A pair of chart-topping singers dominated the baby name news with their name announcements this week.
Shakira issued a good old fashioned birth announcement.
Though I always want to know, I respect the right to delay or never make an announcement about your childâ€™s arrival. Except that it seems to backfire. Remember the maelstrom when Tom and Katie declined to release details about Suri?
Or maybe Adele really was indecisive. My son was a few weeks old when I realized Iâ€™d overlooked the perfect middle name. Before our daughter arrived, we talked out every aspect of her name â€“ first, middles, nickname â€“ until we were rock solid sure.
I think we can all understand a certain hesitance to share when youâ€™re still trying to make sure youâ€™ve chosen well.
Because it can be tough to decide, canâ€™t it? Does it match your other kidsâ€™ names, is it easy to pronounce, have you honored family tradition â€¦ No wonder it can take every minute of nine months and beyond to figure it out.
On to the nine names all over this weekâ€™s baby name news:
Milan â€“ Early rumors reported that singer Shakira and her footballer boyfriend Gerard PiquÃ© planned to name their son Biel, a short form of Gabriel. But now that heâ€™s here, we know thatâ€™s not so. Instead, the pair settled on Milan. Itâ€™s a Slavic name with international flair and a history of use in other languages. The Italian city takes its name from a different root, but adds to Milanâ€™s cosmopolitan flair.
Angelo â€“ Speaking of Italian, isnâ€™t Adeleâ€™s son right at home with all those little boys called Matteo and Rocco? Adele and partner Simon Konecki have apparently settled on Angelo James for their sonâ€™s full name. Iâ€™m most intrigued by the style mismatch between babyâ€™s first and last names. If once parents were counseled to avoid such combinations, it seems like weâ€™ve become quite fearless about them in the last decade or so. Overall, thereâ€™s quite a bit to admire in the celebrated songstressâ€™ choice.
Julian Ryder â€“ Actor Mark Decklin and his wife Jamie also welcomed a son, Julian Ryder. This is fast becoming one of my favorite styles of names â€“ a more classic choice in the first spot, with a trendier pick in the middle. There are plenty of boys named Brayden William and Landon James. Reverse the firsts and middles, and the names are much more intriguing.
Kick â€“ Of course, weâ€™ve all been intriguing by Jeremy Sistoâ€™s sonâ€™s name for a while. With a daughter called Charlie Ballerina, we were all prepared for something unusual. Their choice â€“ Bastian Kick â€“ strikes me as just on the right side of daring. In a recent interview, he revealed Kickâ€™s origins. He and wife Addie Lane were inspired by a girlâ€™s nickname. Kick is sometimes used as a short form of Kathleen â€“ especially among the Kennedy family.
Thelonious â€“ Angela at Upswing Baby Names has delved into some jazz-inspired options. Is Thelonious too much name? Does he sound more like felonious or melodious? With nickname option Theo and his connection to the legendary jazz pianist, this could be a great choice for daring namers. I also love Thelonious Monkâ€™s mysterious middle name â€“ Sphere.
Valentine â€“ Are you due in the next few weeks? If your son or daughter arrived on February 14th would you consider Valentine? I mention it both because weâ€™re quite close to the holiday, and because it made NameFreakâ€™s extensive ends-with-ine list.
Ellis James â€“ Upbeat veteran Travel Channel host Samantha Brown is a new mom! She and husband Kevin Oâ€™Leary welcomed twins. They chose a great name for son Ellis James â€“ literary, preppy, not over the top, and anchored by that classic middle.
Elizabeth Mae â€“ Ellisâ€™ sister is Elizabeth Mae. Itâ€™s not an exciting combination, but I do find it pleasing. She has a cheerful feel, and there are nicknames galore. In fact, I rather hope they plan to call her Libby or Betsy or Beth, because Ellis and Elizabeth are really too close for siblings.
Hephzibah â€“ Letâ€™s end on a high note – they used it! Do you remember the Swistle question from a seventh generation Hephzibah uncertain about passing down her name? The mom recently wrote in that theyâ€™d settled on Eloise Hephzibah for their new daughter. Itâ€™s a nice compromise, and Iâ€™m glad to see the tradition carry on for one more generation