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Famous June Birthdays!


A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

Marilyn Monroe June 1st

Marilyn Monroe
June 1st

June 1st – Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Mortenson – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 1, 1926.
An iconic stage name.  With a generation or Marilyn’s now becoming grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s, I wonder if we’ll see this name used to honor. Marilyn is a comibination of the names Mary and Lynn.

June 2nd – Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Earl Miller III – Actor, born in England on June 2, 1972.
Wentworth as an Old English surname that may possibly mean winter enclosure or pale man’s estate.  Wentworth sounds like the name of a nobleman to me.

June 3rd – Anderson Cooper
Anderson Hays Cooper – Journalist, born in the U.S. on June 3, 1967.
A handsome, Scandinavian name meaning son of Anders. A name on the rise, Anderson was given his name years before it picked up in popularity.

June 4th – Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Pitt Voight – Actor and Activist, born in the U.S. on June 4, 1975.
Angelina is a variation of the name Angelina meaning angel.  A lovely, feminine name, perfect for a baby born around Christmas.

June 5th – Pete Wentz
Peter “Pete” Lewis Kingston Wentz III – Musician, born in the U.S. on June 5, 1979.
I love the many literary ties to the name Peter. Peter is a Greek name meaning rock.  There are several cool variations of Peter, Petros being one of my personal favorites.

Diego Velazquez June 6th

Diego Velazquez
June 6th

June 6th – Diego Velázquez
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Painter, born in Spain on June 6, 1599.
Diego is a Spanish form of the name James, meaning supplanter. At #129 in popularity, Diego is as usable today as it was in 1599 Spain when Velázquez was born.

June 7th – Anne McClain
Anne Charlotte McClain – Astronaut, born in the U.S. on June 7, 1979.
A simple, timeless, and classic name.  Anne is French from a Hebrew name meaning grace.  I enjoy many variations of Anne, from Anwen, to Annabelle.

June 8th – Julianna Margulies
Julianna Luisa Margulies – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 8, 1966.
Julianna is one of the many popular “Jule” names, Latin in origin, meaning youthful. Currently #185 in popularity, Julianna has been in the top 200 since 2006.

June 9th – Natalie Portman
Neta-Lee Hershlag – Actor, born in Israel on June 9, 1981.
Natalie is a popular name, currently #23 in the U.S. A French form of the name Natalia, Natalie means born on Christmas day.  

June 10th – Shane West
Shane West Snaith – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 10, 1978.
Shane is a variation of the name Sean, meaning God is gracious.  In recent years we’ve seen the name Shane used for girls as well as boys.

Shia LeBeouf June 11th

Shia LeBeouf
June 11th

June 11th – Shia LeBeouf
Shia Saide LeBeouf – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 11, 1986.
There are many different possible meanings of the name Shia.  It may possibly be an Arabic or Hebrew name meaning follower or gift.

June 12th – Adriana Lima
Adriana Francesca Lima – Model, born in Brazil on June 12, 1981.
Adriana is a feminine form of the Latin name Adrian, meaning of Adria.  Adriana is one of the many beloved feminine names that end and begin with the letter A.

June 13th – Malcolm McDowell
Malcom John Taylor – Actor, born in England on May 13, 1943.
Malcolm is a handsome Scottish name. Most popular in 1928 and least popular in 2007, Malcolm is currently #442 in popularity.

June 14th – Lucy Hale
Karen Lucille Hale – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 14, 1989.
Lucy is a darling little name meaning light. Lucy is on the rise, up 141 spots in the past 10 years.  Lucy is much more popular in almost every other English speaking country.

June 15th – Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 15, 1973.
Neil is an Irish name meaning cloud.  Isn’t that a sweet meaning? Neil and his husband, David Burtka seem to be namer’s to be.  They named their twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.

June 16th – Sidney Fullmer
Sidney Fullmer – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 16, 2000.
Sidney is a French unisex name meaning Saint Dennis.  Sidney is #915 for girls in the U.S., much less popular than Sydney at #109.

Paulina Rubio June 17th

Paulina Rubio
June 17th

June 17th – Paulina Rubio
Paulina Susana Rubio Rue – Signer and Host, born in Mexico on June 17, 1971.
Paulina is a Spanish form of the name Paul, meaning small. Paulina shares her name with model Paulina Porizkova.

June 18th – Blake Shelton
Blake Tollison Shelton – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 18, 1976.
Blake is an Old English surname meaning someone with dark or fair hair. A unisex name, Blake is #84 for boys and #589 for girls in the U.S.

