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Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel spots some fabulous choices among this week’s celebrity picks. 

It was a week for gorgeously named girls. Four sets of celebrity parents got it just exactly right with their new arrivals.

Of course, it was also a week for wailing and gnashing of teeth. A friend of mine, the mother of an eight-month Penelope, is still fuming. It is one thing when Tina Fey’s daughter shares your daughter’s name. It is something a little different when the Kardashians add it to their family tree. We all knew Penelope was catching on, but much discussion ensued about whether she would still be wearable. My guess? Yes, she will be, and yes, she’s headed straight for the US Top 100.

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Is It True? Sophia, Jacob New #1s!

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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.

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One of my greatest joys is stepping back four times a year to gather up all the new names that have been added to the Birth Announcement forum, and seeing what names have moved from speculation and possibility into reality—onto the birth certificates of actual little people!  There’s also the added pleasure of seeing the cool combinations of firsts and middles Berries have put together, and how the names fit in with those of their sibs.

Once again, I’m dazzled by the sheer splendor and variety of this list (the London Times has nothing on us!), the intriguing mix of the classic and the creative—so much of it the result of  the savvy advice gleaned from the discussions on the forums.

Most of these names stand individually, but we do have some multiples: three Alices and three Hazels, and pairs of babyberries named Belle, Eliza, Emeline/Emmeline, Frances, Penelope, Ruby, Wren, James, Silas and Walter, and in the middle spots more than one June and Jane, Josephine, Scarlett and Penelope (again); Carter and Alexander.

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You’ve recently seen the girls’ and boys’ names that have been looked at most often on Nameberry: For the winners of our Guess Name #101 contest, scroll to the end of this blog!  Now here is our quarterly report of the names actually used for babyberries, as reported on our Birth Announcement forum since October. (Take this as a reminder to share your news there when you have a new arrival.)

As before, this is a gorgeous bouquet of names, with a great mix of the classic and the adventurous (Hi there, Hezekiah!), which together display the sensibility we think is uniquely Nameberry, stemming from our strong community of supportive, kind and gentle, exceptionally wise and savvy opinion-sharers.

With all this richness it’s interesting to note how few repeated first name choices there are—Florence, Louisa (and Luisa), Penelope, Miles, Wren, and Simon. We’ve added sibling names where available so you can see how these choices fit into their families.

Girls

Alice Rochelle, sister of Isabella Grace, Camden Bjorn and Jensen Magnus

Anaya Breana, sister of Maylasia and Teyana

Ani Ilys, sister to Kairi Xia and Ella Q

Aria Niamh and Rhiannon Iris, twin sisters of Liam Atherton, Isla Maeve and Calum Alasdhair

Beatrix Helen Lucille

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The Question of the Week: What’s your favorite among recent celebrity baby names?

There’s been a plethora of interesting celebaby first and middle name choices recently.  Which one do you like best—and why?

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