Four notable celebrity families

Today I would like to talk about four famous families (in their respective fields) that have caught my attention in the recent years because of their names. Their brood has grown such as my interest in what their next child’s name would be!

Firstly, we’ll discover the Novogratz, a family of nine who became famous for their decoration show 9 By Design and you’ll find out about their intriguing children’s names.

Secondly, the Hansons, former singers (remember them, the band of brothers known for that catchy MMMBop tune), whose families’ name choices are nothing short of delightful!

Thirdly, we’ll talk about the Baldwins, they’re in no shape or form new to the game but Alec Baldwin’s two (and soon-to-be three) babies with his wife Hilaria as well as the rise of  his grown daughter Ireland’s career as a fashion model as well as her cousin Hailey Baldwin (19 y.o. daughter of Stephen, fashion model and Justin Bieber’s ex) made me want to dig this family’s heritage.

Lastly, the Hadids! Sisters Gigi and Bella are the sensation in the modelling scene right now and their names are really interesting too!

The Novogratz

The New York interior designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz (who currently live in California) first caught my attention on TV. As I watch flipping through the channels, I stumbled upon their show 9 By Design on Sic Mulher. I heard Cortney call their son, Major, and I immediately focused on the program! Then I heard the name Five, and seeing they had a large family, I was dying to know the other children’s names. Maybe it’s just an impression but I find it quite amusing that parents with multiple children seem to be more daring (sometimes as the brood keeps on growing or from the get-go) than those with one or two…!

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The Novogratz Family (photo credits: thenovogratz.com)

The first-born is Wolfgang Frances (b) then came the twin girls Bellamy Nicole and Tallulah Louise, Breaker Owsley, the second set of twins is made of Five Beck (b) the fifth child – pun intended – and Holleder Street (b) meanwhile Major Robert is the youngest. You can read about the details about how the children’s names got to be in this great World of Wonder article while I will take on it with a Carol twist and comment on the family’s style and my favorite  choices.

Wolfgang, is named after the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and it’s also a nod to the Novogratz’ Austrian heritage. I love that Wolfgang – meaning “traveling wolf” in German – is a strong and “bad-ass” name but the nickname Wolfie softens and tones it down. Shorter version “Wolf” is perfectly wearable and doesn’t seem too out there as a day-to-day name.

Baby A was supposed to be named Tallulah but Cortney and Robert felt like Bellamy suited her better. Tallulah, Baby B, is named after the Tallulah Falls, “a beautiful creek and waterfall in the Novogratz’s home state of Georgia” and the 40’s actress Tallulah Bankhead (Lifeboat, Stage Door Canteen). Bellamy means “fine friend” (= bel ami) and Tallulah means”lady of abundance” or “leaping water”.

Breaker Morant, a 1980 Australian movie directed by Bruce Beresford gave the fourth Novogratz child his name. Like Danger or Gunnar, it’s an “all-boy” name, it screams “trouble-maker”!

I absolutely love Five‘s name! Just like Clover for a fourth child like this blogger’s daughter – Katy @nobigdill – (or not) makes me swoon or Octavia for an eight child… Quinn is another option but the English/literal version is really cool, such as its pairing with Beck! Holleder is unexpected but it follows the trend of last names as firsts which I’m a fan of. His nickname is “Hollie” which could be the long form for a little Hollis and at the same time, is similar to the more common Oliver’s “Ollie”.

As for little Major, he is named after his father but mostly his grand-father who was called by everyone “Major Robert” in the military. Fun fact: “Born on President Barack Obama’s inauguration day, Major could have been named Liberty Grace — if he had been a girl“.

As a conclusion, the girls’ names are my favorite as a set, Bellamy and Tallulah are stunning! Holleder and Major are my other picks, I love the trend  of-er names of the last years as well as word names and tributes who make name picking all the sweeter.

The Hanson

Next up, the musicians. Brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac became a hit on the charts in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, thanks to their band Hanson. You’ll probably remember their songs MMMBop, I Will Come To You, Save Me or If Only.

Four years ago, I read an article featured on Nameberry written by Natalie Hanson, Taylor’s wife. She explained her name choices for their (then) four children and I was amazed at the elegance of the combinations! She then gave birth to their fifth child, Wilhelmina Jane in October 2012 and explained her pick on the site as well.

Not only the Hanson come from a large family (their parents, Walker and Diana have 7 children) but they also have a large family of their own. The siblings names are: Clarke Isaac “Isaac” (b.1980), Jordan Taylor “Taylor” (b.1983), Zachary “Zac” Walker (b.1985), Jessica Grace (b.1988), Avery Laurel (b.1990), Joshua “Mac” Mackenzie (b.1994) and Zoe  Genevive (b.1998). A Hanson quirk is that the boys usually go by their middle name! Even the patriarch’s full name is Clarke Walker but he goes by Walker. 

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Isaac’s family (source)

Isaac is married to Nikki, they have 3 children: Clarke Everett “Everett” (b.2007), James Monroe “Monroe” (b.2008) and Nina Odette (b.2014).

I really like Isaac’s children names, they are straight-forward yet stylish. The first and middle name flow together and either one they chose on a daily basis is great!

Taylor and Natalie are the proud parents of 5 children: Jordan Ezra “Ezra” (b.2002), Penelope “Penny” Anne (b.2005), River Samuel (b.2006), Viggo Moriah (b.2008) and Wilhelmina “Willa” Jane (b.2012).

I feel like Taylor and his wife were on a creative process to find what felt right for them and their style evolved because the siblings’ names are unique yet, work well together. Natalie is a name enthusiast since her teenage days and that certainly translates into her now mom status! All children have a name or nickname that is 5-letters long or shorter, which I like because some days superb names like Penelope and Wilhelmina can feel like a mouthful!

Natalie explains “Wilhelmina is a form of William, which means “resolute protection”.  Right now I am so in love with this strong and beautiful name, and even more in love with the girl who bears it!” She goes on by saying the range of nicknames to choose from were a definite perk.

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Taylor and Natalie with their 5 children (source)

Zac and his wife Kate recently welcomed their fourth child. Their children’s names are John Ira Shepherd “Shepherd” (b.2008), Junia Rosa Ruth (b.2010), George Abraham Walker “Abraham” (b.2013) and Mary Lucille Diana “Lucille” (b.2016). Zac has a more traditional approach with Biblical/Hebrew names and family tributes (Walker and Diana being his parents names) he’s also the only of the three whose children bear three names. Junia is the only child who is called by her first name, unlike the middle (Abraham and Lucille) or the third one (Shepherd).

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Zac with his youngest daughter Mary Lucille Diana born in Aug. 2016 (source)

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Kate with Junia, Shepherd and Abe (source)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baldwins

Thirdly, I have decided to take on a famous family of actors, the Baldwins. The 6 siblings are commonly known as the “Baldwin Brothers”, all in the movie business; Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen while the “Baldwin Sisters”, Elizabeth and Jane Anne, are less known.

Elizabeth (b.1955) has 6 children with Charles Keuchler: John, Jennifer, Jill, Jean, Jessica, Jacqueline. What’s with the -J initial trend since the 80’s I don’t know…

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Hilaria holding Carmen, Alec with baby Rafael

Alec (Alexander Rae Baldwin III, b.1958) was formerly married to Kim Basinger (her full name is surprisingly Kimila Ann) with whom he had daughter Ireland Eliesse (b.1995). He remarried in 2012 with Hilaria Thomas, a yoga instructor, and they had Carmen Gabriela (b.2013) and Rafael Thomas (b.2015) while another little boy is on the way. It’s obvious that the ladies had an influence in the name picking (I’m not complaining!) Ireland is stunning and a bold choice 21 years ago while Carmen and Rafael are delightfully Latinx!

UPDATE: On September 12th, the couple welcomed their third child, Leonardo Ángel Charles. I was rooting for Mateo but Carmen, Rafael and Leo makes a really cute sibset!

Daniel Leroy (b.1960) has five children: Kahlea (b. 1984) with ex-wife Cheryl, Alexandra (b.1994) with ex-wife Elizabeth, with Isabella Hoffman he had Atticus (b.1996), Avis Ann (b.2008) and Finley Rae Martineau (b.2009) are his daughters with Joanne Smith. The brood is not necessarily cohesive but I like the names, they’re cool.

