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The Candidate’s Kids & Grandkids

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The United States Presidential election is just around the corner and the race to the White House is heating up. Today let’s put politics aside and look at the names of the two main candidate’s children and grandchildren. Cast your vote for your favorite name from this list!

The Clinton’s

Hillary
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Hillary comes from the ancient Latin name Hilaris meaning cheerful.  Traditionally a male name spelled Hilary, Hillary took off for girls in the early 1960s.  Hillary peaked in 1992, but fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2009.  You may also associate Hillary with actors Hilary Duff and Hilary Swank.

Chelsea
Chelsea Victoria Clinton is the only child of Hillary Clinton and former US President Bill Clinton. Chelsea is and Old English name as well as a New York and London place name meaning landing place for chalk. Chelsea just entered the Top 1,000 in 1969, peaking in the early 1990s.  Though Chelsea has declined in popularity recently, it is still readily used, currently ranked at Number 305.

Charlotte
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is Hillary Clinton’s oldest grandchild. Charlotte is definitely a name on the rise, currently ranked at Number 9.  A French feminine diminutive of Charles, meaning free man, Charlotte peaked in popularity last year.  A timeless name with multiple sweet nicknames, from Charlie to Lottie to Carly, Charlotte is sure to continue to rise in popularity.

Aidan
Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky was just born in June 2016. Aidan is another popular name choice. Aidan is an anglicized Irish name meaning little and fiery.  This spelling of Aidan ranks and number 185, though if you add up all the spellings of Aidan it’s easily one of the most popular names right now. Charlotte and Aidan are both characters from the popular TV series Sex In The City, which makes me wonder if Mom Chelsea is a fan of the show.

The Trump’s

Donald
Donald John Trump is the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Donald is a Gaelic name which fittingly for a politician means chief or ruler.  Donald was a Top 10 name from 1923 to 1942, ranked at Number 11 in 1946, the year Trump was born.  Currently Number 441, Donald is a family name passed down by many men, including Donald Trump who used it for his oldest child, son Donald John Trump Jr.  “Don.” Donald Trump Jr continued the tradition, passing his name to his second born and eldest son, Donald John Trump III.

Kai
Kai Madison Trump is Donald Trump’s oldest grandchild.  Kai is the daughter of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon. Kai is a rising unisex name with multiple meanings used multiple places worldwide.  The Hawaiian meaning of Kai is sea.  Kai is currently Number 895 for girls and 145 for boys in popularity and has steadily risen for both sexes in recent years.

Tristan
Tristan Milos Trump is Donald Trump Jr’s third child and second son, born two years after older brother Donald John III. Tristan is a handsome Celtic name that unfortunately means sorrowful.  Modern parents have looked past the given meaning and are definitely taking notice of Tristan which currently ranks at Number 101.  Tristan may remind you of the legendary knight from the story Tristan and Isolde.

Spencer
Spencer Frederick Trump is Donald Trump Jr’s fourth child and third son. Spencer is an English surname and occupational name meaning dispenser for provisions. Spencer has ranked in the 200’s the last several years, currently at Number 252, making it familiar but not extremely popular.  Spencer has a distinguished sound and still carries the cool Spencer Tracy association.

Chloe
Chloe Sophia Trump is the youngest of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon’s five children. Chloe peaked in 2010 when it was the Number 9 name.  Today Chloe is still very loved and used coming in at Number 17.  A lovely Greek name meaning young green shoot, it’s very fitting for a baby born in the spring. Chloe spelled Khloe, like TV personality Khloe Kardashian, comes in at Number 100.

Ivanka
Ivanka Marie Trump is Donald Trump’s second child and eldest daughter. Ivanka is a diminutive of Ivana, which also happens to be her mother’s name and stems from Ivan meaning God is Gracious.  A rarely used name in the United States, Ivanka has become a name easily identifiable with Ivanka Trump.

Arabella
Arabella Rose Kushner is the eldest daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Arabella is a beautiful Latin name meaning yielding to prayer. Arabella just entered the Top 1,000 in 2005 and is currently Number 194 in popularity.  Arabella makes for a less popular alternative to Isabella which ranks at Number 5. TV’s Doctor Oz also has a daughter named Arabella.

Joseph
Joseph Frederick Kushner is the second son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Joseph is a timeless Hebrew name meaning Jehovah increases. Currently Ranked at Number 21, Joseph has never dipped below spot Number 22 in popularity. In the Old Testament Joseph was the beloved eleventh son of Jacob.

Theodore
Theodore James Kushner was just born this May.  He’s the youngest of Trump’s grandchildren and the second son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Theodore is a handsome Greek name meaning gift of God.  Currently ranked at Number 99, Theodore is climbing the charts, up 200 spots in the last 10 years. Theodore has a very distinguished sound and comes with the adorable nickname options Ted, Teddy, and Theo.

