March 25, 2015

Celebrity Baby Names of 2015: Winter Season

Listed are the baby's birthday, parents' names and the baby's first and middle name (if available). For the winter season I'm including babies born at the end of December 2014 as well. Announcements are still trickling in, and as they do I will update this list. A few words of commentary—in the form of celebrity name awards—are below!

Baby Girls

January, Kevin James and Steffiana de la Cruz: Sistine Sabella

January 5, Nick and Vanessa Lachey: Brooklyn Elisabeth

January 13, Vanessa Carlton and John McCauley: Sidney Aoibheann

January 15, Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur: Vivienne Margaret

January 29, Eli and Abby Manning: Caroline Olivia

February 4, Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk: Quinn Lily

February 17, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn: Lachlyn Hope

February 25, Leonor Varela and Lucas Akoskin: Luna Mae

February 26, Robyn Lawley and Everest Schmidt: Ripley Dorothy

March, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton: Edith Vivian Patricia

March 1,  Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey: TWINS Violet Moon (girl) and Knox Blue (boy)

March 13, Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro: Olive Mae

March 16, Vin Diesel and Paloma Jiménez: Pauline

Baby Boys

December 27, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys: Genesis Ali

December 28, Rider Strong and Alexandra Baretto: Indigo “Indy”

January 10, Sonequa Martin-Green and Kenric Green: Kenric Justin II

January 15, Jennifer Hoffman Fowler and Ryan Fowler: Logan Ryan

January 15, Renee Oteri Maynard and Bracy Maynard: Jax Bracy

January 19, Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson: Tatum

January 25, Chris O’Dowd and Dawn O’Porter: Art

January 25, Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt: Matteo Oliver

January 28, Beverley Mitchell and Michael Cameron: Hutton Michael

January 29, Shakira and Gerard Piqué: Sasha

February 11, Liv Tyler and David Gardner: Sailor Gene

February 15, Eric and Katherine Church: Tennessee Hawkins "Hawk"

February 27, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher: Isaiah Michael

February 28, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry: Rhodes Emilio

March 1,  Sarah Shahi and Steve Howey: TWINS Violet Moon (girl) and Knox Blue (boy)

March 19, Jessica Paré and John Kastner: Blues Anthony

March 20, Noureen DeWulf and Ryan Miller: Bodhi Ryan

Winter 2015

It would be cheating to include the birth of daughter Poppy to the Brent-Berkus family, but that name definitely grabbed my attention! I recently included Poppy in a list of unusual floral names for girls written for Baby Name Wizard. I'll have more on Poppy for my Spring 2015 post.

I was also a little too late to mention Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's daughter Delta, though you can read the funny story of their name choice here. (Or was I?) Now, on to the awards!

Top Stereotypical Celebrity Name
Names that give celebs a reputation for using wild or odd names. 

It's a very musical name that's sure to raise a few eyebrows. Canadian couple Jessica Paré and John Kastner are in acting and music, respectively, though Kastner performs punk, not blues.
WINNER: Blues Anthony

Top Trendy Names 
Names that are becoming a hit with celebs and not-so-famous parents alike.
WINNERS: Luna, Jax

Most Classic Name
Classic names that no one pays attention to because they aren't wild enough.
WINNER: Caroline Olivia

Best Intriguing Name
A name that is a little surprising, in a nice way. 
I adore the reference to the Sistine Chapel, residence of the Pope bearing Michelangelo's handiwork and most famous fresco, The Creation of Adam. Her middle name, Sabella, is pure gold, a variation of Isabella that has echoes of Steffiana's name and adds irresistible alliteration. (Sylvester Stallone's daughter Sistine takes advantage of the S-factor too.)
WINNER: Sistine Sabella

Newest Trend
An interesting trend showing up in this season's names, whether or not it's a trend on a large scale.
This season happens to highlight contemporary choices for boys. There were only 2 or 3 exceptions to this otherwise full-fledged modern group.
WINNERS: Indigo, Jax, Tatum, Hutton, Sailor, Tennessee ("Hawk"), Knox, Blues, and Bodhi

Most Moving Name
Vin Diesel and Paloma Jiménez chose to honor the memory of actor Paul Walker with the name of their little girl. In an interview with the TODAY Show's Natalie Morales, Diesel said,
"There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I knew he was there and it felt like a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world."
WINNER: Pauline

Personal Favorite  
My own choice for best names. What's yours?
You saw this coming, didn't you?
WINNER: Sistine Sabella

Share Your Thoughts
No matter what the style, we all love critiquing the name choices of the rich and famous. Please share your opinions in the comments!

