Help Jessica Alba Name Baby #3
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.
Harbor: Like many of you, the first name I thought of when I heard Jessica Alba was pregnant with her third child was Harbor. It ticks all her boxes, and then some. Not only does Harbor sound good with Honor and Haven, its meaning—“to give shelter to”—is a fitting addition to the set.
Harvest: Harvest may seem like an odd word name choice, but with its similarity to the up-and-coming Harvey, I think it definitely works. Jessica hasn’t shared her due date with the press, but if she ends up having an autumn baby, Harvest would be especially appropriate.
Hawk: Avian names have been popular among celebrities over the past decade (think Nicole Richie‘s Sparrow, Busy Philipps’ Birdie), but no big stars have used Hawk. It’s a bit more intense than Honor and Haven, but it meets all of the couple’s criteria.
Haze: Although Hayes may be the more dominant spelling, it doesn’t cut it as a word name. Haze, however, is synonymous with fog (and less appealingly, confusion and daze). It has a clean, modern sound, much like Honor and Haven and it’s easy to picture them with a brother named Haze.
Helix: A helix is technically a spiral-like shape, but it’s most commonly associated with the double-helix form of a DNA strand. Helix has rarely–if ever–been used as a name, but being so similar to Felix, I think it would work just fine. It’s a bit more edgy than Honor or Haven, but still fits well within the sibset.
Henna: Henna is a reddish dye used for (among other things) hand-drawn tattoos popular in India and the Arabian Peninsula. It also has history of use as a name in Scandinavia. I like Henna with Honor and Haven because they each have a very distinctive sound, and all have five letters—at least one of which is an N. The three of them together make a very visually pleasing sibset.
Holland: Like Honor and Haven, Holland is a girl’s name that isn’t overtly feminine. Additionally, it meets the “unusual but not too weird” standard—Holland has been in the US Top 1000 for only three years, hovering around the low 800’s. There’s only one (potentially fatal) flaw—would Jessica and Cash consider place names to be word names? We’ll have to wait and see.
Hope: Hope seems like an obvious choice for Honor and Haven‘s sister, but is it too common? Hope peaked in 1999 at #144, and is now down to #241. That makes it much more prevalent than Honor and Haven were at the time of their births. If Jessica and Cash can get over that aspect, I’d say Hope has a significant chance of being baby #3’s name.
Hero: While Honor and Haven are rather subdued virtuous words, Hero is bold and brash. The stark difference in style makes me think it would be better for a brother, rather than a sister. Despite the disparities, I think Hero is a strong contender, and would be an excellent choice.
Heron: Although Heron may instantly conjure up images of the long-legged bird, it also is an ancient Greek name meaning “hero.” Heron is much more subtle than Hero, so I think it would be a better choice for Honor and Haven‘s brother. However, it may cross Jessica and Cash‘s threshold of obscurity.
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on August 22nd, 2017 at 11:08 pm
Great list! I love your suggestions of Harbor, Harvest, Hero, and Helix. Helix is amazing. I would also suggest Hale, Hart, Highland, Heath, and Hardy. For some reason, I’m only coming up with boys’ names.
on August 22nd, 2017 at 11:28 pm
Hero is spot on! I’m also thinking Halo, which ticks that calmer feel. Other ideas: Halcyon, Hayes, Honey, Holden, Homer.
on August 22nd, 2017 at 11:49 pm
I bet Harbor, and it is unisex so job done.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:05 am
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:07 am
Holly, Hunter, Harrow… even Harper could work technically
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:22 am
Honey for a girl, Heath for a boy 🙂
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:33 am
Mmmm…I don’t think Honey would work because Jessica Alba once played a character of that name, IDK but it seems like a weird self-refrence to make and I don’t think the image of the character is one she wants to bring up for her third child.
I do love Helix, Henna and Holland. I also love Harbor but it actually feels to obvious and matchy for me. So, yeah my pick is Henna for a girl, Helix for a boy.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:05 am
Harlow or Hallie for a girl and Hudson, Hayden or Holden for a boy 🙂
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:05 am
Hope is my favorite. Harper and Hyperion will be interesting too but Hyperion is not two syllables
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:10 am
I think Hart could work for either gender… but I may be biased as I have a Hartley
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:17 am
Love Hawk and Hero. Perhaps Heath, Hart, Hawthorne or Holt for boys and Holly, Honey or Hope for girls.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:36 am
I’ve got a soft spot for Helix and Hero 🙂
I’ll add Hallow, Halo, Hazard, Hunter, Hale, Hardy, Hawthorn, Hart/ Heart/Heartsome/Heartland/Heartwood, Hearth/Hearthstone, Hornet, Hamlet, Hitch, Helm and Holt, Hooper
If place-names count, maybe Houston, Harvard, Hobart, Hudson or Hebron.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:37 am
whoops, just saw a few other posts. Sorry for the repeats!
on August 23rd, 2017 at 4:13 am
Hope goes perfectly with Honor and Haven!!!
