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The Best Celeb Baby Names of 2019 (so far)

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Who doesn’t love or love to hate a Celeb baby name? Each month I post a Celeb Baby Name recap on my YouTube channel to dish on the names used the previous month. So let’s highlight some of the best names famous folks used for bouncing babes the first half of this year!

Eleanor Louise
Elizabeth Potthast and Andrei Castvet welcomed little Eleanor Louise on January 23, 2019. Could Eleanor Louise be any classier? Two names rich in history come together here. I love how Eleanor Louise sounds very ladylike and proper but lends itself to sweet nicknames like Ellie-Lou.

Winston Roy
Winston is definitely a name to watch! Son of Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill welcomed little Winston Roy on January 28, 2019. Winston is sure to make many of us think of Winston Churchill. It’s a grounded name while still feeling vintage and hipster. Winston Roy joins older sister Dixie Pearl.

Clara Elise
If I had to describe the combo Clara Elise in just one word it would be “pretty.” Clara Elise is the daughter of Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer born on April 21, 2019. Simple, sweet, extremely usable, and a bit underrated, Clara Elise has a warm feminine ring to it.

Hayes Singleton
Whitney Bischoff and Ricky Angel welcomed their first son, Hayes Singleton on May 4, 2019. There’s something very cowboy-esk and handsome about Hayes in the first name spot. Hayes Singleton feels a little bit country and a little bit sophisticated wit a whole lot of handsome.

Archie Harrison
How could I not include the first child of the of Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan’s little Archie? A name buzzed around the world little Archie Harrison entered the would on May 6, 2019. Admittedly it’s not my favorite, but I do love the nod to Dad in the middle name spot and that the couple veered just enough from tradition.

Ivy Jane
With boys named Spurgeon Elliot and Henry Wilberforce I really wasn’t sure what to expect next from Jessa and Ben Seewald. On May 26, 2019 the Seewald’s welcomed little Ivy Jane. I feel the need to stand and applaud for this sweet name combo. Ivy Jane has a sensible-sweet sound and would sound lovely as a double barrel name.

Ruby Kate
Ruby Kate should be friends with Ivy Jane, both names have similar styles! On June 5th Abby Huntsman and Jeffrey Livingston welcomed twins – Ruby Kate and William Jeffrey. While William Jeffrey is very classic and timeless and I do love that he bears his Dad’s name in the middle, I just love the sweet Ruby paired with the classy middle name Kate. Little Ruby also joins older sister Isabel Grace.

Let me know which names you’ve loved and hated so far this year? Yes, I know Psalm didn’t get a shout out here. You’ll have to check my May 2019 Celeb Baby Names video for my thoughts on the Kardash-a-sibling-set!

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Marvelous M Names of June

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June is in bloom and this month we’ll look to celebrities for a beautiful batch of M Names!

Mae
Child star Mae Whitman is all grown up now. The actress, born Mae Margaret Whitman, celebrates her birthday on June 9th. Mae is a simple sweet little diminutive of Margaret meaning pearl. Ranked at 554 in popularity, Mae is one we see more frequently in the middle name spot. Actor Mae West gave this wholesome name a sultry spin.

Mary-Kate
Child star turned fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen shares her June 13th birthday with twin sister Ashley. Mary-Kate is a double barrel name, two names pronounced together. Mary is a Hebrew name meaning biter and Kate is a Greek name meaning pure, two very different meanings but very timeless names.

Monroe
Film star Marilyn Monroe has become more iconic in her death than in her life. Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1st. Monroe is a unisex Scottish surname meaning mouth of the river roe and currently ranks at Number 603 for girls in the U.S. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon choose the name Monroe for their little star born in 2001.

Morgan
Actor, director, and legendary voice Morgan Freeman celebrates his birthday on June 1st. A Welsh name meaning sea circle, Morgan took the lead as a girls name through the 80’s and 90’s. Currently Number 744 for boys and 164 for girls, Morgan could be prime for a revival amungst the fellas. Imagine a schoolyard of little male Kelly’s and Morgan’s running around.