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Daniel with Avis and Finley

William “Billy” Joseph (b.1963) has three chidren with Chynna Phillips: daughter Jameson (b.2000), son Vance (b.2002) and daughter Brooke (b.2004). The sibset is unisex, Jameson could easily go on a boy while I could picture a girl named Vance! Good picks.

Jane Anne (b.1965) and Randy Sasso have two children: Grainger and Griffin. The last names as firsts trend strikes again, I prefer Griffin – which is more established – over Grainger though.

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Stephen with Hailey and Alaia

 

Stephen Andrew (b.1966) and Kennya Deodato, a Brazilian graphic designer, are married since 1990 and they have two children together, daughters Alaia and Hailey Rhode (b.1996). I couldn’t find any information on Alaia but I think she’s the oldest child. The sisters’ names sound similar aloud (lots of -Ls and -Is) but I like them.

 

 

 

The Hadids

Lastly, let’s talk about the Hadid, the new family of models on the block.

When I first heard of Gigi Hadid I wondered for what “Gigi” stood for. Was it Giselle, Gina or even Ginnifer? It’s actually short for Jelena! No need to say my interest was piqued; I was impressed and wanted to know more about her.

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Gigi, Anwar, Yolanda and Bella Hadid

Born in 1995, Jelena Noura is the daughter of Mohamed and Yolanda Hadid, he is a Palestinian-American real-estate developer while she is a Dutch-American former model (great genes and cultural combination, I’m telling you).

Her sister Bella – Isabella Khair (b.1996) – is also a model, her middle name is a twist on her paternal grandmother’s name Khairiah (<3).

Anwar (b.1999) is the youngest, I am guessing he was named after his paternal grandfather.

Marielle and Alana Hadid are their sisters from Mohamed’s previous marriage and Yolanda has remarried and has five daughters (Sara, Erin, Amy, Jordan and Allison) with husband David Foster.

 

I hope you enjoyed my post! What were your favorite names? Can you think of other large famous families (+ in which field?)?

Lots of love and I’ll see you soon,

Carol.

Megafamilies names

Traditionally, whenever a couple has three or more children, they are labelled as a “large family” but there are many others who take the challenge or trust God to have eight or more children (I’m not talking about the Duggars and the Bates, you can read my post about their family here). I’m always fascinated by big families and, of course, the fun of naming that many children it implies. The families I picked are from the U.S.A., England, Ireland, Australia but also France and Belgium.

  • In the US, Christi and David Cason are at the head of an 18-children brood! The Casons (family blog) are: Jessica, Chad, Dalton, Austin, Bailey (g), Gage, Kaylee, Harper, Emma, Rebekah, Trevor, Walker, Morgan (b), Laura Mae, Sawyer (b), Nathaniel Frost (born on September 1st, 2010), Vaughn Robert Dallas (born on October 15th, 2013) and Farryn J. (g) born on November 12th, 2015 (x)

Oldest daughter Jessica is a mommy of her own with husband Cameron, she has two daughters born around the same time as her youngest siblings: Jaedyn Rae Tyler (born in February 2013) and Charlie (born in November 2015) and a new addition: Melody.

Christi explained that she and her husband David try to look for unusual names because he hated being one of five Daves in his class. The names feel like they belong to the same family, there are “cowboy names” (Dalton, Austin, Gage, Walker, Sawyer) and unisex names (on boys – Morgan – or girls – Farryn !). The sibset is flowy and I like most names.

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The Casons (Vaughn and Farryn -#17 and #18 – not shown)

  • The Willis family is an artistically-gifted family of 12: every child either dances or sings or plays one or more instruments (or juggles the three!). The Tenesseans even appeared on America’s Got Talent to showcase their talent.
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The Willis clan (source: People magazine)

Like the Duggars, all of Toby and Brenda’s children names start with the letter -J:

Jessica “Jess” Jane (b.1992), Jeremiah “Jair” Scott (b.1993), Jennifer “Jenny” Elizabeth (b.1995), Jeanette “Jet” Lynn (b.1996), Jackson “Jack” Scott (b.1998), Jedidiah “Jedi” Scott (b.1999), Jasmine Katarina “Jazz Kat” (b.2001), Juliette “Julie” Rose (b.2003), Jamie Christine (b.2005), Joy Anna (b.2006), Jaeger Scott (b.2009) and Jada Marie nicknamed “Dancer” (b.2010)

I’m not a huge fan of the same initials for all 12 children but I think the nicknames are great, especially “Jedi” and “Jet”. All boys share the middle name “Scott” which is nice since they are “only” four of them, it ties them in a subtle way.

  • The Arndt family lives in Illinois (here is a video of the bunch). Mom Cathy and dad Rick have 14 children, thirteen boys and one girl:

PaulMatthew Joseph (b.1980),  JohnAndrew Michael (b.1982), MarkDavid Timothy (b.1983), LukeJoseph Peter (b.1985), JamesMichael Philip (b.1988), PhilipThomas Luke (b.1990), SethBenjamin Mark (b.1991) JacobTimothy John (b.1993), NathanStephen Paul (b.1995), after 17 years of boys, MaryElizabeth Anne was born in 1997, CalebNicholas David (b.1998), PeterJohn Benjamin (b.2000) and the youngest Arndt member DavidPaul Andrew was born in 2003.

All siblings have hyphenated first names, they’re all Bible characters. I noticed some names are repeated like Luke, Philip and Michael. For instance, Joseph is Paul‘s second middle name and Luke‘s first!

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The Arndt family in 2013

  • Miriam and DuWayne Heppner live in Minnesota with their 17 children (family FB): Jemima, Benjamin, Samuel, Josiah, Joseph, Abraham, Micah, Moses, Solomon, Joanna, Susanna, Abigael, Elizabeth, Zachariah, Rebecca, Rachael and Avianna.

Biblical and Hebrew names are some of my favorite because they are so diverse (although widespread) and timeless. Jemima, Abraham, Micah, Moses, Solomon, Susanna and Avianna are the ones that stand out for me due to the fact that they are less used.

  • Jay and Kateri Schwandt live in Michigan with their 13 sons (you can take a look at this video):  Tyler, Zach, Drew, Brandon, Tommy, Vinnie, Calvin, Gabe, Wesley, Charlie, Luke, Tucker Ray and Francisco Matthew. The bunch is not homogenously named (nicknames and -ee sound as in “Charlie” “Tommy” and “Vinnie”, last names as first “Tucker”, Biblical “Matthew” and a Saint in its Latin form “Francisco”) but it’s not all over the place either, as a unit, it remains cohesive!
  • The Colorado-based Jeub family has 16 children: Alicia, Alissa, Cynthia, Lydia, Isaiah, Micah, Noah, Tabitha, Keilah, Hannah, Josiah, Havilah, Joshua, Priscilla, Zechariah and Elijah Luke. In this little video, we can take a look into the Jeub family from Lydia to Zech.
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The Jeubs in 2012

Chris & Wendy children’s names are mostly Biblical and Hebrew although Priscilla and Cynthia have Latin and Greek roots. Havilah and Keilah are little gems, Biblical place-names that are spot on for religious and avant-garde parents. Boys and girls alike bear an -a or -ah ending name, it’s a nice way to bond the siblings’ names.

  • The Lairs (Apex, North Carolina) are a “smaller” family of seven children: mom made headlines in this gender reveal video in which she discovers while cutting a cake that, after six boys and assuming baby #7 would probably be another boy, she sees pink and almost faints! She’s finally having a little girl! ! Reporters rushed to the hospital to cover the story and the baby’s brothers names are really cool : Jackson, Campbell, Sawyer, Houston, Shepherd, Knox and Ruby (b.2015). I love occupational and last-as-first names. Mom and dad were torn between Ruby Sabra (meaning “prickly pear”) and Ruby Jane and decided on the latter. It’s cute that, even though, they were rooting for a little girl, they didn’t give her an overly girly moniker!
  • In Australia, the Bonell family welcomed a sixteenth member in 2014: Jesse, Brooke, Claire, Natalie, Karl, Samuel, Cameron, Sabrina, Timothy, Brandon, Eve, Nate, Rachel, Eric, Damian and Katelyn Vera (b.2014)

I like their choices, they are simple and down-to-earth.

