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Celebrity Baby Name: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Second Daughter

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

mark paul gosselaar and wife catrionaHow many different ways can you spell the baby name Lachlan? Apparently, plenty.

Saved By the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn picked a variant spelling of this Scottish classic boys’ name, Lachlyn, for their brand new daughter, and paired it with the popular middle name, Hope. Lachlan in all its forms seems to be a popular choice for stylish celeb babies of late—Vince Vaughn picked Lochlyn recently for his daughter.

Lachlan (or in this case, Lachlyn) means from the lake land, and it’s currently just inside the top 1000 baby names for boys here in the U.S, but it’s much more popular in Australia. The variant spelling, Lochlan, ranks slightly higher than Lachlan here in the U.S. (at #938 vs #991), and you could also consider the Irish variant Laughlin as another option.

Hope is a word/virtue baby name that’s been a super popular pick for the middle spot, but is also pretty popular as a first name–it’s regularly been in the top 300 for more than 20 years.

Lachlyn seems like a great baby name match with the rest of her sibling set. She joins big brothers Dekker Edward and Michael Charles and big sister Ava Lorenn.

Tell us: Would you prefer Lachlan (or one of its variant spellings) for a boy or a girl?

Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Photo of Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona via Helga Esteb /

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Cool Name of the Week: Fiona

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Anyone else watching Shameless? Based on a popular BBC series, the show follows the Gallagher clan—six scrappy kids (led by big sister Fiona), who are trying to survive on Chicago’s south side, with their alcoholic, drug-addled dad Frank constantly thwarting their attempts at getting ahead. It’s my regular Sunday night date with my husband, as we check in on the latest outrageous storylines. (This week’s included a lewd grocery store manager and a long-lost ex-wife who suddenly came back into town.)

Emmy Rossum plays Fiona in this iteration—and she’s a lovely but tough chick who begs, borrows and steals whatever she needs to keep her siblings together.

The name Fiona comes from Scotland, and means “the fair one.” It didn’t hit the big time here in the U.S. until the 1990s, when a pair of pop culture Fionas,  singer Fiona Apple and Shrek’s ogre-y princess Fiona, made this pretty name a big hit. The name is currently in the mid-200s here in the U.S., and on the rise.

It’s a great alternative to some of the feminine names that currently top the charts, including Sophia, Olivia and Amelia.

If you love the name Fiona, you’ll want to select a middle name that’s shorter to go with it. I’d pair it with Grace, Eve or Jade if you like single-syllable middle names, or Winter, Daisy or Violet, if you prefer something a bit longer.

What do you think about the name Fiona? Do you think it’s tainted by its association with Shrek, or is it good-to-go for your daughter?

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Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/

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