Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Scarlett Johansson and fiance Romain Dauriac welcomed their first child—and gave her a sweetly old-fashioned name, Rose Dorothy.
Rose is, of course, the classic floral name that’s never totally gone out of style—it’s never been out of the top 400. It’s currently on an upswing, and placed at #224 last year for girls. (If you include girls given that name in the middle spot, the numbers would probably rise even higher.) It’s shown up all over pop culture, from a character on Downton Abbey to Kate Winslet’s heroine in Titanic. (And it was even the name master namer J.K. Rowling picked for Ron and Hermione’s daughter in Harry Potter.)
Dorothy hasn’t aged quite as well as its floral counterpart. It hit rock bottom, at 996, back in 2006, but is slowly making a comeback (it’s currently nearing the top 800). The name means “gift of God,” and is most notable for the ruby-slippered heroine of Wizard of Oz and noted writer Dorothy Parker. (Though Scarlett and Romain announced that they chose it in honor of Scarlett’s grandmother.)
I assume that wasn’t the inspiration behind the name, but Scarlett and Romain also picked two names from the old-lady sitcom Golden Girls—including the character played by celebrated comedienne Betty White.
What do you think? Is Dorothy ready for its comeback? And do you like Rose better in the first or middle spot?
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Monday, July 28th, 2014
This week’s box office was a battle between two potential baby names—and Lucy was the clear winner. The thriller, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who can utilize the entire potential of her brain, outpaced the mythological epic strongman Hercules by a considerable margin.
Lucy is one of those names that never falls out of fashion. It hit its low mark back in the late 1970s, when it was a top 600 name, but it’s currently on another uptick, and the 66th most popular baby name. It means “light,” and in addition to this movie’s brilliant heroine, it has an excellent pedigree: Think comedienne Lucille “I Love Lucy” Ball, Charlie Brown’s bossy buddy Lucy Van Pelt, vampire victim Lucy Westenra from Dracula, and the Beatles’ classic, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
If you love Lucy, look for a middle name that’s either short and sweet or longer to pair with it. I’d pair Lucy with Violet, Grace, Rose, Adeline, Clementine, or Juliet.
Tell me: Is Lucy on your baby name short list? And what middle names would you pair with it? Find your perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder, or search our past cool names of the week for inspiration. You can keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.
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