Congrats to Jill Cordes on the birth of her new son, Emmett Redmond Johnston! A few weeks ago I helped my fellow blogger with some name suggestions. (Don't worry, no hard feelings on not picking the names I came up with... we were thinking "L" names at the time, anyways.)

Here's what Jill has to say about the name:

"Redmond was Phil's beloved Grandfather's name. Emmett we thought described his already elfish-mischevious seeming personality. He even has one ear that is a leprechaun. Lots of nickname opportunities: from Mr. E, to Emm, to Red and beyond.

Emmett also means hard working and strong, so I'm hoping he'll help me vacuum by the time he's 6 months."

I think it's a great name. Emmett sounds nice with Fia (older sister), and flows well into the middle and last name. Emmett is swiftly rising in popularity -- it entered the top 1,000 in '99, and now ranks 273 -- but I'm not too worried. If anything, it just means people will be more likely to know how to spell the name.

I love the meaning of Redmond: red-haired defender. If he's anything like his big sister, Emmett will have red hair, making this a perfect choice. And of course, you can never go wrong with a family name.

All in all, well done, Jill. Congrats again!