Is Summer Rain Rutler the Best Celebrity Baby Name of 2014?

While researching my post for the worst celebrity baby names of 2014, I was surprised to find Summer Rain Rutler on a worst celebrity baby names list posted by Vocative.com. The more I thought about Summer Rain, the more I wondered “what’s not to like about that name?”–which caused me to reread the Vocative article to see what turned them off. Apparently it reminded them of “an outdated feminine hygiene product” called Summer’s Eve. But I doubt that thought will occur to most people.

More likely Summer Rain will remind you of a sudden drizzle or thunderstorm that invites you to grab a hat or an umbrella and  go outside for a walk in the rain–or possibly to sing and dance in the rain (like Gene Kelly in a Paris rainstorm). Frankly, I can’t imagine a more delightful (or romantic) thing to do on a warm summer day.

For me, Summer works well as a given name for girl. I can still picture Summer Sanders swimming to Olympic Gold in the 1972 Summer Olympics. Like Summer Sanders, Summer Rutler is a great-sounding name. Both words have a short “u” sound and an identical “er” ending. But when you add Rain as a middle name between Summer and Rutler, you have an amazingly euphonious name.

Leave it to singer/songwriter, Christine Aquilera to come up with an evocative name that is also music to one’s ears. (Readers of this post may recall one of my most popular posts about another euphonious name: “Kris Allen’s Baby’s Name is Music to My Ears.”)

So apart from bringing Olympian Summer Sanders and “Singin’ in the Rain” to mind Summer Rain Rutler is both poetic and euphonius. (Most baby names sound as though they were found in three different columns of a Chinese menu for first names, middle names and last names–that have little, if any, relationship to one another: like Philomena Bijou Jovanivic.)

I’m going to take Summer Rain Rutler off Vocative’s “Worst Celebrity Names of 2014” list and put it on my “Best Celebrity Names of 2014” list. (Truth to tell, I haven’t written a post with that title yet–but after reading Celebrity Baby Scoop’s complete list of 2014 celebrity baby names. I ain’t seen a better 2014 celebrity baby name, yet. Have you?)

Patrick Reed and Ex-Caddy Justine Reed Have already Picked the Name for Their Unborn Baby Girl, Windsor Wells

It can’t be bad luck to announce the name you have picked for the baby girl you are expecting. With ex-caddy Justine Reed sidelined because she is pregnant with the couple’s first child, Patrick Reed won the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral by two strokes over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson.

This is my second post about a golfer and a baby. Told his wife was about to give birth, Hunter Mahon leading the RBC Canadian Open by 5 strokes on Saturday afternoon, gave up an excellent chance to win $1,000,000. He walked off the course, flew home and arrived just in time to witness the birth of his daughter, Zoe Olivia.

Luckily for the Reeds, Justine isn’t due until May, so the idea of walking away from a prize of $1,530,000 never crossed the Reeds’ minds.

I didn’t expect The New York Times Sports Section to provide any information about the source or inspiration for the name, so let’s skip those details. More important, Windsor Wells Reed is an unusually alliterative and euphonious name that shows the Reeds have invested time and thought in the process of picking a winning name. It has the ring of British royalty and whether Wells is a family name or a reference to oil wells the couple hope to buy with the winnings from the Cadillac Challenge, it’s a rare celebrity name that’s a pleasure to say out loud. It’s right up there with the euphonious name of American Idle winner, Kris Allen’s son, Oliver Neil Allen.

That said, Windsor is a rather formal and formidable name for a baby girl (under the age of 75) to carry, but happily nicknames like Windy and Winnie are both cute and cuddly.