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What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?

What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?
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Less than two years ago actress Vera Farmiga and her musician husband, Renn Hawkey, had their first child, a baby boy they named Fynn. Now, they are awaiting the birth of their second child, who is due in October. Already a family with strong, unique names, we can only imagine which names Farmiga and Hawkey are considering for the impending arrival of their new baby.

Vera Ann Farmiga, who most recently starred with George Clooney in the film Up in the Air, may have been born in New Jersey, but her family stayed extremely close to their Ukrainian heritage; her parents, Mykhailo and Luba Farmiga were Ukrainian immigrants and raised their seven children in an insular Ukrainian American community (Vera did not learn English until the age of six).

The name Vera was introduced in the 19th Century and comes from the Russian "vjera" for faith. It also coincides with the Latin "vera" for true. Vera peaked in popular in the U.S. in the early 1900s at #69. Since then, however, it has declined steadily and is currently unranked in the States. Abroad, it is more popular; in the Czech Republic it's #13 and in Sweden it's #49.

Renn Hawkey was born in New York City in the early seventies, but his first name is Japanese and means water lily. For twelve years, Hawkey was a member of the band Deadsy and went by the stage name Dr. Nner. He left the band in 2008 and returned to using his given name.

The couple, both of whom come from large families, chose to have a spirited wedding that embraced the traditions they grew up with -- including a great deal of folk dancing and singing. We can't help but wonder if they might also seek baby name inspiration in their roots. The name of their first child, Fynn, certainly has a strong past, albeit an Irish one. Finn MacCool was the father of the famous poet Ossian and supposedly built the Giants' Causeway of the Antrium coast. He is the subject of many popular Irish legends, some of which portray him as a giant. Finn has enjoyed a huge increase in popularity in recent years; right now it is #5 in Germany and #8 in the Netherlands. It also ranks in the top 100 in Ireland, Australia and Scotland. In the U.S., however, it is only #368.

Some common sibling names for Finn include Aidan, Riley, Rowan, Declan, Seamus, Sawyer and Laney. Both father and son have names that end in a double "nn." For their second child, if they have a girl, they could continue the theme with Ciara or Tara to match mom's Vera. The name Renn can actually be either a boy's or girl's name, so regardless of the sex, they could decide to name the child after Dad. Personally, we think the name Riley would fit right in. Like Renn, it works for both a boy and a girl. It also picks up the "y" in big brother Fynn's name as well as in the family's last name, Hawkey; they could even choose an alternate spelling like Rylee, Rylie, or Ryleigh to further play up the connection to Fynn. The "r" in Riley references the first letter of Dad's name as well. Plus, it's short and sweet, just like Vera, Renn and Fynn!

What do you think? What name would you give Fynn's sibling?



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September 29, 2010 12:35 PM
By Lane

I'm gonna go with rhyming. How about

Mira (to rhyme with mom's name) or

Wynn (to rhyme with dad/brother).

Lila, Rowan, Henry, Brynn, Quinn, Ronan and Nina also suggest themselves to me.

September 29, 2010 5:33 PM
By Sebalek (not verified)

I'd hope they'd go with something closer to her roots and/or less mainstream than they did with their first. No unisex names (if it's a girl) or rhymes, preferably.

I do like the 4 letter theme and since Fynn and Renn are one syllable names, that would be neat to stick with for boy #2 or two syllables like mom. Unfortunately, coming up with 4 letter one syllable names for boys is escaping me right now.



September 29, 2010 5:36 PM
By Sebalek (not verified)

Two syllables for a girl, that is.

I can see them going with something like Owen though. Familiar but not crazy overdone, 4 letters, ends in 'N', has the '-en' ending sound and 2 syllables like mom.

Owen Hawkey is pretty cool.

October 5, 2010 12:11 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

What about sticking with the 4 letters and using Rily(boy) or Ryli(girl).

Other names that may fit with this family set that come to mind are:


June 14, 2012 11:50 AM
By Thomas Lieber (not verified)

I like the name that they have given to their child. It is really unique. - Joe Aldeguer

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