Girl Baby Names: The newsiest names, from Talulah to Lula to Rue

It’s an all girl baby names issue of Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel’s Nameberry 9 newsiest names this week.

Did you hear?  Barack Obama declined to offer baby name advice.

The president hosted a fireside chat on Google+ last week.  He tackled complex, divisive topics like the environment and the economy.

But baby names?

When writer and vlogger John Green introduced his wife, Sarah, and asked Obama if he’d help them choose a name for their second child, the president passed.

Had Green asked that question on the Nameberry forums, we would have all dived in fearlessly.  What’s your firstborn’s name?  Do you have any middles picked out?

Giving baby name advice is tough.  It means sorting names into the good and the bad, or maybe the good and the less good.  Explaining why we like a name is nearly impossible sometimes, isn’t it?  Explaining what we dislike can be too easy.

This week’s news was filled with gorgeous girls’ names representing every possible style and trend, from imports to underused classics to modern discoveries.

The nine most newsworthy baby names are:

Alice John Green asked President Obama to choose either Eleanor or Alice.  The president demurred, but I’ll jump in.  Choose AliceDon’t get me wrong – both names are great.  But Alice seems the tiniest bit more interesting to me, part-Wonderland and part-waitress.  She’s classic, but a little bit quirky, too – perfect for the daughter of a writer.

Adele – The singer swept up another Grammy award last week.  With Addison and Madeline huge hits, could Adele be next?  After nearly four decades of obscurity, she’s catching on quickly in recent years, ranking #627 in 2011.  Spare but still feminine, and now fueled by the star, Adele feels like one to watch.

Paola – Speaking of singers, Italy’s Laura Pausini is a new mom.  She and partner Paolo Carta – also a musician – welcomed a daughter last week.  All of those lovely, liquid vowels make me think that Paola should work in the US, too, a sister for Lila.

Talulah – Actress Sara Rue went with Talulah for her firstborn, joining a handful of otherHollywood types to embrace this name.  I’m always surprised she isn’t more popular, though Tallulah – with the double L – has climbed steadily in the last few years.

Lula – Then there’s Lula, a shorter spin on Tallulah, a cousin for Lola and Lula, an affectionate form of LouiseBryan Adams chose Lula for daughter #2, inspired by the 1956 Gene Vincent hit “Be-Bop-A-Lula.”  Big sister is Bunny, so Adams and partner Alicia Grimaldi definitely belong in the creative baby naming Hall of Fame.

Rosylea – If Lula is a great name, Miss Adams’ middle is a true novelty.  Rosalie has been on the rise in recent years, a vintage choice ready for revival.  But this might be the first baby name inspired by cockney rhyming slang – Rosylea is slang for “cup of tea.” There’s Rosy Lee Tea ofLondon, too.  Apparently, Lula arrived at tea time, inspiring the unusual choice.  But hey, if girls can answer to Dawn and Twila, is Rosylea really so out there?

RueOne more middle name to consider – Sara Rue’s Talulah has mom’s last name as her middle.  Talulah Rue has an appealing sound, and the connection to her mom is lovely.  Forget Katniss.  I think Rue is the breakout name of The Hunger Games, likely to appeal to parents seeking something short and sweet, but with a modern edge.

YardleyFox News anchor Megyn Kelly is expecting baby #3.  Her firstborn is Edward Yates, known by his middle.  Her daughter is YardleyKelly must be after a third Y name for this baby, but Yvonne doesn’t seem quite her style.  Maybe Yale?

Finley – blogger Bekka Besich brought home a second daughter, a little sister for Harper Lisa Milbrand has the rundown on baby Besich’s name.  One interesting note: while Finn and all of his variations continue to catch on for boys, Finley appears to be the form most favored for girls.  Angie Harmon, Lisa Marie Presley, and Daniel Baldwin all have daughters named Finley.  Move over, Riley and Bailey.

Do you feel comfortable giving baby name advice?  Would you choose Eleanor or Alice?  And are there any other names starting with Y?