Eric
Eric Frederick Trump is Donald Trump’s third child and second son. Eric comes from an Old Norse name meaning eternal ruler. Eric peaked in 1976 at Number 13.  Eric gained popularity in the mid-nineteenth century as it was the name of a popular Viking explorer, Erik the Red, and a name in a popular children’s book, Eric.

Tiffany
Tiffany Ariana Trump is Donald Trump’s fourth child and second daughter. Tiffany is derived from the Greek name Theophania, meaning God’s appearance. Tiffany was all the rage in the late 1980’s peaking at Number 13 in 1988. Tiffany majorly dropped in popularity in the late 1990s and currently ranks at Number 494.  Tiffany may also remind you of the popular jewelry company Tiffany & Co.

Barron
Barron William is Donald Trump’s fifth and youngest child. Barron is a variant of the word name Baron, referring to a rank in British nobility. Baron was briefly in the Top 1,000 from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, peaking in 1966 at Number 750. You may also recognize Barron as the name of businessman William Barren Hilton “Barron.”

Which of these names gets your vote?

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Going for Gold

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The 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team was announced late Sunday evening.  Since childhood I’ve been fascinated with the mental and physical strength of these remarkable athletes. Let’s look at the names of the talented young women that will represent the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

Simone Bilessimone
Simone Biles is the reigning three-time world all-around champion.  Biles is dynamic to watch and is favored to win the individual all-around gold medal.  Simone is a French feminine form of the name Simon meaning he has heard. Simone peaked in popularity in 1988 and has steadily declined ever since. Currently ranked at Number 821, I’m curious to see if Biles’ presence will help revive the name Simone. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson used the name Simone Alexandra for his daughter born in 2001.

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Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas made Olympic history in 2012 as the first African American woman to become the individual all-around champion.  Gabrielle is a French feminine form of the name Gabriel meaning God is my strength. Renowned designer Coco Chanel’s given name was Gabrielle. Gabrielle peaked in the late 1990s climbing up to spot Number 46 and today ranks at Number 205. Gabriella has soared in recent years, coming in ahead of Gabrielle at Number 54.

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Alexandra Rose “Aly” Raisman was the captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Alexandra is a Greek feminine form of the name Alexander, meaning defender of man. Alexandra was in the Top 100 from 1984 to 2014 and just fell to Number 101 last year.  Alexandra has many attractive nicknames including Aly, Alex, Alexa, Alexia, Andy, Lex, and Lexi. Actors Sean Astin and Daniel Baldwin each have daughters named Alexandra.

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Madison Taylor Kocian was the 2015 world champion on the uneven bars. Madison is an English surname meaning son of Maud. Madison first entered the Top 1,000 in 1985 following the release of film Splash, in which the main character is named Madison.  A Top 10 name from 1997 to 2014, Madison just fell out of the Top 10, currently ranked at Number 11.  Musician Melanie Brown and actor Johnny Knoxville each have daughters named Madison.

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Lauren “Laurie” Hernandez preformed two nights of nearly-flawless beam routines during the Olympic trials. Lauren was the 11th most popular girls name in 2000 when Laurie Hernandez was born.  Today Lauren ranks at Number 119. Lauren is a variation of Laura meaning bay laurel. Lauren first entered the charts in 1945, the year after Lauren Becall’s first film appearance.

The Replacement Gymnasts

MyKayla Skinnermykayla
Mykayla Brooke “Mikki” Skinner competed in the 2014 World Championships, helping the U.S. team win a gold medal. Mykayla is one of the many spelling variations of Michaela, meaning who is like the Lord. Mykayla is not currently ranked however, Makayla, Mikaela, Mikayla and Michaela are all in the Top 1,000. Last year 42 baby girls were given the name Mykayla with this spelling.

Ragan Smithragan
Ragan Elisabeth Smith is one of the youngest members of the team and is expected to compete again in the 2020 Tokoyo Olympics. Ragan is a spelling variation of the Irish Reagan, meaning little king. While Ragan is not in the Top 1,000, Reagan is currently Number 99 and rising in the charts. The name Reagan may also remind you of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Ashton Locklearashtons
Ashton Locklear is the 2014 US Champion on the uneven bars. Ashton is currently Number 141 for boys and isn’t in the Top 1,000 for girls. An English name meaning ash tree hill, 189 girls were named Ashton last year. Ashton is often associated with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Which of these athletes’ names do you enjoy?

Great Names from the Golden Globes

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The 73rd Annual Golden Globes were held on Sunday, January 10th. The big winners had some great names! Let’s celebrate their wins by pouring over their names.

Winners in Film

leodBest Actor in a Drama – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Leonardo is handsome Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish form of Leonard. There’s a lot to love about this grand name with its smooth “o” ending. Leonardo majestically means “brave lion”, and comes with the lovable nickname Leo.