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March 16, 2015

Simply Adorable Baby Names for Boys

I wrote about adorable names for girls last week, and now it's time to uncover a few boys names fit for swaddling, cooing, and cuddling.

I wanted to keep this one darling and easy peasy, since my real job (which I love, of course!) takes up quite a bit of my time. Take a look at my disclaimer written for the girls:
One of the things I love most about names is that they are subjective. They communicate very personal things: style, values, beliefs, and heritage. So while every person would make a different list of names that feel adorable, a little bit of a pattern emerged when I was on the hunt for these names.
So with that out of the way, here's what I found after calling on my name-loving friends.

Boys' names that seem to stage whisper "adorable" include...
  • Cuter Than a Button Endings
    most popular was in "ie/y" sound, with double consonants not far behind in the form of "tt," "nn," and "ll"
  • The Two-Syllable Sweet Spot
    not so short that they feel brisk or bold, but not so long they come across as formal
  • Contemporary Cuties
    bonus points for contemporary choices that end with y or come with a unique nickname
  • Old-Fashioned Charmers
    a few are vintage favorites that never fail to please
Did you notice the contradictions there? The boys' list I compiled is just a bit more difficult to pinpoint than what I found for the girls. Some are very rare, others are wildly popular. Some are  contemporary creations that lean unisex, others are distinctively masculine names from a century ago. Part of that is because of my unscientific approach, so repeat after me: don't take this list too seriously.

And while there may not be an exact formula to create names that will spread #adorbs, #totespresh and other dictionary-shaming accolades around the web, it seems that between the charming endings, darling associations, and nickname potential, these names are perfect at expressing puppy-eyed innocence.

So here it is—an unscientific, just-for-fun sampling of adorable boy names freshly picked for your inspiration.
  • Abel
  • Angel
  • Asher
  • Beau
  • Bennett
  • Bixby
  • Caleb
  • Casey
  • Colby
  • Dylan
  • Emmett
  • Everett
  • Dashiell
  • Finn
  • Gentry
  • Huxley
  • Jamie
  • Lucas
  • Miles
  • Noah
  • Oliver
  • Owen
  • Romeo
  • Tatum
  • Theodore
  • Tucker 
  • Willoughby
  • Wyatt
If you were looking for a name that's simply adorable, I hope you found it! Here's the list of adorable baby names for girls.

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March 4, 2015

Simply Adorable Baby Names for Girls

Say it with me: Awww! You've found a simple little list of crazy cute names for girls. I wanted to keep this one as darling as the baby above (though that may be impossible) and easy peasy, since my real job (which I love, of course!) takes up quite a bit of my time.

But I just have to offer this little of the things I love most about names is that they are subjective. They communicate very personal things: style, values, beliefs, and heritage. So while every person would make a different list of names that feel adorable, a little bit of a pattern emerged when I was on the hunt for these names.

They came in part from my best name-loving friends, who have an interest in names, good taste, and a firm grasp on today's trends. They also came from a few naming boards, twitter, and other random sites on the internet (there was no clear contender here or I'd specifically name and link to the source). And a few are my own picks of names that fit with the options I was already hearing.

Qualities that seem to stage whisper "adorable" include...
  • old-fashioned charm
  • an "ie" sound in the ending
  • two syllables, or potential for a two-syllable nickname that ends in the "ie" sound

Every baby is adorable!
And these names are just a small example of how you can use sounds and qualities that are just right to express your admiration for your adorable baby girl. They strike us as sweet, darling, feminine, cute, charming, and so easy to love. Here it is—an unscientific, just-for-fun sampling of adorable girl names freshly picked for your inspiration. 
  • Adelaide
  • Bella
  • Chloe
  • Edith (Edie)
  • Elsie
  • Evelyn (Evie)
  • Finley
  • Gracie
  • Holly
  • Lily
  • Lucy
  • Macy
  • Matilda (Mattie or Tilly)
  • Marlee or Marley
  • Molly
  • Pippa
  • Quinn
  • Reese
  • Rose
  • Sadie
  • Sookie
  • Willow
  • Winnie

If you were looking for a name that's simply adorable, I hope you found it! And don't worry, I won't neglect the boys; they are up next!

