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Get Your Own Royal Baby Name

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

So the Duchess of Cambridge is (finally!) in labor, and it looks like we won’t get the royal baby’s name until she and Prince William head home with their new prince or princess. But never fear—there’s a whole slew of tools out there that can help you craft the perfect royal name for you or your baby.

USA Today has a tool that gives you your own little bit of pomp and circumstance—enter your initials and sex, and it’ll come back with a fancy little title for you. (Her Highness Magnolia The Mostly Victorious certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Especially when paired with my husband’s title, The Sultan Leopold de la Noche.)

If you still want to get your bets in with the British bookies, check out the Washington Post’s baby name generator, which gives you possible name combos for the royal baby, based on your preferences—boy or girl, tried-and-true classics or long-shot names. (My best bet currently: We’re welcoming Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Victoria. Though as a history buff who loves Eleanor of Aquitaine, I’m always hopeful they’ll do something unexpected like that.)

Want more royal baby name coverage? You can look back at my royal baby name prognostications, see if a leaked baby name is potentially the winner, find out what the current frontrunners are, get a name fit for a princess (and your daughter, of course), and of course, like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest on the royal baby and more!
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Would You Copy Will and Kate’s Baby Name?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

We admit it—even here across the pond, we have a bit of royal baby fever. I’ve been trolling the news sites looking for confirmation that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labor—and hit a bit of excitement when Twitter had some (seemingly unsubstantiated) news of the impending arrival of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s much-anticipated baby.

But even I’m not quite as crazy as some of the Brit moms to be—who are apparently holding off on naming their already-born progeny in order to give their kids a name befitting royalty. According to Female First, many newborns remain nameless so their moms can commemorate the royal birth by copycatting on the new prince or princess.

Because you have 60 days to register a baby’s name after birth, odds are there could be a huge spate in Alexandras or Georges with summer 2013 birthdays. (Those two monikers are the current frontrunners in betting pools.)

I’m just hoping that all of these moms have a backup plan, given there’s a 50/50 shot that their babies aren’t the same sex as the royal one.

What do you think? Would you copycat the royal baby name?

Keep watching In Name Only on Facebook to get the full scoop the instant the royal baby name is announced.

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Place Your Bets: What’s the Royal Baby’s Name?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

We only have a few more weeks until the heir to the throne of England comes into the world—and the book makers are taking bets on everything from the child’s future profession to his or her hair color. And naturally, they’re also taking wagers as to what the royal offspring will be named.

Do the bookmakers know something we don’t know? The odds (at least as far as the bookmakers are concerned) are that Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchild will be a princess—they’re giving the odds on that 2-7—and the odds of a prince have become much higher—now 11-2. And if it’s a girl, the bookmakers are betting the name is most likely Alexandra (5-2), followed by Charlotte, Diana and Elizabeth (all at 6-1 odds). My royal name pick, Eleanor, is a long shot at 25-1.

If Prince William and his wife Kate’s baby does end up being a prince, George is the name to beat—and the only boys’ name that’s given odds better than 25-1. (I picked Alfred as my future king of England.)

The only thing we know—North West is likely a very long shot! ;-)

Do you think the bookies are on target? Which of the rumored names do you like best?

Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names—and get the scoop when the royal baby name is finally announced!

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What Happened With Baby Names in 2012

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

It’s that time of year again, when every media outlet summarizes the big stories of the year. (Sometimes, I think I might just skip watching CNN and reading the newspaper and just catch up on everything I missed, splashed in stylish slideshows, when the year ends.)

So here’s my year in review, of everything baby name related:

Stars are keeping their baby names secret—and that reticence seems to spur even bigger hoopla over their babies. It took months for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Uma Thurman to finally reveal their babies’ names. And we still don’t know what Adele or Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin picked for their babies.

• We’re totally obsessed with what Wills and Kate will name their baby (or is it babies???). My blog post speculating on potential royal baby names was already one of the most popular ones this year. I’m looking forward to finding out if my guesses were anywhere near correct.

• We’re asking for help with our baby names. Yahoo! CEO Marisa Mayer famously crowdsourced her son’s name (MacAllister), but other people are turning toward naming experts or simply posting their options on websites like ours looking for opinions. (And hey, if you do want some free advice, feel free to send your dilemma our way at

• Stars are still choosing offbeat baby names. I’ve chosen my 10 most intriguing celebrity baby names, but there was no scarcity of interesting choices that didn’t make the cut. Like Jason Lee’s Sonny, or Sienna Miller’s Marlowe Ottoline. Of course, celebrities don’t have the monopoly on weird baby names—just consider poor Hashtag Jameson.

• We’ve already rounded up our top baby names. And some of the top names on our site might surprise you (Bradley for a boy—Cadence for a girl, for instance?)

• I made my predictions of some of the hottest baby names for 2013. If you’re picking Olive or Declan and thinking your kiddo will be the only one sporting that name in preschool, think again.

What do you think was the most interesting baby name story of the year? Share it in the comments below. (And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook, so you can keep up with the coolest names of the week, the latest in celebrity baby name news, and all things baby names!)

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What Should William and Kate Name Their Baby?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, Prince William and Kate are expecting a future king or queen of England–thanks to recent changes in English law, male heirs are no longer given preference in taking over the throne. But while everyone’s abuzz over whether it’s a prince or princess on the way, I’m already skipping ahead to the baby names.

You can already expect that this couple won’t be going for some of the more unusual names of late–so we can forget about Prince Pilot or Princess Hashtag. They may be modern monarchs, but they still have a very healthy respect for tradition. So I’d expect some good, traditional British names. And that means we’re also into Uma Thurman baby-naming territory, as royals tend to give their babies four or five names. (Prince William was christened William Arthur Philip Louis.)

You can probably get a sense of what names will appear in the collection if you get a good look at the British royal lineage–there’s no doubt that most (if not all) of the names will have some historical background.

For boys, we’re talking names like Henry, James, George, Charles and Thomas. Here’s my best guess: The first name will either be James (a common royal name) or Alfred (the nickname Alfie is #4 on Britain’s name popularity list, so this isn’t as out-there as it sounds to American ears). Philip will be one of the middle names (it’s the name of William’s grandfather, and both he and his father have it as one of their middle names). In fact, here’s my best guess: Alfred Charles Philip James. (Alternate name possibilities: Edward or Edmund, George, Albert and John.)

And what name would befit a future queen? I’d like to see an Eleanor (after one of the most powerful women in medieval Europe, Eleanor of Aquitaine) or Victoria (after the vaunted 19th century monarch). I expect to see Diana pop up as one of the middle names, in homage to William’s mother. And don’t entirely discount a slight veer from British royal lineage. A name like Grace, which is currently in the top 10 in the U.K., would be a beautiful choice. Here’s my bet for the princess’s moniker: Eleanor Diana Victoria Elizabeth. (Alternate name possibilities could include Alice, Beatrice, Anne and Margaret.)

What do you think Wills and Kate should name their first born? Share your ideas in the comments.

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