Eve, Everly, and Marcus: Baby Names in the News

This week for her Nameberry 9, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel proves that baby names can come from anywhere .

No, it’s your politics.

This week’s baby name news was packed with explanations for why we choose the names we do.

Some of the research rings true.  We know that the parents’ age matters. So does where they live, their educational level, and lots of other demographic data.  And hey, it’s more interesting to read all that analysis than, say, another essay dismissing unusual baby names as silly and self-indulgent.

The names in this week’s baby name news were all over the place, from the sweetly vintage to the thoroughly modern. 

Call me crazy, but I think that great names can be chosen by any one, regardless of their background.  The community of the name obsessed is diverse, incredibly welcoming, and forever surprising.

As proof, I give you Snooki.  The Jersey Shore alum, and mom to Lorenzo Dominic, continues to advise her fellow celebs on names for their little ones.  Suddenly, I’m eager to meet Nicole Polizzi for coffee. 

I think she’s one of us.

On to the baby names in the news:

Jane – The wife speaks!  Joanna Goddard’s husband wrote the New York Times piece about baby name anxiety.  It turns out that they’re all set if baby #2 is a girl.  She’ll be Jane, a name that is pleasing and classic, but still feels very 2013.  Should their new arrival be a boy, Joanna admits that they’re at sea.  The big-brother-to-be is Tobias.

Estelle – Another mom-to-be shared her thoughts on naming.  NBC’s Today correspondent Jenna Wolfe has been blogging about her pregnancy on Today Moms.  This week she wrote about her daughter’s “puzzle of a name.”  I’m charmed by her intent to use her late grandmother’s name, Estelle, as a first or middle.  In our age of Stella, I think Estelle is ready for a comeback.

Eve – Congrats go to Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll.  (No, it’s not his real last name.  He was born Ned Smith.)   She has kids named Mia Honey and Joe Alfie from previous relationships.  This one sounds like the ending to a Hollywood movie: Ned is the nephew of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.  Kate was vacationing on the Branson family’s private island when a house caught fire.  The actress rescued Eve BransonRichard’s mum – from the fire, and met Ned, too.  And so it is rumored that the couple is considering Eve for their new baby together.

Everly – From the enduring Eve to the modern Everly!  Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewar welcomed their first child last week.  Everly just entered the US Top 1000 in 2012.  If she wasn’t already a sure-fire hit, she is now.

Avalon – The only crazy names are the ones that you don’t know the stories behind.  This writer is dismissive of Sparrow and Apple, but has great reasons for choosing her kids’ names.  Son Nixon wears a family surname, and daughter Avalon is named after a significant place.  It’s a good reminder that the parents’ reasons for making a choice matter.

Justice Jay – No word on why actors Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris Ackles chose Justice Jay for their new daughter, but the couple shared that they’ll be calling her JJ.  When it comes to middle names, is Jay the new Ray?

Cash – Actors Will Yun Lee and Jennifer Birmingham are also new parents.  They went with Cash for their baby boy.  So did Kelcey from Mama Bird Diaries.

Ledger – The wise Mama Bird Diaries also tipped me off to a new reality show on Lifetime. Pretty Wicked Moms is yet another series set in Atlanta.  It’s exactly what you think.  I tuned in for the kids’ names, and while most are predictable – Addison, Dylan – I was rewarded with some unusual picks, like Amzie and Ledger.

Marcus Anthony  Speaking of reality TV, it’s another Duggar baby!  The firstborn of the nineteen Duggar kids, Josh, and his wife Anna welcomed their third child.  Their older kids are Mackynzie and Michael.  No telling how many children the family will eventually include, but it looks like they’re married to the letter M. 

This is the first time I’ve absolutely loved a Duggar baby name.  Could it be proof that politics aside, baby names unite as much as they divide?

Have you spotted any great names this week?

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elliebean13 Says:

June 9th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I am pleasantly surprised by the Duggars’ choice. Marcus is huge step up from Mackynzie. Michael is classic, but I Marcus is a little more unique and it was a good choice. Well done, Josh and Anna!

