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Sunday, April 13th, 2014
It’s another unconventional name choice for comedian Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly. They welcomed Sunday Molly on Friday—joining big brother Spike.
She isn’t the first celebrity baby named after what’s apparently everyone’s favorite day of the week—Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s daughter also bears that moniker. Sunday has only charted in the top 1000 once, way back in the 1960s—but maybe this second celebrity name sighting could cause a bump in its popularity.
Molly is a pretty traditional nickname for Mary—it dates back to the Middle Ages—and so it bears the same meaning, bitter. But it’s a lovely name that’s proven very popular—it’s been flitting in and out of the top 100 since the 1980s.
All in all, it’s offbeat, but not off-putting choice—so it shouldn’t freak out most of the baby name traditionalists. The cadence, however, is a bit strange with the triple play of two-syllable names. I would have probably picked a shorter or longer middle name to mix it up a little—I’m liking Sunday Maeve Myers or Sunday Faith Myers as an alternative.
What do you think of Sunday Molly? Do either of those names make your short list?
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.
But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)
I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.
What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?
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Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO
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Must Read, Top Baby Names
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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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
I love it when a couple wants to give their child a name that has real meaning to them—and that’s exactly what Simi and Amit hope to do:
My husband and I are first-generation American/British born Indians (Hindus). We both have very short first names (mine Simi, his Amit). Both names were mispronounced for most of our lives. Our last name is Shukla. With our first pregnancy we chose not to find out the gender and picked our name choices for both. We ended up naming our son Dillon. An easy name for people to pronounce, but with a somewhat Indian background (Dhillon is an Indian last name). His name means “the great sea” and “faithful/loyal”. We want our kids’ names to be easy to pronounce but have some culture/uniqueness to them as well.
Now with our second pregnancy, we have again chosen not to find out the gender. We have a girls’ name we love (Ciara). We have found two boys’ names we like, but not 100% love, like with our girls’ name. The boys’ names are Taran (meaning earth) and Cayden (meaning fighter). I’m not sure if they sound right with our last name, and in connection with our first son’s name. What do you think? Or do you have any suggestions? I have 5 weeks to go and feel like we’re not going to have a name we love if it’s a boy.
Personally, I like Taran—I think it’s easily pronounceable, and I love the idea of a name that means “earth” paired with a big brother with the meaning of “the great sea.”
But there are more options if you’re looking for an Indian-inspired name that’s easily pronounceable. Bodhi has become popular with celebrities—actress Teresa Palmer picked it for her son. It’s a Sanskrit name that means enlightenment. Kiran—(or the more popular spelling, the Irish Kieran)—means ray of light, and makes a nice sibset with Dillon. And my last suggestion, Taj, is a short-and-sweet name that means crown.
What names would you suggest for Simi and Amit? Share your favorites in the comments! You can use our Baby Name Finder to find inspiration—and like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
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Monday, March 10th, 2014
Anyone else experiencing spring fever? Now that the mountains of snow in my neighborhood are (finally!) starting to melt, I’m ready to bring on the warmer weather, the tulips and daffodils, and the fresh air.
And Aviva’s a name that perfectly encapsulates that spring fever feeling. It’s a Hebrew name that means fresh and springlike. I’m loving it as a very fresh alternative to some of the uberpopular v-filled names like Ava, Eva, Evie and Vivienne. It’s unlikely to be mispronounced (unless John Travolta’s doing the pronouncing), and is different enough that it won’t be confused with the related names. Plus, Aviva sounds a little more spunky than the short-and-sweet Avas and Evas.
For the perfect springtime name, pair Aviva with another nature name: I like the idea of pairing it with Rose, Wren, Lily or Dove.
What do you think of the name Aviva? Would you consider it for your daughter?
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