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New Baby Alert: Vern Yip welcomes Gavin Joshua

New Baby Alert: Vern Yip welcomes Gavin Joshua

Designer Vern Yip and his partner welcomed a son via surrogate on January 6: Gavin Joshua Mannox.

Did Yip's celebrated taste and style yield a fabulous baby name? Gavin, whose uncertain derivations may contain the roots for a hawk and a blow or battle, appeared on the charts in the sixties but has leaped in popularity this century, up to #30 in 2008. (Surprisingly, there are no other celebrity babies named Gavin in our database!) Joshua (God is salvation) has been a consistent hit (and a top-10 name since 1979), and though numbers of young Joshuas have declined somewhat, the name was still #4 in the US in 2008. 

The magic with this baby name, might be that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. While Gavin ends in the uber-popular "n," the v in the middle makes the name stand out amidst the sea of Aidans, Kaydens and Jaydens. Joshua has the ending that makes Noah, Isaiah and Luca popular choices right now.  Gavin and Mannox both get cachet from the "Scrabble" letters (v and x). Altogether, Gavin Joshua Mannox contains a pleasing range of sounds, musically arranged so as to be easy to say. Add in the popularity of the names separately, and you have a name appealing to many tastes.

What do you think -- how did Vern Yip and his partner do?



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January 15, 2010 1:10 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Gavin is an over popular name from the 70-80's in Australia and it seems its also from a distinct demographic.

Your average Gavin would be thirty something, wears their greasy hair "styled" in a mullet, drives a V8 engine pickup, drinks wild turkey and coke, and perhaps attained a high school level of education (or not).

Its popularity makes me shudder.

January 21, 2010 12:55 PM
By Allison (not verified)

Here in the US, Gavin is the ultimate little boy under 5 name. Almost every baby boy I hear of is named Gavin now.

Totally over it as a name. Joshua, however, is always in vogue.

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