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Yesterday, Sophie Kihm presented her predictions for many of the forthcoming starbabies. In today’s follow-up, she singles out one of the most intriguing celebrity-couple baby namers, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and wife Jools, for a more in-depth consideration.
If there ever was a celebrity baby name Hall of Fame, Jools and Jamie Oliver would be in it. They have four children named Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice. And with their oldest child aged 14, it’s safe to say they were using obscure nature names and two middles before it was cool.
Obviously, everyone is very interested to hear what the Olivers will name their fifth (and sadly, last) child. I’m here to give out my top five picks for each gender. Anyone taking bets?
By Sophie Kihm
This month’s set of celebrity naming styles is very eclectic. There’s Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh, who loves honor names; Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who famously made Wyatt a unisex name; and Mira Pak and Terrence Howard, who create their own names. We’ll have to wait and see if they follow the same technique or take a wildly different approach. For now, these are my predictions for the names of eight upcoming celebrity babies.
By Emily Cardoza
The dichotomy between the sun and the moon has been on my mind lately – two of the most ancient extremes, appearing in every culture’s history, and still a source of interest today. Why do we say someone who’s happy has a “sunny” disposition? Why do we say an idle person is “mooning” about? Why are these two celestial orbs so polarized? Though I won’t be answering any of these questions, I will be talking about names relating to the sun and the moon!
We can all agree that these symbols have different connotations. The sun brings to mind warmth, power, and positivity; the moon brings to mind serenity, coolness, and mystery. There are plenty of names, in and out of use, that tend to relate to the sun and moon directly. Let’s check them out!
By Arika Okrent
Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”
The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.
Here are 17 medieval names that would make great hipster baby names today.
When you find out that you’re pregnant, you immediately go into super prep mode — from loading up on maternity wear to researching baby name ideas. For me, I ate an organic diet and even patted myself on the back for waiting until the right time in life to have the smartest baby. And of course, you start figuring how who you’re going to tell first. But what I wasn’t expecting was how hard it would be to tell my boss that a big, life-changing event was coming my way.