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Cool Name of the Week: Gareth

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Gareth seemed like a decent guy toward the beginning of the Walking Dead season finale—until he imprisoned all of our favorite characters in a train car. But could the name of this head of Terminus, the latest sanctuary our group found, be the perfect choice for your son?

Gareth is a Welsh name, which means “gentle.” I think it reads as a slightly cooler version of the Norse name Garth, and a nice alternative to the much more popular Garrett. And it’s a name that has some pretty cool roots, as it appeared in the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s never been in the top 1000 names here in the U.S., but I think it could be a cool choice for parents who are looking for something unique, but not unheard of.

I think it’d pair nicely with Jude, Jameson, Drew or Quinn. I could also see it with some of the cool nature names that are becoming popular, like Blaze, Sage, and West.

What do you think of Gareth? Is it an intriguing choice for your son—or does the new hipstery baddie from Walking Dead ruin it for you?

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Throwback Thursday: 1960s Baby Names

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

You might think hippie names like Rainbow and Sunshine were all the rage in the 1960s, but when it comes to the decade’s monikers, the old standards topped the charts. Michael and Lisa reigned for the decade (that’s my hubby and me!), and while Michael has maintained its popularity, many other of the top names from the 1960s have lost their mojo. We’re talking 1960s top names like Susan, Karen, Kimberly, Linda and Donna for girls, and Richard and Kevin for boys, which aren’t heard quite as often today. But there are some top names that could be viable for a repeat performance. Here are my hidden 60s gems.


Tracey is a sweet variant on Theresa, which means harvest. It peaked at #98 in the 1960s, and hasn’t been heard from much since the 1990s. If you like some of the “ee” ending names like Lacey, Aubrey and Zoe, this might make a wonderful (and less-used) alternative.

The regal name Regina reached its pinnacle in the 1960s, and it means queen. Its most modern pop culture reference is reigning “Mean Girl” Regina George, but I think it might make a cool, classic name for a girl today.

Rhonda screams California girl, and thanks to the Beach Boys’ classic “Help Me, Rhonda,” it topped the charts at #44 in the 1960s. The name means “noisy one.”

Amy started reaching the top of the charts in the 1960s, when it was #35. And with names like Emily, Amelia and Emma among the most popular, this might be a natural alternative. The name means beloved.


Darryl peaked at #94 in the 1960s, but more than a half-century later, this name, which means beloved, is barely charting in the top 1000. Could the cool character Darryl Dixon from The Walking Dead bring about a Darryl-assance?

“L” ending names were apparently red-hot in the 1960s, and I also like both Randall, #65 back then—and Russell, #59. Russell especially feels like it’s ready for a comeback—it means red-headed.

Troy peaked in the 1960s at #55, thanks to handsome actor Troy Donahue. It means foot soldier, and might make a cool alternative to the uberpopular Tyler.

Glenn was in the top 100 for nearly a half century, and peaked in the 1960s at #74. It fell out of popularity in the past decade, but thanks to Glenn on The Walking Dead, it could be ready for its comeback.

What 60s-era names do you love?

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

Image: 60s high school photo by Kristin Smith/

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Cool Name of the Week: Walker

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Our friends over at Nameberry discussed what boys’  names are cool and current—and which ones are verboten. The debate started because there’s a new French movie, What’s in a Name? about the drama associated with that very personal choice—especially if you choose a powder keg name like Adolph.

While Adolph may still be controversial pretty much anywhere on the planet, thanks to Germany’s former leader, I found pick on their list of “daring” boys’ names that I’m kind of loving: Walker.

Walker is an occupational name—like Mason and Tanner—and has a pretty cool pedigree. It’s a middle name for both the Presidents Bush, and a common surname, for everyone from football great Herschel Walker to author Alice Walker to late actor Paul Walker, of The Fast and the Furious franchise. And of course, it was Chuck Norris’s character on Walker, Texas Ranger, and is currently the nickname given to the zombies on the uberpopular Walking Dead series—both of which give the name a little extra dose of cool.

Walker’s currently just outside the top 400 names for boys, making it a name that’s common enough not to provoke a “huh?” response, but will probably ensure that your kiddo’s the only one sporting it in his class. And I can kind of make the case that it’d be a way to pay homage to a Walter in your past, with a fresher and more current name.

Walker seems suited for a one-syllable middle name pairing. Something simple like James, Jett or True works in my book.

What do you think of the name Walker? Are there any other occupational names you like? You can hunt for your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder, or get a little guidance on your particular baby name dilemma by emailing me at And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
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Cool Name of the Week: Hershel

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I’m sure you’ve probably figured out that I’m a big fan of the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead. I’ve picked several names from the series—like Michonne and Dixon—to highlight some of the coolest characters on the show. And this week’s pick highlights the heart of the little band of survivors left—heroic former veterinarian Hershel Greene.

He’s been risking his life tending to those afflicted during a deadly flu outbreak, trying to save lives with his meager supply of elderberry tea and unwavering optimism—even in the face of odds that’d make me just give up and let a zombie bite me already. And then, of course, he vanquished a set of his former patients turned zombies, all with a missing leg and a remarkable lack of weaponry.

In other words, he kinda rocks. But does he rock enough to bring his name back from obscurity? (It hasn’t seen the top 1000 list since the 1960s.)

Hershel is a Hebrew name that means deer. It reached its peak of popularity in the early 1930s, when it broke through into the top 400 names. (That’d be right around the time when The Walking Dead’s Hershel was born.) Its alternate spelling was used for two other notable people, factual and fictional—NFL great Herschel Walker, and The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown.

I’d probably pair Hershel with something equally traditional—this isn’t a name that goes with Jett. Try it with James, Frederick, or Theodore.

What do you think of the name Hershel? Still too old-fashioned, or ready for a comeback? And don’t forget to find your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder.



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Cool Name of the Week: Dixon

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

There are characters you love to hate. And then there are characters you love to hate, that turn around and surprise you. And that’s exactly what happened last night with Merle Dixon, one of a pair of badass brothers on The Walking Dead. While Merle’s little brother Daryl has been a fan favorite, it’s hard to imagine that Merle hasn’t become one after last night.

The name Merle might seem a little too old-fashioned to resurrect—though it’s actually a charming French name that means blackbird, and a name I wouldn’t mind seeing make a comeback as an alternative to the popular Miles. But Dixon has promise as part of that surname-as-a-name trend. It has the cool “x” factor, and it’s a relative of the classic name Richard. Its biggest claim to fame (at least, pre-zombie apocalypse TV shows) is Jeremiah Dixon, one of a pair of surveyors who settled a colonial era border dispute and determined the line between Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia—essentially, the line between North and South. Other than that, it’s been used as a first name for characters in a few nighttime soaps, but is still relatively unheard of—which may make it intriguing for those looking for a slightly more offbeat name. (You might consider it for your son if you’re a fan of the uberpopular Dylan.)

A name like Dixon needs a short, sharp middle name. I’m favoring James (as in Jesse James), West or Jude.

What do you think of the baby name Dixon? Would you add that to your boys’ name list, or do you think it’s a little too out there?

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