Helix and Henna are also great suggestions for something a little more “out there”.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 5:18 am
Not sure Harbor works as it shares origins with Haven, so means the same thing
on August 23rd, 2017 at 7:02 am
There are some great H names!
Harvey, Hugo, Hart, Harold, Hilda, Harlow, Hazel, Harris, Harding, Harper, Hawthorne, Helen, Hendrix, Hollis, Heidi, Huxley, Howard.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 7:06 am
I am guessing Hope , Hazel, and Holly are not unusual enough although I like all three,.
Happy or Hobby might be too weird.
I like Heath or Hutch for a boy.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 7:20 am
Holland, Helix, and Harbor are my favorites from your list. I also like Henley, Hale, and Hallow.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 8:04 am
Gosh, they really penned themselves in with such specific requirements for a name! I love Harbor, but I think it’s too close to Haven. Harper works, but I’m guessing it’s too popular. Maybe they’d use it for a boy? Harper is truly unisex to me, and while I love it on a girl, it’s sadly underused on boys. I like Hallow or Halo, but my guess is going to be Hope for a girl and Hale, Hardy, or Harp(er) for a boy.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 8:59 am
I like Holder for a boy. It is similar in length, but different in sound than Honor and Haven. It has a positive and virtuous connotation like the sister names.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 9:48 am
I like Helix for a boy. Honor, Haven, and Helix work well together. I also think Harbor would work for both genders, as both Haven and Honor have positive meanings as words, and Harbor fits that theme. I would also think Hope, but it may be too common.
Liz Kent Said
on August 23rd, 2017 at 10:25 am
Honey, Hazel, Heather, Harbour
on August 23rd, 2017 at 10:28 am
I think Heaven wouldbe the perfect fit!
on August 23rd, 2017 at 10:32 am
I think the obvious choices are Halo, Hallow or Harbor. Hope is only one syllable, so how about Hopi? (It’s a tribe, but people use Cheyenne and Cherokee). I don’t think they will choose a surname; it doesn’t fit with the others. It has to be word, so that’s why I agree with Harbor, Harrow, Harvard, Halcyon, Helix, Henna, or possibly Hazel, even though it’s more popular. And what about Harpo?
on August 23rd, 2017 at 11:35 am
I second Helix, Henna, and Hero. Also from the comments, Hart. Other ideas: Happy, Herb, Hill.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 11:38 am
It’s going to be Hope but I love Hero and give it a preferred thumbs up.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 11:47 am
Haze or Harvest for a boy and Holland for a girl <3 Helix is also cool!
I like Hallow (g), Hazel (g), Hunter (b), Hawthorn (b), Harvard (b) in the suggestions! I would be disappointed if they pick Hope. Also, I think Harbor is too close to Honor.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:06 pm
I really like Hero if it’s a boy! and Halo fits well for a girl.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:31 pm
Love Harbor & Helix!!
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:38 pm
I’m betting on Harper, Hazel, Harlow, Hart (boy) and Halo.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:45 pm
This is so fun! I was thinking Heart, but Jimmy suggested it in the clip and she didn’t like it 🙁
If it’s a boy, maybe they will go for something more macho like dad’s name…I would put my money on Hawk for a boy and Harbor for a girl.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Harbor and Helix are nice but Hero’s my favorite! I prefer it on a girl though since historically it’s a girl’s name. I also like the suggestions of Hale and Hardy. Hemlock and Harley could also work.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:03 pm
Someone else pointed it out but Harbor and Haven are too similar in meaning, but I also think its too close in sound to Honor. I know I would be tripping over the two names 🙂
My favorites are Hero and Hardy for a boy. For girls Harmony is my main pick. Also I personally like Hyacinth but it doesn’t sound like a sister to Haven and Honor.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:13 pm
I think Hero would be absolutely ADORABLE with Honor and Haven!!! A perfect match.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Darn just realized Harmony has three syllables…. Sorry guys but I still think its a good one. But sticking to the rules Harvest would have to be my next pick for a girl. Also Hope seems like the easy way out but its still sweet and would be a good sister name.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:35 pm
I’d go for Hero for a girl as a first choice, followed by Harmony or Harbor. For a boy, I’d go for Harvest. It seems they want modern virtue names, and Harvest, Hero, Harmony, and Harbour all fit that category.
