Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy have announced the name of their little boy, born Saturday, July 9.

Welcome to the world Bingham Hawn Bellamy!

They’re calling him “Bing.”

I recall reading several references in the press about their difficulty agreeing on the name (something many of us can relate to, I’m sure).  It seems Bingham has satisfied both parents requirements, and I’m so curious what they were!  Any guesses?

Maybe Dad wanted an English name tied to his culture, and playful American Mom wanted something that wasn’t too stuffy?  Think alliteration was important to her?  After all, big brother is Ryder Russell Robinson.

Bing Bellamy is super fun name that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  I see him sporting a faux hawk and an arm full of gorgeous tattoos, or whatever the downtown thing in L.A. is in 2033.  Bingham Bellamy, on the other hand, could sit on the House of Lords– er, maybe the House of Commons.  They both work for an actor or a rock musician.

Love that they honored Goldie in the middle.

UPDATE: Bingham nicknamed Bing did tick all the boxes for both parents, but not just stylistically.  Bingham is Bellamy’s mother’s maiden name, and Kurt Russell’s father was called Bing.  So it seems fated.  I wonder why it was so hard to decide?

U.S. County Names

July 5th, 2011

I tried I did try to get this post up for everyone on the 4th of July!  But alas, the beach was calling, so we can celebrate this great country on July 5th, and every day.

City names populate nearly every classroom.  There are Madisons who hail from Texas and Austins who hang their hat Wisconsin.  But the inspiration goes further than that– state parks, rivers, lakes.

Has anyone ever looked at counties for fresh ideas?  I collected one from each state that piqued my curiosity.  Some are named after famous figures in history, others go back to native languages, still more originate as place names elsewhere — but all are rarely used on United States birth certificates, and easily could be.  (I have no idea if these are particularly beautiful or desirable places to live mind you, but we welcome reports if you know them!)

Think about place names as you travel cross country this summer.  I urge you to watch for signs at every exit ramp and county line, and please report back any great finds!


Marengo – Alabama

Kenai - Alaska

Gila – Arizona

Searcy - Arkansas

Yuba – California

Chaffee – Colorado

Tolland – Connecticut

Sussex - Delaware

Pasco – Florida

Lowndes - Georgia

Kauai - Hawaii

Bonner – Idaho

Gallatin – Illinois

Boone – Indiana

Adair - Iowa

Sumner - Kansas

Meade – Kentucky

Sabine - Louisiana

Somerset – Maine

Allegany – Maryland

Norfolk – Massachusetts

Ionia – Michigan

Isanti – Minnesota

Calhoun – Mississippi

Mercer – Missouri

Fergus – Montana

Thayer – Nebraska

Storey - Nevada

Merrimack - New Hampshire

Bergen – New Jersey

Socorro – New Mexico

Seneca – New York

Durham – North Carolina

Emmons – North Dakota

Guernsey – Ohio

Sequoyah – Oklahoma

Morrow – Oregon

Cambria – Pennsylvania

Kent – Rhode Island

Calhoun – South Carolina

Sully – South Dakota

Roane – Tennessee

Medina - Texas

Summit - Utah

Caledonia - Vermont

Wythe – Virginia

Whitman – Washington

Mingo - West Virginia

Oneida - Wisconsin

Laramie – Wyoming


Did you use the map as inspiration for your child?  Was it a special place to you, or did you just like the sound?  Are there any names in your area you’d like to see on a human being?

Image from my home town in Travis County, Texas