Celebrity Names Blog

New Baby Alert: James Otto and the Palindromes

New Baby Alert: James Otto and the Palindromes

Country singer James Otto and his wife Amy welcomed their new baby this week, Otto confirmed on Twitter; as they'd already announced she would be, she's called Ava Katherine Otto.

Choosing the name was easy for the pair, according to an interview James did with The Boot:

We looked through a bunch of names ... got the baby names book and were going through it. We had a list of about 10 names, and once we finally figured out the sex, literally we chose Ava within about ten minutes of knowing the baby was going to be a girl. We just said, "Ava Otto just sounds right."

She's the fifteenth celebrity baby named Ava in our database (not surprising, perhaps, since Ava is the #5 name in the USA). But there are a couple of ways in which the name Ava is especially apt for this pair.

But what could they name a boy?

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U.K. Prime Minister Announces New Baby's Name

Only the third baby to be born to a sitting Prime Minister while in office since 1849, the newest resident of 10 Downing Street finally has a name.

After a bit of controversy over the Prime Minister's indecisiveness in selecting the name for his new baby girl (in fairness, she was a month premature), British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha have settled on the name

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Jon Stewart's Real Name

Jon Stewart's Real Name

Jon Stewart is a well-known name belonging to a well-known man.  His show, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, is both loved and not-so-loved, depending on your tastes and political persuasions.  But there's no denying the presence of this name -- Stewart's won the Peabody Award, been nominated and won a whole slew of Emmys, and even hosted Hollywood's big Oscar night.  Yet for all the time this name has been in the limelight, did you know it's not the comedian's given name?

The Daily Show's host was born

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New Baby Alert: Catherine Bell + Why Ronan is Hot

New Baby Alert: Catherine Bell + Why Ronan is Hot

Army Wives star Catherine Bell and her husband Adam Beason have welcomed a son named Ronan Bell, PEOPLE reveals. They also have daughter Gemma.

The pair have a knack for choosing traditional, international names just as those names first heat up in the US.

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The Baby Name James Franco Rescued

The Baby Name James Franco Rescued

Students gearing up for back to school are gathering their pencils, pens, computers and books, and that includes actor turned celebrity student James Franco.

Franco, the subject of much recent press including a giant profile in New York magazine, did college in 2 years at age 28 and then completed three masters programs at the same time, all while starring in movies like the Spider Man trilogy, Milk, and Eat, Pray, Love. Turns out that wasn't enough graduate school for him, and Franco will reportedly attend Yale this fall to pursue a PhD in literature.

This hardworking Renaissance man may challenge the idea that actors are dumb and grad students, unglamorous.  But what can his powers do for Franco, a baby name that despite its fashionable "o" ending and ancient lineage hasn't spent much time on the baby name charts?

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Paz Vega Names Son Lenon

Paz Vega Names Son Lenon

Spanglish actress Paz Vega and her husband, Orson Salazar, have named their newborn son Lenon. Their other children are Ava and Orson.

The choice of spelling for the new baby is unusual. Lennon has quietly moved onto the charts in the past two years, ranking #951 in 2009, but Lenon is not much used. A quick search of the Internets turns up

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Three Pregnancy Announcements

 Three Pregnancy Announcements

There have been quite a few pregnancy announcements in this hot and humid August.  In can be hard to keep track.  Here are three of the most recent:

Alanis Morissette and Mario 'Souleye' Treadway

  • their first child

Samantha Harris and 

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New Baby Alert: Paz Vega Gives Birth to Baby Boy

New Baby Alert: Paz Vega Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Paz Vega gave birth to a baby boy on Friday, August 13, 2010.  Vega and her husband, Orson Salazar, have not yet released the name of the newest addition to their family.  Baby Salazar has an older brother and sister awaiting him -- Orson, 3, and Ava, 2.

PEOPLE relays Salazar had been hoping for a second son, so chances are he had a short list of names ready.  Let's look at the couple's naming choices so far.  Like father like son in the naming department, but not so with

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Do Gay Parents Choose Cooler Names?

Do Gay Parents Choose Cooler Names?

When Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, name their twins this fall, will they choose edgier names than the average joe? Yes, if the survey by the folks at Goodkin is right. They discovered that gay parents are more likely to choose names like Milo, Dashiel or Lucien than vanilla-America favorites like Jacob, Daniel or Jayden. Do gay parents in general have an edgier naming style? Check out our data, and tell us what you think.

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Baby Number Seven On The Way For Rocker Rod Stewart

Baby Number Seven On The Way For Rocker Rod Stewart

A baby's on the way for Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster.  This will be the second child for the couple, though the seventh child for Stewart.  ABC reports, via Stewart's spokeswoman, that the baby is expected right before Lancaster's 40th birthday.  Since Lancaster's birthday is March 15, look for the new Stewart in late winter/early spring.  For his part, Papa Stewart turns 66 on January 10.

Any thoughts on what name Stewart and Lancaster might choose?  While Stewart does indeed have six children already, and therefore six names he's been involved in choosing, Alana Hamilton, Kelly Elmberg, Rachel Hunter, and Penny Lancaster have also been part of these naming decisions.  So, it might be hard to

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