Best Actress in a Drama – Brie Larson, “Room”
Brie can be a diminutive of several names from Aubrey to Brianna. Brie Larson’s full first name is Brianne, a feminine form of Brian meaning “high, noble.” Last year there were 94 girls named Brianne and 74 named Brie.

Best Director – Alejandro Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Alejandro is another big handsome name with a wonderful “o” ending. Currently Number 157 in popularity, Alejandro is a Spanish form of Alexander, meaning “defending men.” Lady Gaga had a hit song in 2009 called “Alejandro.”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Matthew is a popular Hebrew name meaning “gift of God.” Matthew was a Top 10 name from 1972 till 2008. Currently Number 16, Matthew remains a household name. A few other attractive forms of Matthew include Mateo, Matthais, and Matthieu.

jlawBest Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Jennifer was all the rage in the 1970’s. The number  One name from 1970 through1984, a generation of Jennifer’s are now becoming mothers. Jennifer is a Cornish form of the Welsh name, Guinevere, meaning “white and fair.”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Sylvester comes from a Latin name meaning “of the forest.” Only 75 little boys were named Sylvester last year. These days the name Sylvester brings to mind two images, one of actor Sylvester Stallone, and two of Sylvester the cat, from the Looney Tunes.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
A crisp, classic name, Kate is a diminutive of the name Katherine meaning “pure.” Kate Winslet is a personal favorite of mine, and has played many characters with many great names. Check out some of her character names in my article 8 Great Kates.

Winners in Television

Best Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm, “MadMen”
Jon Hamm’s first name is Jonathan. Currently Number 44 in popularity, Jonathan has been in the Top 50 since 1969. Jonathan is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning “gift of Jehovah.” Jonathan may seem like a more modern alternative to John, but John comes is still more popular at Number 26 in popularity.

tarajjBest Actress in a Drama – Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Taraji is a Swahili name meaning “hope.” Last year 200 little girls and 6 boys were named Taraji in the US. Could they have been named for the dynamic actress? Taraji is a fun, spunky name, with a wonderful meaning.

Best Actor is a Musical or Comedy – Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Gael is a name of uncertain meaning that may have derived from the word Gaelic. Gael is currently Number 231 in the US and is used in many countries. Gael is currently in the Top 100 in Catalonia, Mexico, and Spain.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Rachel is a popular Old Testament Hebrew name meaning “ewe.” A Top 50 name from 1972 to 2006, Rachel was most popular in 1996. It currently ranks at 155. Raquel is a Spanish and Portuguese variation, a bit less popular at Number 697.

pscarglobesBest Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Did you know Oscar has never ranked lower than 245 in polarity? Currently Number 183, Oscar has a bit of a disputed origin and meaning. Oscar may come from an English or Gaelic name meaning “deer-lover”, or “God spear.”

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
As fun as Gaga is to say, Lady Gaga’s first name is Stefani. Stefani is a variation Stephanie, a name that peaked in the 1980’s. Stephanie comes from Stephen, meaning “crown, garland.” If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga’s latest role, you may enjoy my article on names from American Horror Story:Hotel

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Christian is a popular Greek name meaning “follower of Christ.” Currently Number 42 in popularity, Christian has been in the Top 50 since 1991. Christian also ranks in the Top 100 in Australia, Austria, Chile, Denmark, Italy, and Norway.

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of TV Movie – Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Maura was last in the US Top 1,000 in 1996. Last year only 161 little girls were named Maura. Maura may be an anglicized form of Maire, meaning “bitter”, or it could come from the Gaelic word mór meaning “great.”

Celebrity Babies born in 2015!

celeb15header2015 brought us a myriad of diverse and delightful Celebrity Baby Names! We welcomed a well-named Princess, saw a wide assortment or word names, and from the wacky to the wonderful we delighted in discussing them all! Every month on my YouTube channel (TulipByAnyName), I share updates on celebrity baby births. Below I’ve compiled a list of celebrity babies born in 2015. Be sure to check out my video at the end, breaking down some of these names by category and dishing on my own personal favorites!

A
Aaliyah Reign – daughter of Katherine Jenkins & Andrew Levitas
Adrian Benjamin – son of Ginger Zee & Ben Aaron
Alaska – daughter of Anne V. & Adam Cahan
Allie Jane – daughter of Alyssa Bates Webster & John Webster
Amélie Moon – daughter of Kevin Durand & Sandra Cho
Amory Tristan – son of Alan & Catherine Ritchson
Anders Reyn – son of Alfonso Robeiro & wife Angela
Andy Rose– daughter of Jack & Lisa Osbourne
Anthony Joseph– son of Rob & Nicole Cesternino
Ariah Talea – daughter of Tamera Mowry-Housley & Adam Housley
Ariya Eliana – Reshma Shetty & Deep Katdare
Arlo Day – daughter of Leighton Meester & Adam Brody
Armie Heartly –daughter of Cam Gigandet & Dominique Geisendorff
Art – son of Chris O’Dowd & Dawn O’Porter
Atticus James – son of Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay
Athena Belle – daughter of Stacey Bendet & Eric Eisner
August – daughter of Charlize Theron
August Jane – daughter of Kim Spradlin Wolfe & Bryan Wolfe
Augustus Juppiter – son of Billy Crogan & Chloe Mendel
Ava Marie – daughter of David Faustino & Lindsay Bronson
Ava Simone (twin to Solei Diem) – daughter of Glory Johnson

Ava is holding strong, even amongst celebs! Traditionally thought of as male names, August, Arlo, and Andy were all used for girls last year.

