Celebrity Names Blog

Cayman: A Name With A Little Bite

Cayman: A Name With A Little Bite

Later this month, TV star Dorian Brown hits the small screen opposite Elijah Wood in the new FX series Wilfred. But the actress is also juggling another role: mother. Dorian and her husband, producer Guy Pham, welcomed their first child together on May 26. The couple named their baby boy Cayman Tyson Pham.

Cayman is a boy’s name originating from the Caribbean Cayman Islands. The islands, which were given their name by famed sea captain Sir Francis Drake in the late 1500s, were named after caiman -- the term for alligator.

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Do You Have A 2011 Hurricane Name?

Do You Have A 2011 Hurricane Name?

This week marks the official beginning of the six-month long US Atlantic hurricane season. As you know, hurricanes are given names (people names, not pet names!) to identify and track each storm. The National Hurricane Center generated six original lists of hurricane names that have rotated each year since 1953 (so the 2011 names are the same as 2005, 1999, 1993... 1957...).

Devastating and historic hurricane names are removed from the list and retired forever, replaced with new names decided by the World Meteorological Organization. This year's list had a few replacements for big storms:

Dennis is replaced with Don
Katrina is replaced with Katia
Rita is replaced with Rina
Stan is replaced with Sean
Wilma is replaced with Whitney

These devastating storm names may or may not have an effect on baby name trends. Laura Wattenberg noted on her BabyNameWizard.com blog that following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, the name actually rose in popularity 11% that year, though she did note that the hurricane happened late August so the first 8 months of babies had a different context for the name. It still remains to be seen if Earl will drop in popularity after the 2010 Hurricane Earl. Read more about Of Storms and Style.

Here is the complete list of 2011 Hurricane names-- is your or your baby's name on this list?

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Pink's Baby Name: The Singer Goes Green!

Pink's Baby Name: The Singer Goes Green!

Pink is a first-time mom -- and she’s given her daughter a name with a splash of color.

The "Raise Your Glass" singer, who was born Alecia Moore, welcomed a baby girl on Thursday and shared the happy news via Twitter, writing: "We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart. She's gorgeous, just like her daddy [Carey Hart]."

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Hugh+ette= A Girl Named Huguette?

Hugh+ette= A Girl Named Huguette?

Heiress Huguette Clark passed away this week in New York City at age 104. Though we're pretty sure the name Huguette is not going to catch on any time soon, we do think it's an interesting name. Take the traditional French name Hugh or Hugo, add the feminine suffix -ette, and there you go: Automatic girl's name!

Creating opposite-gender names from related names is a common practice in namesakes, as noted by Laura Wattenberg on our sister site, BabyNameWizard.com. Some names easily switch gender:Charlie becomes CharleneMartin can be MartinaJoseph is Josephine. But what if you want to name a daughter after Grandpa Aaron? 

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Joey McIntyre and Wife Give Daughter a 'Dark' Name

Joey McIntyre and Wife Give Daughter a 'Dark' Name

Joey McIntyre and wife Barrett have welcomed their third child together, daughter Kira Katherine

According to Teresa Norman's World of Baby NamesKira is the female form of Kieran, an Anglicized form of the Irish Ciaran. Brothers Griffin and Rhys have names from Welsh.

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Gil: What's This Ancient Name Doing In All These Movies?

Gil: What's This Ancient Name Doing In All These Movies?

When news reached us last week of musician and "Bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron's death, we'd just seen Woody Allen's newest, Midnight in Paris, where the main character is named... Gil. Also, we recall, in Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids, the creepy roommate character is named... Gil.

Wait, two of the highest-grossing films of Memorial Day weekend 2011 featured characters namedGil? A name that hasn't been on the charts since 1971? Interesting. Is there something about Gil? Read on for our Top 5 Characters Named Gil.

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Simona: A Girlie Name for Tough Chicks?

Simona: A Girlie Name for Tough Chicks?

Greetings from Indiana, hotbed of name stories. Oh, and home of the Indy 500, perhaps you've heard of it? Turns out there're name stories here too.  Consider Danica. It was a fad in the 1980s -- along with JessicaEricaMonica and Veronica -- and then fell out the top 1000. But Danica Patrick, 2005's Indy 500 Rookie of the Race, and 2005's IndyCar Rookie of the Year, plumped life back into this sagging name. Leaping back onto the charts in 2005, Danica peaked in 2007 at #307. As Danica Patrick continues to rack up firsts and awards (most recently: Best Finish [4th] by a woman in a top NASCAR race), the name will stay on namer's radars. 

Now consider last year's Indy 500 Rookie of the Race, Simona de Silvestro. The young Swiss rider seems poised to be IndyCar's next sweetheart, when Danica bows out of the series. Will she have Patrick's name influence?

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Help Ana Ortiz Come Up With A Baby Name!

Help Ana Ortiz Come Up With A Baby Name!

Ana Ortiz needs your help choosing a baby name! The Ugly Betty actress is expecting a son with husband musician Noah Lebenzon, and the couple is asking you for name ideas. Ortiz told Latina Magazine that they are open to suggestions, but they do have a few rules:

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Hollywood's New Breakout Star: A Girl Named Rebel

Hollywood's New Breakout Star: A Girl Named Rebel

With a cast headed by Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, there are a lot of funny ladies in the new hit comedy Bridesmaids. However one standout -- for being both hilarious and for having an interesting name -- is actress/comedian Rebel Wilson.

The 30-something Australian has said her name came to her parents on their wedding day. “A little girl called Rebel sang at my parents wedding and that's where it comes from,” Rebel explained. “A pretty good name for this business, don't you think?"

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Storm of Controversy Around Gender-Free Baby Name

The story chewing up the parenting blogosphere this week is about Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who are raising their youngest child to be, at least temporarily, gender-free. The child's name? Storm. How well does this name support the family's gender-free ideals?

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