By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Poor Princess Kate.
Not only is she suffering from serious morning sickness with Baby #2, everyone from late night talk show hosts to gossip columnists worldwide is busy speculating on her due date, whether #2 will be a princess or a prince, and, of course, what they’ll name the newest royal.
Naming any boy – whether he’s coming home to a castle or a condo – can become a battle between tradition and fresh starts.
Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.
Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.
A lot of people complain about unisex names.
We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders. Please name names and let us know why you think your choices go both ways with the most grace.
This month saw some high-profile baby name announcements, like those of Scarlett Johansson and Savannah Guthrie, and also such surprising choices as Saint Laszlo and Kiki-Kate. Rocker Dave Grohl chose the Shakespearean Ophelia for his third daughter, following more conventional choices, and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Bowie Lou.
Here’s CaraMichelle’s full roster of starbabies born in August:
Omré (Oritsé Williams and AJ Azari)
Now that they’ve given their heir an appropriately kingly name, what will they name their spare?
Another name traditionally used in the royal family, we bet, but the door opens a bit wider for a name that may not have been used for a king or queen but has a lesser royal pedigree and is a bit more adventurous. While we don’t see Diana as a first name, it could well end up in the middle, as could another offbeat choice such as Leopold or Matilda.
Our Top Ten ideas, based on the bookmakers’ odds and our own best guesses.