HANSON: Home For The Holidays

Last weekend we completed our final stream of the year with and it was a festive send off. Thanks to all who participated online and in person. Now it’s time to cast your vote for the sounds of our January Stream and in the meantime Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Taylor Hanson, Wife Natalie Reveal Sex of Seventh Baby on the Way — and How They’re Choosing Name


“When choosing the names for my children I tend to gravitate toward names that are unexpected, but translatable,” Natalie Hanson, who’s expecting her seventh child, tells PEOPLE

Taylor and Natalie Hanson

Taylor Hanson is adding another girl to his crew!

On Friday, the Hanson musician’s wife Natalie revealed on Instagram that she is pregnant with a baby girl, the couple’s third daughter together and seventh child.

“Sisters are so special and these two are getting a new one very soon! 🎀🎉🎀🎉,” Natalie, 36, wrote on Instagram while sharing a series of photos of her two girls, Wilhelmina “Willa” Jane, 8, and Penelope “Penny” Anne, 15. She and Taylor are also parents to sons Claude Indiana Emmanuel, who turns 2 on Dec. 26, Viggo Moriah, 11, River Samuel, 14, and Jordan Ezra, 18.

Natalie explains to PEOPLE how she and Taylor are deliberating over a moniker for their baby on the way.

“The process of choosing a name can be as unique as the name itself,” she says. “Sometimes the perfect name is a longtime love just waiting for the chance to be brought to life, other times you need to explore and patiently search out the name that is waiting for you to discover. Sometimes it’s a quick, unexpected moment of inspiration where you just know you’ve stumbled across the perfect name.”


“When choosing the names for my children, I tend to gravitate toward names that are unexpected, but translatable,” Natalie adds. “I like to find gems that are still undiscovered enough to make people squirm just a little when they first hear it, but in time sound completely obvious. I love a name that reflects both mine and my husband’s taste — a little bit name-nerd, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll!”

In celebration of their baby on the way’s name reveal, the couple are teaming up with Nameberry and allowing fans to guess the name for a chance to win $1,000. Already in on the game is Name Guru to the Stars Sophie Kihm, whose guesses include Cornelia, Dorothea, Guinevere, Henrietta, Lucinda, Millicent, Minerva, Susannah, Tabitha, and Theodosia.

The celebrity parents first announced the news that they are expecting their seventh child back in September alongside a sweet photo of the couple holding hands in a field.

“The best kind of unexpected. Number seven coming this December. #2020,” Taylor, 37, wrote.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE at the time, he added, “Our family is thrilled to be welcoming a new member later this year. More than ever, we are especially grateful for this fresh wave of joy.”

Notably, Taylor is one of seven children himself — in fact, he and brothers Zac and Isaac Hanson (who make up the popular American pop-rock band) are the oldest in a family that includes another brother and three sisters.

Isaac, 40, has three kids of his own — daughter Nina Odette, 6½, plus sons James Monroe, 12, and Clarke Everett, 13 — while Zac, 35, is a father of four: daughters Mary Lucille Diana, 4, and Junia Rose Ruth, 9½, plus sons George Abraham Walker, 7 next month, and John Ira Shepherd, 12.




For the fourth consecutive month, pop-rock trio HANSON continue their live streaming series from Cain’s Ballroom. Starting in October, the band’s concert series has featured a different musical theme each month, ranging from classic albums revisited to December’s Christmas Ball. With January’s live events the group is flipping the script and putting their fans in the driver’s seat for the Listener’s Choice series. Starting today, fans from around the world will be able to engage in daily polls, with head-to-head song voting putting the fans in the position to steer the sound and shape of each concert.

“For the last three months we have selected different musical themes and set lists. To start the new year right, we thought we should give the audience the chance to decide just what kind of show we play,” said Zac Hanson.

