Nature Names

Did Nicole Richie Give Her Son a Girl's Name?

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden welcomed a son, Sparrow James Midnight Madden, early this morning, September 9, 2009.  Sparrow joins older sister Harlow Winter Kate Madden, 20 months. We're guessing the boy's second middle name, Midnight, is a nod to his birth time, just as his sister's middle name Winter is a nod to

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Are These Baby Names Hip, or Hippie?

What do you think of names like Rose Dorinda, Fox Alexandria, and Raven Thalia? They are all girls' names I am considering. I wonder how far I can go with my name themes, because none of the boy names I like go in that direction (Killian Alexander, Ezra Raphael, Aedan Ezekiel). Are my favorite names too hippie/tree-hugger?

–Nature Lover

Trees deserve a hug now and then, don't they? So "tree-hugger" doesn’t have to be a negative. Not all nature names automatically fall into the "hippie" category (that is, too weird for mainstream), anyway. If you love nature, it's only natural that you're drawn to baby names that celebrate flora, fauna, and the outdoors.

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I Can't Name My Baby After a Spider ... Or Can I?

I found a name that I loved as soon as I saw it: Aranea. Since I learned of it from a video game ad, I looked it up and found out it's the name of a villain. That part doesn’t bother me, but it does bother me that Aranea is a genus of orb-weaving spider. It's such a pretty name, and with so many nature-inspired names out there (I've met a Bear, a Cove, and a River), does it matter much that my daughter might secretly be named after a spider?

–Spider-girl's Mom?

Loving the sound of a name, but not its meaning, is a tough spot to be in. After all, name meanings are tricky to pin down and can be misunderstood. And the sound is what you hear every day when you speak your child's name. Thousands of parents every year choose names based on sound, without giving meaning much thought—otherwise, would anyone choose a name that's said to mean "crippled" (Claudia) or "unlucky" (Mallory)?

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I Need a Reality Check on This Baby Name!

I love the sound of the name Elmer. I love that it includes a nice tree. I love that it fits with other names of the moment, like Sawyer and Asher. I'm having only a slightly hard time letting go of associations like Elmer Fudd, but I'm afraid other people will find it impossible. Do you think style can win over cultural reference in this case?

–Am I Crazy?

Alas, you're right: Other people will indeed find this name impossible. And it's not just Fudd that makes this name a dud for a contemporary baby. Elmer is at the extreme end of style, and while some people will appreciate how it bucks the trends, many more will still think of it as something of a joke.

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We’re Hunting for the Right Baby Name!

We have a boy name picked out, but we are trying to find the perfect girl name for our first baby. I am wondering what you think about the name "Quarry." We have talked about Cora (which is one of our faves right now) and mentioned Quincy. The state park that is located in our town has a beautiful quarry. We spend quite a bit of time there, took our wedding pictures there, etc., so Quarry seems somewhat fitting. It's obviously not a common name so I just need a second opinion if it sounds crazy or not.

–Due in May

A meaningful word or place name can often be an inspired and inspiring choice for a baby name. Nature words, in particular, often make for popular and well-received names. Autumn, Lily, Savannah, and Jasmine were among the top 100 names for baby girls in 2014 (along with other word names such as Aria, Serenity, Genesis, Piper, Faith, and Ruby). Hazel, Willow, and Juniper are all up-and-comers from the natural world.

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Behind the Baby Names: Celebrity Naming Inspirations

Behind the Baby Names: Celebrity Naming Inspirations

While many of us take inspiration from celebrity names and pop culture (look no further than the fastest rising names each year for examples), it's always fun to hear about what went into the name of a child of a celebrity.  From honoring a family member to finding inspiration in unusual places, several celebrities shared their stories behind the name this week.  Who knows -- perhaps one of NameCandy's readers will find their inspiration from these stories.

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Nature-Inspired Names for Celebrity Babies

Nature-Inspired Names for Celebrity Babies

Whether it’s a clear and babbling brook, a misty morning in the forest or the cool ocean wind sweeping across your cheek, everyone loves embracing the natural world. And this latest baby name trend shows just what an essential piece the environment plays in picking the perfect moniker for a little one.

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Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll Name Their Baby Bear

Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll Name Their Baby Bear

Actress and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll welcomed a son earlier this month, PEOPLE reports. The boy is the third child for Winslet and the first for Rocknroll. Although he was born more than two weeks ago (and we’ve been waiting impatiently), the couple’s publicist only announced the new baby’s name today.

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Super Supermoon-inspired Baby Names

Happy supermoon weekend! 2013's biggest, brightest moon rose this Saturday, inspiring new parents around the world. A supermoon happens when our moon both is full and reaches its perigee, or its closest point to Earth in its orbit. According to NASA, a supermoon is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than most full moons. Werewolves aren't the only ones excited about this big, bright, super moon--there are quite a few celebrities with cause to celebrate.

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More Flowers For Poppy Montgomery With New Daughter Violet Grace

More Flowers For Poppy Montgomery With New Daughter Violet Grace

Actress Poppy Montgomery is a mom again, this time to a baby girl, with finace Shawn Sanford. Continuing a colorful family tradition, Montgomery has chosen a flower-inspired name for her new daughter - Violet Grace Devereux Sanford

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