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Celebrity Baby Names: Megan Hilty's Daughter

Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher
Megan Hilty's new daughter has a Smash-ing name! The Broadway star, who was formerly on the show Smash, welcomed daughter Viola Philomena yesterday, with husband, musician Brian Gallagher.

Viola is a fitting name for the daughter of two musically inclined people—it's a stringed musical instrument, and it's also the name of one of Shakespeare's most beloved heroines, from Twelfth Night. Viola hasn't been in the top 1000 since the early 1970s, but it's a lovely choice, especially if you've been looking for an alternative to the far more popular Violet.

Philomena hasn't been in the top 1000 since the 1940s, but its profile recently was elevated, thanks to the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. It has a wonderful meaning—lover of strength—and can be shortened to the totally cute Mina. (Chew host—and Dr. Oz daughter—Daphne Oz picked it for her daughter earlier this year.)

It's a really fantastic name—two very old-fashioned names that are poised for a comeback.

Tell us: Would Viola or Philomena be in consideration if you were having a daughter? If you're still looking for the perfect baby name for your daughter (or son), send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (Or take your hunt into your own hands with our Baby Name Finder.) And don't forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest celebrity baby names.

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Image: Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher, Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com