Name Sage: Kim Kardashian Stole My Baby Name!
We are expecting a girl in December. We thought we had the perfect name picked out for our little darling: Easton Brennan LastName. We loved that Easton is not expected for a girl and Brennan is my best friend’s last name. Our son Nash Anderson‘s middle name is my husband’s last name.
Then Kim and Kanye have to go and get pregnant! It’s rumored their boy will be named Easton and I just can’t get over it! Our kids will be born at similar times and I don’t want announce that my new baby has the same name as this celebrity babe.
The problem is we can’t agree on other names! I like Vivi, but it’s so common.
Help! I want something as fun and unique as Nash!
The Name Sage replies:
Celebrities can change the way we think about a baby name, and you’re absolutely right – if North West’s little brother is named Easton, it’s easy to imagine the name feeling forever tied to the Kardashians.
There are two ways this could play out.
Scenario Two: You’re in the hospital, cradling your newborn daughter, while simultaneously scanning Twitter to see if Kim is in labor yet. Meanwhile, the birth certificate application is waiting, and friends and relatives are starting every conversation with, “Congratulations! Did you choose a name yet?”
Let’s say that Scenario Two is impossibly stressful, and best avoided.
The good news? You still have plenty of time to find an alternate name for your daughter. And, since it’s perfectly possible Kim might deliver first and not use Easton, you’re not necessarily looking for a new favorite name.
It sounds like you are looking for a name that’s a little bit different. Based on Easton and Vivi, I’d say that you would prefer something modern, possibly gender neutral, certainly not in the US Top 100 for girls, and nothing that shares sounds with Nash Anderson.
Brennan – The easiest option? Promote the middle name to the first place, and name your daughter Brennan Easton. Since Brennan is an honor name, I’m not sure if that works – or if you like the name Brennan enough to use it as a given name. But it seems very much your style, and I think the influence of fictional, whipsmart scientist Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones makes this name very wearable for girls.
Langley – To some parents, Langley might be all US Air Force base. But for the rest of us, Langley has great potential as a girl’s name. It shares the stylish L of Lily and Layla, and the –ley of Ashley, Riley, and Hadley. The name was at an all-time high as of 2014, but that translates to just 35 girls given the name. I love the sound of Nash and Langley together.
Reeve – I tend to think of Reeve as masculine, but that’s not necessarily so. Blending the sounds of Reese and Eve, Reeve was the name Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh gave to their youngest daughter. It’s also the name of a female character in Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland. Just like Nash, Reeve is a strong sound, short and complete and nicely unexpected. Plus, Reeve Brennan is a great combination!
Sloane – Much as I like Nash and Reeve, I like Nash and Sloane even more. Maybe it’s lingering affection for the character from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, probably the first time most of us heard the name. My only hesitation? At Number 370 in the US as of 2014, I’m not sure Sloane is rare enough to meet your criteria.
Beckett – Rebecca was a Top 100 favorite from the 1940s into the new century, and many a mom answers to Becky. Surname name Beckett is popular for boys, but could also be a refreshing update to Rebecca. Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes has three daughters: Harper, Emerson, and Beckett.
Veda – Because Vivi also appeals to you, let’s look at some names that aren’t surnames at all. Veda means knowledge in Sanskrit. It’s an unexpected word name with an appealing meaning. If Veda isn’t quite the right fit, there’s also Vega, as in the star, or Vita, the Latin word for life.
Carys – Another meaningful possibility is Carys, from the Welsh word for love. Carys is every bit as tailored as surname names like Easton and Reeve, but is slightly more feminine. While the name is familiar in the US, it’s never cracked the Top 1000.
Of course, I really hope that the rumors about the new Kimye baby are wrong, and you get to use Easton!