B
Beatrix Leigh – daughter of John & Candice Cody
Blake Everleigh (twin to Zoe Madison) – daughter of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld
Blues Anthony – son of Jessica Paré & John Kastner
Bodhi Jameson Rein – daughter of Bobby Brown & Alicia Etheredge
Bodhi Ryan – son of Ryan Miller & Noureen DeWulf
Bradford “Ford” Powell – son of Virginia Williams & Bradford Bricken
Brayden James – son of Tarek & Christina El Moussa
Brexton Locke – son of Kyle & Samantha Busch
Brooklyn Elisabeth – daughter of Nick & Vanessa Lachey

Bodhi was one of the fastest rising names last year.

C
Cadence Gaëlle – daughter of Ludacris & Eudoxie
Calvin Eugene –son of Claire Coffee & Chris Thile
Calvin Scott – daughter of Ellie & Jared Mecham
Canaan – son of Oprah Winfrey
Caroline Olivia – daughter of Eli & Abby Manning
Chanel Nicole– daughter of Ice-T & Coco Austin
Charles Stephen IV “Carson” – son of Erin Bates Paine & Chad Paine
Charlie Mae – daughter of Dave & Odette Annable
Charlie Ocean – son of Jeff Goldblum & Emilie Livingston
Chloe – daughter of Elizabeth Smart & Matthew Gilmour
Christopher Carlton – son of Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter
Christopher Russel Reeve – son of Alexandra Reeve Givens & Garren Givens
Coco – daughter of Terri Seymour & Clark Mallon
Conrad – son of Reid Scott & Elspeth Scott
Cooper Blue (twin to Kingsley Rainbow) – son of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
Crow – son of Matt Dallas & Blue Hamilton

Quite a mix here, from the classic Christopher, to the modern Crow.

D
Dakota Lynne – daughter of Craig Wayne Boyd & Taylor Borland
Dashiel Edon – daughter of Mila Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson
Dashiell Julius William Clunie-Singer –son of Bryan Singer & Michelle Clunie
Della Rose – daughter of Bill Joel & wife Alexis
Donovan Evers – son of Donovan Leitch & Libby Mintz

A female Dashiel and male Dashiell made the list!

E
Edie – daughter of Keira Knightley & James Righton
Edith Vivian Patricia – daughter of Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton
Elle Corbin – daughter of Andrea Canning & Tony Bancroft
Eloise Ann – daughter of John Popper & Jordan Auleb
Elsie Otter – daughter of Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik
Eric Thomas II –son of Eric & Jessie James Decker
Esther Ballantine – daughter of Sophie B. Hawkins
Eva James – daughter of Brandon & Leah Jenner
Evelyn Grace – daughter of Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford
Ever Belle – daughter of Owain Yeoman & Gigi Yallouz

Edie, Eloise, and Elsie – yes please, I love these vintage comebacks!

F
Finley Jay – son of Bryan and Missy Lanning
Frances Harper – daughter of Noah Wyle & Sara Wells
Francesca Isabella – daughter of Joey Gonzalez & Jonathan Rollo

Some lovely feminine forms of Francis and the rising Finley.

G
Georgia Jane – daughter of Lindsay Cascaddan Roberts & Ryan Roberts
Grayson Lee – son of Marisa Miller & Griffin Guess
Grayson Richard– son of Sarah & Bradley Lehoux

Georgia is sweet and Grayson is right on trend.

H
Hank – son of Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker
Harlow Monroe – daughter of Kimberly Caldwell & Jordan Harvey
Hattie Belle – daughter of Mandie
Holt Fisher – son of Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith
Hutton Michael – son of Beverly Mitchell & Michael Cameron

These H names are hot and happening!