  • In Ireland, the Maher family completed a baker’s dozen (i.e. 13 children) with Irish names (and traditional spelling):
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Maher family in 2012 (Daithi not shown)

Eoin “owen”, Cian “kee-an”, Darragh “daa-raa”, Cathal “ka-hil”, Conor, twins Odhran “oh-rahn” & Oisin “uh-sheen”, Fionn “fi-hin”, Aisling “ash-ling”, Cillian “killian”, Sadhbh “sayv” Bernie (born in June 2011), Caiomhe “k(w)ee-vah” Mary (born on September 28, 2012) and the youngest, Daithi “da-hee” Stephen (born on October 28th, 2013).

I love Paul & Edel’s choices as well as Irish names in general, the combination of the vowels just amazes me and oddly, the fact that the pronouciation isn’t obvious (to some at least) is another appeal. Besides Sadhbh and Caiomhe,  Aoife “ee-fa”, Saoirse “sur-sha”, Siobhan “shu-von”, Roísin “ro-sheen” and Tadhgh “tyg” are my current crushes.

  • In England, Sue and Noel Radford have 18 children (and revealed in January 2016 they are expecting baby #19!):

Chris (b.1989), Sophie Rose (b.1993), Chloe Anne (b.1995), Jack Richard (b.1997), Daniel Leon (b.1999), Luke James (b.2000), Millie Jo (b.2001), Katie Louise (b.2002), James Edward (b.2003), Ellie May (b.2005), Aimee Elizabeth (b.2006), Josh Benjamin (b.2007), Max Joseph (b.2008), Tillie May (b.2010), Oscar Will (b.2011), Casper Theo (born on October 3rd, 2012), Alfie Thomas (stillborn in September 2014) and Hallie Alphia Beau, the rainbow baby (she was born after a baby loss) joined the family on June 3rd, 2015.

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The Radford clan after Hallie’s arrival (baby #18)

Twenty-two year old Sophie is a mom of three. She has two daughters: Daisy Mae and Ayprill Louise (born in October 2014) and newborn baby boy, Leo Thomas (born on December 24th, 2015)

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I really like the Radfords’ names, they are traditional and timeless for the boys and the girls’ are all linked because all their names end in a -ee sound (either spelled -ie, -e or -ee). I suggest Ruby, Rosie, Carly, Bonnie, Phoebe, Penelope (Penny), Maggie and Billie (too close to Millie perhaps?) for another lady!

EDIT: Little Phoebe Willow Radford (baby #19) arrived on Sunday 24th of July, 2016. I love her name (and… I called it!)

  • In France, the Blanchiers have 13 children! At first, Mariëlle and Pierre didn’t imagine having such a big family because they both studied in college and assumed they would pursue a career while having 2 or 3 children. France is one of the only European countries where the 2.1 children per family quota is reached still, that large of a family is regarded as highly unusual! You can read about Mariëlle day-to-day life in her book, co-written by Pascale Krémer, Et ils eurent beaucoup d’enfants. This family is fuller on the boys side (10 boys vs. 3 girls), they are: Victor & Paul, Edouard, Clémentine, Henri, Louis, Théophane, Félix, PierreEloi, Augustin, Espérance, Charles and baby Eugénie (born on September 13th, 2014).
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The Blanchiers celebrating Charles’ (baby #12) christening in November 2012 (Eugénie not shown)

The boys names are either NT, Saint or regal names. “Clémentine” was supposed to be “Constance” which I adore, “Espérance”‘s arrival was quite scary for Mariëlle and the baby’s health and her name means “hope”. Lastly, the name of baby “Eugénie” is a feminization of “Eugène”, a name Mom mentioned Dad liked in her book.

The following families appeared in an episode from Tellement Vrai dedicated to large families “Familles nombreuses: Un quotidien pas comme les autres” (the subjects covered in the show range from large families/twins/teen moms to beauty queens to unusual jobs including weird themes like obsessions to Britney Spears…). They come from different backgrounds: the traditional French “bourgeois” catholic family, the socialites, the high-school sweethearts who had a a baby as teens and a single mom of 15.

  • Jean-Marin & Emmanuelle had 8 children at the time of the filming and welcomed two more babies since then: Aubin (who got married in 2015), Charles, Pierre, Isaure, Marin, Paul, Jacques, Antoine (b.2010), Louis (b.2013) and Marie (b.2014).

The couple chose well-established “aristocratic” names for their children. I love those because they never go out of style but there can be a stigma around certain names like “Jacques” that sounds posh to some…. The majority also comes from the New Testament, more common in France whereas in the US, people tend to lean towards the Old Testament’s. I like the nod to dad with “Marin” since the patriarch is a fregata captain and the fact that there are only two girls and imagining Isaure’s reaction to Marie’s arrival is super endearing.

  • The young Baudouin family lived in Chartres but Perrine and her (then) six children moved to Russia to follow dad Antoine and his new career projects : Alexis, Clémence, Charles, Aymeric, Côme and Maëlys are their children and a little boy joined the family since filming ended (his name remains a mystery to me).
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The Baudouin family

My favorite names out of the bunch are Clémence, Côme and Maëlys. Alexis is an all-boy name in French-speaking countries unlike English-speaking ones were the majority of Alexis are girls! The names follow the “well-established” pattern with an edge: newcomer “Côme” and Britton “Maëlys”. 

  • In the Gömöri family from Switzerland, Laszlo and Sonia (who wanted to have a clan “like the Kennedys”) are the proud parents of eight children: Sandor “shan-dor”, Istvan, Stella, Géza, Siena, Savannah, Arpad and Nevis.
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The Gomori family

I like the girls names, they are common but not overused. Maybe Nevis – which is a Caribbean island actually – feels left out – in fact, she’s the only girl out of the four without an -S starting name…  The boys names’ origin is Hungarian, my knowledge is close to none, the only names I know thanks to an Hungarian fellow college student are Zsombor “jom-bor” and Bálint. All names feel modern and cosmopolitan.

EDIT: Sonia Gömöri came across this post in December 2016 and kindly explained her name choices in the comment section: 

For the girls, Nevis was named after the Carribean island and a variation of the Latin word for “snow”, nix (and its niv- derivatives) similarly to Spanish “Neve”. Sonia added that Stella Maris is the “star sea”, one of my favorite name combination considering my love for all-things “stars and universe” (Nova, Stella and Luna are on my top choices) and Siena was a tribute to Saint Catherine of Siena, a patron saint of Italy.

As for the boys, Sandor is a variation of Alexander, just like Sasha. Andrea Casiraghi, of Monaco’s royalty, son of Caroline of Hanover, has a son nicknamed Sacha whose official name is Alexandre Andrea Stefano! Same goes for Istvan‘s equivalent in English, Steven/Stephen. Géza and Arpad are traditional Hungarian names who relate to royalty and the Arpad dynasty in the ninth and tenth centuries. Istvan I of Hungary was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians and the first King of Hungary and Géza I of Hungary was his predecessor. Most names have ties to the Roman Catholic Church’s history (including Siena’s).

  • Soukdavone and Olivier Gayat also have eight children: Mathieu (b.1994), Olivia (b.1995), Téo (b.1997), Chloé (b.1999), Elsa (b.2003), Alicia (b.2004), Rudy (b.2006) and Nolan (b.2011). Without frills, the couple managed to name eight children in a well-matched way.
  • Muriel is a single mommy of fifteen children (she explained that she loved being a mom and that every single one of her children brought her an added joy. Whenever her relationship with her partner was crumbling, she made up for it by making more babies…): Elodie, Amandine, Célian, Timothée, Noémie, Angéline, Elie, Océane, Flavien, Jessy, Candice, Ophélie, Ondine, Opaline and Jérémie. Muriel’s choices are pretty, she mixed litterary and romantic names (Ophélie, Elodie, Amandine), with more unusual ones (Célian, Jessy). It’s also cute that four of the girls share the -O initial and for some the “water” theme.
  • In another show called Baby Boom (adapted from UK’s Channel 4 One Born Every Minute), we can follow families in the labor ward of an hospital as they discover parenthood or relive it again. We watch them from their arrival at the hospital, the labor, the baby’s introduction through the family’s home departure. In the Season 1 episode 2 “Devenir père”, Sarah and Jean-François welcome twins, their fourth and fifth child. Théophile (b.2000), Enguerrand (b.2002), Marguerite (b.2004) are joined by Madeleine & Tancrède (b.2011).

