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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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Celebrity Baby Names: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Secret Baby Name Comes Out

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. waited nearly two months after the birth of their son to finally release his name: It’s Rocky James, who joined big sister Charlotte Grace.

It’s a more offbeat choice than the classic name they chose for their daughter. Rocky just reeks of boxing, thanks to real-life fighter Rocky Marciano, and Sylvester Stallone’s gritty boxing great in five movies that sported a killer song (and made everyone want to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art). And of course, it’s also associated with that uberpopular cult flick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the buff creation of transvestite mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, which gives the name a little bit of a rebellious vibe. Traditionally, Rocky’s a nickname for Rocco, which doesn’t mean rocky or stony, as you might guess—it’s a word that means “rest.”

It’s not a very popular name right now. After peaking in the 300-range during the late 70s and early 80s, when the Rocky movies hit their height of popularity, it’s bottomed out along the top 1000 end of the list. But maybe Sarah and Freddie’s son can help revive it.

Middle name James is one of my favorite middle names, and an uberpopular one—it currently ranks #17 for boys as a first name, and it means “supplanter.” And if little Rocky decides he isn’t cool with the constant calls of “Yo, Adrian,” he has this perfectly traditional name in reserve.

But even though it doesn’t quite “go” with the sweeter, more traditional Charlotte, it flows beautifully with their surname—Rocky Prinze is a pretty stellar name for a boy.

What do you think of Sarah and Freddie’s baby name choice? Just another offbeat celebrity choice—or a baby name worth stealing for your own?

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The Latest Trend in Celebrity Baby Names: Secret Names

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Once upon a time, celebrities gave their babies crazy names that were guaranteed to grab headlines: We’re looking at you, Jason Lee (dad of Pilot Inspektor) and Gwyneth Paltrow (mom of Apple and Moses).

But now, stars are making news by refusing to spill the beans on what moniker they gave their latest bundle of joy. Uma Thurman’s daughter is two months old, and only her inner circle knows what she named her (her older kids are named Maya and Levon, so we’re imagining she hasn’t gone for Jane or Ava). True Blood’s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have twins—and not only do we not know their names, we also have no idea whether they’re boys or girls. And now, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze have a new son to join daughter Charlotte Grace, but we have no idea what they’ve named him. And that sets the media world (including humble blogs like mine) in a tizzy. I’ve found oodles of posts with people guessing what these celebs might have named their kids, but no confirmation that any of those guesses are anywhere close to correct.

I’ll chalk this latest celebrity trend up to the current popularity among non-celeb parents of keeping the baby’s name under wraps until birth. With so much of their life played out on display for the hordes of paparazzi and the insatiable public appetite, perhaps these stars simply want to keep one slice of their lives away from prying eyes. And I can’t exactly blame them (even though I am interested in discovering what they named their babies).

What do you think? Do you care whether celebrities reveal their babies’ names? And what would you do if you were in their situation?

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