I
Iman Tayla Jr – daughter of Iman Shumpert & Teyana Taylor
Ioni James – daughter of Coco Rocha & James Conran
Isaiah Michael – son of Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Israel David – son of Jill Duggar Dillard & Derick Dillard
Iyla Vue – daughter of Ashley Scott & Steve Hart

Iyla Vue was an intentional play on words to sound like “I Love You”

J
Jack Steven (twin to James Jeffrey) – son of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
Jagger Snow – daughter of Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross
James – daughter of Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
James – son of David & Lauren Bush
James Jeffrey (Jack Steven) – son of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
Jasmine – daughter of “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson & Lauren Hashian
Jayde Carter – daughter of Maci Bookout & Taylor McKinney
Jax Bracy – son of Renee Oteri & Bracy Maynard
Jeanne – daughter of Jean Dujardin & Nathlaie Pechalat
Jennings Tyler – son of Emily Maynard & Tyler Johnson
Josey Hollis – son of Lily Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey
Jovan Jr. – son of Daphne Oz & Jovan Jovanovic
Jules Andrew – son of Brad Grey & Cassandra Grey

James was a big name for boys and girls this year. You’ll notice James a lot on this list as a first and middle name.

K
Kane Alexander – son of Theo Rossi & Meghan Mc Dermott
Kellen William – son of Kelly Stables & Kurt Patino
Kenric Justin II – son of Sonquea Martin-Green & Kenric Green
Kingsley Rainbow (twin to Cooper Blue) – daughter of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
Knox Blue (twin to Violet Moon) – son of Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
Koltyn Murphy – son of Kiptyn Locke & Samm Murphy

Kenric is a pretty cool name for a junior. Kingsley and Knox are both one half of some pretty cool twin sets.

L
Lachlyn Hope – daughter of Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Catriona McGinn
Laila – daughter of Sandra Bullock
Lawson Brent (twin to Lillian Catherine)- son of David & Catherine Nail
Lennon Ray – daughter of Tara & Mandi from LivingRosa
Leo Thames – son of Jaime King & Kyle Newman
Lillian Catherine (twin to Lawson Brent) – daughter of David & Catherine Nail
Logan Lee – daughter of Jason Mewes & Jordan Monsanto
Luna Mae daughter of Leonor Varela & Lucas Akoskin

Lovable L names with some great meanings – from Leo “lion” to Luna “moon.”

M
Maceo – son of Jesse Williams & Aryn Drake-Lee
Machai David – son of Drew Sidora & Ralph Pittman
Madeleine Parisa –daughter of Christa Hastie & Ali Sepahdari
Madelyn Skyler –daughter of Brian Tee & Mirelly Taylor
Maddox Alexander – son of Austin & Brittany Null
Maiya Grace – daughter of Justin & Emily Baldoni
Mason Levi – son of Jamie Krauss Hess
Matteo Oliver – son of Stanley Tucci & Felicity Blunt
Max Red – son of Casey Wilson & David Caspe
Maxima Chan – daughter of Mark Zuckerberg & Dr. Priscilla Chan
Meredith Grace – daughter of Anna & Josh Duggar
McCoy Lee – son of Scott Porter & Kelsey Mayfield Porter
McKenzie Rose–daughter of Teeny & Simon Bentley from OurTeenyFamily
Mia Alma – daughter of Perez Hilton
Montgomery Moses Brian – son of Isla Fisher & Sacha Baron Cohen

Some sweet southern sounds here with McCoy and Montgomery.

N
Nash Skan – son of Bode Miller & Morgan Beck Miller
Novalee Reign – daughter of Catelynn Lowell & Tyler Baltierra

I first heard Novalee in the film Where the Heart Is, staring Natalie Portman.

O
Olive Mae – daughter of Marla Sokoloff & Alec Puro
Owen Lee – son of Shiri Appleby and Jon Shook
Ozzie James – son of Max Greenfield & Tess Sanchez

O do I love all three of these O names.

P
Paulina Kathleen– daughter of Mike & Kelly Myers
Pauline – daughter of Vin Diesel & Paloma Jimenez
Phoenix Sky – son of A.J. Cook & Nathan Anderson
Poppy – daughter of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent
Poppy Louise– daughter of Jenna Bush Hager & Henry Hager

The sweetest tribute for a celebrity baby name definitely goes to little Pauline, named for the late Paul Walker.

Q
Qirin Love – son of Terrence Howard & Miranda Howard
Quinn Lily – daughter of Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk
Quinn Sophie – daughter of Tom & Ashley Arnold

Qirin is a cool mythological choice and Quinn a spunky personal favorite.

R
Rafael Thomas – son of Alec & Hilaria Baldwin
Ranger – son of Kacie Boguskie Gaston & Rusty Gaston
Reygan Zea –daughter of Natalie Zea & Travis Shuldt
Rhodes Emilio – son of Sara & Gilbert & Linda Perry
Rocket Jade – daughter of Rachael & Gabriel Krueger
Rockwell Lloyd – son of Lucy Liu
Ryan Ava Erhard – daughter of Haylie Duff & Matt Rosenberg
Ryan Carson – daughter of Stephen & Ayesha Curry

Rocket and Ranger – word names are abundant here!