The nurses made fun of the couple’s name choices, especially “Tancrède” (behind their back still, I think it’s sad and inappropriate) and in an excerpt of the show, big brother Théophile says a name is important, he doesn’t want his brother to be denied a job because of his name! The children’s names are, once again, traditional, I like them all even though Tancrède stands out the most in the sibset. His full name is Tancrède Jean Côme – Mom explains it’s the name of a Saint who fought in the first Crusades, significance plays a huge part in the naming process and this seems well-thought.

  • In Belgium (Marcinelle, Charleroi) lives the unconventional Reignier family of 31 children between one dad and 3 moms (Christine, Serge’s wife is a mom of 16, Carine, Christine’s sister has 6 children and Judith is Serge’s concubine and has 9 kids). You can watch a snippet of the family here.

Christine: JonathanChristelJérômeBenoîtCathyCarmenJulieBrigitteSerge Junior, Valène, Judith, John Ross, Brandon, Bruce Lee, Madison and Angélique (b. 2007)

Carine: Michaël, Linda, Roseline, Olivier, Alex & Anaïs (I’m guessing they are twins)

Judith: Didier, Muriel, Ludovic, Laurence, Benoit, Marguerite, Joseph, Magali, Anémone.

And Charlotte was born in November 2008.

At first, the names chosen by Christine were on trend (Jonathan and Jérôme fits right in the 1980’s era since the oldest is about 30 years old) but John Ross, Brandon, Bruce Lee and Madison are a bit much, especially in a French speaking were most anglo-saxon names are depreciated (Kelly, Kevin, Jessica are popular but generally tied to a negative connotation)… Carine and Judith’s range from popular, quite uninteresting or even has been to classic and elegant (Charlotte, Marguerite, Anémone, Joseph). The children say they are sometimes bullied because of their parents’ lifestyle but I hope they are all well taken care of.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post! What’s your favorite megafamily and why? Do you know others?

Bye, Carol

 

 

 

 

TV’s Polygamist families’ names – Brown, Darger and Williams

This post may be controversial but I decided to tackle this subject because polygamy is a topic that intrigues me. I sat in History class circa 2008 and we opened the textbook to a picture of Tom Green and his 5 wives. I had never heard of polygamy (I didn’t even know it was a possible lifestyle and family configuration!). Once I got home, I decided to inform myself and discovered what most people relate polygamy to: Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compounds with lots of children and especially the “Prophet” Warren Jeffs, his abuse, him marrying child brides and his conviction.

Polygamy is a teaching of Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon but, in 1890, the Church split in two: the mainstream LDS decided polygamy didn’t fit modern society and their beliefs’ anymore and the FLDS who – among others things – decided to carry on with the practice of plural marriage.

In 2011, I stumbled upon Sister Wives which features a polygamist family: the Browns lead by dad Kody and his three (and courting his 4th) wives. I was surprised of how normal and modern they were, I didn’t see women with long braided hair wearing long old-fashioned dresses that seemed overpowered by their controlling husband. The show was entertaining and showed me that families can take all sorts of forms. Sure, they practize polygamy, which isn’t our usual one-man-for-one-wife (heterosexual and within wedlock) way of thinking and have their own religious values but they seem happy and their children seem well taken care of and loved (plus, they are adorable). I know it’s not the case for every polygamist family but I don’t want to enter that debate.

I hope you take an interest in the subject too and see for yourself but, for now, let’s talk about names!

Polygamist families usually live in secrecy because they can be charged of bigamy (contracting a second marriage while still married) even though they usually are married legally with one wife and spiritually (or celestially) with the following (the wives are then called, sister wives). They believe children are a blessing (and usually have many), that their family’s bond is eternal and that they will remain together in the afterlife.

Nowadays, quite some families have gone public, they’re all polygynists (a man who takes multiple wives). They are – among others – the Browns, the Dargers and the Williams.

The names are super interesting because the families work and consider themselves as a unit but you can definitely see the disparities between wives in terms of naming. Each wife and her husband, as a couple, have an individual style. If the middle names are available, I’ll write the full name, if not, I’ll put the name they go by. [I’m always curious to find out more names so, if you have more information, don’t hesitate to contact me]

The Browns (Sister wives FB)

The Browns are on the TLC’s tv show Sister Wives. Dad is named Kody Brown and has 4 wives: Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. They currently have 17 kids (including Robyn’s three children from a previous marriage).

The Brown family in December 2014

The Brown family in December 2014

Mariah and mom Meri Brown

Mariah and mom Meri Brown

Meri has one daughter, Mariah Lian (b.1995). 

Meri is a really nice person, she’s pragmatic and seems to really care about the whole family. I think “Meri” and “Mariah” combined are a bit too similar. The name Mariah is cute, I like the -ariah sound (but I hope she didn’t get teased for the Mariah Carey connection). I can’t figure Meri’s name style from that one choice and I really wonder what she would have named several children… 

Janelle has 6 children: Logan Taylor (b.1994), Madison Rose (b.1995), Hunter Elias (b.1997), Robert Garrison (b.1998) – he goes by Garrison at home but by Robert at school -, Gabriel (b.2001) and Savanah (b.2004). 

Janelle and Kody with their children at Kody and Robyn's wedding in 2010. From back to front (and L to R): Logan, Garrison, Madison, Hunter, Savanah, Janelle, Kody and Gabriel.

Janelle and Kody with their children at Kody and Robyn’s wedding in 2010. From back to front (and L to R): Logan, Garrison, Madison, Hunter, Savanah, Janelle, Kody and Gabriel.

Janelle has the most laid-back style, she used “boy/girl-next-door” names: Biblical names (Elias, Gabriel), place names (Savannah in Georgia, Logan located in Utah and Madison is a town in multiple states) and nature names (Hunter, Rose, Savanah). I think the names are cohesive, I really like the middle names and I think they are meaningful.

Christine is a mom of five girls and one boy: Aspyn (b.1995), Mykelti Ann (b.1996), Paedon (b.1998), Gwendlyn (b.2001), Ysabel Paige (b.2003) and Ms. Truely Grace (b.2010).  

Mykelti, Aspyn, Kody holding Truely, Christine, Gwendlyn, Ysabel and Paedon Brown at the Brown's family commitment ceremony in 2014.

Mykelti, Aspyn, Kody holding Truely, Christine, Gwendlyn, Ysabel and Paedon Brown at the Brown’s family commitment ceremony in 2014.

Christine is a more “unique” namer, she was quite young when she first became a mother and she maybe wanted to be creative: in fact, she mostly used established names with a twist in the spelling. For instance, she replaced “I” or “E” with “Y” i.e. Isabel became Ysabel, Aspen became Aspyn or Gwendolyn is spelled Gwendlyn. I would have thought “Peyton” would fit her style more than “Paedon” but I guess she wanted to distinguish him, since he’s a boy. I watch the show since episode 1 and for me, Christine is a really sweet and playful person, she’s a girls’ mom and likes to be princessy (British accent, tea parties with Truely and musicals) and I think names like Charlotte, Eleanor, Alice, Amelia, Henry and James would fit her personality well but maybe they are too common and traditional. As siblings, I think the names are cute and distinctive.

Robyn has four children: David PrestonDayton” (b.2000), Aurora (b.2002), Breanna (b.2004) from a previous marriage. Solomon was born in 2011 and a new baby is on the way for 2016.

Dayton is named David Preston after his dad, Robyn’s ex. Aurora as in The Sleeping Beauty is really princessy and romantic and Breanna is one of the many -anna/-ana  possibilities: Dianna, Tiana, Johannah, Mariana, etc. I like Solomon, he’s nicknamed “Sol”, it’s a strong Biblical reference to King Solomon. I’m really curious about the future baby’s name due in 2016!

