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Is It True? Sophia, Jacob New #1s!

Nameberry exclusive!  Sophia and Jacob are the new Number 1 names, according to the headline of a press release posted briefly on the Social Security website and just as quickly taken down.  A sharp-eyed Berry alerted us to the possible leak.  The Most Popular Names 2011 announcement was supposed to have been made today, but was postponed until Monday morning on The Today Show.  But Nameberry may have just scooped NBC, thanks to our wonderful Berries! xxxx

And now on to our regularly scheduled program.  This year, Nameberry says Happy Mother’s Day by saluting the best baby-naming celebs who have become moms since last Mother’s Day–some for the first time, some not.  We’re staying away from the more extreme choices (so sorry, Mariah and Beyonce and Jessica), in favor of those that have shown an elegant sense of style, a degree of creativity–and in a few cases some ingenuity by unearthing some great buried treasures.

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This week Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain speculates on the BeyonceJay-Z babe name possibilities and reports on other baby name news of the week.

The news that Beyoncé is going to be a mama set gossip blogs afire.  Ever since she and Jay-Z tied the knot, there was talk of a future Bey-Z.  Now speculation turns to the baby’s name.  Will they play it safe and name a son Shawn Carter, Jr.?  If we believe Jay-Z’s lyrics, he’s all about honoring his roots by calling a daughter Brooklyn.  Since Beyoncé is a spin on a family surname, it is possible they’ll look to their ancestors for inspiration.  How about Celestine or Gloria for a girl, or a son named Mathew or Lumis?

I’m rooting for Agnez for a daughter, in honor of Beyoncé’s grandmother.  Something tells me that the couple will surprise all of us.

On to the names in the news this week:

AfricaElea at British Baby Names rounded up the manxiest of the Manx names – appellations that flourished on that lonely island in the Irish Sea.  The native language is Celtic, but there are healthy doses of Norse influence, too.  I’m fascinated by Africa, also written Aufrica, a name that appears amongst the Manx ruling families.  See her full list here.

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