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Mad Men’s January Jones Names Son Xander Dane

Friday, September 16th, 2011

January Jones gave birth to her first child earlier this week. If you haven’t already heard, she named her son Xander Dane. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Xander, pronounced Zander, is right in step with the current fad for names with the X-factor, whether at the start (Xander, Xen, Xavier), in the middle (Axel, Dexter, Jaxon, Huxley, Paxton, and all the Alexander and Max offspring), or at the end (Felix, Rex, Beatrix, and the three Jolie-Pitt sons’ names—Maddox, Pax and Knox).

Xander, a short form of Alexander, came to the fore in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the character Xander (born Alexander) Harris, introduced in the 1997 premiere episode and supposedly based on series creator Joss Whedon. By 1999, it had hopped onto the popularity lists, reaching its peak in 2003, though still widely used—there were more than 1300 little Xanders born last year. Twin name Zander—a General Hospital character– has been running neck and neck with it since the Millennium. Xander Cage was Vin Diesel’s name in the film xXx.

Xander and Zander are far from the only nickname or variant forms spawned by the name Alexander. Just a few of the others are Alex, Alec, Sandy, Lex, Alexis, Alexa, and the international Alistair, Alessandro, Alejandro and Sasha.

Xander Jones’s middle name Dane is one of those appellations that have been more popular for a longer period of time than you might think. It has been on the Most Popular list every year since 1945, currently at Number 410, down from its high of 220 in 1986. It’s one of several rhyming names now in favor—Kane/Cain, Blaine, Rain, Zane—which have taken over from the old Waynes and Duanes/Dwaynes.

Dane originated as an English surname, one of the meanings of which is “from Denmark.” Its most celebrated current bearer is stand-up comic and actor Dane Cook.

nameberry, celebrity baby names, baby namesLinda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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Spice Girl Melanie Brown Names Daughter Madison

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Melanie Brown gave birth to her third daughter last week. If you haven’t already heard, she named her daughter Madison. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

The third daughter of Melanie Brown, aka Mel B., aka “Scary Spice,” was born last Thursday, but it was almost a week before her name was announced. It had been publicized beforehand that the Spice Girl’s daughter Phoenix, aged 12, would be afforded the privilege of picking her baby sister’s name and it was she who finally settled on Madison.

Madison was a logical choice for a tween to pick, as it was enormously popular as Phoenix was growing up. It suddenly burst on the scene in the mid-1980s, one of the only names — besides the animated Ariel — to be inspired by a mermaid, the one played by Daryl Hannah in the movie “Splash,” who adopted it after spotting it on a Madison Avenue street sign. By 2001, Madison was the second most popular name in the country; and between the years 2000 and 2006, there were close to 150,000 baby girls given the name.

Once seen as a presidential male name, meaning ‘son of Maud’, Madison is now almost exclusively female. Although it has been slipping in the rankings lately, it is still in the Top 10, at Number 8. Madison has almost been overtaken by its younger cousin Addison, so there are now almost as many new Addies as there are Maddies.

Mel B. is one of the few Spice Girls to choose a popular, mainstream name — a switch from her first two more unusual choices — Phoenix Chi and Angel Iris. Victoria (“Posh Spice”) Beckham, of course, has her boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and new daughter Harper Seven; Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) named her daughter Bluebell Madonna, Melanie C. (“Sporty Spice”) has Scarlet Star, and the two sons of Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”) are Beau and Tate.

nameberry, celebrity baby names, baby namesLinda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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Alyssa Milano Gives Birth to a Boy

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Alyssa Milano gave birth to her first baby this morning. If you haven’t already heard, she named her son Milo Thomas. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Alyssa MilanoAlyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari have named their newborn son Milo Thomas, joining a growing group of celebs who have chosen this lively, multi-cultural name. They were preceded in the Milo Club by Ricki Lake (the first, in 1998), Camryn Manhein, Sherry Springfield and Liv Tyler.

Baby Bugliari’s middle name honors Alyssa’s father, Thomas Milano. And the sharing of letters of Milo with Milano, makes a nice tie to mom’s family name.

Milo was a fairly common name from the late 19th century until the 1950s, when it completely dropped off the charts until 2001, probably helped back by its celebrity connections. It now ranks at Number 422 on the Social Security’s most popular names list.

Milo has roots in ancient Greek culture, as well as in the German and Irish. Its image combines the strength of the great ancient Greek wrestler of that name—a six-time winner of the Olympic games—with an energetic, modern o-ending feel. More recently Milo has been associated with the dashing Milo Ventimiglia, of the TV series Heroes, and as characters on Alias and in Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Adults might associate the name with Milo Minderbinder in Catch-22, while kids will identify it with the cat in the movie Milo and Otis, and the main character in the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth.

nameberry, celebrity baby names, baby namesLinda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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Kimberly Stewart, Benicio del Toro Name Daughter Delilah

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Kimberly Stewart, model and actress (and Rod Stewart’s daughter), and actor Benicio del Toro welcomed daughter Delilah on Sunday, August 21st. To find out more about their baby name choice we asked Linda Rosenkranz and Pamela Redmond Satran, the founders of baby name site Nameberry to weigh in.

With the birth of her new baby daughter, Kimberly Stewart has made her dad Rod Stewart a first-time Grandpa.

The baby, whose father is the charismatic Oscar-winning, Puerto Rican-born actor Benicio Del Toro, has been given the biblical name Delilah, a name that has succeeded in shedding its seductive temptress image to the point of becoming a popular mainstream choice.  Delilah is now Number 187 on the Social Security most popular list, the highest it has ever ranked.

The hauntingly melodic quality of Delilah has provided musical inspiration for decades, her praises proclaimed by singers ranging from Tom Jones to Chuck Berry to Queen to the Plain White T’s in their 2008 hit ‘Hey there, Delilah’.  Delilah was also the name of a character in When Stella Got Her Groove Back, played in the film version by Whoopi Goldberg.

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin named their daughter Delilah Belle in 1998, and Sean Diddy Combs updated the spelling when he named one of his twin daughters D’Lila.

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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Jessica Alba’s Surprising Baby Name Choice

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Jessica Alba gave birth to baby number two last weekend. If you haven’t already heard, she named her second daughter Haven Garner. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

jessica alba, pregnant celebrity, celebrity birth, haven, haven garner, jessica alba baby, baby namesHaven Garner is the unusual and surprising choice of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren for their newborn second daughter.

Haven is a heaven-related word name that first hit the U.S. Top 1000 for girls in the late 90s and has been edging upward ever since, now standing at Number 651, with 446 girls receiving the name in the last year counted. While not as religious or as popular as Heaven or even its trendy flip side Nevaeh, Haven feels both spiritual and trendy, suggesting a safe harbor.

Haven relates to the spiritual side of her big sister Honor’s name, more in the vein of word names like Destiny and Trinity than virtue names such as Faith and Hope. Both names also obviously start with H and contain five letters in two syllables.  Their biggest difference: Vintage. While Honor has been used for hundreds of years, as far back as the Puritans, Haven is newly-minted.

The best-known bearer of the name is writer Haven Kimmel, author of the memoir A Girl Named Zippy.

The baby’s middle name, Garner, is a surname meaning “granary” that she shares with her father, whose full name is Cash Garner Warren.

nameberry, celebrity baby names, baby namesLinda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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