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on September 22nd, 2015 at 11:01 pm
I wouldn’t let that trashy woman dictate my child’s name. If you like the name, use it. I’m sure your child will be better reared than hers.
on September 22nd, 2015 at 11:16 pm
I really like the suggestions of Langley and Veda. I like their flow with Nash. My suggestion would be Este it means star and isn’t too far from Easton. It also sounds great as a sibset with Nash. Este Brennan LN. I also know two people with you children named Easton long before the Kardashians used it, so I personally wouldn’t think of them if someone told me their baby’s name is Easton. If you love it, use it.
on September 22nd, 2015 at 11:33 pm
Kim Kardashian said they’re not going to use another directional name. “I don’t think we’ll go with another direction.” http://celebritybabies.people.com/2015/06/15/kim-kardashian-pregnant-baby-name-south/
on September 23rd, 2015 at 12:13 am
If Kim uses Easton, I don’t think that I would. It will become more popular than you would like. Would you consider Eason or Eatton as a backup? I think Lowry would be absolutely adorable, too. Here are a few other suggestions:
Bixby – nns: Bix, Bea, BB, Ixby. Nash and Bix.
Cayo, Cedes (like Mercedes)
Etta, Evo, Enola
Dulcie, Dabney, Darby
Gailla, Gayla, Galla
Kit, Klo, Kloa, Clia
Noa, Nova, Noi/Noey, Nya, Niro
Ziva (ZEEV-uh) – nns: Z, Zee, ZiZi.
Zeta, Zayne, Zayd, Zada, Zadia, Zakia
on September 23rd, 2015 at 1:30 am
My suggestion is Quinn
on September 23rd, 2015 at 3:49 am
I seriously doubt they’re going to name him Easton… I mean maaaybe but Kim is quoted to have said that naming their baby another direction would be stupid.
That being said some more suggestions-
West – I think West as a girls name is super cool and unexpected. It also goes great with Brennan and Nash… West Brennan & Nash Anderson
Maelie – pronouced May-lee, it’s a french name and I think it means priness! Maelie Brennan is cute and Maelie & Nash sounds cute together!
Rory Brennan & Nash Anderson”Nash & Rory”
Jory Brennan & Nash Anderson “Nash & Jory”
Effy Brennan & Nash Anderson “Nash & Effy”
Etta Brennan & Nash Anderson “Nash & Etta”
Joey Brennan & Nash Anderson “Nash & Joey”
Venice Brenna & Nash Anderson “Nash & Venice”
on September 23rd, 2015 at 6:03 am
Easton for a girl is nms.
From Abby’s suggestions, I like Carys, Sloane, Veda, and Vega!
Hollis, Greer, Maeve, Rowan?
on September 23rd, 2015 at 7:22 am
I think use it is you love it. I do like the other suggestion of Este Brennan from the second commenter and think it goes well with Nash too.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 8:40 am
Kim Kardashian said if North had been a boy he would be Easton because apparently Easton West is clever. Hint hint it’s not. But she has clarified months ago that Easton WILL NOT be North’s little brother. They aren’t going the direction route again, they say. So little Easton is all yours!
on September 23rd, 2015 at 8:45 am
Kim isn’t going to use Easton as far as I’m aware, she’s explicitly said she won’t use another direction name and has dropped it as a joke a few times. I wouldn’t worry!
on September 23rd, 2015 at 8:47 am
I know this is strange but I use this website for my sims names. When I saw Langley it brought back memories. Langley was one of the first names i found on here which i gave to one of my sim’s quads. So yay
on September 23rd, 2015 at 9:05 am
I like Veda and Sloane for you. Or Brennan (nn Bren?). Also:
Shea or Shae
on September 23rd, 2015 at 9:26 am
I would go with Easton, who cares what the Kardashians will or won’t name their son. If you love it, do it. I think it’s beautifully paired with Brennan and nash. If Kim k were to use the name, hers is hoaxy, yours is beautiful. I didn’t use a name I wanted on my daughter bc I let other people’s opinion get to me and I regret it now. Your opinion is the only one that matters (well the hubby too) keep us posted!
on September 23rd, 2015 at 9:41 am
Well, Easton is not my style, I would never use it on both genders, but I fully agree with lesliemarion. There could be some comments by family members and friends but I don’t think that other people will associate your choice with the celebrity’s baby. I also like joquinta’s suggestion on Este, I prefer the spelling Estee but I think that both could work, as they’re not too far from Easton. However, I suggest that you use the name you love, regardless of the fact that a celebrity said that she would use it.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 9:51 am
Actually, my granddaughter shares the name of a celebrity child and I figured that people would say, “Shiloh – like Brad and Angelina’s daughter,” but I haven’t heard that comment once. My Shiloh is three. If Kimye uses Easton or Weston, probably it won’t be that noticeable as the surprise of North has worn off. They like attention, so they will probably pass on the predictable Easton. I hope you get to use Easton! Good luck to you!
