January 1st, 2011
Welcome to the first annual YCCII Celebrity Baby Name Mitzi Awards!
On the whole, 2010 was tame in the grand scheme of things. Nary a Bronx Mowgli or a Moxie Crimefighter to be seen. Perhaps these famous types are getting the hint that a child’s name does not a career make?
The tricky balance of the element of surprise plus a certain timeless quality played the most into selecting the winners. Losers each have their own folly.
I purposely waited until the 11th hour to see if Penelope Cruz or Christina Applegate might give us a delightful epiphany, and while those babies are still cooking, several December newborns that fell below my radar did make the list.
Happy New Year to all. May 2011 bring you all beautifully named babies!
Top 5 Girls
1) Cosima X 3- Seemingly simultaneously, Sofia Coppola, Claudia Schiffer (Cosima Violet), and Alexander Windsor (Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor) all chose this ancient Italian beauty for their daughters. It’s one I had in my hat a while back and I’m thrilled to see it rise to prominence.
2) Junia Rosa Ruth- While June and Juno have had a slight uptick amongst baby name conoscienti, Junia came as an especially pleasant surprise. The entire sum of the combo ticks all the right boxes. Congrats to Kate and Zac Hanson.
3) Eve Augusta- The sweetly understated Eve, when paired with the bold old lady powerhouse Augusta, is another winning combo. This beauty was chosen by Jessica Capshaw.
4) India Pearl- The daughter of film mogul Harvey Weinstein and his stunning British wife Georgina Chapman, India still may be the imperialistic choice of bygone days to some, but it has taken on a fresh allure in a new world. As the designer of Marchesa, she knows a thing or two about style.
5) Mae Elizabeth- Another subtle beauty, Mae Elizabeth is the reverse order one might expect. The longer name in the middle only adds to its charm. Mother is Jen Schefft of Bachlorette fame (I didn’t know who she was either).
Top 5 Boys
1) Theodore Hayes- Ali Larter chose an old classic that’s getting some attention. Do they call him Teddy or Theo, or Theodore in full? Can’t wait to find out, but this one’s on my own list.
2) Ronan Bell- Son of Catherine Bell, and little brother to Gemma (!), Ronan could give Connor or Aidan a run for their money. All it needs is to be given the chance.
3) Abel James- Funny lady Amy Poehler left the jokes at work when she chose this weighty-but-handsome Biblical name.
4) Crawford Marion “Marion” Kudos to Josh Turner and his wife for choosing this once-male-only name for their newborn boy. He joins the ranks of Ashley, Morgan, and Kelly.
5) Louis Bardo- Young Louis brings a smile to Sandra Bullock’s face when she needs it most, and to mine. Consider Louis in lieu of Lucas.
Bottom 5 Girls
1) Gytta Lubov- A much anticipated choice of 2010, Vera Farmiga did not exactly disappoint. While Gitta would have been indubitably lovely, this spelling is a gel-like black, anaerobic bacteria found in the decay of peat. Nice, huh?
2) Locklyn Kyla- The worst concoction I’ve seen in a long time. Lachlan? Yes please! For a boy. Let it be decried that the -lyn craze is out of control. Anything with a “lock” on it brings to mind images of chastity belts, which come to think of it may be exactly what the parents Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber intended.
3) Reiley Dilys Stella- I love Stella McCartney’s designs just as much as the next girl, but her daughter’s names? They read “American” to me, and while they may seem esoteric in Britain, are far too common to seem particularly stylish. Plus, what is up with that spelling?
4) Chaplin Haddow- Completely over the Hollywood-honors-Hollywood epidemic, Ever Carradine. Over it, over it, over it. Just say no to Bardot, Harlow, and Chaplin.
5) Jury’s still out on a #5 for worst celebrity female born in 2010 and I’m taking nominations!
Bottom 5 Boys
1) Cash Rich- Cash on its own can be cute, but paired with the last name makes me John Rich’s kid is going to wind up in the poorhouse.
2) Draco- Oh Winnie Cooper! I need to lend you this little book I came across. It’s called Harry Potter. Your child’s name is one of the central characters! How cool is that?
3) Sundance Thomas- The story of how Kerri Walsh’s son got his name is kind of endearing, but paired with big bro average Joe I just can’t quite say Sundance without a smirk.
4) Ever Imre- Alanis Morissette must not be reading my blog if she’s never heard of Milla Jovovich’s daughter named Ever, not to mention Ms. Carradine above. Maybe she’s too cool to care, but part of the thrill of celebrity names is originality. Still, it’s a nice sentiment.
5) Alexander David- “WHAT?!??” I can hear you screaming at the computer. ”My son’s name is Alexander! What’s wrong with Alexander?” The answer my friends, is precisely nothing, except in Nina Garcia’s case when she’s already used the name as a middle for her first son, Lucas Alexander. Move on, that ship has sailed. Choose another name!
Best Twin Names
Harper & Gideon- By a nose these two win. While Harper and Gideon may not be the most natural pairing, props to Neil Patrick Harris for choosing tasteful, underused monikers. Watch out though, Harper’s fast on the upswing and headed into Taylor territory, mark my words.
Worst Twins Names
Nelson & Eddy- How nice to honor two men that have been heavily influential in your lives, but I have to say, Celine Dion? Google is your friend.
Hartley & Lydon- If there’s anything this blog champions against it’s invented names. Mark McGrath’s Hartley and Lydon may be tried and true surnames, but they have a whiff of the made up, and I still have no idea who’s the boy and who’s the girl.
Most Hated (but not by me):
Buddy Bear Maurice- Celeb chef Jamie Oliver and wife Jules get a ton of flack for their sugary sweet children’s appellations. Yet Buddy missed a Mitzi for its sheer genius with his sibling’s, and for the subtle flower reference, i.e., “Bud.”
Most Meaningful (to the parents):
Egypt Daoud- Another one that popped up on many a worst of 2010 list, Egypt remains hallow for its importance to the parents, Alisha Keys and Swizz Beatz. With a name like Swizz, it could have been way worse.
Most Surprising Gender Switch:
Krishna Thea- Padma Lakshmi assured us she would choose a traditional Indian name for her first born, yet somehow Krishna on a girl strikes a less traditional note. I was expecting something along the lines of Priya or Ananda. Still, not my culture, and if she wants to gender bend I will not cast any aspersions. It certainly sounds pretty.
Most Attractive Gender Switch:
Billie Beatrice- This is another ambi-gendered name, chosen by Noxema beauty Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane. Predictions for 2010 call for a rise in the likes of Charlie, Frankie, Georgie and Billie.
Vida Alves- “Life” in Spanish, this is Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves’s baby girl. So simple, so bright, with the lively hot “V” front and center. Another one to be on the lookout for.
Beatrix Carlin- How could I leave off my own daughter’s name on the most notable celebrity list for 2010? Beatrix and Beatrice are leapfrogging up the charts (Beatrix is still technically not on the top 1000), but Jodie Sweetin missed the mark for me when she chose to honor the illustrious George Carlin in the middle. Stop with the self-referential names, Hollywood. Please!
Worst reason for a name:
Aviana Olea- As much as I adore Amy Adams, this disturbed me: She called her the embryo “Avi” as a short form of “avocado” and subsequently carried that pet name to the actual baby. Then she went so far as to choose the name on the birth certificate name as an extension of Avi, and hence, avocado. I’m dying to know the names on her more traditional list. (ETA: It is also related to her birth place of Aviano, Italy.)
In addition to Cruz, I have my eye on Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connolly as trendsetters for 2011. What will they choose? Only time will tell, but I welcome your guesses.