The unique concert series offers livestreaming events for fans worldwide, while also making a limited number of in-person seats available to members of the bands Hanson.net fanclub community. All in-person seating adheres to health and safety guidelines in light of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Hosted from the historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa OK, the event also brings support to a local venue, and highlights the ongoing passion the band has for supporting local promoters and venues who are striving to weather the storm of many months without traditional concerts which are vital to their survival.

“The series at Cain’s has been an incredible way to stay connected with our community, and also draw further attention to the vital role independent music venues play in our industry. We are very grateful to everyone who has been a part of these livestreaming events,” added Taylor Hanson.

Further information on how people can get involved in advocating for their local venues as well as supporting the venues directly can be found at SaveOurStages.com.

For information on the livestreaming concerts and to find out how to access limited in-person tickets as a Hanson.net member, go to www.Hanson.net.

January 8-10, 2021

Name Guru to the Stars: Predicting the Seventh Hanson Baby Name


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Natalie Hanson is a name-loving celebrity mom married to Taylor Hanson, lead singer of the band Hanson. She and Taylor have six children and are expecting their seventh baby at the end of this month.

Natalie is a dear friend of Nameberry, and we are thrilled to be hosting a very special celebrity baby name contest on Instagram with a one-time prize of $1000. As usual, I have dibs on my top ten guesses (which you can read more about below), and you get to guess one name per friend you tag in a comment. The first person with the correct prediction wins — and this time, the stakes are high.

The surprises don’t stop there — Natalie gave me a sneak preview of the sex of the baby and we’re making the announcement today, right now.

So, drumroll, please…

It’s a girl!

Woohoo! But what are they going to name her? Natalie wouldn’t tell me that part, so I came up with ten of my own predictions for the Hanson baby name.

The names and birth years of Natalie and Taylor‘s older children are as follows:

Jordan Ezra, “Ezra” (2002)
Penelope Anne, “Penny” (2005)
River Samuel (2006)
Viggo Moriah (2008)
Wilhelmina Jane, “Willa” (2012)
Claude Indiana Emmanuel, “Indy” (2018)

Natalie and Taylor were ahead of the curve in each of their children’s names — each name was below the Top 400 the year the child was born. However, they’ve gotten more adventurous over the years. The younger three children’s names were below the Top 1000 in their birth years, while the older three’s ranked between 400 and 600. So odds are, this baby will have an uncommon name.

All of the Hanson children have traditional names, in the sense that they have strong roots and have been used for centuries. Their names are familiar yet unexpected — everyone’s heard of them, but few are actually using them.

The girls’ names, Penelope and Wilhelmina, are both long and feminine with nickname potential — qualities Natalie has expressed she looks for in a girl name.

I’ve taken all of this together to determine my top ten choices for Baby Hanson Number 7. I excluded names beginning with any of the children’s first initials (E, P, R, V, W, and I, and also J and C) since I don’t think they’re going to repeat initials.

Read my rationale, then come up with your own predictions and enter them into our contest!

The Seventh Hanson Baby Name

Cornelia: I realize I sort of broke my own rule here, since Cornelia begins with the same letter as Indy’s given name, Claude. But it’s too good to exclude from the list. Cornelia is a true neglected classic with a storied past. In Ancient RomeCornelia was the mother of the Gracchi brothers, who attempted social reforms in the Republic. Nell or Nellie is a charming nickname — another option is Cora.

DorotheaDorothea ticks a lot of the Hanson baby name boxes. It’s easily recognizable thanks to a host of literary and historical associations, yet grossly underused in the 21st century. Nicknames Dot or Thea would fit well with her sisters’. Plus, Dorothea’s meaning, “gift of God,” feels especially appropriate for a Christmastime baby.

GuinevereGuinevere immediately calls to mind the legendary wife of King Arthur. She’s a complicated figure, for sure, but her name conveys strength and romance — some of the queen’s finest qualities. Guin or Gwyn is the obvious nickname, although you could also consider Neve. I once knew a Guinevere called Guinnie, which always stuck with me as a sweet nickname option.

