Poppy, Persia and Clark: Baby Names in the News
Congrats to Kim and Kanye on the arrival of their daughter! There’s been no name announcement as of Sunday night. Is the couple still deciding, or have they realized that delaying the name announcement can generate twice the headlines?
Let’s give the famous duo the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re still deliberating. If Kimye is stumped, they’re not the first parents to find themselves uncertain about The Name.
Could they be stuck because they’ve limited themselves to K names? Or have they fallen for a choice that doesn’t start with K and fret that breaking with the family tradition might cause problems?
While we wait to learn the name of the newest member of the Kardashian family, let’s check out the other baby names in the news this week:
Poppy – Speaking of delayed baby name announcements, Stephen Moyer finally revealed the names of his twins with Anna Paquin. Daughter Poppy’s name is popular throughout much of the English-speaking world, but rare in English. It’s also a nice connection to Lilac, Stephen’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Charlie – Poppy’s brother is called Charlie. No word on whether that’s short for Charles or not. Something tells me not. Stephen has an older son named Billy, not William. Plus Charlie is a chart-topper for boys in the UK, just like Poppy. Together the kids sound more than a little bit British. While Stephen and Anna are famous for their roles in Southern vampire series True Blood, he’s British and she grew up in New Zealand.
Sonia – From television to the stage, let’s talk Tonys. Lisa Milbrand wrote about Sonia, as in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Anton Chekov-inspired Best Play winner. Like Vanya and Masha, Sonia is a Russian diminutive. She’s related to the chart-topping Sophia. It’s tempting to predict that she’ll make a comeback, but Sonia has been fading ever since she had a brief spell of popularity in the 1960s.
Stephen – Speaking of fading, I was pleasantly surprised to see a birth announcement for a baby Stephen! Young and the Restless alum Julia Pace Mitchell and husband Stephen Hightower were sticking with tradition when they named their son. Baby Stephen is a III.
Gracie Elliot – Is Gracie with a masculine middle a new trendlet? Last month we welcomed Gracie James, a new daughter for Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. Now singer Selena Gomez has a new baby in her life – little sister Gracie Elliot, a daughter for Selena’s mom, Mandy Teefey. Let’s look out for birth announcements for girls called Sadie Thomas, Hattie Arthur, and Katie Jude.
Persia – As much time as we’ve spent talking about place names, I’m always surprised at how many great possibilities go unused. I’d never heard this one until it popped up in a recent birth announcement. A historical name for the country that we now know as Iran, Persia brings to mind the history and artistry of ancient empires. Headlines about the political situation in the Persian Gulf might give some parents pause, but she’s as wearable as India, or many a place name.
Berlin – Kelli challenged herself to list place names she’d consider for her children, based on locations with significance in her life. I’m charmed by her globe-trotting choices. Berlin tops her list. Ever since Jeremy Renner welcomed daughter Ava Berlin earlier this year, I’ve been wondering if we’ll hear more of is name.
Angus – Do you remember MacGyver, the 80s television hit about a guy who could do anything with duct tape and whatever else happened to be on hand? Baby Name Pondering reminded us that the title character’s seldom-heard first name is a great one: Angus.
Clark – Man of Steel opened this weekend, with near-record box office revenue. I suppose the flick could inspire more babies named Kal–El, but I’m hoping the name that sees a boost is Clark. Henry Cavill is dashing in the superhero gear, but equally handsome when he’s trying to blend in. Clark Gable, Lewis and Clark, Clark Kent – there’s much to love about this surname name.
Spotted any interesting names this week? Have any guesses for Kimye’s baby name?
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on June 17th, 2013 at 2:43 am
Poppy and Charlie are adorable! Not unusual, but adorable. I wonder why it took them so long to make the announcement?
on June 17th, 2013 at 3:38 am
I love all of these!!
on June 17th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
I love the name Clark and have been wondering for awhile why it wasn’t in use more these days.
on June 17th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Poppy and Charlie are adorable twin names! As for Kimye’s baby, I’m kinda betting on Karat. 😉
on June 17th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
I can’t wait to know the name of Kim and Kanye’s baby! Honestly, this might be the most excited I’ve been to hear a celebrity baby name in a long, long time.
on June 17th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Oh, I really like Clark! Not sure about others but this one is gorgeous.
on June 17th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
I feel like it could easily be Karat. The names I’m dismissing are the ones that scream mom to me: Kristen, Krystal. The Jenner girls’ names are ahead of the curve – I could see Kendall before Kaitlyn. So Karat, Kashmir … sure.
Love seeing all of the enthusiasm for Clark. Totally underused.
on June 17th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
I’m thinking Kassia, Kora, Karma, Karly, or maybe even Kimye itself is on the table. They may try to trademark it, a la Blue Ivy.
on June 17th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
Twins Charlie and Poppy? Thats sooo adorable. And Persia is just fantastic.
on June 17th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
Wouldn’t it be great I’m Kim and kanye totally threw us for a curve and went for something fairly normal like Katherine, Karen or Kayla? Even Kelly. I’m hoping its not too crazy i.e. Kynzie, Kandy, Kali.
on June 17th, 2013 at 3:21 pm
Poppy & Charlie sounds so British – as a Brit – I can so imagine this sibling set running around a British playground.
I’m not a fan on Sonia, Persia, and Angus
Berlin I’m not sure Ava Berlin is so dodgy in my head the connotations of Eva Braun and Germany its just too much.
Clark is cute sounds very retro and sweet. I also like Gracie Elliot it’s not normally what I go for but I still think it’s sweet.
on June 17th, 2013 at 6:18 pm
I’m feeling Katia or Krishna for the Kimye baby! Just a guess.
on June 18th, 2013 at 6:14 am
Oh please, not Katia! Love that name! Would hate for it to go Kardashian!
Love Clark! Angus makes me think of beef.
on June 18th, 2013 at 6:41 am
Love Poppy and Charlie, though I’m a Brit myself so maybe I’m biased! Personally, I’d prefer Charles nn Charlie. Sonia and Persia sound so exotic to me, I love them both! Not a fan of Angus and Clark, and Berlin seems a bit too out there for my taste. And the trend of a feminine + boys name, like Gracie Elliot (or Hattie Arthur, as was suggested) is not for me. I’d much prefer a longer feminine name with a more unisex mn, like Penelope Sage, or Helena Quinn.
on June 18th, 2013 at 9:05 am
I hope the girls with male mn doesn’t become an epidemic. We already have too many unisex names as it is. Already when we read birth announcements we have to pause and ask ourselves is it a boy or a girl? Let’s get back to basics so our children won’t be gender confused. Am totally on board with the Classics, i.e., Alice, Beatrice, Elizabeth, Emory, William or Edward. With several nicknames to chose from.
on September 5th, 2013 at 12:30 am
The only name I don’t get is Poppy. I know it’s a nature name but that isn’t what I think when I hear it. Many people call their grandfather Poppy so it makes me think of an old man that is a grandfather….not a girl let alone a little girl…it’s kinda creepy to name a girl Poppy in my opinion. However I know that I have an unpopular opinion there. Otherwise the names are fine in my book.
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