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Another Stylish Baby Name for No Doubt Band Member

Another Stylish Baby Name for No Doubt Band Member
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No Doubt about it, if there were a Grammy Award for Most Stylish Baby Names that award would have to go to the band No Doubt.

Last night, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and wife Nina announced the birth of their daughter Magnolia Renée, born June 10.   

Magnolia, a name derived from the flowering tree magnolia, was a staple in the top 1000 baby names in the United States from the 1880s through the 1930s, peaking at #490 in the 1900s. 

Magnolia was never as popular as antique botanical favorites Lily, Rose and Violet, which have already seen a revival.  But given Laura Wattenberg's assessment of the factors that give a charming antique name contemporary style legs (see In Search of the Next Ava and Isabella), Magnolia, may just be a future hit.    

Magnolia has more of a southern flair (think Sugar Magnolia and Steel Magnolias) than other antique flower names, and also has some cute built-in nicknames, including Maggie, Meg, Lia, Nola and Lola.

Magnolia Renée has an older brother named Mason James.  And her "No Doubt" extended family includes babies called:

  • Koa Thomas, Rio Atticus and Ace Joseph (Tom Dumont)
  • Coco Reese (Tony Kanal)
  • Zuma Nesta Rock and Kingston James MacGregor (Gwen Stefani)

What do you think of the name Magnolia? And do you agree with us that no Doubt deserves the Grammy for Best Baby Names?

--J.B.

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June 14, 2011 12:01 PM
By OakStreet (not verified)

Magnolia is cute. I am partial to the flower name Clover!

June 14, 2011 12:06 PM
By Allison (not verified)

Noooo!!!!! Magnolia is one of my all time favorite names and I had hoped to use it one day. Now it's going to become trendy-chic.

I'm always reminded of the movie character Nolie (from Magnolia) from Show Boat (1951). I loved that character.

June 14, 2011 12:32 PM
By sharilyn (not verified)

I know of three little Magnolia's under the age of two (barely). All of them go by Maggie.

June 14, 2011 4:07 PM
By Anon. (not verified)

This reminds me of the movie "The Apple Dumpling Gang." The gal named "Magnolia" went by "Dusty," but she was a tom-boy.

June 15, 2011 10:29 PM
By Jane (not verified)

My husband was going to be named Magnolia if he had been a girl :)

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My joyous 2 1/2 year old little girl is named Magnolia Sophie. Everyone calls her Nolie.

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