Category: Celebrity Names
By Sophie Kihm
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren are expecting their third child, and they have a strict set of requirements for this baby’s name. Jessica recently gave Jimmy Fallon the run-down, but I’ll summarize for you here:
First of all, the name has to be a word name that starts with H, to match their two daughters, Honor and Haven. Secondly, the name can only be one or two syllables (which means Holiday, the name I was originally pulling for, is off the list). Finally, and perhaps trickiest of all, the name has to be “unusual, but not too weird.” I took on the challenge and came up with ten names Jessica and Cash should consider for their baby.
We all love raising our eyebrows at “crazy” celebrity baby names, but for every one-of-a-kind starbaby name (looking at you, Rumi and Sir), there are dozens of mainstream ones that sit quietly in the background (hello, Ella and Alexander).
Lately, several celebrities have picked girls’ names that are somewhere between crazy and boring – in fact, they’re right on trend. It makes total sense that people in the showbiz and music worlds, who have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot in pop culture, would choose stylish names.
These girls’ names are different in style and popularity, but they’re all on the rise. Use one now, and you’ll fit in with the trends or even be ahead of them.
This week’s names in the news cross gender boundaries. Some of them are more popular for boys, others for girls, and some are so rare they could go either way. See what you think – are these names more boy or girl to you?
Christopher Nolan’s new WW II epic, Dunkirk, has crowds of theatergoers at the edge of their seats as it depicts the harrowing evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from northern France in 1940. The film is intense and inspirational—and perhaps, also, for expecting parents looking for some great hero names from the Greatest Generation.
Popularity isn’t what it used to be. That’s something that’s said a lot in baby name discussions, usually to reassure parents that even if they choose one of the top names in the country, their child (probably) won’t be one of seven Emmas or Noahs in their class. The statistics show that, year after year, the most popular names are being given to a smaller and smaller percentage of children.
The flipside of this is that unusual names aren’t what they used to be, either.
With the pool of names no longer dominated by a few top names as it was in past generations, more children are given names that they don’t share with many people. In some communities, having a name that stands out is the norm.
That’s what these parents found. Some people have trouble with their son’s name, Hazen, but over time they’ve realised that his non-traditional name fits right in with those of his classmates. They include Jet, Rig, Bliss and Reign.
Here are some more new-normal names from the news this week.