Celebrity Names Blog

Top Ten Celebrity Babies of the Month. (Really?)

We designed the Celebrity Baby Names Lookup database as a resource for namers and celebrity-watchers alike, but that doesn't mean we aren't sometimes nonplussed by how readers use it. We've been counting up the most-viewed celebrity babies of the month, and there are some surprises. It makes sense to us, for example, that lame-duck Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger's daughter, Katherine Eunice, got several hits the day after election day. After all, politics was in the news and on our minds.

On the other hand, Stephen Seagal has several children, including Kentaro, Ayako, Annaliza, Arissa and Savannah. So why is it son Dominic who has lately captured your interest?

These questions aside, the Top 10 List of most-viewed celebrity babies in our database offers an interesting window into the current cultural moment. So without further ado, here's the list.

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'Bachelorette' Star Chooses Mae in November

It's Mae in November! Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft and her husband, Joe Waterman, have announced the birth of their daughter, Mae Elizabeth Waterman.

Mae and its related names are perennially popular. Originally short for names like Mary and

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Good Call or Bad? Rhode Island Keeps Its Name

Earlier this month, voters in the country's smallest state struck down a referendum to change their state's official name from "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" to its more common nickname, the shorter and simpler Rhode Island.

This isn't the first time voters have made clear they prefer their real name, long and politically sensitive as it may be. The measure made the ballot twenty years ago but was defeated that time, too.

Then as now, proponents of the name change don't want the association of slavery that the inclusion of "Providence Plantations" brings to mind. However, the majority of Rhode Island residents feel a name change would be an unnecessary rewriting of history, and in the weeks leading up to the vote they were quick to point out that Rhode Island has a long tradition of tolerance.

Today, the word plantation is closely linked with slavery, but that hasn't always been the case. Just as we parse out different meanings and associations of baby names each week, the same can be done here.

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Ne-Yo Baby Name: Kre8tive Spellers' Delight

Ne-Yo Baby Name: Kre8tive Spellers' Delight

You've probably never heard of Shaffer Chimere Smith, but we bet you've heard of Ne-Yo, Smith's stage name.

Ne-Yo and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw welcomed their first child on Friday, a baby girl named Madilyn Grace. Madilyn is a favorite name among "kre8ive" spellers and is among the top-100 baby girl names in frontier naming states Wyoming and Alaska.

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For Selena Gomez Fans, Is This Name the New Madison?

For Selena Gomez Fans, Is This Name the New Madison?

Did Selena Gomez give this baby name legs?

We've gotten reports of an up and coming baby name. The name was bestowed on only a handful of babies last year. (Sixty-four babies in the US, the same number as were named Passion, Soledad, and Cheryl.)  Despite this relatively small number, readers report knowing more than one friend who's chosen it. The name is contagious. It hits the right notes.

And 64 US babies with the name born in 2009 represents a steady climb: it was 51 babies the year before, and 40 babies the year before that. The name has charted before -- briefly, in the 1890s -- but it was, at the time, a boy's name. Now, it's all about the girls.

So what is the name?

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Behind Vera Farmiga's Baby Name, Gytta Lubov

Behind Vera Farmiga's Baby Name, Gytta Lubov

Vera Farmiga and her husband Renn Hawkey have welcomed a daughter named Gytta Lubov, her rep tells PEOPLE.Gytta is a sister for Fynn.

We speculated that Farmiga and Hawkey might choose double letters, and that sly "y," when naming Fynn's sibling. But we didn't see Gytta coming.

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Should These Athlete Names Inspire or Expire?

Monday night an anchor on SportsCenter made an interesting comment; he said he'd like to see a list of the top ten names in the NFL. If we'd heard about it first, we would have been happy to oblige. Unfortunately, we must sheepishly admit that we missed this week's SportsCenter... and maybe every other previous episode, too. Nothing personal, we just don't typically have much to do with the business of sports. 

 

But Matthew J. Darnell, who writes the sports blog, Shutdown Corner, on Yahoo, caught the show and got right on those names. We thought we'd piggyback on his post and give you a bit of background on some of the names he chose.

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A Scandalous True Tale of Celebrity Baby Namer's Remorse

A Scandalous True Tale of Celebrity Baby Namer's Remorse

Well, well. Belated congratulations are due to Bones star David Boreanaz and his wife, Jaime Bergman, on their daughter Bella.

Nope, you didn't miss a pregnancy. You missed a case of celebrity baby namer's remorse, with a scandalous twist.

When we announced the Bella's birth last year, she wasn't called Bella. Instead of the popular Twilight-enhanced It-girl name, the baby bore the celebri-tastic name Bardot Vita. But she's been Bella for months. So why are Name Experts and news outlets just now getting wind of the change?

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Travoltas Go Traditional with New Baby Name

Travoltas Go Traditional with New Baby Name

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have announced the name of their new baby boy, who is due in just nineteen days. Benjamin, whenever he arrives, will join ten-year-old big sister, Ella Bleu.

The choice of Benjamin is something of a departure for Travolta and Preston, who chose more unusual names for their two older children. In addition to Ella Bleu, the couple also had a sixteen-year-old son, Jett, whose death in January 2009 was widely reported. The name Ella has grown increasingly popular in recent years among celebrities as well as the rest of us. But the same can't be said of either Bleu or Jett.

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How Daylight Saving Time Made Sunny a Hit Name

How Daylight Saving Time Made Sunny a Hit Name

After the heyday of Susan and Suzanne and before the rise of Summer, a pair of names quietly peaked on the charts: Sunny and Sunshine. Besides the Su- beginning and the era's fondness for the hippy aesthetic, where did these names come from? Daylight Saving Time.

While Sunny and Sunshine are the only Sun- names ever to crack top-1000, other sunny monikers are quietly bestowed on hundreds of US children each year. What are they?

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