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Celebrity Baby Names: Savannah Guthrie’s New Daughter

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

It’s a girl for Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband, Michael Feldman, who welcomed their first daughter yesterday. And they gave her an intriguing name: Vale Guthrie Feldman.

Vale is a word name, which means valley. It’s one that hasn’t been commonly used—it doesn’t even register on the Social Security list, which means that fewer than five children had the name last year. (But I’m guessing that Savannah may have helped bring it into the spotlight!) I love the idea of choosing the name Vale for a daughter of someone named Savannah, since Savannah means grassy plain—in addition to being the city in Georgia.

And with V names becoming so popular (think Violet, Vivienne, Everly and Evelyn), Vale seems to fit right in with the current baby name trends.

Vale’s middle name, of course, is Guthrie’s surname, a wonderful way to honor mom!

What do you think? Could Vale be a new and welcome addition to the universe of names, or is it too offbeat for you?

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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong /; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/

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A Baby Naming Hoax? The Real Story Behind Belly Ballot’s Faux Contest

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We’ve been had! Last week, Belly Ballot announced that mom to be Natasha Hill won a contest – she would get $5000 in exchange for letting Belly Ballot users choose the name of her new baby. And news organizations far and wide, including this blog, gave them a ton of publicity as we debated whether $5000 was payment enough for giving up the rights to name your own child.  But as it turns out, there was no contest, no baby, and no Natasha Hill – Belly Ballot had paid actress Natasha Lloyd to play struggling art teacher and expectant mom Natasha Hill.

Someone had ratted out the company and the actress, and the Today Show reported today that Belly Ballot CEO  Lacey Moler  had hired Lloyd in a bid for better publicity. They wanted to run a similar contest, apparently, but wanted to make sure they had control of the winner. Guess they figured if the winner was a plant, and there was no  real baby’s name at stake, they wouldn’t have to worry about it.

Of course with all this new publicity,  they could probably afford to run the real contest, and get a ton of entries. (In fact, the site has already been bombarded with requests to enter the next contest.) Which just goes to show you, there are plenty of people out there who would rather have cash in pocket rather than control over their child’s name! What’s your take on the whole Belly Ballot hullabaloo? Why do you think they went with the ringer? And would you trust Belly Ballot to help you pick the name of your child?

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Image: Baby names by Amir Ridhwan/

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