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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis set trends with their son’s name, Otis Alexander. Otis had been edging upwards on the charts, a vintage pick with a musical vibe. In 2015, a year after their son’s birth, Otis re-entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in nearly twenty years.

That’s why we were so eager to learn the name of their new child. The famous couple didn’t disappoint. Welcome to the world, Daisy Josephine Sudeikis, born on October 11, 2016. As the proud parents noted, she arrived on International Day of the Girl.

There goes the neighborhood. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis. Born, like a boss, on #internationaldayofthegirl. ❤️

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While it is equally vintage, Daisy makes for a more mainstream choice than Otis. There’s a long list of reasons to love this name:

– With ties to the traditional Margaret, Daisy feels casual and classic at the same time.

– The Great Gatsby makes this name literary, as does Henry James’ tale of an American abroad, Daisy Miller.

– Along with Cora, Violet, and Edith it’s a Downton Abbey name.

– Daisy is yet another botanical name for girls, like the very popular Lily and the rising Rose.

– It’s a former Top 100 favorite from the early twentieth century, the age of Alice and Grace, Clara and Hazel.

Daisy hibernated from the 1960s through the 1980s. Comic strip L’il Abner and television hit The Dukes of Hazzard gave us country Daisys during the era.

But in more recent years, the name has felt fresh once more. Today the name stands at Number 183 in the US, and appears in the Top 50 in the UK. It’s a straightforward nature name, feminine but not too frilly. Celebrities including Jamie and Jools Oliver, Jon Cryer, and Meg Ryan all named their daughters Daisy. And now Daisy Ridley is the future of the Star Wars series, as heroine Rey.

Factor in the Wilde-Sudeikis ability to boost a baby name, and Daisy might be headed back to the US Top 100 soon.