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Actress Sarah Chalke Welcomes Son Charlie Rhodes Afifi

Actress Sarah Chalke Welcomes Son Charlie Rhodes Afifi
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Actress Sarah Chalke welcomed son Charlie Rhodes Afifi into the world on December 24, 2009. Celebrity Baby Blog reports Charlie is the first child for the Scrubs star and her financé Jamie Afifi.  We've been keeping our eye on Sarah and her fellow Scrubs co-star Judy Reyes since this summer (see August post), waiting to see the names they would choose.  Judy's daughter came first, on November 27, with the name Leila Rey Valencia.  And now we have Charlie Rhodes.

Charlie's been a very popular celebrity baby name lately: Charlie Moonves, Charlie John Oldman, Charlie Axel Woods, Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell, Charlie Ballerina Sisto.  As Name Candy has commented in the past, Charlie possesses a crossover appeal, on the rise for both girls and boys (for boys currently #307 in the Social Security Administration's top 1000 names, for girls #736).  As we said after the birth of Charlie Moonves: "In fact, Charlie may be that rare thing: a name that doesn't lose its boyish appeal even after it's adopted for Team Pink." 

What do you make of Rhodes?  Could Sarah and Jamie have been inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), Rhodes Island (part of Greece) or Sir Cecil Rhodes (founder of De Beers, Rhodesia and the Rhodes Scholarship)?  We'd vote for the Greek Island, based off of Sarah's middle name -- Cassandra.  Namipedia's entry for Cassandra tells us the name comes from the Greek Kassandra, the mythological daughter of Priam and Hecuba, who had the power of prophesy.  

We're curious to know why you think Charlie works so well for both girls and boys, why it's significantly more popular these days than similar choices such as Alex or Sam.  Also, what are your thoughts on the informality of Charlie as a first name -- fan or foe?  Do you prefer Will to be William, Tom to be Thomas and Charlie to be Charles on the "official" level?  Or does the warmth and accessibility of the shorter form appeal?  

--D.J.

Comments

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January 9, 2010 4:46 PM
By Jennie

I am not so much a fan of Charlie as a given name instead of Charles (or Charlotte or Charlene) for a girl... While it's cute for a baby, what if that baby grows up to be a very serious adult?

January 10, 2010 7:32 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I agree with Jennie.

January 10, 2010 10:43 PM
By Barbara C. (not verified)

My husband is named Ricky, and he's commented that he felt like he could never really grow up. So we named our third daughter Katelyn, so that she could have some options as she aged even thought we really just wanted the name "Katie".

Charlie has a certain unpretentious sophistication when given to a girl...maybe because of the perfume.

January 12, 2010 2:12 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

I agree with the previous posters who feel that Charlie is best as a nickname for Charles. I don't think Charlie grows up well.

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