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Friday, March 20th, 2015
Ryan Reynolds ended a few months’ worth of hemming and hawing (and some incorrect speculation about the name) today by finally revealing the name of his daughter with fellow actor Blake Lively. It’s not Violet, as was previously rumored, nor is it “Butternut Summersquash,” as he joked on the show. Instead, he picked the hot boys’ baby name crossover du jour for the celebrity set: James!
James is a top 10 mainstay for boys, and means “supplanter.” But a recent spate of celebrities have picked it in the middle spot for their daughters, including actor James Marsden (Mary James), actresses Jessica Capshaw (Poppy James) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Autumn James), and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder (Olivia James). But Ryan and Blake are among the first to put it in the front spot.
There’s been no word on what middle name they picked to go with James—I’d probably swing in a more feminine direction, in case my daughter wasn’t loving James as a name. I’d go with something longer and multisyllable—my suggestions would include Elizabeth, Evangeline, Aurelia, Juliet (if they like alliteration), or Azalea, if they’re looking for something nature themed.
Tell us: Would you consider James for a girl? And are there any other uberclassic boys’ names that might be worthy of crossover? (I might even make the case for something like William—though I prefer Willa if you’re going in that direction!) And what middle name do you think Blake and Ryan picked for their daughter?
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Are there baby names that grate on your ears like nails on a chalkboard? It seems like everyone has that certain name or name type that really makes them crazy. (And of course, one person’s trashy name is another’s treasured moniker.) But what baby name types seem to draw the most ire? After serving a few years as the resident baby name expert here at Parents, I’ve noted what usually gets people riled up. Check out the most common baby naming pet peeves.
Kreative Spellyngs. There are enough Jurnees and Addysyns out there to attest to the fact that creative spellings are here to stay. (In fact, Aiden, the alternative spelling of Aidan, is more popular than the original.) But detractors think that parents who pick a creative spelling seem less educated than a proper spelling stickler.
Celeb-Worthy Baby Names. Would you vote for President North West or Apple? Odds are, the children of celebrities who are often get saddled with these offbeat names will never have to work a day in their life. But it’s likely that your kiddo will need to get herself a job one of these days—and people may think twice before they listen to the advice of Dr. Moxie.
Giving a Girl a Boys’ Name—and Vice Versa. The trend of giving girls boys’ names seems to have no end in sight—which is a shame for many boys, as people end to stray away from giving their sons names that have started favoring the pink side of the column. (Did you know that names like Meredith, Carol, and Ashley all started as boys’ names?) And it’s rarer, but some guys have started getting names that are generally for the fairer sex.
Pop Culture Character Baby Names. While your personal family tree is a great way to find a name with meaning, many moms-to-be are hunting their favorite shows for name inspiration. But some character name picks (i.e. Arya from Game of Thrones) may be inspired and wearable, while others—like Khaleesi, the Game of Thrones Dothraki word for queen—may be better left to fiction.
Ultraconservative Baby Name Choices. The other extreme of baby naming is to go with the simplest and safest name. If you pick Sophia or Noah right now, you know your kid won’t have any trouble fitting in namewise—there will probably be at least a few of fellow Noahs and Sophias in class with him or her. But the naysayers shake their heads at this nod to conformity and stick-to-the-basics baby names.
Tell us: What’s your big baby name pet peeve? What names really make you cringe?
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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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Image: Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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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 email@example.com, 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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