S
Sailor Gene – son of Liv Tyler & David Gardner
Sailor Grace – daughter of Bristol Palin
Saint son of Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Sasha – son of Shakira & Gerard Piqué
Saylor James – daughter of Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Scarlett May – daughter of Molly Sims & Scott Stuber
Sean Fionn – son of Timothy V. Murphy & Caitlin Manley
Shepherd – Son of Kelis
Sidney Aoibheann –daughter of Vanessa Carlton & John McCauley
Silas Randall – son of Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Sistine Sabella – daughter of Kevin James & Steffiana de la Cruz
Skyler Eva – daughter of Elisabetta Canalis & Brian Perri
Sloane Ava Simone – daughter of Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Tricia Davis
Solal Samuel Glenn – son of Melissa George & Jean David Black
Solei Diem (twin to Ava Simone) – daughter of Glory Johnson
Sparrow Rose – daughter of Eivin & Eve Kilcher
Spurgeon Elliot – son of Ben Seewald & Jessa Duggar Seewald

Sailor/Saylor, definitely a name to watch!

T
Tallulah Kiarra – daughter of Lena Headey
Tatum – son of Paulina Gretzky & Dustin Johnson
Tennessee Hawkins – son of Eric & Katherine Church
Theodore Joseph – son of Karen & Dylan from LuluBarretta
Theodore Vigo Sullivan – son of Rachael Leigh Cook & Daniel Gilles
Tobias – son of Bethany Hamilton & Adam Dirks

Tennessee Hawkins screams cowboy cutie to me!

V
Violet Moon (twin to Knox Blue) – daughter Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
Vivienne Margaret – daughter of Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur

Two lovely Vi’s

W
Wilder Frances – daughter of Donald Faison & CaCee Cobb
Wolfe Lee – son of Kimora Lee Simmons & Lee Leissner
Wylde Cole – daughter of Lily Cole & Kwame Ferreira

Uncommon and delightful W’s!

Y
Yara – daughter of Mona & Ricki from CarterFamTV

A rare but cool Y name

Z
Zoe Madison (twin to Blake Everleigh) – daughter of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld

Three little letters for a fun little name!

Twins of 2015

*Violet Moon & Knox Blue – daughter and son of Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
*Cooper Blue & Kingsley Rainbow– son & daughter of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
*Zoe Madison & Blake Everleigh – daughters of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld
*Ava Simone and Solei Diem– daughters of Glory Johnson
*Jack Steven & James Jeffrey – sons of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
*Lawson Brent & Lillian Catherine, son and daughter of David & Catherine Nail

Check out my annual Celebrity Baby Name Review:

Taylor Swift’s Squad

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Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift has an impressive number of music hits and an all star cast of friends. Taylor teamed up with some of her famous friends in her music video Bad Blood. From Zendaya to Martha this group has some interesting names!

Taylor Swift
Taylor was a name on the rise in 1989 when Swift was born, peaking in 1996, when it was the Number 6 name for girls in the US. Currently Number 77, Taylor has steadily decreased over the last five years. Taylor is an English surname meaning tailor. Taylor might remind an older generation of screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor and a younger of pop sensation, Taylor Swift.

Lily Alridge
Lily is a sweet flower name that has been in the Top 100 for the past twelve years. Lily can also be a nickname for several names, such as Elizabeth, Lillian,or Lilia. If you like the sound of Lily you may also consider similar sounding, less popular names like Tilly, Lula, Lilou, or Lilac.

Zendaya
There are certain names like Madonna, Beyonce, and Zendaya that are so distinct that no last name is needed. Zendaya is a Shona name meaning to give thanks. Zendaya entered the Top 1,000 last year for the first time at Number 892.

Hayley Williams & Hailee Steinfeld
Hayley and Hailee are two of the many spellings of an English surname meaning hay field. Hailey is the most popular spelling at Number 51. Hayley is currently Number 520 and Hailee comes in at 722. Most popular in the 1990’s, all spellings of Hailey are beginning to decline.

Gigi Hadid
Gigi is a diminutive name commonly used as a nickname for names like Georgina and Virginie. Hadid’s full name is Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid. Jelena is a Slavic form of the name Helen, meaning bright shining light. Jelena is an exotic and lovely choice, especially with the sweet nickname Gigi.

Ellie Goulding
Ellie and Gigi not only go by nicknames, but their names also share the same meaning. Goulding’s full name is Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding. Elena is a Spanish form of the name Helen, which also means bright shining light. As names like Eleanor, Eloise, and Elena continue to rise we are sure to see more little girls with the nickname Ellie.

Lena Dunham
Lena is yet another name that stems from Helen. Lena is a Scandinavian and German diminutive of Helena, a form of Helen, meaning bright shining light. Lena can be pronounced lee-nuh as Dunham uses, or lay-nuh. Currently 279 in popularity, Lena is a name on the rise, up 242 spots just in the last ten years.

