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More Flowers For Poppy Montgomery With New Daughter Violet Grace

More Flowers For Poppy Montgomery With New Daughter Violet Grace

Actress Poppy Montgomery is a mom again, this time to a baby girl born on Monday, with finace Shawn Sanford. Continuing a colorful family tradition, Montgomery has chosen a flower-inspired name for her new daughter - Violet Grace Devereux Sanford

The Australian actress, known for her role in Without a Trace, is one of six children and her and her four sisters (Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle and Marigold Sun) were all named after flowers. Her full birth name is Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Devereux Donahue. 

Violet is right on trend - both an "Old Lady Name," as a popular name close to the turn of the century, and a nature name, two very popular naming fads at the moment. After losing popularity for a couple of decades, Violet re-entered the naming world in the early-2000s and started to rise rapidly after Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck gave the name to their first daughter in 2005

Grace is also extremely popular, now ranked at No. 16. It is particularly prevelant as a middle name with over 25 celebrity babies with Grace as a second name in our database alone. Actor Harold Perrineau gave it to his daughter Holiday Grace just last month. 

Montgomery seems to be partial to up-and-coming names, as Violet Grace joins big brother Jackson Phillip.  

What do you think of Violet Grace and Jackson Phillip as a sibset? What other flower and nature names do you like (for some more obscure ones - see our past posts on Nature Names and Spice and Color Names)?



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April 30, 2013 11:59 AM
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Violet Sanford is the name of the main character in the movie Coyote Ugly. Wonder if Poppy realizes that?

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Even though Violet is uber popular (#16?! Wow!!!) it is a very sweet tradition. I might've gone with Iris or Dahlia, but Violet is lovely.

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