Jagger, Bear, and Lucy Diamond: Fierce and Fanciful Baby Names in the News
Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
As the year draws to a close, we have a bumper crop of celebrity birth announcements to celebrate.
The newest arrivals answer to some very on-trend names: fierce, daring, nature-themed, a little bit rock and roll.
Some of them might even seem fanciful, the tiniest bit over-the-top. But we live in an age where imagination and creativity are prized. From Pinterest to Etsy, the rise of DIY and crafting and an emphasis on design has filtered into how we think about our children’s names.
Leo – French actress Melanie Laurent is a new mom. Her son is Leo, a name popular in France, as well as the English-speaking world. It’s a fierce choice, but also one that feels gently vintage. He’s among the most popular of the ends in ‘o’ choices for boys these days, and despite his ties to the king of the beasts, he’s a little gentleman, too. Now that Leo is mainstream, is it any wonder we’re hearing other names from the animal kingdom?
Bear – We finally learned the name of Kate Winslet’s new arrival. She and husband Ned Rocknroll have named their boy Bear. It’s sure to make the lists of wacky celebrity names, but is Bear really so outlandish? From Leo to Wren, some of the most current names for kids are positively zoological.
Kaius – Celeb stylist Rachel Zoe welcomed her second child with husband Rodger Berman. Kaius fits in with ancient names like Atticus, but the K spelling makes him feel more modern. Still, this name has a long and storied past – Julius Caesar’s first name was Gaius, a popular name of his day. The K and C spellings are variants.
Kai – Rachel and Rodger announced that son Kaius will answer to Kai. It’s a popular, portable name, with roots in Northern Europe and Hawaii. The only hitch? Big brother Skyler answers to Sky, making their sons Sky and Kai. That seems cute – but a little bit too close.
Jagger – One more from the Berman clan – the couple went with the middle name Jagger for their new son. Since big brother’s full name is Skyler Morrison, it suggests that they were thinking music when they named their boys – The Doors’ Jim Morrison and the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. At #557 in 2012, Jagger is at his most popular, and the new celeb kiddo could help push him even higher.
Lucy Diamond – Aussie MP and businessman Clive Palmer and wife Anna have just welcomed a second daughter together. Her full name is Lucy Diamond Stelina Mary Anna Nancy. That’s a lot of names – one more than Uma Thurman’s daughter Luna. Morrison, Jagger, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds … classic rock has made its way into the nursery in a big way.
Stelina – It’s tucked in the middle of little Lucy’s name, and hasn’t attracted much comment. But isn’t Stelina interesting? We’ve heard elaborations of Stella like Stellaluna in recent years, but Stelina is a new one to me. She could work well as a given name for parents after that elusive normal-but-different name.
Marvel – Choices like Bear and Diamond raise a few eyebrows, but noun names are nothing new. Want proof? Once Upon a Time Baby Names covered Marvel – once a Top 1000 choice for baby girls in the US, ages before anyone had ever heard of The Hunger Games.
Geordie – This name has been popping up in year-end stories in the British press as a surprising choice. I was puzzled – after all, Geordie seems to fit with Alfie, Archie, and Charlie, the friendly nickname-names that have dominated the UK rankings in recent years. Plus, Geordie is a diminutive form of George – the royal name on everyone’s radar. It turns out that Geordie Shore is also the name of the British equivalent of American reality series Jersey Shore. Geordie is a term to describe a resident of North East England, specifically Tyneside. So yes, that does make Geordie a surprising choice in the UK – but one that I quite like anyhow.
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on December 29th, 2013 at 11:59 pm
Some great, fresh names on this list i.e. Bear, Kaius, Luna etc…good to see such adventurous naming trends…
on December 30th, 2013 at 7:29 am
Isn’t woolly spelt with two ls? I LOVE Stelina off this list!
on December 30th, 2013 at 8:30 am
My reaction: bleh. All very “on-trend” names here, but…bleh. I don’t enjoy them, that’s for sure. I do like Leo, and Stelina is interesting – though it does sound a little bit like “stiletto,” doesn’t it?
Lucy Diamond Stelina Mary Anna Nancy is overkill just in sheer number of names; and I’m all about music-inspired names, but Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, really? I guess the drug reference controversy is old news, but I can think of a lot of other names from Beatles songs that feel more appropriate for an MP’s daughter.
