Coming Attractions: New starbaby predictions
By Sophie Kihm
I’m not in the business of predicting middle names, but I find them as equally fascinating as the first names I am in charge of prognosticating. Some parents choose middles to honor loved ones, some use it as a place to go bold, while others are most concerned with the how it adds to the flow of the full name.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher fall into the first category, giving their son the name Isaiah Michael—his middle being Dad’s full first name. Robin Thicke’s children have the daring middle names of Fuego and Love, and Nev Schulman’s daughter has James in the middle (which I’d argue is a product of her 2016 birthday). Eddie Murphy‘s children have middle names including Mitchell, Ivy, and Oona, and Taylor Hanson‘s kids middles range from the expected to the out-there, with choices like Anne, Ezra, and Moriah.
So even though I’ve only given my predictions for the first names, I’m very excited to see what this group of celebrities decides to go with for their children’s middle names as well. Check out my musings and leave a comment about potential middle name options!
It’s going to be a girl for Carrie Underwood and hockey player husband Mike Fisher. Three years ago they welcomed a son named Isaiah, a name that’s understated (by celebrity standards) but speaks to their religious convictions. For their daughter I expect they’ll take a similar route—a name that is on-trend, but with spiritual significance.
Actress Troian Bellisario is known for her unconventional name. Troian (pronounced TROY-en) is actually a family surname. Might they use a different family surname for their baby? (Marsh and Pratt are possible options). Perhaps, but I could also see them using something more established, perhaps like one of the following:
Cleo James Schulman was born in 2016, and her name definitely reflects that. After Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their daughter James in December of 2015, we saw a bunch of celebrities put it in the middle spot for their baby girls the following year. The trend has died down a bit now (it’s still happening, but not with the same frequency). In trying to come up with a 2018 equivalent, I couldn’t think of any recent names that have made that same kind of impact. So I’m very curious to see what this baby’s middle name will be, especially if it’s a girl. Although for his or her first name, I feel like I have a better grasp on the possibilities.
Girl: Agnes, Della, Effie, Esme, Ivy, Nessa, Phoebe, Pippa, Romy, Tess, Zelda
Caleb Followill is a Southern boy, born and raised in Tennessee. It’s no surprise then that he and wife Lily Aldridge gave their daughter the country-cute name Dixie in 2012. I’m expecting they might follow suit for baby number two’s name—something similarly short, sweet, and oozing with Southern charm.
Robin Thicke’s older two children’s names follow one of my favorite patterns—a well-used (dare I say ordinary?) first name, paired with an unconventional middle. I don’t know what April and Robin will use for baby girl’s middle name—maybe something like True, Poet, or Winter—but here are my picks for her first name:
Josh Peck and his wife Paige O’Brien are young, fun, and a little bit goofy. So how will this translate into their baby’s name? Well, I think we’ll see something modern and lighthearted from this couple. Nothing too classic, long, or fussy. I could see Josh and Paige going with any of my picks, but who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise us.
It’s baby number ten (yep, ten) for Eddie Murphy. For having so many siblings ranging in ages from 2 to 29, this baby is entering into a surprisingly cohesive sibset. That being said, his or her name will probably be most similar to Izzy‘s, considering that they will be the closest in age and share the same mother.
Musician Taylor Hanson and wife Natalie have five (soon to be six) kids, and their names seem to be getting more adventurous as they go along. Their sons all have two-syllable first names and Biblical middles, while their daughters have long first names–but go by shorter nicknames–with conventional middles. Will they keep up this pattern for their next son or daughter?
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on September 10th, 2018 at 12:03 am
Carrie Underwood is definitely going to go for a biblical name but I disagree that it’s going to be trendy – I think it will definitely be conservative if Isiah is any judge. I’m thinking Ezekiel , Matthew or Jeremiah for a boy or Grace , Esther and Abigail for a girl.
Troian is the epitome of a New York cool girl in my opinion (despite being from California lol) so I definitely expect that vibe in this babys name. For a boy I’m thinking Leonardo , Sullivan or Ezra for a boy and Gianna , Angelina or Camilla for a girl.
I 100% agree about Cleo James being a time capsule of 2016 name trends. And I think the 2018 version of James as a middle would have to be Grey. I think in terms of the first name it will be another spunky short name. I’m thinking Arlo Grey , Archie Grey or Brooklyn Grey for a boy and Millie Grey , Lila Grey or Etta Grey for a girl (outside chance of Elsie Grey)
Definitely another southern name is on the book for Lily Alridge. I’m thinking Palmer , Waylon or Harlan for a boy and Magnolia , Chantilly or Dolly for a girl.
Robin Thicke and April’s baby will definitely have a top 100 name. I’m thinking Chloe , Mila or Zoey.
Josh Peck and his wife are definitely light hearted and fun so I’m expecting a name that fits that – maybe even a word name. I’m thinking Ryder , Flynn or Ace for a boy (outside chance of Maverick) and Callie , Saylor and Paisley (outside chance of Lyric)
Eddie Murphy is such a wild card but I’m definitely think it will match Izzy’s name. I think Finn , Brody and Zane for a boy and Eden , Demi or Maisie for a girl
Taylor and Anna Hanson are the master of the classic and slightly biblical names and I don’t see them breaking that for #6. For a boy I’m thinking August , Vincent & Theodore for a boy and Lilian , Adeline or Harriet for a girl.
on September 10th, 2018 at 12:13 am
A few comments retractions on my last comment (sorry still sick)-
1) I agree with Grace and Abigail and raise Sarah and Faith.
2) Aria not Mila sorry
on September 10th, 2018 at 6:53 am
I just want to go on record to say how much I dislike the use of the name “James” for a girl, even as a middle. Strongly dislike! At first I thought it was maybe because of the fact that one of my sons is named James, and can’t we leave *any* names for the boys? But, it’s more than that. It seems like parents who do this are trying way too hard to be hip and cool, and failing at it.
James for a girl is overdone. Stick a girl in it. I roll my eyes when I see it.
on September 10th, 2018 at 8:54 am
I see Carrie and Mike doing something like Miriam. A great underused Biblical name, and it matches Isaiah perfectly.
on September 10th, 2018 at 1:44 pm
For Carrie Underwood I like Sybil or Miriam, maybe a combination of both. And since James prolly made it into girl names category what about Noah? Noah Cyrus is the only example I know and I absolutely love her name among her siblings.
on September 10th, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Could not agree more w/ the comments of Janie_Larkin70 above.
Also, I think the Hansons are going to go with something less conventional than the suggestions listed.
on September 11th, 2018 at 7:43 pm
First of all, Natalie Hanson should return for a new celebrity Mom name blog once the newest baby is born! She’s an excellent namer, along with Taylor. I am eager to hear their thoughtful choice. I hate to even suggest an option after Jordan “Ezra,” Penny, River, Viggo, and Willa.
Dixie Pearl Followill is such a fun choice. I can’t wait to hear what Lily chooses next, but I really do like Scarlett and Magnolia. Something like Abilene would also be sweet, or Tansy, for a flower like her mom. I could see something simple for a boy, much like dad Caleb. But, I’d really love Everett “Rhett.” I think Beau was a good suggestion, too.
Abigail is a beautiful and meaningful choice next to Isaiah for Carrie! Carrie may be named for her mom, Carole, so I could see Caroline as a middle! I would also like Naomi as a first name.
Troian is a “cool girl,” as another poster said. I also think she’s the perfect blend of smart and solid but quirky/hippy. I’d expect her choice to match with a style like that. Something not too girlish, like Greer or Rue? Or something artsy?
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