Gwendlyn, Paedon, Garrison, Hunter, Mykelti, Madison, Mariah, Aspyn, Logan (and Gabriel in the back) Brown

In birth order: Logan, Aspyn, Mariah, Madison, Mykelti, Hunter, PaedonGarrison, DaytonGabriel, Gwendlyn, AuroraYsabelSavanah, BreannaTruely, Solomon.

The Dargers (Family FB)

Dad Joseph has three wives: he married Alina and Vicki on the same day and ten years later, Valerie (Vicki’s twin sister) joined the family. They have 25 children (including deceased Kyra).

The Dargers (Kyra Laine and baby Alexandra Tess not shown)

The Dargers (Kyra Laine and baby Alexandra Tess not shown)

Alina has 7 children: Joseph (b.1991), Laura Ashley (b.1993), Shad (b.1996), Ashton (b.1998), Kyra Laine (b.2000, deceased in 2001), Allie (b.2003) and Vanessa (b.2006). 

I think Alina’s children are nicely named, the names are not “show-off” and go well together. Being the first-born son, Joseph is named after dad and Allie is a cute spin on mom’s name. Joseph, Laura and Kyra Laine are my favorites. 

Vicki has 9 kids: Caleb (b.1991), Jedidiah (b.1993), Liesl “lee-zul” Kirsten (b.1995), Logan (b.1998), Tavish (b.2000), Sabrina (b.2002), Boston (b.2007), Victoria “Tori” Berlynn (b.2010), Alexandra Tess “Tess” (b.2013). 

I like Vicki’s choices, she mixed Biblical names and more creative names: Tavish is a variation of more popular Thomas and I think it’s lovely! Liesl is different too, it reminds me of The Sound of Music. Boston, Tori and Tess’s (full) names are three of my favorites from the Dargers.

Valerie has 9 children: Samuel (b.1990), Amanda (b.1992), Grayson (b.1995), Louis (b.1997), Madison (b.1999) with her ex-husband. With Joe, she has: Kyley (b.2002), Kadence (b.2003), Angelina Charisse (b.2006) and Krista (b.2009).  

A funny thing I noticed is that Valerie had 5 girls in a row and that, within the four daughters she had with Joe, three of their names start with “K”. I think the names are a bit “trendier” than her sisterwives’, still the names fit their bearer. I love Kadence (or the “Cadence” spelling) and Samuel.

 Listed in birth order: Samuel, Joseph, Caleb, Amanda, Laura, Jed, Grayson, Liesl, Shad, Louis, Logan, Ashton, Madison, Tavish, KyraKyley, Sabrina, Kadence, Allie, Vanessa, Angelina, Boston, Krista, Victoria and Tess.

Laura has three children of her own with her husband Taylor: Asher Levi (b.2011), Scarlett Grace (b.2013) and Shilo(h) (girl, b.2014). I adore all three of her name choices, they are Biblical but fit right in with today’s trends. Joseph and Whitney have a daughter named Sienna Lynn (b.2014). Amanda became a mom in 2015, she welcomed Piper Grace with her husband Robert.

The Williams (Family FB)

The Williams were on TLC’s show My Five Wives but it got canceled. Dad Brady has 5 wives: Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda. They have 25 children.

B: Karlie, mom Paulie, Maura, Josh, Madeline F: Dad Brady and Camry, September Williams

Back: Karlie, mom Paulie, Maura, Josh, Madeline Front: Dad Brady and Camry, September Williams (source: http://www.tlc.com)

Paulie has 6 children (and 5 girls!): Calistia Karlie “Karlie”, Brady Joshua “Joshua”, Madeline Tamar, September Marcine “Peppi”, Maura Elizabeth and Camry Hope.

Paulie comes across as quiet and loving. I love all of her children’s first and middle names combinations (i.e. September Marcine, Calistia Karlie). September is great: if April, May, June and August are usable (and beautiful), why not September? Calistia, Madeline, Marcine, Maura and Camry are amazing, however, they are underused! As for her son, Joshua is always a good choice.

Karlie had a baby in late 2014, JacobHuck” Jessop, named after her husband. His nickname, Huck, is adorable!

Trey, Dane, mom Robyn and dad Brady, Hannah, Lauren and Trey Williams

Trey, Dane, mom Robyn and dad Brady, Hannah, Lauren and Thomas Williams (source: http://www.tlc.com)

Robyn is a mom of five: Hannah Louise, Lauren Rose, Brady Dane “Dane”, Thomas Garrett, Trey Mason.

I enjoyed watching Robyn, she seems really sweet, sensitive and compassionate (plus, she’s super crafty!). I like her name choices, they are traditional and modern at the same time (Hannah, Louise, Garrett, Mason and Rose especially) and they flow really well. I love all of her names choices and Thomas and Trey’s full names are great!

Rosemary has 2 boys and 2 girls: Kimberly Beth, Taylor Elaine, Brady James “James” and Brandon Elijah.

Kimberly, Brandon, James, Taylor, dad Brady and mom Rosemary (source: www.tlc.com)

Kimberly, Brandon, James, Taylor, dad Brady and mom Rosemary Williams (source: http://www.tlc.com)

Rosemary is a sweetheart and she’s a really talented musician. Her choices are low-key but really nice. Taylor is spunky for a girl (even if we’re used to Taylor Swift’s first name by now) and you can’t go wrong with James and Elijah (that I favor slightly over Brandon).

Nonie has 6 children (she had a new baby a few months ago): Brady Paul “Paul”, Rachel Noelle, Marissa Darleen, Aeyden Frank, Tailee Mae and baby girl Addisen Jai (b. 2015).

Back: Paul, mom Nonie, dad Brady, Rachel Front: Marissa, Tailee and Aeyden Williams (baby Addisen not shown)

Back: Paul, mom Nonie, dad Brady, Rachel Front: Marissa, Tailee and Aeyden Williams (baby Addisen not shown)

Nonie loves her children and is a really involved mom. I like all of her children’s first names, they go well together. Aeyden, Tailee and Addisen are more popular, Aiden (#14), Taylor (#77) and Addison (#24) all being in the top 100 in the U.S. The combination “Tailee Mae” is cute and Tailee follows the trend of -ley, -leigh or -lee names (like Hadley, Addalee and Analeigh).

Rhonda has four kids: Eden Christina, Brady Lake “Lake”, Arwen Estelle, Nikolas Frank.

Back: Eden, mom Rhonda holding

Back: Eden, mom Rhonda holding “Nik”, dad Brady Front: Arwen and Lake Williams (source: http://www.tlc.com)

Rhonda is really cute, she’s a positive person (always smiling) and seems to genuinely love her family. I love her choices, they’re related to nature (Eden and Lake, which I adore) and I’m in love with “Arwen Estelle”, it’s a killer name!

I also noticed as a family pattern that each wife’s firstborn son is named “Brady Something” but goes by his middle!

Polygamists families can be functional families. It’s their choice and, as long as everyone is consenting and happy, I’m okay with it. Even though it’s not a common subject (and maybe not P.C.) I hope you learned something and that you enjoyed reading my post.

Names hiding in the kitchen

Little cookOne of my guilty pleasure is to watch culinary programs or reality TV like Master Chef, Top Chef, Cake Boss (with Buddy Valastro) or Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain or chefs cooking like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver.