Miller
With a name like Wentworth its easy to overlook Miller as a surname. Actor Wentworth Miller was born on June 2nd. Miller is one of those very normal surname names that makes for a more unusual and interesting first name. If the beer association doesn’t both you, you may love Miller in a sea of Connor and Parker’s. Miller is and English occupational name for a grain grinder that currently ranks at Number 871.

Minka Kelly
Actor Minka Kelly, born June 24th, is one of the few people who has such a distinct first name that she could go by it alone – think Beyonce, Whoopi, Adele, Drake, you get where I’m going here. Minka is a Polish name rarely seen in the US that means strong. Less common than Mila or Mika, Minka has a spunky vibe.

Which of these M names delight you?

Easy Breezy Baby Names

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Psst.. I have a confession to make. I like regular, simple, straight forward names. Names that are easy to say and spell and still have substance. As a name fanatic I’m always on the hunt for new exotic and beautiful names, but today I thought we’d focus on some names that are easy to wear.

Cole
Short and sweet, Cole is a strong name that could be a nickname for Nicholas or stand all on his own. English derived from coal, Cole currently ranks at Number 118. Cole may remind you of the nursery rhyme Old King Cole or the little boys who saw ghosts in the film Sixth Sense.

Eve
The first Biblical name given to a woman, Eve is a strong Hebrew name meaning life. Eve may be just three letters long but she’s still striking and not overly used at Number 442 in popularity. Eve may remind you of the rapper and host of The Talk who bears this name or of the budding actress who climbs her way to the top in the film All About Eve.

Finn
Oh those Irish names how the make me swoon! Finn is derived from the name of an Irish mythological hero, Fionn MacCool, and means white or fair. Finn is on the rise, currently ranked at Number 166. You can also get Finn from numerous longer names like Finley, Finnigan, Finton, Finnick, or Griffin.

Henry
Henry is a name to watch, I predict he’ll be a Top 10 name in the next few years. A German name meaning estate ruler, Henry currently ranks at Number 16 in popularity. Henry is a name well loved by the British monarchy. Recent father Prince Harry’s given name is Henry.

Hope
A lovely virtuous name Hope currently ranks at Number 255 in popularity. Hope fits in with her sister-names Charity, Grace, and Faith, but manages to feel less tied to its Puritanical roots. American soccer player Hope Solo is a bearer of this lovely little name.

Jack
Jack is English in origin but it is definitely a name tied to the image of an All-American-boy. A diminutive of John, meaning God is gracious, Jack currently ranks at Number 28 in popularity. You may hear Jack quite a bit though because Jackson and its many spelling variations, are also quite popular.

Kate
I love how crisp, clean, and classic Kate is. A variant of Katherine, meaning pure, Kate ranks at Number 285 in popularity. You may associate this timeless name with actor Kate Winslet, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, or the musical Kiss Me Kate.

Lily
Lily is the most popular of the flower names. English in origin, Lily ranks at Number 28 in popularity. A sweet flower and symbol of purity, Lily also works as a nickname to Lillian, Lilia, Lilias, Liliane, Liliana, Lilith, and a slew of other lovely names.

Miles
Miles is a name a boy can really grow into. An English form of Milo, meaning solider of merciful, Miles currently ranks at Number 98. Jazz fans are sure to associate this handsome name with musician Miles Davis.

Nora
Another great Irish name to end our list today! Nora is an Irish form of Honora meaning light and currently ranks at Number 30 in popularity. Nora may remind you of the late talented Nora Ephron or writer Nora Roberts.

Here are ten of my personal favorite simple baby names:

Desmond

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🖤Desmond🖤
Irish meaning “from south Munster”
Irish. Heroic. Distinguished. Versatile.

If you’re looking for a distinguished Irish name with numerous notable namesakes and fun nickname options then Desmond may be the name for you! A surname derived from  Deasmhumhain, Desmond means one originating from the southern region of Muntser, Ireland. Desmond began to be used as a given name in the 20th century.

Less clunky than other names with -d endings like Arnold and Edmund, Desmond is a versatile sophisticated name that easily lends itself to more relaxed nicknames like Des, Desi, and Dez.