June 19th – Lou Gehrig
Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig – American Baseball player, born in the U.S. on June 19, 1903.
Louis a French and German name used by royals throughout history.  Fittingly, Louis means renowned warrior. There are many cool variations of the name Louis, from Ludwig to Luis.

June 20th – Lionel Richie
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.  – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 20, 1949.
My favorite thing about Lionel, a Latin name, is that it means young lion.  How fun is that? Lionel Hardcastle was the name of a beloved character on the show As Time Goes By played by Geoffrey Palmer.

June 21st – Prince William
William Arthur Philip Louis – Duke of Cambridge, born in England on June 21, 1982.
William is a popular English name meaning resolute protection. Last month the world watched as William and Kate welcomed daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  She joins older brother George Alexander Louis.

Meryl Streep June 22nd

Meryl Streep
June 22nd

June 22nd – Meryl Streep
Mary Louise Steep – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 22, 1949.
In her case, a cool combination or play on her first and middle name, Meryl may also be derived from the Irish name Muriel, meaning “of the bright sea”.

June 23rd – Selma Blair
Selma Blair Beitner– Actor, born in the U.S. on June 23, 1972.
Selma is of unknown orgin.  It may be derived from the German name Anselm, meaning God’s helmet/protection. Selma may also have Arabic roots, a variation of Salma meaning peaceful protection.

June 24th – Mindy Kaling
Vera Mindy Chokalingam – Actor and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 24, 1979.
Mindy is an English name which began as a nickname for Melinda. Mindy first entered the U.S. top 1,000 charts in 1950, peaking in 1979, and falling out of popularity in 1997 when it was last ranked.

George Orwell June 25th

George Orwell
June 25th

June 25th – George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair – Writer, born in British India on June 25, 1903.
I find pen names to be fascinating.  It’s hard for me to imagine George Orwell as Eric Blair.  George is a widely used Greek name meaning farmer.

June 26th – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grane-Butera – Singer and Actor, born in the U.S. on June 26, 1993.
Ariana is an Italian form of the name Ariadne, meaning most holy. Ariana is a name quickly climbing the charts, up 17 spots in the last year alone.  Ariana is currently #37 in the U.S.

June 27th – Drake Bell
Jared Drake Bell – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 27, 1986.
When you hear the name Drake you may think of the singer, Drake who is widely known by his first name alone. Drake has old English and Norse roots meaning dragon.  Drake is also a word used to identify a male duck.

June 28th – Mel Brooks
Melvin “Mel” James Brooks (Kaminsky) – Producer and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 28, 1926.
Melvin is a Scottish surname, possible derived from the name Melville.  Melvin may sound like a name from years past, but it’s currently #672 in popularity in the U.S.

Melora Hardin June 29th

Melora Hardin
June 29th

June 29th – Melora Hardin
Melora Diane – Actor, born in U.S. on June 29, 1967.
Melora sounds like a name straight from a name-lover’s fairytale. A Greek name, meaning golden apple, Melora has never been in the U.S> top 1,000.

June 30th – Cody Rhodes
Cody Garrett Runnels – Wrestler & Actor, born in U.S. on June 30, 1985.
Cody is an English name, meaning helpful or pillow. Cody peaked in the 1990’s, but is still used at #220 for boys in the U.S.

If you’re looking for some Notable Names for the month of June, check out my latest Nameberry Article!

A joyful June to you,

Famous May Birthdays!


A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

May 1st – Jamie Dornan
James “Jamie” Dornan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 1, 1982.
James is a popular English name, meaning supplanter.  Traditionally a male name, we’re seeing more and more celebrities use the name James for their daughters first and middle names.

Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" May 2nd

Dwayne Johnson
“The Rock”
May 2nd

May 2nd – Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson – Actor/Professional Wrestler, born in the United States on May 2, 1972.
Dwayne is a spelling variation of the name Duane or Ó Dubhán, an Irish surname meaning “swarthy”.  Johnson’s wrestling names is “The Rock”.

May 3rd – Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Angela Delevingne – Model/Socialite born in England on May 3, 1986.
Poppy is a cheerful flower name, rarely used in the United States, though popular in most other English speaking countries.

May 4th – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Kathleen Hepburn – Actor, born in Belgium on May 4, 1929.
Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength.  A lovely name with the classy association to Hepburn, Audrey is now more popular in the U.S. than ever before.

May 5th – Danielle Fishel
Danielle Christine Fishel – Actor, born in the United States on May 5, 1981.
Anyone Boy Meets World fans? Danielle is a female form of the Hebrew name Daniel, meaning God is my judge.

George Clooney May 6th

George Clooney
May 6th

May 6th – George Clooney
George Timothy Clooney – Actor, born in the United States on May 6, 1961.
George is a Greek name meanings farmer. George is the name of politicians, literary characters, and a little prince.

