A Girl Named Maxwell for Lindsay Sloane
Lindsay Sloane is the latest celebrity parent to embrace what has been thought of as a "boy name" for her new daughter.
The actress — who is best known for her roles in TV's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Weeds, as well as movies including Bring It On and Horrible Bosses — welcomed her first child with her husband, talent agent Dar Rollins, on Jan. 19. Maxwell Lue Rollins is the new addition who the couple call their “sweet little girl.”
The trend of boys' names "going girl" has been a frequently discussed topic here on NameCandy. We've seen Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane welcome Billie, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell choose Charlie, and Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen go with Sam, to name a few. Maxwell is a little more surprising than some of the others, but when you think of its feminine counterparts Maxine and Maxie as well the nickname Max for girls, it doesn't sound that unusual.
Plus, it didn't seem like Lindsay was hoping for an super girly-girl, flowery, frilly baby name anyway. Soon after the actress found out she was having a girl, she was asked whether she'd be dressing her little one in pink all the time. She answered: "Eh, I don't think so. She'll embrace blue if need be!"
It seems Lindsay could have fallen for Maxwell when she scored her gig on HBO's Weeds because her character is Maxeen. The show also has another Max, a boy, so it's a popular name on the set. Maxwell, which is a common surname, has never been on the Social Security Administration's popular names list as a female name but for a male name it has actually been at its most popular for the last two decades. It hasn't cracked the Top-100 names just yet, but it's currently No. 134 and seems to be holding steady in that range.
Other celebrities who gave the name Maxwell in recent years are Lance Armstrong and then The Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan Sutter — in both cases it was used for boys. In pop culture, we think of Maxwell Smart from TV's Get Smart, the Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and of course the smooth as silk sounding R&B singer Maxwell. In the 2009 movie Orphan, there was a little girl named Max.
As for baby Maxwell Rollins' middle name — Lue — it's a different take on the traditional Lou. (Soon-to-be exes Heidi Klum and Seal's youngest daughter is Lou Sulola Samuel and Keri Russell just welcomed Willa Lou Deary.) And Lou (Lue and Lu), a name that fell of the charts completely in the early 1970s, seems to be getting more play as a middle name. It makes us think of Lou in a similar way to how we think of Lynn, which lost popularity as a first name but, starting in the 1960s and '70s, was widely used as a middle name. Plus, Lue paired with Maxwell gives the name a feminine touch.
What are you thoughts of "male names" being embraced for girls? Are there any that you really love? Any that you really dislike? And what do you think of Maxwell Lue? Let's talk about it below.