Although the cooks themselves (plus their children) and the contestants can provide a fair share of name possibilities, the ingredients are the ones that piqued my interest! I found out that a handful of baby names are hiding in the pantry, the fridge and the fruit bowl! Here are the names that inspired me in the kitchen:

Spices and herbs:

  • Saffron: Saffron is a beautiful “new” name, it fits the criteria of a baby born today perfectly: it’s fit for a girl without ending in -a and being frilly and it’s unexpected. No Doubt’s Tony Kanal was bold enough to use it for his daughter Saffron Rose Kiran (b.2013), he has another daughter named Coco Reese Lakshmi (b.2011). Both names are awesomely daring, Indian-honoring, and (probably unintentionnally) food-related: Saffron, Coco(nut) and even Reese’s chocolates!
  • Rosemary/Rosemarie: Rosemarie can be considered as a variation of Rosemary and vice-versa but the Rosemary’s meaning is “dew of the sea” and the actual plant’s only spelling. It’s a combination of two timeless names, Rose and Mary and it’s really sweet.
  • Basil: Like Basil(e) for a boy, Rihanna and Tulsi (Hindi) mean basil, a holy plant in the Hindu religion.
  • Laurel: Daphne, Stephanie and Kayla are meaning-related to Laurel which means, you guessed it, laurel.
  • Ginger: Jinger Duggar (with a “J” of course) is Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s sixth child (out of 19). It was usually borne by red-headed girls but it’s not a necessity!
Baby dressed in a Paisley dress

Baby dressed in a Paisley dress

  • Parsley: Parsley is maybe a bit much but sister-in-sound Paisley is really catching up with parents. Paisley is also a pattern (popular in the ’70s but making a comeback in fashion) that originated in the Scottish town of Paisley.
  • Sage: Sage is a versatile name, simultaneously a herb and a virtue that can be used for boys as well as for girls. Blogger Rebecca Woolf (at girlsgonechild) has a son named Archer Sage and Pink’s daughter is named the peaceful combo Willow Sage.
  • Cinnamon or Cassia/Cassiane: The names smell like Fall and Christmas and are super sweet. Cassia is Emily Browning character’s name in the movie Pompeii.
  • Pepper // Piper: Drew Barrymore actually considered this to follow her “kitchen theme” after naming her first daughter Olive. Her second daughter ended up as Frankie. Piper Chapman is a character on Netflix’s hit-show Orange is the New Black.
  • Pepper brings me to Cayenne, similar in sound to Cheyenne. I really like the letter combination (really feminine) and sound.
  • Anise (// star anise): It’s an unexpected twist on more classic Annie and, for instance, Denise (a nice way to honor both grandmas).
  • Minta and Araminta could be nods to mint. Nameberry defines Araminta as part Arabella, part Aminta.
  • Meg (nutmeg): Meg can be a nickname for Megan(e) (or even mythological Megara, seen in Hercules) a popular name but three-letters Meg could also stand on its own.
  • Bay/Bailey/Bayleigh: The names remind me of bay leaves but the meaning is actually “bailiff”, an occupational name describing a legal officer. The nickname Bay is adorable and Bailey could play with friends named Hailey and Brianna anytime!
  • Clove: Clove and Clover are perfectly wearable. Clove reminds me of Clyde and Grover and Clover is botanical perfection (and a bit of Totally Spies!, a French and Canadian animated series in which one of the main 3 characters is Clover).
  • Cane (sugar cane): I think Kane is more heard of but Cane is a pretty alternative. Kim Zolciak has twins Kane and Kaia.

Fruit and Veggies :

  • Berry: Berry is short and different. It’s Rachel Berry’s (from the tv-show Glee) last name.
  • Clementine: It’s one of my favorite food/word names because of its romantic -ine ending and the fact that it can be related to Clémence, a virtue name meaning “merciful”.
  • Cerise: Cerise is a French version of Cherry, it’s not on the top of the charts in France but it’s definitely not unheard of either.
  • Coco: Coco can stand on its own (No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Courteney Cox & David Arquette have chosen it for their daughters) or can be a shortcut to a range of names like Colette, Cora/Coralie/Coraline, Nicole (and many more).
  • Plum/Prune: Plum and French Prune are a shade of purple and come across as sultry as well as elegant and exotic as a given name.
  • Lemon: Lemon is the name of a character in the CW’s tv-show Hart of Dixie. She’s often nickamed Lemonade (cute!) and her sister is Magnolia.
  • Quince: Quince is an applelike fruit (you can make marmalade out of it). Quinn and Quincy are pretty popular nowadays so Quince isn’t that much of a stretch.
  • Olive: An alternative to Olivia (a top 5 name in the U.S.), Olive feels neat and retro. Drew Barrymore’s daughter is Olive Barrymore and Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher’s oldest daughter is Olive, too.
  • Kale: Kale is a sort of cabbage that is currently praised by healthy eating aficionados. It’s “badass”, begins with a -K (without having been transformed from an “original” -C) and goes along the lines of names like Kai and Gale(n).
  • Lettice/Laetitia/Leticia : Lettice (and variants) has a undeniable sound similarity with lettuce. Lettice Rowbotham (violonist) was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
  • Nori: Nori is a super cute Japanese word meaning “seaweed”. Kim Kardashian-West’s daughter North is nicknamed Northy or Nori.
  • Hazel: Hazel and Hazelle are too cute! Hazel is not a word that screams “girl” from the get-go but I really get the appeal of the -H beginning (like Harper) and the sass from the -Z. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt welcomed daughter Hazel in 2014 while Julia Roberts’ very own Hazel Patricia was already born 10 years before (and her name wasn’t as warmly welcomed back then…). I encountered the “Hazelle” spelling in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series, she’s Gale’s mom.
  • Amandine: Amandine has ties with the word “almond”. It’s French and romantic.

Miscellaneous (brands, desserts, etc.):

  • Madeleine: The madeleine is a cookie. A metaphor is the “madeleine de Proust”, a minor event (or a smell, a sensation) that brings back memories. The phrase is a reference to French author Marcel Proust, he wrote in A la recherche du temps perdu about the time his mom made him some tea and madeleines. The moment he ate a cookie, it made him reminisce of his childhood at his aunt where he, too, ate madeleines with tea. Madeline, Magdalena and Madalena are other possible spellings.
  • Maple (syrup): Maple is a sister to southern Mabel. I love the name and its nature connection. It could be a sweet nod to someone with Canadian roots!
  • Honey: Often a pet name (or nickname), it can definitely stand as a first name. Jessica Alba portrayed Honey Daniels in the dance movie, Honey.
  • Graham (crackers): Graham or Graeme (the Irish spelling) are nice names that are fit for a baby boy and a grown man. Graham, Kieran and Kyle are established Irish names used by U.S. parents.
  • Reese (chocolates): Thanks to Reese Witherspoon, this “brand” name has gained a lot of visibility. It suits girls and boys equally!
  • Alfredo (pasta) and Margherita/Margarita (pizza): Why not? In fact, they were names before they were associated with a meal! The names are, of course, Italian: the pizza was named Margarita after Queen Margherita of Savoy who went to Naples with her husband, King Umberto I, a pizza man created a pizza with the colors of the Italian flag (red, white and green – tomato, mozzarella and basil) in her honor. The Fettucine Alfredo (made with butter and Parmesan) orginated from a man named Alfredo di Lelio who cooked this dish to help his pregnant wife with her nausea. Owner of a restaurant in Rome, he then added his recipe to the menu. Americans loved it and exported his creation to the U.S. making Fettucine Alfredo a global phenomenon. 

There are plenty of other great options like Chai (tea), Caesar and Cobb (salad), Wellington (beef), Ambrosia, Dulce, Charlotte and Suzette (desserts), Julienne, Lilikoi (passion fruit from South America), Vanille/Vanilla, and Melba.

Inspiration is everywhere, even in the kitchen, so if you like it, go for it!

I hope you enjoyed my article.

Celebs with stylishly-named children

Celebrities can get really creative when it comes to naming their offsprings. We have encountered and are now used to such names as Apple, North, Princess or Pilot Inspektor for celebrity babies. Nonetheless, some make really stylish and « mundane-ly » wearable choices. I chose to cover only celebrities who have two, or more children in order to get a sense of pattern, a name style. The list is not comprehensive, of course, but I like the following :

All of Sylvester Stallone’s children have an –s starting name like dad. His 3 daughters are Sophia (b.1996), Sistine (as in the famous Roman chapel, b.1998) and Scarlet (b.2002). They all share the parents-favorite middle name Rose. His sons are Sage Moonblood (b.1976-d.2012) and Seargeoh (b.1979).

Bruce Willis has 5 daughters: Rumer (b.1988), Scout La Rue (b.1991) and Tallulah Belle (b.1994) with ex-Demi Moore. Mabel Ray (b.2012) and Evelyn Penn (b.2014) are Willis’ newest additions with partner Emma Heming. I prefer Bruce’s latest choices who are sweet and retro.

Actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are parents to Dylan Michael (b.2000) and Carys Zeta (b.2003), the middle names are obvious nods to dad and mom, respectively. The children share the letters a and y. Carys is a lovely greek and Welsh (mom has Welsh roots) name meaning « love » or « grace ».

Big brother James holding baby Leo

Jaime King is now a mom of two : James Knight was born in 2013 and Leo Thames joined the family in July 2015. James and mom share a similar name (she sometimes goes by James or Jamie) and the middle Knight is a title, just as King. Thames is the famous Londonian river but I don’t know if it has a particular meaning for the couple.

Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton have four children :  three boys, Dashiell John (b.2001), Roman Robert (b.2004), Ignatius Martin (b.2008) and adopted a little girl in 2015, Edith Vivian Patricia. All choices are exquisitely refined, vintage and stylish. The boys’ first name is more daring and the middle is more traditional. Edith’s name fits right in with the rest of the brood.

Reign Aston Disick

Kourtney Kardashian and her ex-boyfriend Scott Disick have three little ones : Mason Dash (b.2009), Penelope Scotland (b.2012) and Reign Aston (b.2014). Kourtney was the first to break from family tradition of –k beginning names but chose to honor her heritage by giving her first two children the middle names Dash (a nod to the name Kardashian, also their store name) and Scotland (for dad Scott probably). She has said in the past that the first names were ones she liked, without a particular significance. Reign was a top contender for daughter Penelope, spelled Rain, and Aston is certainly a nod to the Aston Martin car brand. 

Aoife and Tadhg Foden

Una (Theresa Imogene) Healy (former member of The Saturdays) and Ben Foden are parents to two Irish babes : Aoife   « eefa » Belle (b.2012) and Tadhg « tyg » John (b.2015). I absolutely love those names and the fact that the couple stuck with the Irish spelling even if and can get quite challenging for non-initiates.

Kaia (mom Cindy’s twin!) and Presley Gerber

Cindy Crawford and Kande Gerber have two children turned models : Presley Walker (b.1999) and Kaia Jordan (b.2001). Presley and Jordan are unisex but Walker and Kaia are all-boy/all-girl names.

Autumn Reeser is mom to Finneus James (b.2011) and Dashiell Ford (b.2013) with Jesse Warren. Similarly to Cate Blanchett  (who shares a Dashiell) these names are sweetly vintage but perfectly wearable and fresh for children in 2015.

Stylist Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman have two sons : Skyler Morrison (b.2011) and Kaius « Kai » Jagger (b.2013). The first names are fun, even if brothers nicknamed Sky and Kai may be a bit much. The middle names seem to honor two legendary musicians : Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger.

Personal trainer Jillian Michaels and her partner Heidi Rhoades became parents twice the same year to adopted daughter Lukensia and bio to Phoenix (boy).

Patrick Dempsey has three children with Jillian Fink : Talula Fyfe (b.2002) and twin boys Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen (b.2007). Their choices are nice, also rooted in their Irish heritage.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel have two children : Theodore Norman (b.2007) and Beatrice Jean (b.2012), both feel beautifully vintage. Shortened to Theo and Bea, they are spunky and modern.

Model Molly Sims has Brooks Alan (b.2012) and Scarlett May (b.2015) with husband Scott Stuber. Brooks and Scarlett are new parents favorites: Atticus, Cyrus, Miles, Otis or Gus are a few examples of -s ending names for boys that are getting attention and Scarlett is going strong, climbing steadily the U.S. top 100.

Matt Damon is married to Luciana Bozán Barroso, she has a daughter from a previous marriage, Alexia (b.1999). Together, they have 3 girls: Isabella (b. 2006), Gia Zavala (b. 2008) and Stella Zavala (b. 2010). They seem to have honored mom’s side with Spanish and Italian influenced names that are fashionable in the U.S.A. with their exotic and romantic feel.

Matt’s good pal Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have 3 children together: Violet Anne (b.2005), Seraphina Rose Elizabeth (b.2009) and Samuel Garner (b.2012). Seraphina has the most “out there” name of the three but the sibset remains traditional.

Autumn James and Atticus James are Jennifer Love Hewitt’s children.  If Jennifer happens to have a third child, will she pursue the A.J. trend, or even the A. James trend, or will she go a totally different direction? Autumn is fresh, just like Christina Aguilera’s daughter Summer Rain (b.2014). Atticus can be a reference to the How To Kill a Mockingbird character.

Peter Facinelli and Jennifer Garth have 3 daughters : Luca Bella (b.1997), Lola Ray (b.2002) and Fiona Eve (b.2006) Facinelli. The Italian heritage is palpable.

Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly have two daughters : Pearl Clementine (b.2012) and Andy Rose (b.2015). Both names are super sweet and fitted for Southern belles.

Jack, Andy, Lisa and Pearl

Anne Heche sons are (interestingly) named Homer Laffoon (b.2002) and Atlas Heche Tupper (b.2009), two strong mythological references.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have a beautiful family of 2 boys and 2 girls: Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen, Hattie Margaret and Finn Davey. Hattie has the most retro name, usually a nickname for Harriet but she doesn’t stand out in a bad way from short and spunky siblings Liam, Stella and Finn.

From left to right: Liam, Tori, Dean, Stella (in the back) and Hattie and Finn (front)

Her brother, Randy Spelling and wife Leah have two girls named Sage Aurelia and Lotus Elodie,*swoon*…

Like Spelling, Rosie Pope and husband Daron have a perfect 4: their two sons, James Roderick “J.R.” (b.2008) and Wellington “Wells” Reade (b.2011) followed by two daughters, Vivienne Madison (b.2012) and Bridget Monroe (b.2014). The girls share the same middle name initial, “M” and the boys, “R”. The sibset is a retro perfection.

Dad Daron and Vivienne, Wells, mom Rosie holding Bridget and J.R.

Shakira and soccer player Gerard Piqué considered Ulisses for their firstborn who eventually became Milan (b.2013). Sasha (boy) joined the family in 2015. The names are really cute even if Sasha is more on the girls’ side in the U.S., it’s a good surprise to hear it for a boy (like in French-speaking countries).

Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly is a mom of 3: Edward Yates “Yates” (b.2009), Yardley Evans (girl, b.2011) and Thatcher Bray Brunt (b.2013). She used to -y starting names for her first two children but Thatcher is able to share the same style.

Sonny with a Chance’s Tiffany Thornton has two boys: Kenneth James (b.2012) and Bentley Cash (b.2014) Carney. Her choices are cute and fit for boys who will later, become men.

Brooke Burke is a mom of 4: she has two daughters, Neriah and Sierra Sky Fisher and a boy and a girl with David Charvet: Shaya Braven (boy) and Heaven Rain (girl).

Chord Overstreet, Nash (Hot Chelle Rae’s guitarist) and sisters Summer, Harmony, Skye and Charity are country singer’s Paul Overstreet’s children. All family members have are word names and creative ones!

Drew Barrymore is mom to Olive Barrymore and Frankie Barrymore (girl). She has explained Olive came to her as she was reading a pregnancy book that said her baby was the size of an olive. When Frankie arrived, the only thing she liked in the kitchen was Pepper ! Frankie stands by itself and is really complimentary to her big sister’s.

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Vivianne Rose Decker

Singer Jessie James and football player Eric Decker have lovely Vivianne Rose (b.2014) (the Vivienne spelling is more popular) and their baby boy is on his way, I’m expecting a down-to-earth and “cowboy” name like Jackson, Everett or Wyatt.

EDIT: Jessie James just revealed her baby boy’s name: Eric Thomas, like dad. 

Eric Thomas II (source: Instagram and Jessie James Decker)

Eric Thomas II (source: Instagram and Jessie James Decker)

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Borat) and Isla Fisher have 3 little ones: Olive (b.2007), Elula Lottie Miriam (b.2010) and Montgomery Moses Brian (b.2015). I love those Hebrew and English names mixes. Isla herself has an Hebrew name, Ayala, she chose it when she converted to Judaism.

Harper Renn (b.2010) and Holt Fisher (b.2015) are Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Brady Smith’s kids. Both children share the initial -h and follow the trends of unisex names and last names as firsts.

