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Tori Spelling tweeted out the name of her new baby girl born on October 10, and in case you missed it, here’s the big reveal: Hattie Margaret McDermott. She joins big sib's Liam and Stella and big half-brother Jack (dad Dean McDermott's son).
The very old-school name Hattie has English roots (a total departure from modern faves Liam and Stella) and is usually a nickname for Harriet or Henrietta. The name means "estate ruler,” which we suppose is appropriate given the Spelling empire, and all.
“Hattie represents a kind of vintage name that hasn’t been heard for a hundred years, though it was once were very popular,” says Nameberry.com co-founder Linda Rosenkrantz. In fact, at the beginning of the 20th century, Hattie was a Top 50 name. Rosenkrantz says she foresees this category getting increasingly popular, especially with celebrity backing, so you may start hearing names like Josie, Millie, Tillie and Alfie. “Celebs have already revived Archie, Billie, Birdie, Sadie, Millie, Pearl and Dolly,” she notes. (Maya Rudolph's girls are Pearl and Lucille; Christina Applegate named her daughter Sadie Grace, and Rebecca Gayheart named little one Billie Beatrice, to name a few.)
We love the “granny names” trend -- and have our own trend-setting iVillager to prove it. iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace named her daughter Hattie over five years ago. "We wanted an 'H' in honor of my husband’s late father, Hubert. And we settled on 'Hattie,' which is actually my husband's late nana's name," says Wallace. "We absolutely love the name because of what it represents to our family and also because it's old-fashioned and fairly uncommon. Perhaps that’s going to change now!"
We also support the nickname-as-full-name trend, clearly one close to Tori's heart, too: She goes by her nickname (her full name is Victoria) and her older daughter's name is Stella, which can be short for Estella. “Nickname names have been in for quite a while -- names like Maggie, Molly, Katie, Gracie and Annie” says Rosenkrantz. Bonus points for the super-normal middle name Margaret as a backup -- in case little Hattie ever wants a more common moniker as she grows older.