By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Lately when I hear a birth announcement, I’ll sometimes find myself thinking: “Oh, what a nice, normal name.”
This is madness, of course. Because there’s no such thing as a normal name.
There are stalwart classics, like Elizabeth and James. There are well-established mainstream choices, like Jacob and Ava.
Trends have been with us forever. And there have always been kids with outlandish names, the Bunny and Princess, or Rebel, Rocket, and Rogue of their generations.
In the year between last Father’s Day
and this one, some interestingly named starbabies were born to some high-profile Hollywood Dads. But a caveat–if you’re looking for Hazel
Krasinski or Bodhi Ransom Green
, Apollo Bowie Flynn
Rossdale or Otis Alexander
Sudeikis–they were already snatched by their equally famous moms onto our Mother’s Day
By Linda Rosenkrantz
We haven’t quite kissed 2013 goodbye yet, but we’re close enough to have gotten a pretty good picture of the year’s celebrity baby naming landscape, enough to pick out our personal faves—and to give you the reasons why. Here are our Top 12 choices—some from A-list celebs, others who are not so well known—from the worlds of film, TV and sports.
Winnie Rose—Jimmy and Nancy Fallon went up to the attic to pick this vintage treasure. Turns out the name was chosen by the couple in honor of the lake where they frequently vacationed and even got engaged at: New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, but, said Fallon, ‘Winnipesaukee’s a little long, Also, she’s a ‘win’ for us. He added that the Wonder Years connotation makes the name even better –“Winnie is the coolest girl on TV ever.”
We’re happy to announce the birth of our third Nameberry Guide ebook, Best Baby Names for Girls
! In it we’ve selected from the over 20,000 girls’ names on Nameberry the 650 choices we think most likely to succeed at containing the perfect choice for your baby daughter. Now we’re going even further. We’ve winnowed that 650 down to a single representative entry plus two runners-up in a dozen popular categories, with a taste of what’s said about each one in the book. Get your copy
to see the full list today!