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namelover77 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 12:27 am

I love Alice and Lula! I prefer Tallulah to Talulah, Roux to Rue (I don’t love either spelling, but both names sound so beautiful!) and Adelise to Adele. I don’t love the rest.

maggiemary Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 4:55 am

No not Finley, please not Finley, leave it to the boys!

littlemissmariss Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 7:29 am

Alice or Eleanor? I love Eleanor, but I would chose Alice. Goes so well with his sons name, Henry (namesake to his brother Hank I assume). Henry and Alice? Yes!!

I think Yasmine is a fabulous girls name choice for Y! 😛 I found Yannick online and its kinda neat, potential nick name Nick 😉

I’m so upset to be hearing Finley on girls though. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I’m iffy on Riley as a girls name though so maybe its just me.

Aurra Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 7:44 am

I can understand the feminine appeal of Bailey and Riley. In fact, at one point Riley topped my girl’s list (now it’s nearing the top of my boys’). But Finley on a girl? It makes me cringe. Finley was one of my favorite boys’ names to get the nn Finn. But since I’m a teen, I bet that by the time I have my first child, Finley will be the latest boy-turned-girl name hit.

I love Rue for a girl, but I don’t think it will age well. I’m most likely going to go for Ruth instead as a full name.

Mego0801 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 8:28 am

Love Alice, I think it will always sound whimsical to me and I love that! I do feel doubly sorry for Talulah Rue though, I know this might sound harsh but I think Talulah is firmly a dog’s name and kind of ridiculous on a person. Name meaning is really important to me, and I can’t imagine naming a child a name that means ‘regret’, like “Rue” does. Yardly doesn’t sound like a real word to me, and Rosylea just seems like a yookeek version of Rosalie…

R_J Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 9:05 am

Maybe Megyn Kelly will go with a Y sound, like Eugenia?

On Paola, I love that “ao” sound. So much snappier than Paula.

arunciblespoon Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 9:27 am

I like Alice, not mad on Eleanor. Alice to me is sweet yet strong and a little magical with all the Alice in Wonderland connotations, plus I think of the interesting Princess Alice and Alice Roosevelt.

Don’t really like any of the other names except Lula, which is a name on my family tree.

Flick Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

My opinion on Fox News aside – Yardley is just god-awful. Finley is also quite ugly. And I don’t care what the story behind Rosylea is – it looks like a hot mess. Rosalie is stunning.

I would choose Alice, for sure- one of my favorites.

GrecianErn Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 9:46 am

we played the baby name game in the car this weekend on a road trip (for our Baby #2) and Alice and Tallulah both came up. I love Alice, though with our last name, it becomes very plain. But I was pleasantly surprised that my husband liked Tallulah. And I had a great aunt Lula Belle… so it’s got some family history.

skizzo Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am

Finley is just godawful on girls, wait til she’s 18 and she’ll be working on a pole, working side by side with Yardley.

Between Alice or Eleanor, much prefer Eleanor.

skizzo Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am

The good thing is, that Finley is also climbing for boys. Let’s hope they win this battle against the trendeigh moms that like to give their wittle pricesseighs boy names.

Flick Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 10:39 am

Skizzo – LOL, that gave me a good laugh.

BerryBry Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am

I personally find Eleanor much sweeter but Alice feels a bit quirkier, I agree.
Y names:
Yolanda >3
But I would choose Yolanda or Yanneck.
Finley feels like it should be a boy’s name to me but if I was looking for a more boyish name, I’d go for Finnigan or Finnick

niteowl13 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Alice is waaay better than Eleanor. El names are too popular and Eleanor is the dowdiest one.
My favorite Y name for girls is Yvaine. Yara is pretty cool too. That would my pick for Megyn Kelly.
I love Tallulah and Lula!
Rue is adorable. Golden Girl names are becoming popular (Sophia and Rose, even Dorothy), but I don’t think Blanche will ever make a come back… but Rue will!
Rosylea is really starting to appeal to me too. I have been searching for a unique girl’s name that ends in lea… 🙂

tarynkay Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I prefer Finna as a girl version of the boyish Finn names. I heard it on Star Trek once, so that’s legitimate, right?