May 7th – Eva Perón
María Eva Duarte de Perón– First lady of Argentina, born in Argentina on May 7, 1952.
Eva is a Latin form of the name Eve meaning life. Eva is rising in popularity, though still not quite as popular as Ava.

May 8th – Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler– Singer, born in Spain on May 8, 1975.
Enrique is a Spanish form of the German name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”. Enrique is also the first name of singer Ricky Martin.

Rosario Dawson May 9th

Rosario Dawson
May 9th

May 9th – Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson – Actor, born in the United States on May 9, 1979.
Rosario is a unisex name meaning rosary. In Spanish Rosario is feminine and in Italian Rosario is masculine.

May 10th – Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson – Actor/Comedian, born in the United States on May 10, 1978.
Kenan is a spelling variation of the Irish name Cianán, meaning ancient.  In the U.S. the spelling Keenan is most popular.

May 11th – Sabrina Carpenter
Sabrina Ann Lynn Carpenter – Actor/Singer, born in the United States on May 11, 1999.
The name Sabrina comes from the Welsh River Sevren.  Sabrina may remind you of the character Sabrina Fairchild or of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Florence Nightingale May 12th

Florence Nightingale
May 12th

May 12th – Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale – Scientist, born in Italy on May 12, 1910.
Isn’t Nightingale a romantic surname? Florence is a place name and a Latin name meaning flourishing. Could Florence be the next old-fashioned name to make a comeback?

May 13th – Darius Rucker
Darius Carlos Rucker – Musician, born in the United States on May 13, 1966.
Darius is a Greek form of a Persian name meaning to possess well. Darius was the name of several ancient Persian kings.

May 14th – Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook, born in the United States on May 14, 1984.
Mark is a Latin name meaning warlike. One of the most notable Mark’s, Mark Twain, was born Samuel Clemens.

May 15th – Zara Phillips
Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips – Royalty, born in England on May 15, 1981.
Zara may be an English form of the name Zaïre, or Arabic from Zahra meaning Princess. Zara is also the name of a popular clothing store.

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

May 16th – Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brendan Brosnan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 16, 1953.
Pierce is an English name meaning son of Piers.  I think Pierce makes for a strong, one-syllable middle name.

May 17th – Tessa Virtue
Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue – Ice Dancer, born in Canada on May 17, 1989.
Tessa is a spunky name that originated as a nickname for the name Theresa, meaning to reap.  Tessa has steadily been rising on my own favorites list.

May 18th – Spencer Breslin
Spencer Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on May 18, 1992.
Spencer is an English name meaning house steward.  Recently we’ve seen more and more girls named Spencer as well.

May 19th – Sam Smith
Samuel Frederick Smith – Singer, born in England on May 19, 1992.
Samuel is a timeless Hebrew name meaning told by God.  Both Samuel and Samantha have been quite popular.  Samson and Samara could be great alternatives and ways to get to the nickname Sam.

Cher May 20th

May 20th

May 20th – Cher
Cherilyn Sarkisian– Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 20, 1946.
Cherilyn and Cher are derived from the name Cheryl, a French form of Cherie meaning darling.  Cher is an iconic name strongly associated with this performer.

May 21st – Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse– Actor, born in the United States on May 21, 1974.
Fairuza is a Turkish/Arabic name meaning turquoise.  Fairuza was given her name because of her deep blue green eyes.

May 22nd – Apolo Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno – Speed Skater, born in the United States on May 22, 1982.
Apolo is a variation of Apollo, a Greek mythological name. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale used the name Apollo for one of their sons.

May 23rd – Drew Carey
Drew Allison Carey – Host/Comedian, born in the United States on May 23, 1958.
Drew began as a nickname for Andrew, though Drew Carey’s full first name is Drew.  Drew means strong and manly.

Queen Victoria May 24th

Queen Victoria
May 24th

May 24th – Queen Victoria
Alexandrina Victoria – Royalty, born in England on May 24, 1819.
The Victorian era was name for this long reigning queen.  Victoria is a timeless name meaning victory.

May 25th – Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian Murray McKellen – Actor, born in England on May 25, 1939.
Ian is a Scottish version of the name John, meaning God is gracious.  Ian packs a big punch for a small name.

May 26th – Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter – Actor, born in England on May 26, 1966.
Helena is a Latinate form of the Greek name Helen, meaning bright and shining.  Helena was named for her mother Elena.

May 27th – Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany – Actor, born in England on May 27, 1971.
Paul is a Latin name meaning small. Vin Diesel recently named his daughter Pauline in honor of late actor Paul Walker.

