Nameberry exclusive! Sophia and Jacob are the new Number 1 names, according to the headline of a press release posted briefly on the Social Security website and just as quickly taken down. A sharp-eyed Berry alerted us to the possible leak. The Most Popular Names 2011 announcement was supposed to have been made today, but was postponed until Monday morning on The Today Show. But Nameberry may have just scooped NBC, thanks to our wonderful Berries! xxxx
And now on to our regularly scheduled program. This year, Nameberry says Happy Mother’s Day by saluting the best baby-naming celebs who have become moms since last Mother’s Day–some for the first time, some not. We’re staying away from the more extreme choices (so sorry, Mariah and Beyonce and Jessica), in favor of those that have shown an elegant sense of style, a degree of creativity–and in a few cases some ingenuity by unearthing some great buried treasures.
Agnes had been completely out of sight when Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany chose it for their baby girl—a saintly, lacy relic packed away in a trunk in the attic. Now, overnight, and just as Julia Roberts did with Hazel and Jennifer Garner did with Violet, this celebrity choice has wired Victorian Agnes onto twenty-first century parents’ fave lists. And yup, Aggie might be the next Maggie.