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New Baby Alert: Emily Mortimer welcomes baby May

New Baby Alert: Emily Mortimer welcomes baby May
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Emily Mortimer and her husband Alessandro Nivola welcomed a daughter recently: May. She joins older brother, Samuel John.

Surprisingly, the Celebrity Baby Names database contains almost no other entries for month-named children. Why should this surprise?  Some of these names are due for a revival, and it seems few celebrities have yet capitalized on this. May was a very popular name in the 1880s, a decade to which fashion-forward namers of today increasingly return. Mae had its moment in the 1890s (and Mae West gives an assist to the name, adding glamour). Mai had a brief vogue in the 1980s.  The spelling May, however, is the "original" popular form of the name. Although Maya has been a popular recent variant (May fell off the charts in the 60s; Maya first emerged at #915 in 1970 and has been a top-100 name since 2001), May offers an old-fashioned appeal that today's parents seem to dig.

Ditto June. (If you click on that chart, you'll see that after peaking in the twenties and falling off completely in the eighties, June made its way back onto the charts in 2008.) We predict a rise in popularity for this name when the Social Security Administration releases the 2009 data. Old country star names are popular -- see Cash -- and June invokes both June Carter Cash and the sweet nineties Johnny Depp movie Benny and Joon for parents considering the hipster potential of the name June.

As for other months? Well, you'll notice I said the database had "almost" no other celebrity babies named for months. The lone entrant: October Adelaide Eggers Vida, the daughter of writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. (They co-wrote this summer's parents-to-be adventure movie, Away We Go.)  The "ber" names have been less popular as names in general, and October -- while calling to mind such grand and rarely used names as Octavia -- seems unlikely to ignite a new trend.

What month names do you like? What do you think of May?


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January 31, 2010 2:24 PM
By Lane

Personally, I like May.

February 1, 2010 9:25 PM
By British American (not verified)

I like May. Perhaps prefer it spelt Mae - but the 'month spelling' would be easier to live with.

February 4, 2010 1:27 PM
By another Laura (not verified)

I love May. Hubby prefers Mae. We've considered using it as a nn for Mary.

February 8, 2010 6:29 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

I like May, although I do prefer Mae. It's just so charmingly old fashioned.

February 10, 2010 6:21 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

May is gorgeous. Good job, Ms. Mortimer!

Other celebrity month-named kids:
JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Dave Matthews, Lena Olin, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love), Michael Weatherly (NCIS) all have a son named August. And Garth Brooks has a daughter named August.

Madeleine Stowe (Last of the Mohicans) has a May, and Hope Davis (About Schmidt) and Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) have Maes. And Balthazar Getty (late of Brothers & Sisters) has a June.

And, of course, the comedian Ralphie May (Last Comic Standing, Celebrity Fit Club) has a son, August, and a daughter, April. August May and April May. Haha.

April 4, 2010 12:43 PM
By Kritsin (not verified)

I love month-names, except May and April!
I know a family who'se kids are: Januar,Febuarà, Martch, Aprel,Mai,Juen,and Gulie. Two sets of twins(Martch and Aprel/Juen and Gulie)

May 14, 2013 5:30 AM
By James Stuckey (not verified)

Congratulations Emily Mortimer with your new baby, that's really nice. May is such a classic name.

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