Kylie Minogue May 28th

Kylie Minogue
May 28th

May 28th – Kylie Minogue
Kylie Ann Minogue – Singer/Actor, born in Australia on May 28, 1968.
Kylie, with this spelling, is an aboriginal name meaning boomerang.  A spunky name for the Australian singer.

May 29th – Noel Gallagher
Noel Thomas David Gallagher – Musician, born in England on May 29, 1967.
Noel is French in origin meaning Christmas.  A great name for a baby born in December but clearly usable for anytime of year!

May 30thIdina Menzel
Idina Kim Menzel – Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 30, 1971.
Who knew Idina’s middle name was Kim? Idina is a variation of Edina, meaning from Edinburgh, Scotland.

May 31st – Clint Eastwood
Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr. – Actor, born in the United States on May 31, 1930.
Clinton is an English name meaning hilltop town.  The name Clinton dipped in popularity while President Clinton was in term, but it’s steadily climbing again in popularity.

Happy May!

Famous April Birthdays!


A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

April 1st – Asa Butterfield
Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield– Actor, born in England on April 1, 1997.
Asa is a short but sweet, Hebrew, palindrome name, meaning “born in the morning”. P.S. How cool is Asa Butterfield’s full name?

Emmylou Harris April 2nd

Emmylou Harris
April 2nd

April 2nd – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris– Singer-songwriter, born in the United States on April 2, 1947.
Emmylou is a sweet, wholesome-sounding, smush of a name.  I picture it on a darling little pigtailed girl in gingham.

April 3rd – Alec Baldwin
Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III– Actor, born in the United States on April 3, 1958.
Alec is one of the many cool nicknames that come from the Greek name Alexander, meaning “defending men”.

April 4th – Maya Angelou
Marguerite Annie Johnson– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 4, 1928.
Maya’s name came about from her little brother calling her, “my-uh sister”. Maya is Hebrew name, meaning “water”.

April 5th – Booker T. Washington
Booker Taliaferro Washington– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 5, 1856.
Booker is an English surname and occupational name, meaning “scribe”.  Booker is seldom used, though I think it would fit in well among the -er ending names that are currently trending.

April 6th – Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Helaine Bure– Actor, born in the United States on April 6, 1976.
Candace is a Latin name, meaning “white and pure”.  Candace has three children with pretty cool names – Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.

Russell Crowe April 7th

Russell Crowe
April 7th

April 7th – Russell Crowe
Russell Ira Crowe – Actor, born in New Zealand on April 7, 1964.
Russell is a French name with the fun meaning, “fox-colored”, reffering to someone with red hair.

April 8th – Gabriella Wilde
Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe – Model and Actor, born in England on April 6, 1989.
I love a big grand name.  Check out those middle names.  Gabriella is an Italian feminine form of Gabriel, meaning “God is my strength”.

April 9th – Leighton Meester
Leighton Marissa Meester – Actor and Singer, born in the United States on April 9, 1986.
Leighton Meester definitely gave this previously rare name a boost in popularity.  Currently #541 for girls, Leighton is an English name meaning “meadows town”.

April 10th – Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 10, 1968.
Orlando is an Italian form of the name Roland, meaning “famous throughout the land”. A Shakespearean name and a name shared by fellow actor, Orlando Bloom.

April 11th – Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corine Ambrosio – Model, born in Brazil on April 11, 1981.
A beautiful Italian form of the name Alexandra.  Alessandra has a slightly exotic, distinctly feminine sound, meaning “defender of man”.

Saoirse Ronan April 12th

Saoirse Ronan
April 12th

April 12th – Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Úna Ronan – Actor, born in the United States (to Irish parents, and raised in Ireland) on April 12, 1994.
Saoirse Ronan is Aléna (one of my fellow name sisters’) favorite actors.  I love all three of her names. Saoirse is an Irish Gaelic name meaning “freedom”.  A great name with a wonderful meaning.

April 13th – Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson – Politician, born in the United States on April 13, 1743.
The perfect name for a twin, Thomas is a classic Aramaic name, meaning “twin”.  At #61 in popularity, Thomas is as usable now as it was in 1743.

April 14th – Abigail Breslin
Abigail Kathleen Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on April 14, 1996.
A lovable Puritan and Biblical name. Abigail is a Hebrew name, meaning “my father is joyful”.

April 15th – Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci– Polymath, born in Italy on April 15, 1743.
Leonardo is a handsome Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Leonard, meaning “brave lion”.   I love the da Vinci tie and the nickname Leo.