HenriettaHenrietta is on the same wavelength as Wilhelmina — they’re both clunky-cool feminizations with queenly connections. The Hansons love Scandinavian names (ahem, Viggo), and while Henrietta isn’t Scandinavian in origin, it is used in Nordic countries, mostly Sweden and Finland. The nickname Etta is likely off the table since it starts with E, so Hetty and Hattie are the most plausible choices.

Lucinda: Considering the popularity of Lucy, it’s surprising that Lucinda isn’t used more often. It was only given to 125 baby girls last year (that’s two fewer than Wilhelmina). The name was created in the 17th century for the novel Don Quixote as an elaboration of LuciaLucinda means “light,” which may be interpreted to represent the light at the end of the tunnel during these uncertain times, the light of a rainbow baby, or the light of the holiday season.

MillicentMillicent was never a smash hit in the US — its peak was at Number 434 — but it’s been around since the Middle Ages and maintains its familiarity. Millicent has the pleasant and powerful meaning “strong in work,” and like Wilhelmina, has Germanic roots. Nickname Millie feels a tad close to Willa, but is that enough to cross it off the list?

MinervaMinnie shares all of Millie’s charm without the sounds of Willa, so it may be a preferable choice of nickname. Minerva is the best formal name option for the Hansons, as it meets much of their criteria. Like PenelopeMinerva has a mythological connection. It’s the name of the Roman goddess of wisdom — Minerva was the Roman equivalent to Athena. 

SusannahSusannah is beyond ready for resurrection, and the Hansons have a knack for choosing names on the brink of revival. I went with the Susannah variation for them because it feels slightly more traditional thanks to its biblical pedigree, although Susanna is an equally valid spelling. Susie might be too dated as a nickname, and Zuzu too extreme, but Sukie strikes the perfect balance between them. Another option is the Scandinavian short form, Sanna.

Tabitha: Geek-chic Tabitha actually peaked in the 1970s (the Bewitched spinoff had a powerful influence) but it has more of a general vintage vibe than Gen-X mom name feel. It’s a New Testament name, known as that of a woman Saint Peter raised from the dead. Tabby is a bit feline as a nickname — Tib and Tibby are a better fit with the sibset.

TheodosiaHamilton introduced many people to the name Theodosia, the name of Aaron Burr’s daughter and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia.” So a young Theodosia would have a built-in lullaby, which is appealing in and of itself. But it works well with the sister set — Theodosia mirrors Penelope’s Greek roots and is a feminization of a masculine name, like WilhelminaTheaTheo, and Theda are possible nicknames

What do you think the Hanson baby name will be? Enter our contest on Instagram for the chance to win $1000!


HANSON: Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving we’re missing gathering and sharing stories, music, and esp our table with friends and family. Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving holiday wherever you call home, and cheers to the great gatherings of our future. (Flashback fools-banquet songwriting retreat 2015)

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Happy birthday, Isaac Hanson: Take a look back at the Hanson brothers through the years

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Happy birthday to Isaac Hanson, who turns 40 years old on Tuesday.

More than 25 years after Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson’s first performance at Mayfest, they have seen the world, played “MMMBop” more times than they can fathom and built an enormous and fervent fanbase.

The creativity of the Tulsa-native brothers, so many years after they started their career as pre-teens, shows no signs of slowing.

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#InRecognitionOf Concert

For Veteran’s Day, Navy Exchange on Facebook streamed a Hanson concert from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa as part of their “#InRecognitionOf” series.

The concert is still available to watch on their facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/NavyExchange/videos/1179820699086987


Waiting For This
And I Waited
A Minute Without You
Where’s the Love
Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’
Penny & Me
Watch Over Me
I Was Born
If Only
Fired Up
In The City

At this time, we do not plan to add it to the site as a virtual show listing.

Thank you to all of our veterans for their service!