Celebrity Names Blog

DEBUTING TONIGHT: fabulous names in the hot new show Glee

Mercedes, Finn, Rachel – these are just three of the names making a prime-time debut tonight on the television show Glee.  Glee centers around the motley crew in McKinley High School’s Glee Club as they pursue the ever elusive dream of making it to Nationals. Lucky for us name aficionados, Glee holds true to the great tradition of high school romance-comedies – names give big clues as to what season one might have in store for us.

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Baby Alert: Mel Gibson's Girlfriend Pregnant!

TMZ.com is reporting that Mel Gibson and his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, are expecting! This will be Mel's eighth child. The baby's half siblings (Mel's children with estranged wife Robyn) are named Hannah, Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Thomas. What name do you think will be given to baby number eight?

--K.S.

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Baby Boy Maguire?

Tobey Maguire and wife Jennifer Meyer welcomed a little boy into the world on Friday May 8, 2009.  Baby boy Maguire is their second child, and will be joining sister Ruby Sweetheart, age 2 1/2.  The Spider-Man star began dating his jewelry designing wife in early 2003

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Middle MIddle (and Middle Again!) Naming

Is one middle name no longer enough? A recent trend shows why settle for one when you can have two! Celebrity babies paving the way for two middle names: Apple Blythe Alison and Moses Bruce Anthony, daughter and son of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (and the grandchildren of Blythe & Bruce and Alison & Anthony); the twins Dexter Henry Lorcan & Frank Harlan James, named by parents Diana Krall and Elvis Costello; and on the older end of the trend, Jordon Alexandra Judith, ten-year old daughter to Sarah Brown of General Hospital fame.

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Celebrity Baby Surnames

Though celebs may make bold choices in the first name department (see Memphis Eve, Apple or Bronx Mogwli for prime examples), they stick close to tradition with surnames, with the baby taking on the father’s last name. Take for example Francesca “Frannie” Nora Bateman (daughter of Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka), Olive Baron Cohen (daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher) or Honor Warren (daughter of Cash Warren and Jessica Alba).

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Do April Showers Bring May Flower Names?

As May approaches, flowers are returning not only to the avenues, but also in the names of celebrity offspring. Rose proves that what’s in a name matters, frequently appearing these days as a middle name. There is Matilda Rose, daughter to Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger; Madison Rose, daughter to Maxine Bahns of The Brothers McMullen fame and Patrick Watson; Adelaide Rose, daughter to Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor; and Seraphina Rose, daughter to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Ben and Jennifer turned to a small purple bud in naming their eldest daughter, Violet Anne.

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Hef's Ex Plans Baby Names

Playboy Playmate and "Girls Next Door" star Kendra Wilkinson has moved on from her main squeeze Hugh Hefner and is already planning baby names with new fiance Hank Baskett of the NFL.

Kendra tells People, "My first initial is K and my middle name is Leigh, so we were thinking of Kaleigh," she says. "And he's Hank Baskett III, so of course I'm going to have a Hank Baskett IV!"

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Celebrity Cowboy (and Cowgirl) Names

Kevin Costner says his infant son's name, Hayes Logan, was inspired by an Old West character in a film he intends to shoot. That got us thinking about, well, frontier names for boys and girls. Here are some favorites and the celebs who have picked them:

Adelaide Rose - Rachel Griffiths & Andrew Taylor
Allegra Sky - John Leguizamo & Justine Maurer
Avery - Angie Harmon & Jason Sehorn
Banjo - Rachel Griffiths & Andrew Taylor
Brawley - Nick Nolte & Rebecca Linger
Chance - Larry King & Shawn Southwick
Harlow Winter - Nicole Richie & Joel Madden
Ione Skye - Donovan Leitch & Enid Karl

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Costner's Cowboy

Kevin Costner's wife Christine gave birth to a little boy, Hayes Logan, on February 12th. Hayes joins big brother Cayden Wyatt as well as half-siblings Annie, Lily, Joe and Liam. In an interview, Costner said he wanted to name his son Hayes after a cowboy character in a Western he's planning to film, because he believes that Hayes is a great Western name. But is it? Hayes, which has Old English roots and is a common surname, has never broken the top 100 most popular first names in any states, Western or otherwise.

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Baby Names with a Dash of Spice

Melanie Chisholm, formerly known as Sporty Spice, will give birth to her first child this spring. Melanie, who’s been with partner Thomas Starr for over six years, is the last of the Spice Girls to hop aboard the baby boat. The other spicy mamas have developed quite a reputation
for gracing their offspring with rather unusual names. Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) has three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) is mom to two girls, Phoenix Chi and Angel Iris. Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) has a daughter, Bluebell, and Emma

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