April 16th – Martin Lawrence
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence – Actor and Comedian, born in Germany (raised in the United States) on April 16, 1965.
There are many great men named Martin, including Martin Luther King, whom Lawrence was named for.  Martin is a Latin name, meaning “warlike”

Victoria Beckham April 17th

Victoria Beckham
April 17th

April 17th – Victoria Beckham
Victoria Caroline Beckham – Singer & Designer, born in England on April 17, 1974.
A timeless, classic Latin name, meaning “victory”. Many Victoria’s go by Tori or Vicky. Lately I’ve loved the idea of Rory as a nickname for Victoria.

April 18th – Conan O’Brien
Conan Christopher O’Brien – Comedian and Host, born in the United States on April 18, 1963.
So many Irish names have delightful meanings.  Conan means, “little wolf”.  How precious is that?

April 19th – James Franco
James Edward Franco – Actor and Artist, born in the United States on April 19, 1978.
James is  an English name, meaning “supplanter”.  Traditionally a male name, James is #13 for boys in the U.S.  The name James received a lot of attention last month, when it was revealed that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively used the name James for their little girl.

April 20th – Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr – Model, born in Australia on April 20, 1983.
Miranda is a Shakespearean name, meaning “wonderful”.  The name Miranda is derived from the Latin word mirandus.

April 21st – Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary– Queen, born in England on April 21, 1926.
If there’s one name that has stood the test of time, Elizabeth would be it.  Wildly popular since names have been recorded, Elizabeth is Hebrew, meaning “God is my oath”.

Jack Nicholson April 22nd

Jack Nicholson
April 22nd

April 22nd – Jack Nicholson
John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson – Actor, born in the United States on April 22, 1937.
While Jack is popular in its own right now, it started off as a nickname for John, a Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”.

April 23rd – Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black – Actor, born in the United States on April 23, 1928.
I’d love to see this sweet, old timey name make a comeback. Shirley is an English name, meaning “bright meadow”.  I also love the Anne Shirley association.

April 24th – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Brianne Clarkson – Singer, born in the United States on April 24, 1982.
Kelly is an anglicized Irish surname, meaning “war”.  Originally more popular for boys, Kelly became popular for girls about 30 years ago.  I could see this name being used again for boys in coming years.

April 25th – Al Pacino
Alfredo James “Al” Pacino – Actor, born in the United States on April 25, 1940.
Alfredo is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Alfred. Alfred is an old English name meaning “wise counsel”. Al, Alfie, Freddie, Fredo.. there are many nicknames that can come from this name.

April 26th – Channing Tatum
Channing Matthew Tatum – Actor, born in the United States on April 26, 1980.
Channing is an English name that may possibly mean, “wolf cub”.  I think both the names Channing and Tatum have been given a bit of a boost in popularity because of this actor.

April 27th – Jenna Coleman
Jenna-Louise Coleman – Actor, born in England on April 27, 1986.
Jenna is a spunky variation of the name Jennifer, meaning “white wave, or white shadow”.  I wonder if the similar sounding, but less popular name Jessa will take off given the popularity of the Duggar family.

Jorge Garcia April 28th

Jorge Garcia
April 28th

April 28th – Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia – Actor, born in the United States on April 28, 1973.
Jorge is a popular Spanish form of the name George, meaning “supplanter”. Jorge is #207 in popularity for boys in the U.S.

April 29th – Jerry Seinfeld
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 29, 1954.
Jerome is a Greek name, meaning “sacred name”. A pretty cool name for a name lover.  There are many great men named Jerome, my favorite being author J.D. Salinger.

April 30th – Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Caroline Dunst – Actor, born in the United States on April 30, 1982.
Kirsten is a Norwegian and Danish form of Christina, meaning “anointed”. This name will forever remind me of the American Girl Doll Kirsten Larson, which I adored as a child.

Happy April!

Sweet Pauline


Names have always given me a sense of hope and excitement for new life. I love how people’s faces change when they look at babies. We soften and light up as we look at these little miracles of life. Earlier this week actor Vin Diesel announced that he named his new born daughter Pauline, in honor of his friend and late actor, Paul Walker. I, like many others teared up when I read about this touching namesake.

Paul Walker & Vin Diesel

Paul Walker & Vin Diesel

Pauline is a French feminine form of the name Paul, which means “small”. I love researching the origins and meanings of names, but more than the given meaning, I love the personal meanings and connections people have to names. Little Pauline may never know that her name means “small”, but she will undoubtedly grow up with stories of the man she was named for. I love the story behind the name.

If you’re looking to honor a Paul, here are a few names that could work – Apolline, Apollo, Apollonia, Pablo, Pasha, Paula, Paulina, Paulette, Pauline, Paulo, Paval, Polly, and Pollyana.

