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Celebrity Baby Names: Bruce Willis’ Daughter!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Bruce Willis is definitely thinking pink today: He just welcomed his fifth daughter! And this baby name is just as cool and eclectic as those he gave to her big sisters: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah (with ex-wife Demi Moore) and Mabel Ray, with wife Emma Heming-Willis. The newest addition to the Willis clan? Welcome Evelyn Penn!

Evelyn is actually a lot more popular than you’d imagine—it’s the 27th most popular name in the country. Consider it a part of that uberpopular Ev/Av crew, with Ava, Eva, Evangeline and Avery. It hit the top 10 back in the 1910s—and I’m going to be very intrigued to see if it’s inched closer to the top spot when the Social Security Administration’s top baby name list comes out later this week. Evelyn has a very sweet meaning—wished for child. I’d definitely put it on my short list if I was expecting!

Penn is an English surname—perhaps in homage to someone in Emma’s family, as she hails from England. Penna was recently picked by actor Ian Ziering for his daughter, so perhaps Penn is the celebrity baby name syllable du jour. Penn’s most famous bearers are William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania—and of course, actor Sean Penn.

What do you think of the name? Does Evelyn still feel too old-fashioned to you—or is it ready for the top 10?

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British Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: A Few Fab Unisex Names

Monday, April 21st, 2014

This week’s celebrity baby name roundup features some great names that I think could work for either sons or daughters. Do you agree?

Beckett Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland welcomed son Beckett Thomas. Beckett is a British name that means “bee colony,” and has become red-hot for boys, currently nosing toward the top 300. But I’d say the case could be made for this to be a girl’s name, too—especially since TV cop Kate Beckett from Castle regularly goes by her surname. Becky or Kitty could be girlier nicknames. What do you think?

Asa Hangover star Justin Bartha gave his daughter the name Asa Charlotte—and while Asa is usually in the boys’ column, I think it’s definitely even more wearable for girls than Beckett. Asa means “born in the morning,” and is currently in the top 600 for boys, though hasn’t charted in the top 1000 yet for girls.

Winston Idris Elba, who recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, welcomed a son with the very British (and very cool) name Winston. Winston means “wine town,” and is currently in the top 700 baby names in the U.S. It has the legendary Winston Churchill as its claim to fame, and could be an offbeat way to make it to the cool girl nickname Winnie. (That shortened Winnie was picked by Jimmy Fallon for his daughter.)

What do you think about these crossover celebrity baby names? Are they ones you’d consider for your son—or for your daughter? If you’re still looking for a celebrity-worthy name, try our baby fame name generator—or hunt down a little something less offbeat in our baby name finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.


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British Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s Daughter

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

It’s a girl for former Office star John Krasiniski and his wife, actress Emily Blunt. And they picked a pretty old-fashioned name that’s making a comeback: Hazel.

Hazel was a red-hot name back in the early part of the 20th century, then bottomed out from the 1970s to 2000. But as the 21st century started up, it skyrocketed back into prominence again, and is now in the top 200 baby names. (You can also thank Julia Roberts for that, who picked the name for her daughter.)

It’s a type of tree (think hazel nuts), and an eye color that’s not quite brown, not quite green, not quite gray. And we think it’s a pretty lovely name.

No word yet on what middle name they picked for their daughter. I love Hazel with Clementine, Corinne or Josephine, if you’re looking for a longer middle name, or June, Rose or Wren if you like a shorter one.

What do you think of Hazel? Is it on your short list of baby names?

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Cool Name of the Week: Pippa

Monday, January 20th, 2014

I’m always intrigued by the names authors select for their characters. It’s pretty clear when an author really has fun naming her characters—think J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter, or Suzanne Collins with the Hunger Games. But some of those offbeat names (a la Severus and Glimmer) aren’t exactly wearable in the real world, so you need to look to other lit for inspiration.

I just finished Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which was chosen as one of the top novels of the year. (She also wrote the amazing The Secret History, which I loved.) With The Goldfinch, Donna shares a story of a decades-long (and possibly unrequited) love, of art theft—and lots and lots of crime. I couldn’t put it down.

Protagonist Theo Decker has a pretty standard name, but Donna Tartt came up with some other intriguing characters and names—from tatty Vegas cocktail waitress Xandra to eccentric best bud Boris. But name wise I loved Pippa, for whom Theo bears a torch, most of all.

Pippa is generally considered a nickname of Philippa, a name that means “lover of horses,” and hit the limelight first a few years ago, when Kate Middleton first became engaged to Prince William—and her sister Pippa Middleton a bit of a British style icon. But more people are intrigued by the shortened Pippa than the longer name now—and I’m imagining that this character, a lively and beautiful young musician whose life has been touched by tragedy, may help bring it into the top 1000.

As for middle names, I’d pair Pippa with something equally fun and fresh: Mae, Jade, and Quinn.

What do you think of Pippa? Would you pick it for your daughter?

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

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The Rise (And Fall?) of Celebrity Name Miley

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

It’s often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games’ popularity. And there’s really only one Beyonce—that name, created for the singer by her parents, still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.

But another celebrity catapulted her totally made up (and not even official) name into the baby name stratosphere—Miley Cyrus, who was born with the name Destiny Hope. Miley was her nickname because she was so “smiley” as a kid, and it became both her stage name and her alter ego’s name from Hannah Montana, too.

The year after the show Hannah Montana hit the airwaves, the name hit the big time, becoming the 278th most popular name in the country. Its popularity peaked in 2008, and it’s been on a slow and steady decline since then—in 2012, it ranked 335th.

I’m curious to see if it’s going to make a much sharper trajectory into the basement with all of Miley’s latest hijinks—maybe parents don’t want their kids named in honor of someone so controversial. My guess? It probably will take a huge nosedive. For reference, take a look at the trajectory of the name Lindsay (a la Lindsay Lohan), which took a big bump down starting with her first brushes with the law in 2006. And Lindsay is an actual name with a real meaning behind it, so it has that going over Miley’s name.

What do you think? Is Miley destined for a big drop in popularity? Or will parents still like that “smiley” message behind it?

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