Dawson’s Creek‘s James Van Der Beek is dad to classic and pretty Olivia (b.2010), Joshua (b.2012) and Annabel Leah (b.2014).

Jenna Von Oy and Brad Bratcher are parents to two girls: Gray Audrey  (b.2012) and Marlowe Monroe (b.2014). Both names are clearly alliterative (-ay sound for baby #1 and MM repeat for baby #2) but they are quite catchy and pretty.

Kistin Cavallari and Jay Cutler have two sons: Camdem Jack (b.2012) and Jaxon Wyatt (b.2014). They are now expecting a daughter, their style is a bit, don’t take it the wrong way,  hipster. Maybe June as a middle name, in order to follow the -j “pattern” and, as a first, a unisex name or a name ending in -a… Either: Quinn, Avery, Hadley, Brooklyn, Hazel, Matilda, India, Ruby, Olivia or Emma.

Honor, Jessica Alba and Haven

Honor Marie (b.2008) and Haven Garner (b.2011) are Jessica Alba and Cash Warren’s two daughters. The two are absolute dolls. I like their names, they’re not frilly but they are, without a doubt, feminine. They share the initial -h and are both “virtue” names.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are parents to India  Rose (b.2012) and twins Sasha & Tristan (b.2014). I like their choices because parents are from different cultures, making their children’s identity international. 

Actor Greg Kinnear is a girls’ dad: he has Lily Katherine (b.2003) and Audrey Mae (b.2006) and Kate Grace (b.2009). Those names follow the trends: the first is distinctive but not unheard of and Mae, Grace or Rose as middles are very popular choices.

Full House‘s Marla Sokoloff and her music composer husband Alec Puro have daughters Elliotte Anne (b.2012) and Olive Mae (b.2015)

British singer Lily Allen is mom to Ethel Mary (b. 2011) and Marnie Rose (b.2013). I absolutely love Lily’s choices because they are “unusual” and grandma names but are 100% worth bringing back!

NCIS‘ Chris O’Donnell has 5 children with his wife Caroline Fentress: Lily Anne, Christopher “Chip” O’Donnel Jr., Charles “Charlie” McHugh, Finley (boy) and Maeve Frances O’Donnell (b.2007).

Chip, Charlie and Finley in front of dad Chris, mom Caroline holding Maeve and Lily

Kevin Zegers and wife Jaime Feld just welcomed twin girls Zoe Madison and Blake Everleigh. I like Blake Everleigh’s name as a whole better because her names are less popular than her sister’s but the two are cute together.

Ali Larter has two children with Hayes MacArthur: Theodore Hayes MacArthur (b.2010) and Vivienne Margaret (b.2015). Her choices are a blend of Rosie Pope and Bryce Dallas Howard so, that’s good!

N.B.: I know this post is about sibsets but here are 3 singletons I want to highlighten:

Ben Haggerty, a.k.a. Macklemore recenbtly welcomed a daughter named Sloane Eva Simone Haggerty (b.2015) with Tricia Davis.

Singer Ludacris and wife Eudoxie had their first baby and named her Cadence Gaëlle Bridges. I love the musical reference with the choice of soft and feminine Cadence.

High School Musical’s alum Kaycee Stroh has always loved the letter “Z” and named her daughter Zetta Lee Higginson, a nice twist on Etta.

I hope you liked my long post. What are your favorite Hollywood sibsets? Can you think of others?

Find Out What Your Name Would Be if You Were Born Today

TIME

The popularity of your name is likely far different today than it was the year you were born. Maybe you’re one of those men born in 1983 and named Michael, the most popular name of the year. Today, if you were given the most popular boy’s name, you’d be named Noah. The following interactive shows you which name had the same popularity in the past year and every decade since 1890 as yours did the year you were born, using newly released baby name data for 2014.

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Royal baby names

baby-charlotte-geo_3332300bI am a huge (HUGE) fan of the British monarchy. I live in Belgium and we, also, happen to have a royal family. I like them but they just don’t fascinate me the way the English do… To prove that point, I even made the birth of the “Royal baby #2” the subject of my final paper in a journalism seminar of my second-year of college… I proved it was newsworthy and I got a great grade for it!!

But, that’s not the point, let’s talk about the names every single news-website has been talking about: prince George‘s and, most recently, princess Charlotte‘s! I am not going to make an extensive analysis of the names because they are quite comprehensive on other websites I have read and I would like to give my opinion on them.

George Alexander Louis: I admit that I didn’t like the name George at the beginning, I had envisioned the couple to name their son James or Arthur, two established names that are still perfectly wearable today. In Belgium, Georges is an “old-people name”, I never met a young Georges and I find it hard to do so in the future… I had some preconceived idea regarding the name but now, I love it. A George in England feels regal and suited for a modern and spunky little boy like the prince comes across as! 

Alexander was the couple’s other favorite so, the middle spot seems like a good compromise and Louis is one of dad William’s middles.

George’s much anticipated baby sister is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It was one of my predictions (I just wasn’t feeling an “Alice”…) even though I was rooting for a Victoria or a sweet Mary (it wasn’t on the top bet charts but I think I still have a chance for, eventually, the next one…!) 

William and Catherine managed to keep everyone happy with their little bundle of joy. The people was feverishly hoping for a girl, the first princess in 25 years (the last one is princess Eugenie, born in 1990) and the highest in the order of succession to the throne in 50 years (the last one being princess Anne, born in 1950).

This birth was also a “peace offering”, among the trouble around the Legislative elections and the threat of a British EU exit (a.k.a. “Brexit”).

The three names choices are able to mix William and Kate’s family sides. Charlotte is supposedly to honor grandpa Charles (and a nod to maternal grandma Carole, as well as Pippa’s middle name).

Elizabeth is for great-grandmother Elizabeth II (and the Queen Mother, which Charles wanted so desperately to honor had he fathered a daughter) but also, mom Catherine and maternal grandma Carole’s middle name!

At last, Diana is an obvious tribute to William’s late mother, Lady Diana Spencer, who also longed for a daughter. After prince Charles and lady Diana’s highly publicized divorce, people close to “the Firm” (a.k.a. the British family) and the Windsor themselves, tried to airbrush Diana from royal history. To paraphrase Richard Kay, this homage proves that Diana is a non-negotiable part of William’s life!

The couple’s trademark is the perfect balance between tradition and modernity: they need to stick with the protocol and follow the rules (in naming, among other things) but they make up ways to stay true to their personal taste. They decided to break with the traditional four names (as in William Arthur Philip Louis) and opted for “only” three, the way many British parents do! Both of their choices are full of royal pedigree but certainly don’t lack in style!

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I am totally in love with William and Catherine romance and now, their lovely (and absolutely beautiful) children ! I like the Royals’ picks and name combinations because I am aware that they need to stick with a limited range of names and are still able to make them as their own.

On the contrary, William’s cousins seem to be under less “royal pressure”: Zara Phillips has a daughter named Mia Grace (very “American”) with Mike Tindall. Zara’s brother, Peter and his wife Autumn Phillips have a Savannah and an Isla (pronouned “eye-la”)! An heir (or a spare) couldn’t possibly bare such names (*read in a posh accent*)!

Catherine has said in the past she didn’t want just two children (to break with the royal duty to bear an heir and a spare to the crown…) so…

…My predictions for another baby (<3) would be:

*Mary Louise Alexandra (would Alexandra be off limits because it’s one of George’s middle names? And Louise?)

*Victoria Mary Catherine

I love Marigold and Josephine but don’t see it happen for some reason… I am going to throw it in the air anyway, I like the name combination of author Tara Wood’s baby #7 (you can check Tara out by clicking here) born in June 2015:

*Marigold Alice (+ Josephine)

and *Eleanor Juliette Sophie

(Boys seem so much easier…)

*James Edward Philip

*Arthur Henry Vincent

*Frederick John Thomas (more unusual but, we never know)

What do you think? Do you like the British royals, too? Or is another monarchy your personal favorite?

P.S.: In Belgium, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have four children: Elisabeth, Gabriel Emmanuel, and Eléonore. Good choices, I have to admit.