Mclevine Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 2:10 am

I like Justice and Marcus. Agree, it’s a huge step from Mackynzie.

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 4:29 am

I guess parents ALL think they have good reasons for their baby name choices … at least, I hope they do! Avalon is pretty though.

Estelle is already becoming a very hip name choice here, I like it.

The Kate Winslet story is incredible. I hope if they have an Eve she has an amazing middle name to tie everything together. I suppose Eve Flame would be a bit tactless – Eve Island? Eve Rescue? Eve Hero?

Gretel Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 8:48 am

Yes, Marcus is a huge step up from both Mackynzie (would using the more established spelling names Mackenzie/Makenzie really have been so hard?) and Michael, which is more overused than Jessica and Jennifer ever were. When I looked up all the J-names the Duggars have chosen, I was disappointed with all the missed opportunities for great names.

Justice is definitely not my favorite virtue name, but you can’t argue that it has a strong, positive meaning. Quite a name to live up to, though.

Jane paired with Tobias is so perfect. Estelle is quite lovely as well, but I actually prefer the more popular Stella.

Not a fan of Cash (unless it’s a family name).

I like Winslet’s taste for simple, classic one or two-syllable names. They’re not overly vintage, ornate or modern/trendy.

Greyer Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 9:38 am

I think they’re all pretty nice except for Justice Jay and Marcus Anthony. Justice Jay screams boy to me — what would have been so wrong with Justice Ja(y)ne or another J name in the middle for a girl if they were set on Justice? And they’re going to call her JJ anyway? It kind of defeats the purpose, IMO.

As far as Marcus Anthony goes… Marc Anthony. Did they seriously name their kid Marc Anthony? Do they know how many famous people are already named that? Because really, Google it. There are a lot. But I guess it’s better than Mackynzie.

On the plus side, Jane, Estelle, and Eve are lovely and Ledger is growing on me. Not for my own personal list but I like it on other people’s children.

Haannahh Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 10:31 am

I just love Cash oh so much, to me it’s one that never gets old like Jane. I think Everly is adorable, it sounds trendy but, you don’t hear it as much ….. I have a feeling you will be hearing a lot more Everlys now!

southern.maple Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 11:29 am

I was actually pretty tickled with Justice because it almost feels like an inside joke with the Supernatural fans. I automatically thought of “I’m Batman,” and then someone tweeted Danneel to tell her that Justice Ackles sounded like a superhero and Danneel’s response was “that’s what I intended.” I thought the same thing when Jared and Genevieve Padalecki named their son Thomas Colton, because Colton = the Colt. It’s probably a coincidence, but I think it’s fun regardless.

Marcus was an unexpected choice from the Duggars. Josh and Anna are sticking with “M” in honor of Michelle, but I think I just might scream if all of the Duggar children end up giving their broods names that start with the same letter.

So am I the only name nerd who doesn’t like Stella/Estelle/Estella?

Danica Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Jane and Eve are nice. Classic and modern.

Estelle is nice too. Like Sweden’s baby princess and future queen.

I love Avalon. Love Morgan and Merlin too. Because of the story – and because of the sounds.

Marcus Anthony Duggar is nice. Though I think it’s fun (and a bit cool) that it spells MAD!

tori101 Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Jane and Eve are gorgeous choices.

I also love the name Marcus but really dislike Anthony.

Everly and Avalon are really sweet, unusual choices but I personally wouldn’t use.

I still haven’t made up my mind as to whether Cash is cool or not.

But Ledger and Justice Jay are strange.

stripedsocks Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I like Marcus and Michael. Michael feels classic to me, not dull. I would have expected Mason from a Duggar before Marcus, but Marcus is nice.

I hope at least one Duggar child who does the alliteration thing picks X or Z.

I don’t see why Jay is irredeemably boyish. Mai, Kay, Rae, Jay. Or Lark, Wren, Robin, Jay. It doesn’t really do much for me, but not the worst abuse of the “unisex” name I’ve seen on Nameberry.

stripedsocks Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I like Marcus and Michael. Michael feels classic to me, not dull. I would have expected Mason from a Duggar before Marcus, but Marcus is nice.

