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.
Bryce Dallas Howard's choice, the beauteous Beatrice, with its long literary history dating back to Dante and Shakespeare, is resoundingly back, its revival jump-started with the birth of Britain’s Princess Beatrice in the 1980s. It boasts some upbeat nicknames—Bea/Bee, Trixie—also available for sister name Beatrix. This starbaby Beatrice’s middle name honors her late paternal grandmother.