South African human rights activist Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Tutu’s work for equality and against apartheid makes Desmond a wonderful choice for parents with a passion for social justice.

You may also associate this name with the character Desmond Hume, a beloved character on the show Lost. Hume’s character was named after philosopher David Hume. Beatles fans are sure to associate Desmond with the song Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da.

A few others you may associate to this name include Desmond Miles, a main character in the game Assasin’s Creed, Zoologist Desmond John Morris, and Jamaican musician Desmond Dekker.

🖤 Sisters to Desmond: Caroline, Honor, Lucy, Margot, Olive

🖤 Brothers to Desmond: Cedric, Conrad, Hugo, Sebastian, Winston

🖤 Middle Name Suggestions: Desmond Arthur, Desmond Leo, Desmond Oliver, Desmond Patrick, Desmond Royce

🖤 Names with a similar vibe to Desmond: Dermot, Malcolm, Roland, Theodore

Seven Sweet May Namesakes

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Merry month of May 🌻 April showers lead to May flowers and here’s a bouquet of beautiful May names for you!

Adele
There are few artists that can go by one name alone and Adele is one of them. Singer and songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins celebrates Birthday on May 5th. Adele is a French pet form of Adelaide meaning noble. Less popular than other names that lend themselves to “Addie/Addy,” Adele currently ranks at Number 789 in popularity.

Breckin
Comic Actor Breckin Erin Meyer was born on May 7th. Breckin’s parents were definitely ahead of their time when they used this handsome Irish name for their son in the mid-1970’s. Breckin means speckled or freckled and is more commonly spelled Breccan.

Fairuza
Actor and musician Fairuza Alejandra Balk was born on May 21st. Fairuza gets her unique and exotic Persian name from her father who exclaimed “fairuza,” the Farsi word for turquoise, when he saw his daughters brilliant bright eyes.

Kenan
Comedian Kenan Thompson, born May 10th, has been entertaining us since he was a child with his one-of-a-kind humor. Kenan is a smelling variation of the Irish Keenan, meaning ancient. Kenan is also a well-used name in Turkey and Bosnia.

Octavia
Academy Award winner Octavia Lenora Spencer was born on May 25th. A true showstopper, Octavia is a Latin name meaning eighth. Popular in the Victorian era, Octavia is a rare gem currently ranked at Number 593.

Pierce
Irish actor and producer Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born on May 16th. I love a strong, striking, one-syllable boys name. Pierce is an English name meaning son of Piers, currently ranked at Number 522. Pierce also makes for a great middle name paired with a longer first name.

Reilly
Comedian and actor John C. (Christopher) Reilly celebrates his birthday on May 24th. It doesn’t get much more classic than John Christopher. Reilly makes for a great first name as well for either sex. An Irish surname, Reilly means courageous.

Eight Great April Namesakes

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Spring has sprung and April is showering us with name inspiration! Check out these eight great namesakes fit for a baby born any month of the year.

Alessandra
Brazilian model and actor Alessandra Ambrósio was born on April 11th. Alessandra is probably best recognized as a Victoria Secret angel. A Spanish and Italian form of Alexandra, meaning defending men, Alessandra is grand, extoic, and yet totally usable at Number 313 in popularity. A great name to honor anyone from an Alexander to an Alice to an Alessia, Alessandra is a stunning name.

Bijou
Actor and model Bijou Phillips, daughter of musician John Phillips, was born on April 1st. Bijou is a delightful and whimsical French name, pronounced bee-zhoo, meaning jewel. A rarely used name in the U.S. as well in France, Bijou is a brave and quirky choice.

Clark
Actor and director Clark Gregg, born Robert Clark Gregg, celebrates his birthday on April 2nd. Clark plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Clark is an English surname and occupational name referring to a clerk or scribe. A crisp name with an Old-Hollywood tie, Clark currently ranks at Number 380 in popularity.

Hawkins
English actor and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins blows out her Birthday candles on April 27th. Sally has been in many beloved period pieces, including Persuasion (where are my Jane Austen lovers at?). I love the wholesome sweet name Sally, but today I wanted to highlight Hawkins, familiar as a surname it makes for an unexpected first name. Hawkins is an English surname meaning Hawk, a natural nickname to a fun name choice.

