Celebrity Names Blog

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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Scholars Bypass Bristol & BP, Give Volcano "Name of the Year" Honors

The most scholarly name nerds in the country met last week in Philadelphia to debate the relative nameworld impacts of the BP oil spill, Buster Posey, and Glee.

Each year onomasts at the annual meeting of the American Name Society decide on a name of the year. They choose nominees and winners in each of four categories (place names, trade names, fictional names, and personal names), and an overall winner.

According to Dr. Cleveland K. Evans, this year's nominations for the society's name of the year took in everything from Neil Gaiman to the Tea Party. Here they are.

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Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Struggling to Name Their Baby

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Struggling to Name Their Baby

Last week, we announced that Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom had welcomed their first child but that his name had not been released. Turns out the reason we don't know Baby Bloom's name yet is because he doesn't have one. Apparently, mom and dad are having a hard time picking a name.

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Pope Takes a Stand on Weird Baby Names, Leaves a Loophole

Pope Takes a Stand on Weird Baby Names, Leaves a Loophole

Please let it be true.

That's what we thought when we read today's Pope-related baby name headlines:  "Pope Rails Against Un-Christian Names," reads one, and "Pope Begs Christian Parents to Avoid Offbeat Names." Also: "Despite Pope's Disapproval, Designer Baby Names Flourish" and "Look to Bible, not Hollywood: pope."  We were so hoping His Holiness had gone on a rampage ("railed"!) in which he slagged Becks and Posh directly.

Sadly -- since we would have enjoyed bringing you the blog post in which we commented on the celebrity baby names pronounced most unholy by the pontiff himself -- these headlines are misleading.

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