New Baby Name Alert: Robert Downey Jr. Welcomes Son Exton Elias
Here come the X-babies! Actor Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan welcomed Exton Elias Downey early this morning. This is the couple's first child together. Exton joins older brother Indio, who is 18 and from Downey's first marriage.
The Sherlock Holmes star announced the sex of the baby back in December, but kept the couple's name choice mum until the birth. We had high hopes for an original name and we were not disappointed. The name Exton is unique, however it does follow a few recent trends. Like so many other popular boys names, exton is two syllables, ending in -n. It's a place name like America and Brooklyn and it's got that high-Scrabble value letter X, just to shake things up. In fact, while Exton is rather rare, English surnames that include the letter X are enjoying a steep ascent: Braxton, Paxton, Jaxon are all rapidly climbing the popularity charts.
Exton is also reminiscent of the popular Easton, which has also been rising sharply over the past few years, ranking No. 145 in 2010. Exton could be a new, stylish variant of that. However, unlike nickname-friendly names like Daxton (Dax) or Paxton (Pax), Exton doesn't lend itself to a cute shortener as easily (Ex?).
Elias, a name that has been rooted in the top-1,000 for quite a while, and has been climbing the charts as of late, provides a nice contrast to the more modern and original Exton. Elias ranked No. 141 in 2010 and has Greek and Biblical roots.
What do you think of Exton Elias?