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Celebrity Baby Names: A Boy for Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s a boy for actors Alan Ruck (best known as Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and Mireille Enos, from AMC’s murder thriller series The Killing and World War Z. Joining big sister Vesper Vivienne is baby brother Larkin Zouey.

Larkin may sound like the song bird, but it’s an Irish name that means fierce. It’s been on the rise for both boys and girls, but it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 1909—when it last hit the charts for boys.

Zouey reads like a variant spelling of Zoe/Zooey, but it’s also the name of an area in Cameroon. While Zoe is clearly a girls’ name, Zooey was originally a boy’s name, a character in J.D. Salinger’s classic Franny & Zooey.

In all, it’s an intriguing name—more out there than some of the more recent celeb baby names (Jimmy Kimmel picked classic Jane for his daughter, after all), but still not completely off the beaten path.

What do you think? Would you pick Larkin for your child—and would you give it to a son or a daughter?

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Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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Baby Name Dilemma: A Girl’s Name for Baby #4

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We all have our “dream names” that we use for our first baby (or three), but sometimes coming up with a name that you love for baby #4 can be a challenge. That’s the issue reader Katie has:

I am expecting my 4th child in about 5 weeks. My husband and I can not agree on anything for a name. My other three children are Ethan (13), Presley (girl), and Emett (4 year old twins).

I am leaning towards surnames or even boy names for a girl. My trouble becomes one minute I like something and the next I don’t. I want something different, but not weird. I want people to be able to pronounce it and spell it, but I don’t want there to be five other little girls in her class with the same name.

Names are hard. They are such a big decision. I have no idea how we were able to come up with two names for the twins. However, when we agreed on Presley after they were delivered I didn’t really like it. I do still love the boys’ names we chose, though. I am hoping to find a girl’s name that I feel the same about for this little one.

Looks like you picked some really intriguing names for your first three—nothing too popular, but definitely still on people’s radar as a good name. Clearly, you want something not-so-traditionally girl (so no Amelia or Penelope for you, right?).

Finley is one of my favorites for girls (and boys). It’s a Celtic name that means “fair-haired hero,” and while it’s up and coming, it’s still a bit below the radar (it just broke the top 300 for girls last year). I think it would pair beautifully with the other names you’ve picked.

Another (more popular) unisex name that matches beautifully with the names of your other kids is Peyton, which is just below the top 50 currently. I like that it features similar sounds to her siblings—Presley and Peyton make a good sister pair, don’t you think?

There’s a slew of fun “R” names that are unisex—Rowan, Rory, Regan, Romilly and Remy all could work for your daughter. Of these four, I’d pick Rowan and Remy as the best two options.

And then there’s Marley. Yes, it’s currently associated with the dog in the best selling book and movie—but it also has ties to reggae great Bob Marley, and of course, the ghost of Dickens’ classic, Christmas Carol. With a meaning like “seaside meadow,” it’s a lovely choice. Not into Marley? Try Marlowe, which a few celebs have picked for their daughters (in honor of Britain’s great playwright, perhaps?).

Two other options for you: I love Arden, which is the name of the forest in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and means “valley of the eagle.” It hasn’t hit the top 1000 yet—I think it’s a wonderful choice. And it’s not unisex or a surname, but Imogen, a longtime British favorite that means “maiden,” would sound beautiful with the rest of your choices. It’s on the radar of many naming experts as an up-and-comer, but it still hasn’t cracked the top 1000 yet. You could be a trend setter with that one!

Readers: What other options would you suggest for Katie?

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Hank Baskett And Kendra Wilkinson’s New Daughter

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett welcomed their second child earlier this week! Joining big brother Hank IV is a girl given a combo of an old school boy’s name and an old-school girl’s name: Alijah Mary.

Alijah is a variant on the popular Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God.” This spelling shift is near the top 500 baby names for boys, while Elijah is #11. Alijah is rarely used for girls—in fact, only 24 girls were given that name in the U.S. last year. Its most noted namesake was Elijah was an Old Testament prophet.

Mary, on the other hand, is about as traditional as you can get for a girl. Mary was the name for the mother of Jesus in the Bible, a number of British royals, and numerous other notable women. It was the most popular baby name for decades, but has now fallen off a bit, to the top 125.

What do you think of Alijah? Do you think it’s ready to cross the aisle for girls, or is it a boys’ only name? And is Mary ready for its comeback?

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

 

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Cool Name of the Week: Kent

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Have you gone to see the new Superman movie? It’s definitely on my husband’s to-do list, and since it stars the yummy Henry Cavill (who I absolutely adored as Henry VIII right-hand man on The Tudors), I wouldn’t mind tagging along. It looks like plenty of you have seen it, since it scored a record-breaking, $125 million debut at the box office.

While Superman may be into weird-celebrity-name territory—and Kal-el, his Kryptonian name, definitely is (Nicholas Cage chose it for his son)—his Clark Kent alter ego provides us with two cool, under-the-radar choices.

Clark definitely has some measure of old-Hollywood cool, thanks both to the Man of Steel and Gone With the Wind romantic lead Clark Gable, I think Kent is a fresher choice. It’s an English name that means “edge,” and it’s been out of the top 1,000 baby names for nearly a decade now. (It hit its prime in the 1940s-1960s.)

Kent is also the name of a county in southeastern England, making it a cool place name. It has the cowboy cool of names like Clint and Colt, but with just a touch of British panache. It’s also a nice way to honor a Kenneth in your family’s history, while still picking something fresher.

Kent works well with longer middle names, like Alexander, Jonathan and Weston. And since I have seen it used a few times for girls, I’d pair it with Adeline, Clementine or Martina.

What do you think of the baby name Kent? Would you take it or leave it—and does it seem like it’s a girls’ name or a boys’?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Lisa Ling’s New Daughter

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Journalist Lisa Ling and her oncologist husband, Dr. Paul Song, welcomed their brand-new baby girl yesterday. And they chose a relatively unique name for her – especially among girls. Her name is Jett Ling Song.

Jett  has generally been used for boys – it’s the name of both John Travolta’s  late son and the name of George Lucas’s son. It’s a variant spelling of jet, a shiny black precious stone or the airplane, but when it’s used for a girl, I’m almost wondering if it’s  in homage to rock legend Joan Jett. The name is relatively popular, where it’s currently in the top 400 names for boys. But it’s almost unheard of for little girls.

Ling is obviously Lisa’s surname – and when used as a name, it means delicate. So the name is kind of a nice balance between the strong first name Jett, and the softer Ling.

What do you think of Lisa and Paul’s baby name choice? Do you think Jett works as a girls’ name – or is this Jett destined to be one-of-a-kind?

And don’t forget: If you’re having a tough time finding a great name – or you and your mate can’t see eye to eye – send me your quandaries at lamilbrand@gmail.com. We’ll be able to help you find the baby name that works for you.

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