I love the name Hawk, but it’s not really a virtue name, nor are Hawthorn, Hutch, and Helix. Heaven and Hope seem too obvious and/or common, and names like Holly, Heather, Houston and Harvard aren’t virtue names.
Maybe Halo or Hallow for a boy. What about Healer? Hm, maybe that sounds too much like a profession or a dog breed.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 1:37 pm
Oh, I just thought of another: Hearken. I think it’s better on a boy, but many virtue names could go for either.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 2:06 pm
on August 23rd, 2017 at 2:35 pm
I kinda hope they go with Holland. It fits best, I think.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 2:49 pm
This has really caught my attention today, so here are a few more thoughts:
Holiday is a bit lightweight next to Haven and Honor, but Holliday with 2 L’s could be a nod to Billie Holliday, which could give it a bit more weight.
Hale, Harp, Harness, and History could all be virtue names, though the first 2 work better than than the last 2.
Helo, Helio, and Helios all have reference to sunshine. I don’t really love them, but there ya go.
Horizon is more than the specified 2 or 3 syllables, but I think it would go well with Honor and Haven.
Overall, my favorites that I’ve seen today are Hero, Harvest, Horizon, and Hearken. I think all 4 could go for a girl or a boy, but I like Hero best on a girl and Hearken better for a boy than a girl. Harvest might lean towards the girl side, Horizon towards the boys, but I think it’s a pretty even split.
Maybe Harvest and Hearken would be easier to wear than Hero or Horizon. Hero is quite a bit to live up to. Harvest is a little gentler, like Honor and Haven. I’m changing my mind from my first comment. I’d go for Harvest for a girl and Hearken for a boy.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 3:32 pm
on August 23rd, 2017 at 4:33 pm
Ah what a cool challenge! I too thought of Harbor first, although Haven literally means harbor so it might be a bit of a double up. Harvest is also awesome, and Holland goes really well with her older daughters’ names I think. Some more ideas (forgive me if I double up on what someone else has posted- there’s a lot of great ideas up there and probably anything I suggest has already been done!). I’m being a bit loose with the ‘word’ requirement too, because why not!
on August 23rd, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Harper for a girl, maybe Hanover for a boy
on August 23rd, 2017 at 7:31 pm
Hero is a great suggestion. I’ve loved it for a girl ever since I first read “Much Ado About Nothing”.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Heather for a girl, Hebron for a boy.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 8:30 pm
I feel like she could totally bring back Heather and it ticks all the boxes.
Boy: Hadrian, Harley, Hart, Heloc
Girl: Hayfa, Hester, Horizon, Hollis, Hula
Unisex: Haze, Hurley, Hue
on August 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 pm
My first thought was Happy for a boy or a girl. I think it’s perfect with their sibset.
My favorite H girl’s name has alsways been Hailey, so I had to mention it as well.
I also love Hala and Harlow for girls. Hero, Harper, or Hudson are all great for boys.
on August 23rd, 2017 at 9:44 pm
Hesper or Hester or a girl is ideal for me. Hesper links to the Hesperides which is cool. For a boy I’d do Halberd nn Hal or if I were really daring Havoc. It seems like a guy named Cash would have a boy named Havoc for a son 😉
on August 24th, 2017 at 7:50 am
Hero for a boy! What about Huckleberry nn Huck? So cute!
For a girl- Halo seems perfect!!! Heavenly and nice o sound st the end.
Hope, Hazel, Happy are also nice picks but maybe too obvious.
Liz Kent Said
on August 24th, 2017 at 10:53 am
Top 3 Girl: Harp, Heart, Holy
Top 3 Boy: Harris, Hero, Hunter
Other Options (Girl, Boy, & Unisex): Harbour, Hawk, Hazard, Heather, Hebrew, Hemp, Herring, Hidden, Hollow, Honey, Humble, Hymn
Liz Kent Said
on August 24th, 2017 at 10:56 am
If you’re willing to move away from the syllable rule, Harmony, Hercules, Holiday, and Horizon are beautiful names.
Emilie Cecilia Said
on August 24th, 2017 at 12:08 pm
I agree that the names Henna, Halo, and Harbor would work fantastically. They all have the same feeling and air around them as Haven and Honor. They would just be so cute together!!
on August 26th, 2017 at 8:24 am
on August 30th, 2017 at 5:31 pm
Harbour and Hero are my favourites from the list, but I agree Harbour is too close in meaning to Haven, Hawk and Helix are great too.
I’d suggest Hue and Helm for boys.
on September 16th, 2017 at 6:49 pm
I like Hopper or Hayes for a boy. I think Harper would be a great option for a girl, although it’s much more popular and obvious than Honor and Haven.
on October 9th, 2017 at 9:36 am
I’m putting my bet on Hallow. Runner ups Hero and Halo.
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