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When Is a Baby Name a Political Statement?

Are Sasha and Malia political statement names? What about Melania? When does a name switch from trendy to controversial?

–Pregnant and Political

Political homages used to be a routine part of American baby naming. Today, though, parents across the political spectrum avoid politically tinged names. We didn't see a surge of babies named after Clinton, Bush or Obama, and we shouldn't expect a wave of baby Donalds, either. 

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Chelsea Clinton is Expecting!

Chelsea Clinton is Expecting!

If you have your news alerts turned on like we do, you likely had a flurry of activity on your phone yesterday afternoon with breaking news revealing Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy announcement.  It's always exciting when someone with a household name announces a pregnancy, but Chelsea Clinton's announcement is particularly exciting to us at Name Candy, because she's also practically naming royalty -- at least partially responsible for making the name Chelsea one of the most popular names of the early 90s.

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Carla Bruni, Nicolas Sarkozy Baby Name

Carla Bruni, Nicolas Sarkozy Baby Name

Update: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has confirmed that the name is Giulia. What do you think of their choice?

The First Lady of France, model-actress Carla Bruni gave birth to a baby girl in Paris on Wednesday, October 19.  Dad is French President Nicolas Sarkozy. No official word on the baby's name yet, though The Telegraph reports that the baby is named Dahlia

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From John Kennedy Oswald to Jani Lane: The Name History of the Late Glam Rocker

From John Kennedy Oswald to Jani Lane: The Name History of the Late Glam Rocker

By now you’ve seen the headline that Jani Lane – the one-time frontman for the glam rock band Warrant – was found dead in a Los Angeles motel room this week. The late ‘80s/early ’90s metal icon, who was 47, leaves behind a musical legacy which includes hits like the sex anthem “Cherry Pie” and rock ballad “Heaven” -- as well as a very interesting name history.

His birth name -- just two months after the assassination of President Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald -- was  John Kennedy Oswald.

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Indiana Town Takes a Stand Against Harry Baals

Should a man be denied a building named in his honor because his name is too funny? A town in Indiana says yes.

Officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana tried to get people more involved in government by setting up a website where constituents could vote on the name of a new government center.  By three to one, the thousands who voted thought the center should bear the name of a mayor who won four terms and was the longest-serving mayor in the town's history: Harry Baals. (Yes, pronounced "balls.")

But, The New York Times reports, the town's deputy mayor says the people probably won't have the last say in choosing the name.  The city's justification for not going with the winner of the popular vote -- the Harry Baals Government Center -- is that

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In Idaho, a Candidate for Governor Takes the Legal Name "Pro-Life"

Now more than ever, the names we choose send messages. Of course, some of those names send messages more directly than others do.

Meet Pro-Life, a candidate for governor in Idaho.

Pro-Life is his legal name. A perennial candidate, the former coal miner and CPA-turned-organic strawberry farmer has also run for state senate and Fire Commissioner. In 2004, he legally changed his name to Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, to make his message crystal clear.

Things took a turn when, in the 2006 governor's race,

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Why Krystal Ball is a Great Name for a Politician

When we first wrote about Krystal Ball, she was a long-shot candidate for Congress. Today, she's still a long shot candidate for Congress; but she's also turned a sexy-photo scandal into a feminist triumph and earned the title of "the Sarah Palin of the left." How much has her name helped?

The coverage of her can't avoid mentioning the name; it's just too ridiculous. It's an instant point of contact between people. The name is also, arguably, the reason her story had steam in the first place. As Nisha Chattal wrote, "A 27 year old running for congress? and a woman? There has never been a woman under 30 in Congress. And that name!"

The idea that a name like "Krystal Ball" could be a kind of political asset is counterintuitive.

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Bristol, Tripp, Sasha, Malia

Bristol, Tripp, Sasha, Malia

Move over, movie stars. Names from the political scene are also hot.

The seventh fastest rising girl's name of 2009 was Bristol, which made its chart debut this year at #666. The name Bristol made its way on to the national radar thanks to Bristol Palin, the most famous teen mom in America. Also rising fast is Tripp,

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