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Celebrity Baby Names: Alyssa Milano’s New Daughter

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s a girl for actress Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari! Joining big brother Milo is daughter Elizabella Dylan.

Elizabella is a mashup of Eliza (a short form of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God”), and Bella, which means beautiful. It’s never been in the top 1000 (in fact, only 35 girls were given the name last year), but given the popularity of the two names smooshed together in this one name, it’s probably only a matter of time before it hits the limelight.

Dylan is a unisex name that means “son of the sea,” and is currently still more popular for boys than girls (it’s top 500 for girls, but top 30 for boys).

It’s a really intriguing name they picked: Still very timeless and classic, but offbeat enough that they’re guaranteed there’s no other Elizabella in the class. And they have a whole bevy of nicknames to pick from, if they want to go that way: Eliza, Bella, Belle, Liz, and more. Two thumbs up!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Alyssa and David picked for their daughter? Would you consider it for your kiddo?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

Image: Alyssa Milano and Milo, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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Cool Name of the Week: Saint

Monday, August 25th, 2014

When two celebs pick the same baby name within a few weeks of each other, we need to pay attention. Two years ago, it was Camden that was the big hit, picked by both Nick Lachey and Kristin Cavallari. This year, it’s Saint, picked by two different rock stars: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Grohl, and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

Saint could be a unisex name, but on the Social Security lists, it only showed up for boys—and only 22 boys bore the name last year. It has that virtuous vibe, like names like Hope and Faith, but feels much fresher. And compared to some of the more wild word names that stars have picked for their kids in recent years, like Rainbow, Apple, and the like, this one feels more wearable to me. (Perhaps it’s because musician St. Vincent, who performed with Grohl and Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show, also goes by the name.) But a word of warning: Your devoutly religious grandmother may not approve of taking this title, given to those officially recognized as holy, and giving it to your brand new baby.

While Pete Wentz put it in the front spot, giving his son the moniker Saint Lazslo, I’d prefer it in the middle spot, where Dave Grohl placed it for his new daughter, Ophelia Saint. For girls, I like this crisp middle with a very feminine first name, like Emily, Cordelia or Rosalind. For boys, try names like Dexter and Harrison. For both sexes, I’d avoid putting it in the first spot with the name of a very popular saint in the middle: Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anne, Saint Luke.

Tell us: Do you think Saint is a wearable choice, or is it a little too irreverent for your taste?

If you’re still hunting 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.

Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names
Christian Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Pete Wentz’s Son

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

It’s been a busy week for celebrity births—and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is the latest star to welcome a child. He and girlfriend Meagan Camper welcomed a son, which they gave the offbeat name Saint Lazslo. (Pete Wentz also has a son named Bronx Mowgli with ex Ashlee Simpson.)

He’s also the second star this week to choose the name Saint—Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave the word name to his daughter as her middle name. It hasn’t ever ranked in the top 1000 names.

Lazslo is a different way to spell Laszlo, a Hungarian name that means glorious ruler, and is also relatively offbeat—it’s never been in the top 1000. Its biggest claim to fame is the character Victor Laszlo, the non-Humphrey Bogart guy in the classic movie Casablanca’s love triangle. I’m wondering if there’s someone in their families they’re honoring with this choice.

What do you think of Saint? Do you think it’s the next hot word name—or is it a little too wild for you?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. 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 Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

Image: Pete Wentz by lev radin / Shutterstock.com

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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?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com (you could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!). 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 Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/Twitter.com

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Celebrity Baby Names: A Designer’s Daughter

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It’s a girl for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and her husband, Gavin Bellour. Joining big brother Luca Shai is a daughter with a unique name choice for a girl: Bowie Lou.

Bowie has generally been a name in the boys’ column, most commonly associated with rock legend David Bowie, Alamo hero Jim Bowie, and the Bowie knife. (Though 2013 figures show that 42 girls bear the name, compared to only 25 boys.) It’s of Scottish origin, and means blonde.

Lou is often considered a nickname for Louisa, though can be a name in its own right. It’s recently become somewhat fashionable among celebs for a middle name, with Louis C.K. picking it for his daughter, Mary Lou, and Keri Russell choosing Willa Lou.

Tell us: What do you think of Rebecca and Gavin’s choice? Would you consider Bowie for your daughter or your son?

We’re looking for a few great baby name dilemmas to feature in our sister publication, American Baby. Send us your baby name issue at lamilbrand@gmail.com and you could be featured! And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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