Welcome to the world, sweet Pauline,

Names of the Week – Felicity & Declan

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This week our names are Felicity & Declan

Felicity – a beautiful Latin name, meaning “happiness and good fortune”.  In addition to it’s delightful meaning, Felicity is an underused virtue name.  The sweet, Colonial, red-headed American Girl doll introduced me to this beautiful name.

Felicity Huffman & Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus).

Felicity Huffman &
Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus)

Declan– an anglicized version of an Irish name, meaning “man of prayer”, Declan would be a great name for a baby boy born on St. Patrick’s day! In fact, Elvis Costello’s birth name was Declan Patrick.  I’d be willing to bet that the world welcomes a few new little Declan Patrick’s this St.Patrick’s Day!

Learn more about these names, middle name ideas, & alternatives:

Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day,

Names of the Week – Stella & Cillian


This week our names are Stella & Cillian

Stella – a lovely Latin name, meaning “star”.  Sir Philip Sidney was first credited with using this name in a sonnet.  A strong, beautiful name, made iconic by Marlon Brando in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire.  Names ending in “ella” are quite popular for girls.  Stella is currently #70 in popularity in the U.S.

Stella McCartney Cillian Murphy

Stella McCartney & Cillian Murphy

Cillian – is a handsome Irish name, meaning “church”.  The phonetic spelling, Killian, is much more popular in the U.S. If you can get past the first syllable “kill” sound, Cillian makes for a wonderfully charming and underused Irish name in the U.S.

Learn more about these names, middle name ideas, & alternatives:

A wonderful end of February to you,

Celebrity Babies born in 2014!


2014 brought us a wide range of Celebrity Baby names! We had lovely vintage names, an assortment of word names, and some creative/wacky names that we’ve come to expect from celebrities.
Monthly, on my YouTube channel, I share Celebrity baby births and names.  Below I’ve assembled a list of little ones born to celebrities in 2014! You can also check out my video (at the end of this post) breaking down names by category and dishing on my personal favorites!

I hope you enjoy pouring over these names as much as I do! Enjoy!

* Addison Marie – daughter of Stephen & DeAnna Pappas Stagliano
* Adelina Rose – daughter of Rob & Amber Mariano
* Alayna Madaleine – daughter of Kerri Strug & Robert Fischer
* Alena Rose – daughter of Kevin & Danielle Jonas
* Alexander Frost – son of Zac & Shelly Brown
* Alexandra Kalliope – daughter of Debbie Matenopoulos & Jon Falcone
* Alijah Mary – daughter of Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett
* Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa – daughter of Princess Claire & Prince Felix of Luxembourg
* Amalya – daughter of Anna Trebunskaya & Nevin Millan
* Aman Tyler – son of Tyler Perry & Gelila Bekele
* Amoura Luna – daughter of Eric Benet & Manuela Testolini
* Annabel – daughter of James & Kimberly Van Der Beek
* Apollo Bowie Flynn – son of Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
* Asa Charlotte – daughter of Justin Bartha & Lia Smith
* Ava Grace – daughter of Stacey Keibler & Jared Pobre
* Ava Marie Jean – daughter of Vanessa Simmons & Mike Wayans
* Avri Roel – daughter of Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey

Two Ava’s, an Amalia and Amalya, but the most exciting to me is seeing Frost used as a middle name!

* Beau Katherine – daughter of Ned Brower & Sarah Jane Morris
* Beckett Thomas – son of Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland
* Bennett Armistead – son of Laura Linney & Marc Schauer
* Bodhi Rain – son of Mark Webber & Teresa Palmer
* Bodhi Ransom – son of Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
* Booker Jombe – son of Thandie Newton & Ol Parker
* Bosley Jo – son of Bill Horn & Scout Masterson
* Bowie Lou – daughter of Rebecca Minkoff & Gavin Bellour
* Bradley Gilvin – son of Zach & Whitney Bates
* Briar Rose – daughter of Rachel Bilson & Hayden Christensen
* Bridget Monroe – daughter of Rosie & Daron Pope
* Buzz Michelangelo – son of Tom Fletcher & Giovanna Falcone

Double Bodhi’s! I love a lot of these B names.  I’m really digging Beckett & Bennett.

* Cai MyAnna – daughter of Shanola Hampton & Daren Dukes
* Carey – daughter of James & Julia Corden
* Carl Leo Jr. – son of Evelyn Lozada & Carl Crawford
* Cash Van – son of Dave Haywood & Kelli Cashiola Haywood
* Charlie West – son of David Arquette & Christina McLarty
* Charlton Valentine – son of Robbie Williams & Ayda Field
* Charlotte Clinton – daughter of Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
* Charlotte Jeanne – daughter of Jesse & Ann Cincsak
* Chloe Sophia – daughter of Donald & Vanessa Trump
* Constantine Anthony – son of Tony & Marissa Vlachos

For letter C, I definitely foresee Charlotte rising.