I hope at least one Duggar child who does the alliteration thing picks X or Z.

I don’t see why Jay is irredeemably boyish. Mai, Kay, Rae, Jay. Or Lark, Wren, Robin, Jay. It doesn’t really do much for me, but not the worst abuse of the “unisex” name I’ve seen on Nameberry.

purplekitty5773 Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

What about John Green’s new arrival Alice Green? She’s a little sister to Henry Green. I think their sibset is adorable and deserves recognition.

RedRobin Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I actually really like the sound of Justice Jay. I’m not much for the name Everly, but I just love Eve, Jane as well.

Abby Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

@striped socks – Oh, I LOVE that idea! I’m posting the question to Facebook. I think I could get pretty far with Z: Zara, Zelda, Zenobia, Zane, Zander, Zev, Zeke, Zoe, Zosia, Zita, Zadie, Zephyr … not too bad.

@purplekitty5773 – I missed that BA. Thanks for sharing! Henry and Alice are lovely together.

@Greyer – The first time I heard Ledger, I thought no … but it has grown on me, too.

@WaltzingMoreThanMatilda – I think I’ll be crushed if Kate W’s baby isn’t a girl named Eve! Flame is a dazzling possibility for a middle name. Ember, maybe? Phoenix?

MaScha2 Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I thought the Duggars would go for the biblical Matthew. Marcus is a nice surprise!

joel613 Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I like Everly but she will probably spend a lot of time saying “No it’s Everly not Beverly!”

Eve is beautiful in its simplicity. I had to chuckle when I realized that Kate Winslet is Kate Smith now.

Estelle is okay but it still feels a bit dated to me, Estella would be better.

Avalon is pretty but Cash, Justice and Ledger belong on a soap opera and nowhere else.

lemon Says:

June 10th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Okay, Ned and Kate need to have a baby girl named Eve. It is perfect! Eve Ember is pretty cool, Abby. I wonder if they’d go cutesy like Honey and Alfie, though – Eve Sally for Kate’s mom, Eve Ibby for Kate’s middle name (Elizabeth), Eve Dolly because its cute?

Justice Jay is interesting. I don’t think Jay feels too boyish, not in the age of nature names. It has a very superhero sound – agreed.

Marcus Anthony. Something feels distinctly non-chic about Marcus, but maybe that makes it cool. So many amazing M names they could use next – Matthias, Marlo, Margaretta, Maribelle, Moses…

I think one of the Duggar kids should use names ending in the same letter for a switch-up. Something like Juliet, Scarlett, Everett, Garrett, Harriet, Bennet, Lancelot. Yes, this could be fun.

And, am I the only one who wanted Channing and Jenna to use a two-syllable name with “nn” in it for baby?! It’s like as destined as Baby Kimye’s name starting with a K! Boo. I would say Channing, Jenna, Linnea, Sonnet, and Gunnar would be good – a, e, i, o, u.

iwillpraise Says:

June 12th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Love that you’ve included a follow up for the sibling of Tobias! (Tobiah is on my own list for my 2nd son, so I follow all things Toby… 🙂 Jane would be so cute! Here’s hoping it’s a girl!

Just for the record, I much rather prefer Avonlea to Avalon. Personal opinion. Just glad there’s a story for the actual child.

I like the suggestion of Ember – for a first name, that is. It would certainly be more original than Eve and bring out the entire story that much more easily! Ember Willow, perhaps? or yes, even Ember Ibby (great thought, lemon!)

@ southern.maple – I’ve never been a fan of the Stella/Estelle/Estella set either. Not at all… But I mistakenly made that particular comment once to the wrong person – my best friend!! To which she said, “Oh! Stella was my favorite gramma’s name and am going to use it for my little girl one day!” *gulp* I had no clue! Btw, she is still my best friend! LOL

@ lemon – Love the comment about Channing and Jenna choosing a dbl “n” name for children!! How adorable!

iwillpraise Says:

June 12th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Btw @ Abby – I love your Z list! I am not a Z name-lover, so I’ve never dove into a Z list, but you came up with so many different names, sounds, “textures”….. and I am incredibly amazed!!

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