on September 23rd, 2015 at 10:52 am
I agree with the others. It’s very unlikely they’ll use Easton. And if you give birth first, it’s yours. If they happen to use it before you have your baby, you’ll have some time. But honestly, I am feeling something like Wilde/Wilder for them. It would be a shame to let a celebrity dash your perfect name off the list, let alone cause you any stress. Go with your gut.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 12:49 pm
I agree w/the pps who have said to use the name you love. But if it will really bother you if K & K use the name, then I do like the suggestions of Carys & Tierney. They’re more feminine sounding w/being girly (IMO), & Nash definitely says boy to me, so I like the idea of having a name that says girl. I also thought that perhaps Vesper would give you the V of Vivi w/a feminine but not girly or popular name (I know Vesper’s big here on NB, but not in the general population). Another name that popped into my mind was Zara: unusual first letter, feminine but strong-sounding. Nash & Vesper? Nash & Zara? Good luck! 🙂
on September 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Sorry for repeats:
Ione or Ioni (“EYE-oh-nee”)
on September 23rd, 2015 at 2:17 pm
I would use the name that you loved even if Kimye chooses this name. You shouldn’t allow a celebrity to dictate what you name your child. It’s not like the name Easton would be completely associated with Kimye’s child, due to the fact that the name is used and not unheard off expect in regards to them. Easton is not like Beyonce where the name is completely associated with the celebrity. Easton is already in the charts and used!! So I would go ahead and use the name you love. However if you are concerned about this then I love the choices of Sloane & Carys.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 2:51 pm
For those that will know you and your child, that will be the Easton that they love and they won’t compare them to a Kardashian… probably in the future people will say ‘Kardashian who?!’.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 3:26 pm
I agree–use the name you love. So what if Kimye use Easton? In a couple months’ time, most people will not associate the name with them hardly at all. I can only name a very few children of celebrities. I think Kim and Kanye’s fans will be the most likely to make the association if anyone does, but then it will be a positive association for those people.
Also consider: if Kimye use Easton, it may well see a rise in popularity. This could be good (the more popular a name is, the less the association with Kimye) or bad (less rare of a name, compared to Nash), depending on how you look at it.
At the end of the day, Kim K is not stressing over what you name your baby, so it seems unfair that you should worry about what she names hers. Give your daughter the name you love and on the off-chance that people ask, you can explain that either a) your child had the name first, and/or b) no, she is not named for the celeb baby.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 3:43 pm
Reeve is really cool. I think that it would pair really well with Nash. With that said, if you like Easton, go with it.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 4:41 pm
Love the suggestions of Vesper and Zara. Zella is a great one two. Greer, Veda, and yes, Coco (!) are also great options!
on September 23rd, 2015 at 4:42 pm
on September 23rd, 2015 at 6:53 pm
Easton West? Are they (Kimye) seriously considering that? I have no words. I love the name Easton, it would be a shame if they chose it. But Kim did vehemently deny that her daughter was going to be named North, so I don’t put much stock in their denial at this point.
However, the name sage provided many lovely alternatives and if you still feel like Easton is the perfect choice I would move forward with it regardless of what the West family chooses. Plus, you will be using Easton for a little girl and they will be using it for a little boy so perhaps that’s enough of a difference for people to not really put much notice into it. Plus, Easton is a “real” name unlike North. That is so uncommon that it would stick out, but Easton isn’t completely unheard of in general. Very unique for a girl and I just love it with Nash so I hope you decide to go ahead and use it, but as I said above the name sage did provide some excellent alternatives to choose from as well.
on September 23rd, 2015 at 8:19 pm
I love Reeve, Sloane, and Veda from the suggestions. Other great ones from nameberries. I’d say use it if you like it though!
on September 24th, 2015 at 3:31 am
you’ve gotten some great suggestions! I’ll try & add a few…
Instead of Easton maybe:
Viviana mm Vivi
on September 24th, 2015 at 8:37 am
So many great suggestions – thanks all!
