano, who welcomed their fourth daughter on June 20th. Joining big sisters Lucia, Carina and Izabetta is Adelina Rose. Adelina is, of course, a variation on the rising name Adeline, which means noble. Adelina was the 619th most popular name last year, while Adeline was #232 and rising fast.

And Rose is a lovely floral name and a common middle name—in fact, the Survivor pair picked it in the middle spot for all of their daughters. Rose is currently ranked 224th when used as a first name, but I’d guess it ranks even higher as a middle name.

In all, a lovely name, and one that fits in perfectly with her sisters’ names.

Tell us: What do you think of Adelina? Would you choose it or the more common Adeline?

And if you’re still looking for the perfect name for your baby, 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.

Image: Rob and Amber Mariano courtesy of Rob Mariano/Twitter.com

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

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