Kaius nn Kai is extremely timely, I just don’t care for the Caesar names in general, so I can’t enjoy this one very much. Sky and Kai are likely to be pretty confusing as a brother duo — but when the boys get in trouble they will surely and suddenly become Skyler and Kaius again, so it probably won’t be as inconvenient as it seems.
Geordie seems a bit tacky if it is actually inspired by a Jersey Shore-like reality TV program. It seems likely that the U.K.’s love of nickname-names and maybe even the new little Prince have been more influential though.
on December 30th, 2013 at 8:59 am
I love Leo. Lovely handsome name. And I like Bear… as a nickname. It still seems silly to me as a real name. But it could work as a sweet nn for any child! Geordie is ridiculous to me.
@whirligig: Maybe I’m just tired but I can’t see the word woolly anywhere. Anyway, Americans tend to drop an L in some words. Same with chilli, cancelled and marvellous.
on December 30th, 2013 at 11:46 am
Leo is my son’s name and I love it! We named him after my grandpa and I think it’s a lovely name for all the aforementioned reasons. The other names aren’t my style. Lucy on it’s own is cute, but I’d definitely have her full name be Lucille or Lucia. When common nicknames are the full name, I feel like the name is incomplete.
on December 30th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
@JH – I tend to agree with you – I’m a sucker for a formal name with a great nn. And oh, there are some great formal choices for Lucy. Lucienne is my favorite!
on December 30th, 2013 at 1:02 pm
I think we are all forgetting the most influential Georgie here- Geordi La Forge of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” 🙂
on December 30th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Geordie not Georgie. Woops!
on December 30th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
I think Bear is actually kinda cute!
Lucy Diamond was Dakota Fanning’s character in I Am Sam where she was nominated for a SAG Award when she was like 6. Lucy Diamond must be the Beatles-lovers’ go to!
I love the name Leo because I’m a Leo myself haha. It’s very cute. I’d use it on my own son especially if he had an August bday like me.
Stelina is unique!
I’m on the fence about Jagger but Kaius is very unique and cool. According to Twitter, Bianca Jagger is Rachel’s fashion icon so that might be half the reason for the namesake.
I’m not feelin’ Geordie or Marvel.
on December 30th, 2013 at 8:33 pm
Bear – I think it’s an adorable nickname, but once you use it as the proper name it loses all of its charm.
Marvel – I like Marvel a lot, actually, though for me the attraction would be mainly in the comic books.
The rest are pretty unspectacular to me, except for Kaius. Kaius hurts me a little bit inside. That K just really, really bothers me, and I’m not sure why.
on December 30th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
I think Stelina is lovely! I first thought of the smoosh between Stella and Lina. However, I don’t care for Lucy Diamond. I automatically think of the Beetle’s song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I guess if that’s your thing though, it’s enevitable. I also think that Bear is too much. I wonder how the child will handle that type of a name and if he will end up changing it in the long run. I love Kai, Leo and Geordie. I could use them, but I’d go with the Jordi spelling so not to associate a child with the prince. That’s a little too much pressure.
on December 30th, 2013 at 11:10 pm
I love Leo, Luna and Morrison! If Lucy and Jagger weren’t completely played out in the area I live in I’d be more excited about them.
The Kai/Sky thing is eyeroll-inducing (even though their full names are pretty cool) and I just CAN’T with Bear because it has forever been the name of my friend’s huge akita. It’s a dog’s name, man.
2014 is gearing up to be a great year for names! Yay! Excited!
on December 31st, 2013 at 2:01 pm
I love Bear, it is wonderful. And while little Lucy’s long name is overkill, I do love the individual names.
on December 31st, 2013 at 4:57 pm
At first I didn’t like Lucy Diamond because I thought it was a little overkill (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) but actually I think it’s powerful and cute at the same time!
Also, I LOVE Bear. Wish hubby would go for it! 🙁
on December 31st, 2013 at 9:32 pm
I love the name Bear – it’s my brother’s everyday-use name, and fits him perfectly.
It hasn’t been confirmed that Lucy Diamond is from the song, although it certainly looks that way. I think Lucy is actually from “Peanuts”, since if she was a boy, Lucy’s name would have been Charlie after Charlie Brown.
I always say you shouldn’t name your baby after something you can’t afford, and in this case, at least daddy can buy Lucy as many diamonds as she wants! 😉
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