* Daenerys Josephine – daughter of Gina Glocksen & Joe Ruzicka
* Dean Danny Benjamin – son of Anansa Sims & David Patterson
* Delta Bell – daughter of Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
* Declan – son of Patrick Stump & Elisa Yao
* Devon Olivia – daughter of Don Rooney & Tiffany Fallon

Daenerys? Watch out for Daenerys, Khaleesi, and more names from Game of Thrones this year.

* Elizabella Dylan – daughter of Alyssa Milano & David Bugliari
* Eloise McCue – daughter of Grant Show & Katherine LaNasa
* Emerson Spencer – son of Curtis Stone & Lindsay Price
* Eric – son of Simon Cowell & Lauren Silverman
* Esmeralda Amada – daughter of Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes
* Evelyn Penn – daughter of Bruce Willis & Emma Hemind-Willis

Eloise to Esmeralda – E has long been one of my favorite letters for names.

* Fianna Francis – daughter of Danny Masterson & Bijou Phillips
* Finn – son of Owen Wilson
* Ford Miller – son of Ryan Murphy & David Miller
* Fordham Rhys – son of J.P. Rosenbaum & Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum
* Frances Cole “Franny” – daughter of Jimmy & Nancy Fallon
* Frankie Barrymore – daughter of Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman
* Future Zahir – son of Ciara & Future.

A tip of my hat to Fordham Rhys.  I’m also loving old-timey names like Franny and Frankie.

* Genesis Ali – son of Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
* Georgia Blue – daughter of Joe & Heather Nichols
* Georgia Marie – daughter of Kenan Thompson & Christina Evangeline
* Giovanna Marie – daughter of “Snooki” Nicole Polizzi & Jionni LaValle
* Gus Monroe Deveraux – son of Poppy Montgomery & Shawn Sanford
* Gus Williams – son of Ashley Williams & Neal Dodson

Old is new again with Georgia, Georgia, Gus, & Gus.

* Hannah Mali Rose – daughter of Sarah Drew & Peter Lanfer
* Harper – daughter of Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers Hammer
* Harper Marie – daughter of Jenna Fischer & Lee Kirk
* Harper Rose – daughter of Kirsten Storms & Brandon Barash
* Hazel – daughter of John Krasinski & Emily Blunt
* Haven Michelle – daughter of Lindsay Davenport & Jonathan Leach
* Hayley – daughter of Bill Hader & Maggie Carey
* Henry Peet Friedman – son of Amanda Peet & David Benioff
* Holland Marysia Walker – daughter of Courtney Hansen & Jay Hartington
* Hudson – son of Devon & Dawni Sawa
* Hunter Lee – son of Josh & Yessica Holloway

Hot for Harper? I can’t wait to see the new SSA list in May, Harper is sure to have risen.

* Isabella Eve – daughter of Josh Gad & Ida Darvish.
* Isabella Monroe – daughter of Tila Tequila
* Isabelle Amarachi – daughter of Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha
* Isley Ray – son of Glenn Howerton & Jill Latiano

Isley stands out in this bunch of Isabelle’s and Isabella’s.  A fun nod to the Isley brothers.

* Jack Lion – son of Amy Lee & Josh Hartzler
* Jane – daughter of Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney
* James Hamilton – son of Neal McDonough & Ruvé Robertson.
* Jaxon Wyatt – son of Jay Cutler & Kristin Cavallari
* John Nash – son of Wes Chatham & Jenn Brown
* Josh – son of Tony Parker & Axelle Francine
* Josie James – daughter of Scott Caan & Kacy Byxbee
* June Joanne – daughter of Marshall & Jamie Anne Allman.

A lot of Duggar family names amongst these J’s.  Lion sure makes for a fun middle name.

* Kaiser – son of Jenelle Evans & Nathan Griffith
* Kaya Evdokia – daughter of Hayden Panettiere & Wladmir Kiltschko
* Kelsey Gabriel Elias “Gabriel” – son of Kelsey & Kayte Grammer
* Kennedy Taylor – daughter of Bucky Covington & Katherine Cook
* Kinzee Cruz – daughter of James & Heidi Durban
* Konrad – son of Scott Foley & Marika Foley

I’m all about the middles.  Elias is a personal favorite, but I think Evdokia is exotic and lovely.

