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Robin Thicke Also Talks Names Pre-Baby

Robin Thicke Also Talks Names Pre-Baby
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Continuing a trend we wrote about recently, singer-songwriter Robin Thicke and his wife, actress Paula Patton (currently appearing in Precious), have already announced names for the baby they're expecting in May. "We like Julian if it's a boy and Isabella if it's a girl," Thicke, who as the son of Alan Thicke is also a celebrity baby, told PEOPLE recently.

Isabella, a Spanish variant of Elizabeth ("God is my oath") has been the number 2 most popular baby name in the US in 2007 and 2008. Will its extreme popularity continue? Isabella comes with a wealth of nicknames and is a top 10 name in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and a top 20 name in Denmark, England and Iceland, making it a global superstar of a name. (Given Isabella's universal appeal today, it's interesting to realize that, while the name was a hit in the 1880s and 1890s, it disappeared from the charts completely between the 1940s and 1990s.)

Julian, derived from the Roman meaning "downy-bearded" or "youth," is another name globally popular, #10 in Austria and in the top 20 in Germany and the Netherlands. In the US, the name is #61. (And unlike Isabella, this one's never been absent from the charts.) A famous bearer is musician Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon. Do the musical credentials make this an especially apt name for Thicke's son?

What do you think of Isabella and Julian?

--L.R.

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November 24, 2009 8:15 PM
By Anne V (not verified)

They are both very nice names. I think Julian is due to rise up the chart some more. But, sorry -- really tired of Isabella.

November 27, 2009 9:51 AM
By Barbara C. (not verified)

They are definitely going for the popular names. Julian is one that I've really noticed. Last year in my daughter's tee-ball league there was one Julian on almost every team including ours.

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