Celebrity Names Blog

Lindsay Lohan Outraged Over Baby Named Lindsay; Demands Millions

Lindsay Lohan Outraged Over Baby Named Lindsay; Demands Millions

How to piss off Lindsay Lohan? Name a bottle-happy baby after her. 

Lindsay Lohan, who just finished a jail/rehab sentence related to drunk driving charges, does not appreciate rude implications about the drinking habits of people bearing her name. Back in March she sued online stock trading site E-Trade over a commercial that featured a brief cameo by a milkaholic baby named Lindsay. (That link takes you to the milkaholic Lindsay video in question.) According to Lohan, the name Lindsay is off limits for ad men, especially ad men interested in portraying said Lindsay as a plastered man-stealer. Her name's price? One hundred million dollars.

It's tempting -- and, well, easy -- to laugh off Lohan's lawsuit as a giant hoot. (For serious: her own lawyer calls her an "alcoholic bimbus" IN THE LAWSUIT ITSELF.) However, is there something more to this tale of litigation and celebrity names?

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President Cleveland Gave Us Labor Day, but Few of Us Know his Real Name

While you're enjoying Labor Day and the lack of labor required, be sure and raise a glass to President Grover Cleveland; he supported the creation of the federal holiday in 1894 amidst great strife between the country's labor unions and their employers. In addition to being the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms (he was both our 22nd and 24th presidents), Cleveland was also one of only two presidents to go by his middle name (Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the other). Although, the name on President Gerald Ford's birth certificate was Leslie Lynch King, Jr., but that's a whole other story, er, post!

Cleveland's full name was

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New Baby Alert: 'Always Sunny' Stars Welcome Axel Lee

Husband-and-wife costars of television series It's Always Sunny in Philadephia, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson, welcomed their first child last week.  The baby boy is named Axel Lee. Baby Axel is the second celebrity baby named Axel this year. Back in January 2010, we noted the birth of Will Ferrel's third son, also named Axel.

The name Axel, which is a Scandinavian cognate of the biblical Absolom according to Teresa Norman's A World of Baby Names, has been rising

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New Baby Alert: Rich Sommer's Baby Name Number Two. (What's Yours?)

New Baby Alert: Rich Sommer's Baby Name Number Two. (What's Yours?)

Congratulations to Mad Men's Rich Sommer and his wife Virginia, who've welcomed a baby boy named Patrick Ryan. (Sommer tweeted this picture of himself with his new son.) Patrick is the second child for the couple; they also have a toddler named Beatrice.

Welcoming a second child is a big event, one a number of celebrities have gone through lately. While some soon-to-be-parents-of-two worry about upsetting the balance of their three-person family, others can find themselves with a particular kind of name anxiety. The name of your first child shows your taste (or at least your compromise). But with name number two, you commit yourself to an overall naming aesthetic. 

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Will a Hurricane Lift the Name Earl?

As Hurricane Earl makes a slow ascent up the eastern seaboard today, weakening as it travels, it looks like most of the coast will be spared the kind of damage other hurricanes have wrought.  But what of the name Earl? Will it fall in popularity due to its association with this storm or will it rise?

Back in 2005, baby name expert (and founder of this site), Laura Wattenberg wrote about the impact of storm names on baby name trends on her

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New Baby Alert: Jodie Sweetin, Wild Child Star, Chooses Genteel Name

New Baby Alert: Jodie Sweetin, Wild Child Star, Chooses Genteel Name

Jodie Sweetin, AKA Stephanie Tanner on Full House, may have gone through a wild child period, but for baby number two she's picked a name that evokes the most prim and dimpled of childhoods. Sweetin and her boyfriend, DJ Morty Coyle, gave their new daughter the name of a Dutch queen, a children's author and scientist, and a female kung fu master. Surprisingly, it hasn't been much used by celebrities.

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New Baby Alert: Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein Welcome India

New Baby Alert: Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein Welcome India

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman and her movie mogul husband, Harvey Weinstein, have welcomed their first child together, a daughter named India Pearl.

It's our second place name in a week that also brought

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The Baby Name of Choice in Jennifer Aniston's New Movie

The Switch, the new romantic comedy about a 40-year-old woman who decides to have a baby on her own terms, stars Jennifer Aniston and adorable newcomer, Thomas Robinson. Robinson's character is a bit prissy and something of a wee hypochondriac, but he steals the movie and pulls off his character's sophisticated name. We decided to take a closer look at the history and popularity of this ancient name.

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Do Celebs Look to Children's Books for Naming Inspiration?

Children's books inspire kids to use their imaginations and think differently about themselves, other people, and the world -- do they also provide naming inspiration for parents? 

We turned to names often seen on young people's bookshelves, and then checked out which celebrity babies also held these names: 

Olivia (of the Olivia series)

Eloise (of the Eloise series)

Madeline (of the Madeline series)

Madeline Colbert

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Emmy Awards Name: Temple Grandin

Emmy Awards Name: Temple Grandin

The name Temple Grandin got more famous last night. Temple Grandin was already a celebrity name to autism and animal rights advocates, but the Emmy success of the the HBO biopic about Temple Grandin (starring Claire Danes) brought her name to the attention of a much wider audience, prompting flurries of Google inquiries like Who is Temple Grandin

Well, she's a university professor famous for designing more humane slaughter houses (used by McDonald's) and educating people about autism (which she has). According to her website, she was just included among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people for 2010. She's also someone with a really interesting name.

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