* Larkin Zouey – son of Alan Ruck & Mireille Enos
* Lazer Lee Louis (Pentz) – son of Diplo & Kathryn Lockhart
* Lenna Marie Newton – daughter of Benjamin “Coach” & Jessica Wade.
* Lenore Lilian Maria – daughter of Princess Madeleine of Sweden
* London Rose – daughter of Carson Daly & Siri Pinter
* Luca – son of Gabriel Macht & Jacinda Barrett
* Lucia Bella – daughter of Eric Benet & Manuela Testolini.
* Lucy Marie – daughter of Scott & Kelley Wolf.
Lyric Sonny Roads – son of Soleil Moon Frye & Jason Goldberg

Seeing a little “lu” trend? Luca-Lucia-Lucy, I’m lu-lovin’ it!

* Malia Barbara – daughter of Misty May & Matt Treanor
* Marley Rae – daughter of Eva Marcille & Kevin McCall
* Marlowe Mae – daughter of Eva Amurri & Kyle Martino
* Marlowe Monroe – daughter of Jenna von Oy & Brad Bratcher
* Mars Ilah – daughter of Blake Anderson & Rachael Finley
* Martin – son of Leelee Sobieski & Adam Kimmel
* Maverick Zhang – son of Ernie & Cindy Halvorsen
* Maxim – son of Natalia Vodianova & Antoine Arnault.
* Meilani Alexandra – daughter of Jenni Farley “JWoww” & Roger Matthews
* Mia Grace – daughter of Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall.
* Michael Alexander – son of Edyta Sliwinska & Alex Mazo
* Michael Thomas – son of Kim Spardlin & Bryan Wolfe
* Myllena Mae –daughter of Sunnery James & Doutzen Kroes

I love the name Maxim,  I just wish it didn’t share its name with the popular mens magazine.  Interesting to see two Marlowe’s!

*Nina Odette – daughter of Isaac & Nikki Hanson

One little N name, fitting for a prima ballerina.

* Oliver Finlay – son of Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas
* Ophelia Saint – daughter of Dave Grohl & Jordyn Blum
* Otis Alexander – son of Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde

Oh O! These three are awesome.  Oliver Finlay is a personal favorite.

* Pemma Mae – daughter of David Krumholtz & Vanessa Britting
* Peyton Marie – daughter of Kevin Federline & Victoria Prince
* Philomena Bijou – daughter of Daphne Oz & John Jovanovic

I was pretty excited to see Pemma and Philomena!

* Raphaël – son of Melissa George & John-David Blanc
* Rebecca Klein – daughter of Justin Moore & Kate Moore
* Reign Aston – son of Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
* Rose Dorothy – daughter of Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac
* Rosemary – daughter of Gaby Hoffmann & Chris Dapkins
* Royal Reign – daughter of Lil’ Kim
* Rylen Judith – daughter of Drew & Brittany Brees

Ring in the era of Reign.

* Sadie – daughter of Jesse Williams & Aryn Drake-Lee
* Saint Lazslo – son of Pete Wentz & Meagan Camper
* Samuel Hawke – son of Josh & Jennifer Turner
* Shane – son of Andrew & Ivanna Firestone
* Sid – son of Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen
* Simcha “Simi” – son of Randi Zuckerberg & Brent Tworetsky
* Sienna May – daughter of Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery
* Stella June – daughter of Holly Williams & Chris Coleman
* Stefan – son of Novak & Jelena Djokovic
* Summer Rain – daughter of Christina Aguilera & Matt Rutler
* Sunday Molly – daughter of Mike & Kelly Myers.

We saw Saint as a first and middle in 2014.

* Titan Jewell – son of Kelly Rowland & Tim Witherspoon

Titan was a cool, unexpected choice.  The new Titus?

* Vale Guthrie – daughter of Savannah Guthrie & Michael Feldman
* Victoria Isabella – daughter of Danny Gokey & Leyicet
* Victoria Milani – daughter of Teresa Castillo & Shane Aaron
* Viola Philomena – daughter of Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher
* Vivianne Rose – daughter of Eric Decker & Jessie James

Vale surprised and wowed many name lovers.

* Wilder Towne – son of Simon Helberg & Jocelyn Towne
* Willow Phoenix – daughter of A.J. Buckley & Abigail Ochse
* Winston – son of Idris Elba & Naiyana Garth
* Wyatt Isabelle – daughter of Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis

Watch out for Winston, I predict this vintage gem will rise!

* Zephyr Emerson – son of Sean & Alexandra Parker
* Zhuri Nova – daughter of LeBron & Savannah James

Zephyr is a celebrity favorite.  We’re also seeing more little Nova’s.

Watch my annual Celebrity Baby Name Review:

Happy New Year!
Here’s to a great year filled with great names!