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen is our fourth and final name on this list that has ties to Helen. Ellen is an English variation of Helen, meaning bright shining light. Ellen peaked in 1946 and is currently 656 in popularity. With a generation of Ellen’s becoming grandmother’s, I wonder if we’ll see the name Ellen used to honor.

Serayah McNeill
Serayah is a new name to me and one that I had difficulty finding reliable information on. Serayah may be a form of Suraya or Soraya which have Arabic roots meaning the Pleiades. If we take the name apart we get Sera, which means Princess and Rayah meaning friend or queen.

Jessica Alba
Jessica was all the rage in the 1980’s and 90’s when it was consistently in the Top 10. A Hebrew name meaning wealthy, Jessica has dipped to Number 179. Jessica was first used by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice. Jessa may be an alternative or way to honor a Jessica. Jessa is new to the charts and was most popular last year at Number 849.

Martha Hunt
Martha is an Aramaic name meaning lady or mistress. Martha may remind you of the first First Lady, Martha Washington, or of businesswoman Martha Stewart. In the New Testament, Martha was the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany, and a generous host to Jesus.

Karlie Kloss
Karlie is feminine form of the name Carl, meaning free man. Karlie, Karlee, Carly, Carli, Carlee and Carlie are different spellings of same name that are all in the Top 1,000. Karlie comes in at Number 885. Carly is also used as a nickname for names like Charlotte, Carlotta, and Caroline.

Mariska Hargitay
Mariska is a Hungarian form of Maria meaning bitter or of the sea. Mariska has never been ranked in the US Top 1,000. A name closely associated with the Law & Order: SVU actress, only 32 little girls were named Mariska last year.

Cara Delevingne
Cara is a Latin name meaning face, an Italian word meaning beloved, and in Ireland Cara means friend. Cara started to gain popularity in the 1950’s and peaked in 1985. A bit less popular than Kara at 442, Cara is currently number 672.

Cindy Crawford
Cindy is a diminutive of Cynthia, which comes from the Greek name Kynthia, meaning woman from Kynthos. Cindy was most popular in 1957, and is currently Number 710 in popularity. Cyndi Lauper put a cool spin on this name with her unique spelling.

Selena Gomez
Selena is a Latin form of Selene, meaning moon goddess. Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, who Selena Gomez was named for, helped make this a household name. Peaking in 1995, Selena is currently Number 346 in the US.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick comes from an Old English surname meaning royal power or champion. Most popular in 2013, Kendrick is currently 334. The rise of Kendrick may be in part due to this rapper. Kendrick is also an interesting way to get the nickname Ken or to honor a Kenneth.

Which star in the music video Bad Blood do you think has the best name?

A Host of Great Names!

hostnamesThese famous television show hosts have the gift of gab. Let’s have our own chat about their names!

Conan O’Brien
Conan is an Irish name meaning little wolf or little hound.  Conan has long been associated with the character Conan the Barbarian. Only 45 babies were named Conan last year, making it a great alternative to similar, popular names like Connor.

David Letterman
David is a classic Hebrew name meaning beloved. Currently number 18 in popularity, David was in the Top 10 from 1936 till 1992. If you’re looking for a cool spin on David, you might consider Davis, Davidson, or Dawson.

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen peaked in 1946, though I think it’s due for a comeback. Like so many popular girls names, Ellen is two syllables, and lends itself to the nickname Ellie. Ellen is an English variation of Helen meaning bright and shining.

Seth Meyers
Seth is a Hebrew name meaning appointed or placed. Seth Meyers’ is just one of the many funny men with this name. The club of funny Seth’s include Seth Green, Seth Rogen, Seth Macfarlane, and of course Seth Meyers.

oprahOprah Winfrey
Oprah’s iconic name actually comes from a mispronunciation of her given name, Orpah. Orpah is a Hebrew name meaning back of the neck. There’s only one, Oprah.

Craig Ferguson
Craig is a Scottish surname meaning rocks or one who lives near the rocks. Craig peaked in popularity in 1970. Currently at 933, Craig is the lowest it’s ever been in the charts.

Wendy Williams
Wendy is a literary name invented by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Prior to Barrie’s use of the name Wendy, it may have also been used as a nickname to Gwendolen.

Stephen Colbert
Stephen is a Greek name meaning crown. Peaking in the 1950’s, Stephen currently comes in at number 258. There are many handsome variations of Stephen, such as Stefanos, Étienne, and Esteban.

Chelsea Handler
Chelsea is an Old English name chalk landing place. Most people know Chelsea as a London and a New York place name. Chelsea first entered the Top 1,000 in 1969 and is currently number 274.

Double John/Jon’s – let’s hear it for Carson and Stewart

jpohnnyJohnny Carson (John “Johnny” Carson)
John is just about as classic as it gets. A Hebrew name meaning God is gracious, John is currently number 26.
Carson is a name that feels very much on trend. At number 91 in the charts, Carson is an Irish and Scottish surname possibly meaning son of the marsh-dwellers. Carson is also the first name of talk show host Carson Daly.

