Monday, December 30th, 2013
I picked 51 cool names of the week this year—everything from Dixon to Delphine. And some of the most talked-about names—like Holly Madison’s hippie Rainbow Aurora and the totally directional Kardashian-Kanye baby North West—didn’t even make it into the cool name of the week list. So what are some of the most intriguing names of the year? You can read my picks for the buzziest names of 2013—and a look ahead at my forecast for the red-hot names of the near future. But what names caught my eye this year? Here are my top four:
There’s a new, very buzzed about Pope—and he’s sporting a fresh papal name, Francis. I’m expecting to see both Francis and the feminine Frances or Francine making big strides in popularity.
The royal baby may have had a tried-and-true name—George—but you can expect to see that name get a bump, at least in the UK, thanks to its current buzz.
Mila was picked by Jenna Bush for her daughter (the granddaughter/great-granddaughter of two former U.S. Presidents). Add in popular actress Mila Kunis, and you have a recipe for a hot name.
Everly is destined for a popularity bump, thanks to hot couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum picking it for their daughter. (Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis also picked it, and two celebs have also picked the similar Ever for their kids.)
What do you think was the coolest name this year? Share your favorites in the comments! If you’re looking for baby name inspiration, check out our Baby Name Finder, and don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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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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