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Community Star Danny Pudi Keeps it Classic (and a Little Bit Irish?) With New Twins Fiona and James

Community Star Danny Pudi Keeps it Classic (and a Little Bit Irish?) With New Twins Fiona and James
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Danny Pudi, better known as Abed Nadir on NBC's Community, became a dad for the first time when he and his wife, Bridget, welcomed not one, but two babies! Fiona Leigh and James Timothy were born January 12.

“The ¼ Indian, ¼ Polish, ½ Irish twins are keeping us busy and we’re loving every minute of it," he tweeted

Danny and Bridget stayed far away from unusual or matching "twin" names, but it looks like Bridget's Irish heritage may have influenced the choices. After all, Danny seems quite connected to his own Indian and Polish heritages (He was tweeting about pierogis and wishing Merry Christmas to his fans over the holidays).

Fiona is a Gaelic name meaning fair, white, or clear. It's popularity has been on the rise since the '80s, and despite a few dips in the mid-2000s, is going strong. It ranked number  257 in the United States in 2010, and with its feminine sound and old roots, strikes a nice balance between fresh and traditional. It's a popular name in Ireland, but as much as the masculine version, Fionn, which was ranked at number 35 in 2010. 

Fiona shares her name with perhaps the most underrated member of the cartoon princess club, Princess Fiona from the Shrek franchise, as well as musician Fiona Apple, Fiona Facinelli (Jennie Garth's daughter, born in 2006), and Fiona Luna (Diego Luna's daughter, born in 2010). 

Leigh is often seen as a middle name, or as the last syllable in creatively-spelled, modern feminine names like Kayleigh and Ryleigh, but on its own, is more often used as a middle name, at least among celebrities. 

Do we need to list the famous people named James? It's a timeless classic that remains very popular in both the U.S. (number 19) and Ireland (number 4), with a strong sound that fits in nicely with trendier monosyllabic names like Graham, Blake, Luke, or Max. Among the celebrities in Name Candy's database, it's more common as a middle name, with Kingston Rossdale and Jayden Federline using to balance out a more unusual first name. Timothy is still popular as a first name in the U.S., ranking at number 115 in 2010, but that's nowhere near its peak (number 13) in the 1960s. 

What do you think of Fiona Leigh and James Timothy? Do you prefer coordinated twin set names or names with less in common, like Fiona and James?

-- K.L.


January 29, 2012 7:31 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

It's Abed, not Aben.

January 29, 2012 12:41 PM
By Katie


January 30, 2012 3:21 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I like non-matching names for twins.

Side note:
Graham should have 2 syllables, no? GRAY-ham. Otherwise, it would be gram, which is a grandmother or a unit of measurement.

January 30, 2012 7:08 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Graham is usually pronounced "gram" in the US.

January 31, 2012 2:12 PM
By Top 10 name of the 70s (not verified)

I also laughed at "Graham" being monosyllabic - in Australia we say "Gray-em". And BTW - no-one under 50 is called Graham/Graeme!!
Fiona is dated here. it is definitely for the over 35s.
James is in the Top 10.

Overall - nice, decent names.

June 10, 2012 2:54 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I completely agree that the decision made regarding the choices was been influenced with its heritage.
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