I agree – Kim has said no way to another directional name. But she also laughed off North, so …
As for whether I’d change my favorite name if a celeb chose it? I don’t know it. Love ’em or hate ’em, the Kardashians are pretty high profile. If I were due around the same time, I think a constantly-in-the-headlines celeb using the name I loved would give me pause. If the name had family connections or I had another reason for choosing it, I probably wouldn’t budge. But I can see how a celebrity – especially one that I didn’t admire – could make a favorite name feel less special.
on September 24th, 2015 at 11:22 am
First of all, she did not steal your baby name. You do not have the rights to it. If you are afraid she us going to use it, then don’t use it yourself. Anyway, what does it matter? I personally wouldn’t use it if she did name her kid that. But it doesn’t matter if she uses it or not. Tons of kids have the same name.
on September 24th, 2015 at 11:48 am
I would definitely choose something else. Not only because I would not want the constant association with the Kardashians in the event they do use it, but because I don’t care for Easton on a girl. For me it’s firmly on the boys side, along with Weston and yes, North.
on September 24th, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Love the suggestion of Rory! Rory and Nash are a dream sibset!
on September 25th, 2015 at 5:45 pm
Nash isn’t that rare – it was #364 in 2014 in the US. If you stay above #300, I think you’ll still find that your daughter’s name feels uncommon.
I think Sloane, Reese, Tierney, Carys, Coco, Rue, Lola, Leni, or even your beloved Vivi, would be great next to Nash. Short, modern, energetic, familiar.
And to everyone who says Easton was a joke from Kim — everyone thought North was a joke, too.
on September 25th, 2015 at 6:31 pm
I’m not sure which side of the fence I’m on with this one. I don’t *think* Kimye will name baby boy Easton, because using another direction-inspired name doesn’t feel very, well, inspired, but I can’t count it totally out. And, it’ll be a big celebaby deal. So, I see your hesitation.
That said, if you absolutely cannot find a name you love more for your daughter than Easton Brennan, then I vote bite the bullet here.
Easton and Vivi feel diabolically opposed to me, so I’m struggling to pinpoint your style. With Nash, it’s looking like you prefer a name with modern style, zippy flavor, and a cool vibe. Perhaps with a gender neutral bent (Vivi, though, is pure girl). Along those lines, I actually like Reeve best on Abby’s list, although it feels more boyish. It’s just so neat with Nash (a stellar choice, by the way). My own suggestions would include names with that feel with perhaps a bit more of a feminine bent;
Wylie or Wiley – Has the rugged charm of Nash with a unisex feel and on trend -ley sound.
Wyatt – If you dare go with the name of another celebaby (Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher), this is ideal.
August – Again, a celebaby name via Charlize Theron. Sorry. But a winner!
Wren – Perhaps too much of a chart climber for your taste, but a worthy match to snazzy Nash’s feel, although Wren Brennan doesn’t work.
Kit – Someone else suggested this unisex vintage nickname, such a fave of mine!
Orly – Playful and elegant, unisex yet delicate, I think Orly Brennan has a nice ring to it.
Jules – A boyish touch combined with feminine appeal make nickname-y Jules stand out.
Rue – Nature-y and somewhat subdued, Rue has a vintage warmth and modern sleekness.
on September 25th, 2015 at 6:36 pm
If you like Easton, use it! It’s not like she has a patent on the name.
on September 26th, 2015 at 11:18 pm
I just wanted to say that I 100% feel your pain. North was my no. 1 boy’s name until Kimye stole it for their girl. Not even a boy! I hope to still use it in the future when the hype dies down but I’ll always be a lil worried about the connection.
on September 28th, 2015 at 5:05 am
I’m not a fan of Easton on a girl. I’d consider the practicality of giving a little girl 2 traditionally male names. I have worked at cash registers before, and carded people buying alcohol. If Easton Brennan came in at barely 21, I’d probably ask for an additional i.d… because I wouldn’t want to lose my job, and it’d seem suspicious. Locker room assignments, phone calls for Mr._____, etc. are all a possibility… and a higher possibility with 2 male names. Then there’s passport checks in foreign countries where male names are not applied to females, visa applications, etc. I personally wouldn’t use Easton, but if I did, I’d pair it with a female name as a middle. As for Kimye, why should that matter? Easton is a common boy’s name these days.
I’d recommend some truly unisex names…
on October 11th, 2015 at 6:25 pm
Please I am begging you. Do not give her the middle name Brennan. But its your choice.
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