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Friday, September 19th, 2014
Actress Lindsay Price and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone welcomed their second son—and gave him a “son” name to match big brother Hudson. The new baby is Emerson Spencer Stone.
Emerson has become a unisex name, thanks to actress Teri Hatcher, who picked it for her daughter. But it’s still just outside the top 300 names for boys, and it has German origins. The most famous bearer of the name wore it as a surname: Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Spencer is also considered unisex, though falls more heavily on the boys’ side of the equation—it’s currently just below the top 250 names for boys, and it means steward.
All in all, it’s a lovely and classic name they picked, and I love the longer, soft consonant-filled first and middle name with the short and slightly stronger Stone.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Lindsay and Curtis picked? Do you think of Emerson as more of a boys’ or a girls’ name?
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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?
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.
I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?
Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)
Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.
Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.
Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.
Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.
Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.
Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.
Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.
Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.
If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)
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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?
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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
It’s a boy for Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte! Joining Grammer’s four children from previous relationships—Spencer, Greer, Mason, and Jude—and big sister Faith Evangeline Elisa is Kelsey Gabriel Elias, who will go by the name Gabriel.
The elder Kelsey is probably the most famous bearer of the name, but in recent years, this unisex name has gone over to the girl side. (It’s currently about to hit the top 300 names for girls.) I’d love to see more guys bearing it, though!
Gabriel has been a top 25 pick for the past five years, and and has never been out of the top 1000. It’s one of the Biblical archangels—the one given the cool job of announcing Jesus’s birth.
Elias is the Greek version of Elijah, and a whole slew of mathematicians, scientists and inventors have borne the name, including sewing machine inventor Elias Howe. It’s currently just outside the top 100 names here in the U.S.
In all, a lovely name! Tell me: Are there any names here you love? Would you ever give your child a first name you don’t intend for him to use?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
Image: Kelsey and Kayte Grammer, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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