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Stella McCartney Baby Name Rounds Out Sibling Set

Stella McCartney Baby Name Rounds Out Sibling Set
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They're not exactly the Vera, Chuck and Dave grandpa Paul McCartney sang about in When I'm 64, but we think Stella McCartney has produced quite the sibling set.

Reiley, McCartney's baby daughter with husband Alasdhair Willis was born last week according to E! Online. Reiley joins older brothers Miller and Beckett and older sister Bailey.

Reiley is a variation of Riley, an Old English surname meaning one who lives near a rye field. Despite its humble roots, Riley was ranked #38 in the U.S. in 2009. Although it is also popular in Canada, it isn't currently ranked in McCartney's homeland of England. Reiley does, however, fit in rather nicely with Miller, Beckett and Bailey.

All four of McCartney's children have first names that are common surnames. They also sound just as trendy as they do old-fashioned. The couple's eldest child, Miller, may have playwright Arthur Miller to thank for his name: McCartney's husband has a background in publishing and may have been inspired by the famous writer. Or, even, perhaps Frank Miller, who is well known for his film noir-style comic book stories.

And Beckett, well, it isn't hard to imagine that his name came from another revered playwright, Samuel Beckett. But what about Bailey? Though we can't think of any famous writers named Bailey, there is a well-known Bailey Street in central London; the Central Criminal Court is on Bailey Street and is usually referred to as simply Old Bailey. A bailey is also apparently an enclosed courtyard adjacent to a motte in a castle.

Just as the boys' names pair well together, so too do the girls' names. Reiley, like Bailey, ends in "ley." Reiley and Bailey are also the names of quite a few towns in England, Canada and the United States.

What do you think of the name Reiley? Do you like McCartney's alternate spelling?

--J.B.

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November 30, 2010 11:35 AM
By Kelly (not verified)

Riley does rank in England - for boys. There (and in Australia) it is almost all-boy. In the U.S., it is more common for girls by about a 3:2 ratio. Canada falls in between the two (as it does with many other things in which the U.S. and Britain differ) with Riley being more popular for boys but not unheard of for girls there.

November 30, 2010 11:37 AM
By Kelly (not verified)

About the Canada stats - that is based on the provinces (there is no national database) that I found data on, which are British Columbia and Alberta.

December 4, 2010 9:30 PM
By PJR (not verified)

Miller Willis seems to have too many L's. The other names go better with the surname. Or do the kids go by McCartney-Willis? That would be awesome.

(I'm thinking some databases may mix up all those surname/firstname combos and call them Willis Beckett or Willis Miller or Willis Reiley or Willis Bailey, all of which would be reasonable names.)

I like the spelling Riley better.

And I have never seen Alistair spelled Alasdhair before. I learned something today!

December 8, 2010 6:26 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I like Reiley because it is pleasant-sounding and different, and after seeing it spelled with an extra "e," it now looks incomplete with one "e." But I don't like Bailey because it reminds me of Beetle Bailey, the comic strip. And if it is meant to be pronounced "Bay-lee" it sounds too much like "bay leaf."

Miller and Beckett sound like names of people from very refined English families. I wouldn't pick either, but the names are fine. Together all four names go together well.

November 15, 2012 10:27 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

And Beckett, well, it isn't hard to imagine that his name came from another revered playwright, Samuel Beckett. But what about Bailey? Though we can't think of any famous writers named Bailey, there is a well-known Bailey Street in central London; the Central Criminal Court is on Bailey Street and is usually referred to as simply Old Bailey. A bailey is also apparently an enclosed courtyard adjacent to a motte in a castle.

September 8, 2014 12:31 PM
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