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Designer Baby Names: Fashion-forward names for your child

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel checks the labels on designer kids’ clothes and finds some stylish, sassy name options.

Every year a few kids are named after high-end designers, like Armani and Chanel.  Despite their luxury brand status, the names tend to feel a little forced.  Chances are that a kid destined to graduate from a Dior couture layette to Gucci toddler gear would never wear a name so obvious.

But your kid’s closet or the racks at the local baby boutique could serve as inspiration for a baby name.  Designers aplenty have launched pint-sized versions of their runway-worthy duds.  Equally intriguing are the names of the many labels launched to help us dress our kids in the latest fashions.

Ever since Elisabeth started writing her style column, I’ve been thinking: yes, the stuff is great.  But aren’t those names equally worthy of attention?

GIRLS

AGATHA

ANAIS

ELIANE

FLORENCE

IRIS Iris + Ivy is another irresistible pair that could work as well for siblings as it does for a clothing line

IVY

HANNAHanna Anderson has been bringing Scandinavian style to the states for years.

HAVEN

JULIETTE

KIT

LENA

LILLY – Pulitzer, but also appearing in a long list of designers’ names, from Noa Lily to Kit + Lili

LOTUSGRACE – The label’s name is a smoosh, but Lotus Grace might be better worn as two separate names

LULU

MAGGIE

MARIE-CHANTA

MIMI

MISHA LULU

NOA LILY

OLIVE

ORLADesigner Orla Kiely has been featured everywhere from Fashion Week to your local Target

PETUNIA – As in Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags

PIPPABefore she was sister to a princess, her name was part of the kids’ line Pippa + Julie

SERENA

SISLEY

STELLA – As in mom of four, Stella McCartney

ZELLA

BOYS

AXEL

BODENBritish brand Boden fits right in with current trends in boys’ names.  Even if the clothing weren’t so great, kids would undoubtedly be wearing this one.

BROOKS

CARTER – The classic kids’ clothing line found everywhere, and the name has been a popular choice for boys since the 1990s

DANTE

GUS – There’s Gus Gus Designs and Suki & Gus, too

HARDY – As in Ed Hardy

HUDSONThe golf-inspired kids’ line Fore! Axel and Hudson matches a pair of appealing names that could work for brothers.

HURLEY

JAC

JOAHThat’s not a typo – Joah Love

JOEFrom Joe’s Jeans, which now makes denim for every member of the family, including jeggings for newborn baby girls

KAIThe full name of the shoe company is See Kai Run

KINGSLEY

LEVI – From the iconic American jeans

LUCA

MARCLittle Marc Jacobs is one of many lines

NED

PAUL – From Paul Frank’s Small Paul line, featuring monkey Julius

QUINCY

RALPHRalph Lauren is everywhere, but his name remains in fashion limbo

SID – From British brand Lilly + Sid

SVEN – From Elisabeth’s Nameberry style post on footwear

VINCENT

WES

The names least likely to make your kids sound like a brand?  Any spelling of Lily, plus Gus, Paul, and Lulu.  None of them are so wedded to a label that they’d be tough to wear.

Have I missed any of your favorites?

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