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Wildest Celebrity Baby Name Trends of 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Celebrities usually don’t go for those top 10 baby names—and often pick names that the rest of us wouldn’t dare to bestow on our kids. So what was red hot for the A (and B and C) listers in 2014? Take a look at some of the wilder trends in celebrity baby names!

Unusual Boys’ Names, for Girls
Drew Barrymore started the trend by picking short-form Frankie (not the typical girly Frances or Francesca). Then Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis followed up by giving top boys’ name Wyatt to their first born.

The Reign/Rain Effect
Maybe they were weatherman wannabes—or just big fans of the CW’s sexy historical soap Reign—but Rain and Reign were the hot middle names du jour. (And they were often paired with offbeat first names, too). Christina Aguilera went for the poetic Summer Rain, actress Teresa Palmer liked the zen Bodhi Rain, and Lil Kim gave us the Prince-esque Royal Reign.

Godly Choices
Saint became a hot celebrity pick—Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz picked it for his son, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl put it in the middle for new daughter Ophelia Saint. And Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went with old-school Greek god name Apollo for their new baby boy—and paired it with Bowie (as in rock god David Bowie) and Flynn. Even Bodhi falls into this trend, as it’s a term associated with Buddha and his understanding of the nature of things. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose it for son Bodhi Ransom (in addition to Teresa Palmer’s pick).

Timely Names
Time-related phrases became popular for celebs. Future was the pick for Ciara and Future’s son, honoring his daddy’s stage name. And Mike Myers gave his daughter the name Sunday Molly (even though she wasn’t born on that day).

Disneyfied Moniker
Maybe actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were hoping that their first daughter would be a good sleeper—they gave her the name Briar Rose, which was Sleeping Beauty’s moniker.

Are any of these trends on your radar for your own baby? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send me your dilemma at And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

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Top British Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It takes a little longer for the U.K. to release their baby name stats, but we finally have a look at what was hot in 2013 across the pond. And to no one’s surprise, George made a huge surge forward, thanks to a certain young fellow born there last year. (It’s now officially top 10.)

In fact, it looks like interest in royal names surged at the same time—Victoria and Albert, which were both circulated as possibilities for the royal baby, also saw gains this year. But topping the British charts for girls was Amelia for the third year running, and Oliver regained the top spot, pushing Harry down to #3 for boys.

While the U.S. and U.K. charts definitely have some crossover—Olivia, Emily, Ava, Isabella, Jacob, and William are all top 10 in both countries—there are some unique ideas that could be worth emulating.

1. The nickname name. We definitely prefer formality in our names here in the U.S., but the U.K. favors just going with the nickname as the name—especially if you can make it end with that “e” sound. That’s how names like Charlie, Alfie, Sophie and Evie hit the top 20. Elsie is the biggest climber in the UK top 100 for girls, and Teddy for boys. Other hot “e” names in the U.K. included Archie, Rosie, Frankie and Gracie.

2. The undiscovered name. The U.K.’s top 10 includes names that don’t rank anywhere near that in the U.S. Consider Oscar, which jumped 10 places into the #7 spot in the U.K., but is on a bit of a decline and at number 178 in the U.S. On the girls’ side, Poppy hit the top 10 this year after climbing 6 spots, and it isn’t even in the top 1000 in the U.S. Other names to consider that are far lower in popularity here: Arthur, Hugo and Felix for boys, Florence, Zara and Eleanor for girls.

3. The stodgy name. While we have a tendency to be creative in spelling or in making up a new name (hello, Jaden and Nevaeh), the U.K. loves to recycle names—and there are definitely some old-school names in their top 100 that you haven’t seen much of here in the U.S. On the boys’ side, there’s the already mentioned Albert, plus Harvey, Stanley and Frederick; for girls, you’ll find Tilly, Martha, Harriet, and Beatrice.

You can view the whole U.K. top 100 baby names here, and tell us what your favorites are.

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at, and your dilemma could be featured here or in our sister publication, American Baby. (Or check out our Baby Name Finder to do your own searching!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

British Baby Names
British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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How Creative Baby Name Spellings Mess With the Popularity Statistics

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Whether you name your baby Addison or Adysyn, it all adds up to the same name. But unfortunately, baby name statistics don’t combine all those spellings when they determine the top 20 names—and so you could end up picking a name that’s much more popular than its current standing suggests. Several blogs have sussed the numbers on the current lists, and while it doesn’t change the top 5 girls’ names, it does change the top 5 for the boys—which now become Aiden, Jackson, Jayden, Jacob—and the official top name, Noah, moves to number 5.

But what’s even more interesting is to see which names move way up in the standings, thanks to the addition of all those creative spellings. Names like Layla, Madeline, Adeline, and Arianna soar on the list for girls—and each has nearly a half-dozen different ways they’re spelled. And for boys, don’t think you’re in the clear if you pick a variant of a name like Jace or Caden—Caden looks like a top 100 name, but the variant spellings—Kaiden, Caiden, Kaden, just to name a few—moved it into the top 10.

And based on the vast number of creatively spelled names on this year’s movers and shakers list, I think this problem is only going to continue. My advice? If you don’t want your son known as Aidan W. for his entire school career, think of all the different ways that people could spell a potential name, and make sure that none of those rank higher than you desire. And maybe think twice about picking one of those creative spellings, which don’t really make your child’s name different enough to avoid the Aidan W. syndrome.

Tell me: How worried are you about the popularity of a name when you picked it? Were you surprised at how popular your baby’s name actually was?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Most Popular Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Social Security Administration finally revealed the list of the most popular baby names for 2013, and it’s a new number one—at least on the boys’ side. Finally knocking Jacob out of the top spot after more than a decade is the Biblical Noah! On the girls’ side, Sophia still reigns supreme, with a little switching of spots between the next three: Emma, Olivia and Isabella. Here’s the whole top 10 for boys—and for girls!

Top 10 for Boys & Girls

1. Noah & Sophia

2. Liam & Emma

3. Jacob & Olivia

4. Mason & Isabella

5. William & Ava

6. Ethan & Mia

7. Michael & Emily

8. Alexander & Abigail

9. Jayden & Madison

10. Daniel & Elizabeth

You can see the full list on the Social Security site. Don’t see the perfect name for your baby in the top 10 (or you’re looking for something that’s not quite in the spotlight)? Use our Baby Name Finder to search out a great moniker, or send me your dilemma at to get personalized advice. And keep watching this blog as we slice and dice the numbers and analyze which baby names are trending, which ones are on the way out, and what’s most popular in your neighborhood! (You can like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post!)

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Zac Brown’s New Son

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

It’s (finally) a boy for singer Zac Brown, who joked about continuing to try for that elusive son. Joining big sisters Joni Mason, Georgia Sloan, Lucy and Justice is little brother Alexander Frost.

Alexander is a perennially popular name (currently in the top 10 for boys) that means “defending men.” It’s an old school name, dating back to the B.C. era with the conquerer Alexander the Great and a bevy of royals and luminaries. It’s also one of my personal favorites (it was on my short list for a son)—I love that you can get a bevy of nicknames from it—Al or Alex, or the currently in vogue Xander.

Frost is a pretty cool middle name (pun unintended). It’s usually a surname (think the poet Robert Frost and that chilly denizen of winter, Jack)—but I like it in the middle spot here.

What do you think of the name? I think it’s actually a little more conservative than his girls’ choices, but it’s a lovely name nonetheless.

Still looking for your perfect baby name? Check out our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names—including the imminent announcement of the top baby names of the year!

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