Hugo
Actor Hugo Weaving was born on April 4th. Hugo has portrayed multiple iconic roles from Elrond in The Lord of the Rings films to Agent Smith in the Matrix Trilogy. Hugo is a Latin form of Hugh meaning mind and intellect. Hugo may remind you of writer Victor Hugo or of Hugo Cabret in the film Hugo. Hugo is a name with many great film and literary ties. Hugo currently ranks at Number 418 in popularity.

Murphy
Eddie Murphy is one of the most recognizable comedians and actors of our time. Eddie celebrates his birthday on April 3rd. Born Edward Regan Murphy, I appreciate the historic and literary ties to the classic Edward but again felt we should draw inspiration from a surname. An Irish name meaning sea warrior, Murphy is a well-loved canine name choice. A unisex name, the show Murphy Brown gave this name a nudge for the girls in the 80’s and 90’s.

Ronan
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was born April 12th. In addition to being a phenomenal actress, Saoirse has such a great name that both her first and last name made my list today. So let’s talk about the Irish surname Ronan. Ronan in addition to having a hearty Irish feel also comes with the irresistible meaning of little seal. A strong yet sweet name choice, Ronan currently ranks at Number 296 in popularity.

Saoirse
Saoirse Ronan helped introduce her lovely name to American audiences. Saoirse is pronounced SEER-sha or SAIR-sha depending on region and accent. Saoirse is dipping her toes in the Top 1,000, currently ranked at Number 962 in popularity. Need something else to love about this beautiful Irish name gem? Saoirse means liberty, and with that I drop the name mic. 😉

Little Old Lady Names

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Are these names too old or too cute? You be the judge!

Agnes
Agnes is a polarizing name that you’ll either feel is dusty and way-too-dated or darling and dainty. Agnes is a Greek name meaning virginal that does lend herself to the soft nickname “Aggie.” Fans of the Bronte sisters may associate this name with the novel Agnes Grey as I do.

Dorothea
Believe it or not I’m seeing Dorothy pop up on lots of instagram and Youtube favorites list! The Greek Dorothea has a similar but different vibe and the wonderful meaning of gift of God. Perhaps the best part of Dorothea is the nickname potential she brings, a few of which include; Dori, Dot, Dottie, and Thea.

Frances
A family name for me, Frances is a Latin name meaning from France or free man. Frances has a very classic and grounded vibe. Less vibrant than her sisters Francesca and Francine, Frances ranks at Number 439. An infant named Frances may be hard to picture but Francie, Franny, or Frankie are fun and youthful vintage nicknames for her.

Gertrude
Gertrude may be one of the first names people come up with when asked to pick an old-timey Grandma name. Trudy is adorable and Gertie has her charm (Drew Barrymore in E.T. anyone?), but Gertrude like many old German names isn’t quite catching favor for modern American babies. Gertrude means spear of strength and hasn’t ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000 since the 1960s.

Ida
Could Ida be the next Ava? It may follow a similar sound pattern though it does have a stronger beginning sound which isn’t as well-received in girls names. Ida screams sweet little Granny at a deli to me. A German name meaning industrious one that hasn’t been in the US Top 1,000 since the 1980s.

Mildred
As delightful as the first syllable is, the second syllable in Mildred does have a much heavier sound. Millie is rising on its own but can Mildred come out of the attic to play too? Mildred is an English name meaning gentle strength.

Opal
Opal is a rarely used gemstone name, currently ranked at Number 859, that means gem in Sanskrit. Opal is October’s gemstone and is considered a symbol of good fortune. Opal’s vintage sister Pearl is on the rise, so perhaps Opal will be the next come-back gemstone.

Selma
Emma aside, many names ending in “ma” like Irma, Thelma, Wilma, and Selma have an older vibe to them. Selma is a German name meaning godly helmet. Actress Selma Blair makes this name feel much more youthful and usable. Selma may have a dated stigma but she does have a soft sweet sound.

Weigh-in below and let me know which of these names are too old and which are too cute!