Celebrity Names Blog

New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

By now you've probably heard that Dutch Victoria's Secret Angel, Doutzen Kroes, and her husband, DJ Sunnery James (stage name of Sunnery James Gorré), have given their brand new baby boy the name Phyllon Gorré. But did you know it's the male version of Phyllis?

Given his parents' names, Doutzen and Sunnery, you might surmise that Phyllon is a name that doesn't raise eyebrows in the Netherlands, where the pair are from and where Phyllon was born. You'd be wrong.

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Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

At some point early in grade school, most teachers require their students to learn how to write their whole name. And for most kids, that day is no big deal. But we suspect that when Antonio Sabato Jr.'s forthcoming baby boy reaches that fateful day, he'll have a slightly different experience. Why? Well, for starters, the full name Sabato and his girlfriend, Cheryl Moana, have chosen has 41 letters.

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New Baby Alert: Hillary Madison Hess

New Baby Alert: Hillary Madison Hess

Television host Samantha Harris and her husband, Michael Hess, have announced the birth of their second daughter, Hillary Madison Hess. She joins sister Josselyn Sydney Hess.

Maybe we've got presidential names on the brain, but Hillary automatically brings to mind the Secretary of State, former first lady and first serious female contender for a major party nomination to the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Even if Clinton's not directly the namesake Harris and Hess had in mind, she likely influenced

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Edgar Allan Poe, Naming Savant

"It was many and many a year ago." 201, to be exact, since the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, naming savant, who knew the value of a good "bel" name long before our current mania for all things "bella."

Poe lived in the nineteenth century, in the decades that gave us the frock coat and steampunk. Like his prose, his names are thrilling, yet with a persnickety precision. Several are dactyllic, and they are full of "L"s.

They're also prescient.

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More Baby Name Drama Surrounding Owen Wilson's Son

Owen Wilson's son is still teeny tiny and yet already he's caused so much drama! First we wrote about the news that Wilson was a dad and the reports that he and girlfriend Jade had named their baby Ford Linton Wilson. Then, we responded to readers who were dismayed that we hadn't mentioned the connection to President Gerald Ford in our original column. And now, well, we've learned that Wilson didn't actually name his son Ford.

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Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Have Chosen: Flynn Bloom

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Have Chosen: Flynn Bloom

Flynn Bloom.

That's the name Miranda Kerr unveiled on her site an hour ago.  (People.com has details.) Namewatchers have been on pins and needles since news leaked last week that supermodel Miranda Kerr had welcomed her first child with actor Orlando Bloom... especially when reports surfaced that the pair were "struggling" with names. We speculated that any name the pair chose would have to balance Orlando's posh British upbringing with Miranda's free-spirit/daredevil Australian vibe. So how did they do?

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The Owen Wilson Baby Name Smackdown!

The Owen Wilson Baby Name Smackdown!

Kapow! Commenters on the Owen Wilson baby name post took us to task for failing to mention that new son Ford Linton Wilson's name is, besides the model-T connection, also a presidential name.

Fair enough, although the guy is hardly a dream namesake. President Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States, was the only president never elected to office. He served three years on an appointment after the resignations of President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973. He was an unpopular president, presiding over the worst economy this counry had seen since the Great Depression.

We asked Laura Wattenberg, co-founder and guru of our site, for insight into the fortunes of Ford. She told us: "Ford is the rare name that actually

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: Sunday's Surprise Sister is Named Faith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: Sunday's Surprise Sister is Named Faith

Okay, so you thought the news was the cream one-shoulder gown Nicole Kidman wore to the Golden Globes, where she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress for her work in Rabbit Hole? Nope: the real surprise was back home. Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have welcomed their second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban.

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The Real Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Name

Every school child in America knows the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership in the civil rights movement. But what most of us don't know is the story of King's name. On the day he was born, January 15, 1929, King was not named Martin.

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Owen Wilson's Baby Name

Owen Wilson's Baby Name

Just days ago, we learned that actor Owen Wilson was expecting his first child.  According to a report in Star, Owen's girlfriend Jade Duell gave birth to the couple's baby boy in Hawaii yesterday.  The new baby's name is

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