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Fashion Week Special: A Stylish Selection of Designer Names

Fashion Week Special: A Stylish Selection of Designer Names
Vera Wang via Revolutionpix/Fame Pictures

As the top fashion labels unveil their Spring 2012 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, we thought we’d go behind the seams, if you will, and look at some of the stylish names of the biggest designers, which could also be en vogue as baby names.

In a previous Name Candy post, we detailed how fashion names Armani, Chanel and even Nautica all showed up on America's Popular Baby Names list. “It’s open season on designer names,” our Name Lady said of the trend. “The only restrictions are that the name has to sound glamorous (even shoe maestro Jimmy Choo can't do that for Jimmy) and it has to sound like a first name (sorry, Gucci).”

With those conditions in place, we have a few more designer names for you to consider when searching for a stylish name for your little one. And unlike, say, Nautica, these sound a little less like a brand and more like chicly-named child.

Vivienne: The name is derived from the Latin vivus meaning “alive” — and that certainly describes the creations of two A-list designers Vivienne Westwood, the British fashionista known for merging punk and fashion, and Vivienne Tam, whose clothes are inspired by her Chinese culture. Vivienne returned to the popular name list in 2009 after a nearly 80 year absence and shot up to No. 428 in 2010. Also, notably, it's the name of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s youngest daughter, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt.

Reed: Reed means “red” — and the name is, well, red hot. While also used as a female name, the male version is currently at its peak spot on the popular name list at No. 380. Reed Krakoff is the name of Coach’s creative director, who also has his own eponymous line. As far as celebrity offspring with the name, look no further than director’s Ron Howard adult son Reed Howard.

Charlotte: The name Charlotte, which is the feminine form of Charles meaning “full-grown, a man” is also at its most popular – No. 45. It’s the name of British designer Charlotte Ronson, who's the twin sister of celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson. Charlotte is also the name of several celebrity wee ones including Sarah Michelle Gellar’s daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze

Oscar: Oscar is No. 147 on the popular name list and it’s celebrity approved with Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson as two of the famous folks naming their son Oscar. Oscar is derived from a Norman baronial name taken from a French place-name meaning "golden city. It's also is the name of fashion legend Oscar de la Renta.

Vera: When you think of designer wedding gowns, the first name that probably comes to mind is Vera Wang, who just designed three dresses for Kim Kardashian’s star-studded nuptials. Vera falls into that “old lady name” category, which is so hot right now. It comes from the Russian Vjera meaning "faith" and coincides with the Latin vera meaning "true." After 25 years it returned to the popular name list in 2009 and is currently at No. 675. Trading Spaces designer Vern Yip named his daughter Vera Lillian Beatrix Yip

Luca: Hot fashion line Luca Luca is the brainchild of Italian designer Luca Orlandi. The name is most popular for males — it first appeared on the charts in 2000 and is now No. 272. Both Colin Firth and Danny Pino have sons named Luca and actress Jennie Garth gave the name to her eldest daughter, Luca Bella Facinelli.

Georgina: Georgina, which is the feminine name of George, is of Greek origin meaning “farmer.” Georgina Chapman is the British model-turned-designer behind the celebrity-loved label Marchesa, which is known for its very elegant, flowing and romantic styles. Those same adjectives can be used to describe the name Georgina – which fell off the popular name list in 1992 after being a staple since the late 1800s and seems prime for a comeback. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg named his youngest daughter Georgina.

Valentino: Valentino is another name that sounds romantic and rolls off the tongue. Derived from the Latin Valentīnus, it’s a derivative of valens which means "to be strong." As far as popularity, it’s made a comeback. In the 1920s it appeared on the chart for three years only and then disappeared until 2006. Currently, it’s No. 820. Of course Valentino is the name of fashion icon icon Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, better known simply as Valentino, and Ricky Martin gave the name to one of his twin sons.

Which names of designers do you think are the most stylish? Are there any that didn't make the list that you think should be here? Share your thoughts below.

--S.B.

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September 9, 2011 8:30 PM
By Lane

I like Georgina. Actually I also really like Valentino.

September 9, 2011 8:59 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Where did you get the idea that Charles means 'full-grown?' It simply means 'man.' For those who are heavily invested in name meanings, Charlotte is the feminine form of Charlot, the French diminutive of Charles, and, like it or not, all of the "Charles" names, masculine or feminine, whether diminutives or not, are derived from the Germanic Karl--which means 'man.' Full-grown has nothing to do with it.

September 9, 2011 10:56 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

While I don't see Valentino making a comeback I can see Valentina getting a boost. It's long and elegant, has an exotic Italian appeal and the ever trendy V. It's also been used by two beautifully exotic and fashion forward star: Salma Hayek and Adriana Lima.

I like Oscar in the abstract and love Oscar de la Renta (not least because we share a birthday), but in reality it is simply too muppet for me. Also, the Oscars while glamorous are a bit too much for me.

September 9, 2011 11:37 PM
By Joyce (not verified)

My friend has a son named Oscar and I love it. It works for them - and works for me! Nothing muppet about it in my opinion.

September 10, 2011 5:32 PM
By Mom (not verified)

In my High School class (in the 60's), we had Georgina, Georgette, and Georgeanne.
I haven't really heard much of those names since.

September 11, 2011 9:07 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Luella Bartlett. English designer...........beautiful.

May 30, 2012 2:52 AM
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The selection of designer names was great, names were really elegant. What I like most is the name Vivienne, because it means alive, it is also sophisticated. I also like the names Georgina and Valentino, it sounds classy. I hope I have helped you in deciding what the nicest designer name among the eight is.

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