Scarlett earned its fame from the feisty heroine of Gone With the Wind, who officially sported the first name Katherine (Katie), but was known as Scarlett. But Scarlett Johansson is probably the reason the baby name is suddenly red hot—Scarlett really took off over the past decade, from a spot just inside the top 1000 to its spot in the top 50. It means ruby red, making it a trendy color name, along the lines of Sage, Ruby, Jade, and Hazel.
The middle name, May, hasn't been in the top 1000 since the 1980s as a first name. But it has seen a bit more popularity in the middle spot. It's actually considered a variation or nickname of the classic Margaret, and shares its meaning—pearl. The most famous bearer of it was the character May Welland in Edith Wharton's classic The Age of Innocence.
I love the baby name Molly picked—I think Scarlett May has plenty of spunk and personality. And I think it pairs perfectly with the name they gave her big brother, Brooks.
What do you think of the name Molly Sims picked? Would you consider Scarlett for your own daughter?
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