Jon Stewart (Jonathan “Jon” Stewart)
Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning gift of God. Jonathan peaked in the 1980’s, providing parents with a replacement and way to honor the classic John. Slowly falling in popularity, Jonathan is currently number 44.

Three Cheers for James – we’re talking Leno, Kimmel, and Fallon

Jay Leno (James “Jay” Leno)
James is an English name meaning supplanter. Last year James reentered the Top 10 at number 9. There are many familiar nicknames for James, including Jay, Jim, Jimmy, Jamie, and Jem. Recently several celebrities have used the name James for their daughters as well.

Jimmy Kimmel (James “Jimmy” Kimmel)
Kimmel could make an interesting first name choice. It would follow the surname trend and Kimmel has a similar feel to Kendall and Campbell. Kimmel may come from a German word meaning caraway.

Jimmy Fallon (James “Jimmy” Fallon)
Fallon is an Irish unisex name meaning leader. Fallon was briefly ranked in the Top 1,000 for girls, from 1981-1995. No doubt, the small spike Fallon saw was due to it being the name of a character on the show Dynasty.

What is your favorite Host named?

Names of the Big Brother House Guests!

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Summer just doesn’t quite feel like summer to me until Big Brother begins. Season 17 begins Wednesday, June 24th.  Let’s look at the house guests and their names before we get to know them next week!

audreyAudrey
Audrey to me is the epitome of a ladylike name. At #36 in popularity, modern parents are recognizing the beauty of this timeless classic.  Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength. Audrey shares her name with the iconic beauty, Audrey Hepburn.

 

austinAustin
Austin comes from the historic name Augustine, meaning magnificent. Austin has been in the top 100 for boys since 1986, peaking at #9 in 1997. Currently #66, Austin shares his name with the capital city of Texas.

 

beckyBecky
Becky has a sweet, wholesome, girl-next-door sound.  Becky is a diminutive of the Hebrew name, Rebecca, meaning servant of God. Becky hasn’t ranked on its own since 1992, however Rebecca is currently #182.

 

clayClay
Clay is a strong, one-syllable word name. Clay comes from the English surname Clayton, meaning one who works with clay or lives near good clay. Clay is currently #842 in popularity.

 

Da’VonneDa’Vonne
Da’Vonne is a modern invented name. The name Vonne or Von has Nordic roots and means to hope. Da’Vonne may also be a variation of Devon, an English place name.  Da’Vonne has never been in the top 1,000.

 

jaceJace
Jace is a name on the rise.  Currently #68, Jace is up 112 spots just in the last 5 years!  Jace is a diminutive of Jason, a Hebrew name meaning the Lord is Salvation.  The spellings Jase and Jayce are also in the top 1000.

 

jamesJames
James is a well loved, timeless classic, that just re-entered the U.S. top 10 boys names last year at #9. James is an English variation of the Hebrew name Jacob, meaning supplanter. There are many nicknames for James – from the traditional Jim, Jimmy, and Jamie, to the spunky Jem and Jamesy.

 

jasonJason
Jason peaked in the 1970’s and has been in the top 100 since 1966.  Currently #75, Jason remains a well used American stable. A Greek name, meaning to heal, Jason has moved in the charts much, even with the rise of similar names like Jace and Mason.

 

johnJohn
It doesn’t get much more classic than John.  A Hebrew name meaning God is gracious, John has been popular in the U.S. since names have been recorded. Currently #26, John has never dropped below #28.

 

lizLiz
Liz is one of the many diminutive names that comes from the Hebrew name Elizabeth, meaning pledged to God. Liz was in the top 1,000 briefly on its own from 1956-1969, though it has always been much more popular as a nickname for Elizabeth.

 

megMeg
First Liz, now Meg! Pretty exciting for yours truly, Meagan Elizabeth 😉 Meg is definitely a popular nickname for Meagan/Megan, though it  originally was a common diminutive of the Greek name Margaret, meaning pearl.

 

shelliShelli
Shelli, like many names ending in the sound “lee” can be spelled multiple ways.  Shelli is a variant of the Old English surname Shelley, meaning clearing on the bank.  Shelli is also a commonly used as a nickname for Michelle.

 

steveSteve
Steve is a diminutive of the name Steven meaning garland or crown.  Steve is currently #858 in popularity, while Steven is #141. Steve has consistently ranked in the top 1,000 since 1900 on it’s own. Modern parents are opting for the full name Steven, with the nickname Steve.

 

vanessaVanessa
Vanessa is a literary name invented by Jonathan Swift who combined Van from the surname Vanhomrigh and Essa, a nickname for Esther. Most popular in 1988, Vanessa is currently #171.  Vanessa is also the name of a species of butterflies.

 

I’d love to hear what you think of this diverse group of names!
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Happy Watching!
~Meagan