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A Double X Baby Name

A Double X Baby Name
creative commons/Leif Carlsen

To the list of celebrity dads who have a new little one to celebrate this Father's Day, don't forget to add Nick Hexum, frontman for the longstanding band 311. Nick's wife Nikki (yes, Nick and Nikki!) gave birth to their second child on May 1.

The new daughter was given a high Scrabble value name combo: she has the letter X in both her first and last name, not to mention a stylish middle name starting with "V". New baby Maxine Vita Hexum rocks the dual-X in a name that flows off the tongue. We've discussed the names Vita and Vida extensively in the past year.  The name Maxine is the feminine form of Max and Maximillian, derived from the Latin maximus meaning "greatest". Maxine hit its peak in the 1920s at #84, and slowly declined in popularity until it was bumped off the charts in the 1980s. It is closely related to other girl's names such as Maxie, Max, Moxie, Maxima, Maximilienne, and Maximina.

A look at the Expert NameVoyager shows how popular names with the letter X have become over the past 20 years or so.  There are currently 12 girl's names containing the letter X  on the top 1000 popularity charts in the US:

Alexis: Currently #15 in the United States for girls (it is also a boy's name), peaked in 2003 at #7.
Alexa: Currently #50 in the United States, peaked in 2006 at #39.
Alexandra: Currently #61 in the United States, peaked in the 1990s at #28.
Alexandria: Currently #189 in the United States, peaked in the 1990s at #80
Lexi: Currently #209 in the United States and climbing.
Alexia: Currently #213 in the United States, peaked in 2003 at #134
Ximena: Currently #332 in the United States and climbing.
Lexie: Currently #504 in the United States and steadily climbing in popularity.
Phoenix: Currently #708 in the United States for girls and quickly climbing
Alexus: Similar to Alexis, this spelling is currently #721 in the United States, peaked in the 1990s at #279.
Xiomara: Currently #805 and climbing.
Dixie: Currently #964 in the United States after dropping off the charts completely for 20 years.

Maxine joins her big sister Echo Love Hexum.

Do you love high-Scrabble value names?  And how do you you like the sibling set of Maxine Vita and Echo Love?

--M.F.

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June 18, 2011 4:46 PM
By Manda (not verified)

If my last boy had been a girl, his(her) name would have been Ziva Inez I think that's a pretty high value scrabble value. I love that it starts and ends in Z. I have an Ada and a Willa, so I dig old lady names, and I try to never speak negatively about someone's name choice. However, Maxine sounds so harsh to me.

June 18, 2011 4:59 PM
By bajik (not verified)

I really like Maxine - I've had it on my list before - and the tiny bit of hippie in me likes Echo. I don't dig Vita or Love as names, though.

June 18, 2011 5:15 PM
By Dearest (not verified)

I don't like that Echo Love has two word names used at a regular basis and Maxine Vita has none.
I love that they used Maxine though. She's sweet!
I've always had a soft spot for Maxine (and Ethel and Thelma and such) but I've never actually found anyone who agrees with me...

June 19, 2011 12:11 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Xanthe and Bieatrix both notable x names too.

June 20, 2011 5:56 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

Ooh, I like it! I also have a high scrabble letter. My name has only eight letters and two are z's- Zoe Aliza. My little sister however has me beat on that account. Aviva Zipporah- two v's AND a Z initial!

June 22, 2011 1:57 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Ziva was on our short list and barely lost out to the name we eventually chose.

June 24, 2011 8:46 PM
By Sallyo (not verified)

They don't seem to match up to me. One is soft and hippyish and the other rather harder and brasher.

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