I don’t give naming advice unless specifically asked. And then I am exceedingly cautious about it. Once, at the request of a close friend, I spent weeks finding gorgeous and meaningful names for her expected twins. This was pre-nameberry. i went to the library for this, y’all. When they were born, she named them Cory and Cody, which are possibly the worst twin names ever conceived. I just would’ve preferred to not be involved at that point, you know? It wasn’t like I felt she was obligated to pick a name I suggested, just.. Cory and Cody!

I do not like the meaning of Rue, either, especially to name a child. But it does seem like most of the little Ruby’s we know get shortened to Ru, and that is pretty cute and not burdened with the regret meaning.

I do think that meaning is important though, as well as popular references. Even if its not to the parents, it may be to the child. I have a cousin named Regan who was annoyed when she found out that her mother named her after the evil daughter in King Lear.

tori101 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Aw Barack Obama gets stuck on giving baby name advice aww too cute!!!!

I prefer Eleanor to Alice. Both are lovely and even though my awful ex best friend who stole from me is an Alice I still think her name rocks in a quirky whimiscal way. Not that I’d ever use the name! Despite all the positives surrounding Alice I think Eleanor is far prettier! She’s really elegant, majestic and oozes royalty. I love the nicknames for Eleanor as well.

Adele is a lovely name and I adore the association of the singer as well.

However dislike Paola, Lula and Rosylea which is just stupid (the whole thing surrounding the name is as well. I’m from South London it’s all very cockney there doesn’t mean I’m going to giving my child stupid cockney inspired names) and Yardley. Also Finley is great for a boy but for a girl sucks just like Riley and Bailey.

Talulah is cute prefer Tallulah spelling wise and is quite popular in the UK. Rue sounds adorable but the meaning is so awful can you imagine having a name that means ‘regret’. I think as a cute nickname for Ruth (which is adorable as well and yet has the lovely meaning compassionate friend) it’s great.

Let_it_grow Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

For Y names, what about Yael or Yoffa? Yael is one of my favorites, actually.
I like Lula, but it sounds more like a nickname to me. Adele is beautiful, but I’d be less likely to choose it now that the singer is famous.
I think I’d pick Alice to go with Green (of the two), but having a nice simple last name like Green would make me want to pick something much more unusual for a first name.

susan.n Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I love John Green, and his son’s name, Henry Atticus, is absolutely fantastic. I also would pick Alice. :]

I also adore Adele(both the name and the singer), although I’d probably only ever use it as a nickname for Adelaide or Adeline.

MikeysMom Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

the comment about Paola being a sister for Lila…anyone care to explain? I don’t see those names as very similar or related…..thinking of using Lila so this comment confused me a bit! 🙂

Abby Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

@BerryBry – good list of Y names!

@tarynkay – I am willing to call Finna legit. Actually, I kind of love it!

@tori101 – Have you ever heard of other given names with similar stories? Or is Rosylea one of one …

ruolan Says:

February 19th, 2013 at 12:04 am

I vote for Eleanor over Alice. I don’t mind picking between two names someone is considering, but w/o passing a judgmental statement on either. I normally do a lot of listening before offering name suggestions for a friend.

I like a lot of these names: Rue as a nn, Lula, Talulah, and Yardly. LOVE Paola. I would go with Adela<3 before Adele and maybe Rosalea or Rosilea before Rosylea. I guess I don't know how to pronounce Rosylea, but I want to say it Rah-zuh-Leah

FossilMan Says:

April 15th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Finley shouldn’t be a girls name. I couldn’t imagine calling my little girl Finley. That could be partly because my 5 month old boy’s name is Finley but it is not a girls name.

Mnmemily15 Says:

May 3rd, 2013 at 11:04 am

I don’t understand why the description for Rue is “a botanical name you might regret” I think it’s a great name!

Star_Girl Says:

May 27th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Rue? Seriously? It’s the French word for street, and someone on another website that I will not name said that it’s the Hindi word for spirit, though, in America, it means regret.

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