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Cool Name of the Week: Joffrey

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Maybe Joffrey on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly cool—but if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll probably understand why I picked it as the cool name this week. (And if the episode’s still sitting on your DVR, read no further. There are SPOILERS afoot!)

Weddings don’t seem to end very well on Game of Thrones. There was last year’s infamous Red Wedding, when half of the Stark family met their tragic demise. And last night’s royal wedding ended with the horrific and satisfyingly graphic poisoning of the character you most love to hate, Westeros’s spoiled little boy king Joffrey Baratheon.

But even if Joffrey himself isn’t someone you’d want to emulate, could the name be worthy of your child? Joffrey is the Scottish variation of Jeffrey—and it’s a name that means “pledge of peace,” which means it was hardly fitting for this young man. It’s never been in the top 1000 here in the U.S., though Jeffrey itself has been in the top 250 since the 1940s.

I like pairing Joffrey with short and sweet middle names, like James, Jett, Lee, Thorn, or Scott. (I’m kinda digging the Thorn, as you could end up with the cool J.T. nickname for your boy.)

What do you think? Would you ever consider naming your son a name that’s associated with a pop culture villain, or is it all good guys and heroes for you? You can read more about my Game of Thrones favorite names here, or find the name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder.

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Philip

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

We’ve lost a lot of celebrities tragically young lately, and Philip Seymour Hoffman was the latest—and perhaps the most surprising—in the series. He was a brilliantly talented actor, beloved by those who worked with him, a family man with three children—and his loss to drug addiction, which he apparently struggled with recently after 23 years of sobriety, makes it especially tragic.  That’s why I’m dedicating this week’s column to him.

Philip Seymour Hoffman boasted a set of names that haven’t been in vogue for a while. Philip, which means “lover of horses,” spent a century in the top 100 names before starting a slow and steady decline in the late 1980s. And it’s currently just in the top 500. It’s a name that’s been associated with royalty (see Prince Philip of England), an Apostle, and a host of luminaries, from novelists to rock musicians.

Seymour is even less popular—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1940s, and its big claims to fame, besides Philip Seymour Hoffman, were the nerdy Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Simpsons’ principal Seymour Skinner. It means sea marsh. Still, I think it’s a name that holds potential for revival, for those who like names like Trevor, Cooper and Tanner.

What do you think? Could Philip or Seymour be right for your son?

Our Baby Name Finder can help you find the perfect baby name—or email me at for advice about your particular situation. And don’t forget to like In Name Only for the latest in baby names. 

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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George Alexander Louis: Baby Cambridge’s Name Revealed!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

For name nerds like me, the big story wasn’t whether Prince William and Duchess Kate had a boy or girl—it’s what names they picked for the royal baby. Following tradition, the future King of England was given almost as many names as Uma Thurman’s daughter, Luna—three. And here it is: George Alexander Louis! Read below for the full scoop on these names.

George This lovely name, which means “farmer,” has a long history with British royalty—there was a King George in charge of England for a stretch of more than a century. It’s also rumored to be the name Prince Charles will take on when he becomes king.

Alexander Alexander the Great was an early conquerer of Asia—and Alexander was a common royal name for Russian and Greek monarchs. The name means defender of men—a wonderful meaning for a future king’s name. The female version, Alexandra, is part of Queen Elizabeth’s name.

Louis The legendary kings of France (who ended their reign when they were snuffed out in the French Revolution) wore this moniker, which means warrior. (It’s also one of Prince William’s middle names!)

What do you think of Kate and William’s choices? Still not loving any of the prince’s names? Try one of these other royal boys’ names on for size! (Or if you have a little princess to name, check out our list of royal names for girls!)

Take a look back at Kate’s pregnancy, her marriage, and more! (And see our special message about the royal baby!)

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Photo: Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince George Alexander Louis

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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!
Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, by Featureflash /

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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?

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