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The Baby Name Guru Reviews the Latest Celebrity Baby Names . . .
by Bruce Lansky

Celebrity Baby Name Review

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnstonís son
Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston

Americaís most famous high-school couple, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, named their baby boy Tripp Easton Mitchell.

Not surprisingly, Tripp is a one-syllable ďT-nameĒ like the names Sarah and Todd Palin selected for Bristolís brothers, Track and Trig. But I donít buy the idea that Sarah picked the name. Here are two clues that Bristol and Levi were in the driverís seat:

  1. Tripp is a cool name. (It suggests traveling or daydreamingówith the help of recreational drugs.) Track and Trig, by contrast, are clunky.

  2. The second P in Tripp complicates the spelling, but adds a new element. (By comparison, Bristolís brothers werenít named Trakk and Trigg.)

To their credit, Bristol and Levi have picked a name that recalls the rollercoaster ride of their recent experiences:

  • The shock of publicly announcing their pregnancy just a short time after America learned of their existence;
  • The excitement of being featured on-stage at the Republican National Convention;
  • The calamity of learning Leviís mother was involved in a drug bust;
  • And the thrill of selling their babyís photos for a reported $300,000.

What a trip!

In summary, Tripp is a cool name thatís sure to cause spelling problems.

My verdict: One thumb up!

Bruce LanskyAbout the Author:
Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby name books in North America. His name books have sold more than 11 million copies. He's called "The Baby Name Guru" because he regularly writes articles that provide baby-naming advice. His candid reviews of celebrity baby names have been reprinted in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and websites from coast to coast. His other name books include 100,000+ Baby Names, 60,000+ Baby Names, The Very Best Baby Name Book, 25,000+ Baby Names, and The New Baby Name Survey. He is also the editor of a successful series of children's poetry books and children's fiction books. Lansky resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys his work as a publisher.

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