Monday, October 1st, 2012
It’s a girl for newlywed Drew Barrymore and her art-consultant hubby Will Kopelman, who welcomed Olive Barrymore Kopelman late last week.
Olive has become a hot baby name of late—fueled in part by those looking for an alternative for top-five favorite Olivia. Its origins are obvious—and though the tree gives us its amazing fruits, it also has symbolized peace for centuries (think “extending the olive branch”). It’s currently in the top 500 baby names in the U.S., and definitely one that’s on the rise. It’s not super common yet in the celebrity realm—actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher chose it for their first daughter, making Drew and Will the second ones to choose the name. (Though my guess is, they won’t be the last!)
On a funny side note, Drew voiced the character of Olive, a dog who believes she’s destined to help Santa with is sleigh in the cute animated Christmas special, “Olive, The Other Reindeer.” I wonder if that played any part in her decision to choose the name. (But I’m sure that show will be in regular pre-Christmas rotation once her daughter’s old enough to watch TV!)
It’s no surprise that she opted to give her daughter her last name as her middle name—the amazing Barrymore clan has had a long and prestigious history in the acting field, and those in the family who don’t come by the Barrymore name naturally often use it as their middle names.
What do you think of Drew and Will’s choice of baby name? Would you give your child your maiden name as a middle name?
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Friday, August 31st, 2012
It’s a boy for Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, and they’ve named this little guy Finn Davey. It’s a name that fits in beautifully with the names of the rest of their big brood—they already have Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen and Hattie Margaret (who is just 10 months older than her newest sibling…yikes!).
The name Finn is Irish (perfect with the last name McDermott), and it means fair-haired. It’s a name that’s become relatively popular for boys, clocking in just under the top 300. It’s been on the rise lately—I’m sure in no small part to the fact that Glee’s leading man bears the name.
As for Davey, well, they’re following the popular nickname-as-a-name trend. Davey is a derivative of David, which means beloved—and is one of the most popular names of all time, consistently ranking in the top 20 names in the U.S. It’s a classic Biblical name that’s been the moniker for countless notable guys. It’s actually also Tori Spelling’s middle name, so it’s a homage to his mother.
Interestingly, this is the first baby in their family who doesn’t bear a two-syllable first name, and also the first one that doesn’t have an ultratraditional middle name (you really can’t get much more traditional than Aaron, Doreen and Margaret). But it’s clear that this family prefers short and sweet first names to go with their longer last name. And it works beautifully.
What do you think of Tori and Dean’s name choice for their new baby? Would you choose this name (or any of their other kids’ names) for your own baby?
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