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February 26, 2015


Crew ~ A group of people ~ English

This interesting little one-syllable word name has been popping up more and more lately on birth certificates across the country. And it's fascinating to me, because it can have so many different connotations. Check out a sampling of some dictionary definitions for the word:

  1. a group of people who work on and operate a ship, boat, aircraft, spacecraft, or train.
  2. a group of people who work closely together.
  3. a group of rappers, breakdancers, or graffiti artists performing or operating together.
The first one feels preppy and sporty, the second one warm and cuddly, and the third, super cool.

And there are plenty more that we think of when it comes to this word. For example...

Associations With the Word Crew
  • rowing—crew is a word for a rowing team and the sport (more on that below!)
  • crew cut—a military haircut
  • crew neck—a t-shirt neckline
  • J. Crew—clothing brand
  • American Crew—hair products brand
  • cast & crew —behind-the-scenes workers on a film set
  • crew cab—a truck bed size
  • tagging crews—graffiti teams
  • The Crew—a video game
  • motley crew—a diverse, poorly organized group
  • Mötley Crüe—the heavy metal band

The Bottom Line
Despite the wildly different things this word can make us conjure, when Crew is used as a name, two associations stand out among the rest: rowing (by a landslide) and clothing. The name Crew strikes many as sporty, preppy, and muscular. It brings to mind a dedicated athlete who's a team player by necessity. And that's another reason this sport shines—it brings a team together like none other. There is no star in crew, just a unified group rowing as one perfectly choreographed unit.

If you're drawn to this name, but the sport is a bit of a question mark for you, here's a little more info from the River City Crew website out of Richmond, VA:
"Crew", as a noun, can refer to either the people in a specific high school or collegiate rowing boat or the entire sport of rowing in high school or college. The term "crew team" is redundant and is not properly used. After college, the term "crew" is no longer used to describe the sport or people in a boat, and "rowing team" or "rowing club" is proper. In the sport of rowing, "crew" is never, ever properly used as a verb, i.e., one does not "go crewing", rather one would "go rowing". When in doubt, the noun "rowing team" or verb "rowing" will always be correct when describing the sport.
Consider yourself schooled. Even if you don't have a background in the sport, you can use the word "crew" confidently.

Does Crew Have to Be All About Rowing?
There isn't any one "right" interpretation of this name, so if you weren't inspired by the sport originally, don't let that shake you from using Crew. There are no guarantees as to how Crew will strike your friends, but chances are they will think of the same thing you first thought of. They're your friends, after all! The sport is just the most common association that will spring to mind for many, and that's not a bad thing.

No matter what, first impressions of a name will fade once the person attached to it makes his entrance in the world. If you want to set the record straight from the beginning, remember that your personal connection to Crew is a short explanation away. People will love your fashion-forward style and want to hear how you chose the name, so take questions as a compliment and be prepared to talk names the first time you introduce your son. Besides, who doesn't love a good name discussion anyway?

Does Crew Really Work as a Name?
I think it does. There are many examples of words that became successful names that work with the right trends (Chance and Maverick come to mind), and there's no reason why Crew should be an exception. If you weren't convinced before, think of Crew's quick sound and sporty feel. Add to that its connection (by sound only) to names like Drew, Cruz, and Bruce, and you may wonder why America didn't think of this name before.

Even though it's pretty rare, Crew is on its way up. It broke through the top 1,000 in 2011 and sits at 732 at last check. I expect it to continue wooing parents over the next few years.

Celebrity Babies Named Crew
One celebrity baby was all it took to get this name in the minds of today's parents.

  • The Young & The Restless star Joshua Morrow and his wife welcomed a Crew in 2005. Crew has brothers named Cooper and Cash, and a sister named Charlie.

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