The Bounty Parenting Club, which I had no idea existed until just now, released its annual list of the most popular and “extraordinary” baby names of 2013, if by “extraordinary” they mean “destined to get your kid weird looks for the rest of their life.” For example, Tea, Sorel, Pinky, Ream, and Pepsi were popular names for girls this year, while a number of parents thought it a great idea to name their sons Tiger, Lohan, Dior, Denley and Boden. In all seriousness, while my own baby name tastes tend towards the old fashioned and vaguely country music-inspired, I do think parents should name their kids after whatever they want, even inferior carbonated cola beverages and flailing former It Girls. [Bounty]
Here are a few hints:
It’s one syllable.
It’s a dairy product.
It should not be anyone’s name.
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I’ve known a few Noelles and Hollys in my day, so the trend of giving your baby a name inspired by the season when it was born—especially a magical season like Christmas—isn’t anything new. And we’ve all heard seasonal names like April, Summer, and Autumn before. (Secret confession: Autumn was my number one, all-time favorite name for a girl, no matter what season she was born in, but now I have two boys!)
But even with baby naming, you can have too much of a good thing. Read more on The Gloss…
Parents have long taken inspiration for their child’s name from pop culture. For the last few years, “Twilight”-inspired names like Bella/Isabella and Edward have been huge, as have names borrowed from famous tots like Mason (Kourtney Kardashian’s son). But the names on the rise this year are mostly inspired by characters on the small screen, specifically grim and violent dramas like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland.” Keep reading »
I dislike Mitt Romney and his politics as much as the next liberal. But I draw the line at inane knee-jerk reactions to the name of his new adopted grandchild.
See, Ben Romney and his wife Andelynne Romney (above) adopted a newborn baby boy. The 23rd grandchild in the Romney family (not 22nd, as tweeted) is a little Black baby named Kieran James Romney. Some folks on Twitter are upset that in Gaelic, the name Kieran means “black,” “little dark one,” or “dark skinned.” They seem to be suggesting Ben Romney, a doctor, and his wife chose intentionally to stigmatize the child by effectively naming him “Black Romney.” Keep reading »
Now that the Great Kate Wait is over and the baby prince has been born, we’ve shifted our obsession to guessing what the royal baby name will be! Given that Will and Kate have hundreds of years of tradition to uphold, chances are that the royal moniker will be chosen from this no-weird-names shortlist, and announced some time this week. Keep in mind royals choose several middle names (Prince William has three – William Arthur Philip Louis) so the full name could be a combination of some of the options below. Here are the current frontrunners: Keep reading »