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The Year in Celebrity Name Lawsuits

The Year in Celebrity Name Lawsuits

In 2010, celebrities used their names as brands in ever more flamboyant ways. In the courtroom, the spread of the "hip-hop approach to names" was held in check, for now at least. Here's a run-down of the year in celebrity name lawsuits, in which courts put the kibosh on celebrity experiments in name-as-brand.

Lindsay Lohan Sues To Keep Her Name Synonymous with "Bimbus"

Lindsay Lohan kicked things off in March when she sued Etrade Bank over their Super Bowl ad featuring a "milkaholic" toddler named Lindsay. Lohan, fresh off her latest stint in rehab, alleged that the ad was intended to make fun of her and sued for $100 million in damages. As we wrote at the time, when the claim was denied (for reasons including

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Green Day Bassist Welcomes Baby Girl Ryan Ruby Mae

Green Day Bassist Welcomes Baby Girl Ryan Ruby Mae

Mike Dirnt, who plays bass in the band Green Day, and his wife Brittney have welcomed their second child. Ryan Ruby Mae was born on Nov. 29, but Dirnt only released his daughter's name a few days ago.

Ryan Ruby Mae joins two-year-old brother Brixton Michael as well as 13-year-old half-sisterEstelle Desiree, whose mother is Dirnt's first wife, Anastasia.

We're struck that the children's names appear to be heavily influenced by their parents' names.

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Man Changes Name to Captain Awesome

Is this the perfect name for 2010, the "year of the un-name"?

An Oregon man is now legally known as Captain Awesome. The man, formerly known as Douglas Allen Smith Jr., was inspired by the character Dr. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, from the television show Chuck.

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Celebrity Baby Names 2010: Most Talked About Names of the Year

Remember when "Apple" was considered a crazy celebrity baby name? Six years later, it sounds almost quaint. American baby names get more creative all the time, and Hollywood has led the charge with a flood of eye-catching names.

Some of the celebrity choices are stylish, some push the envelope, and some may make you shake your head in wonder. But they all get us talking. Here is
NameCandy.com's list of the 11 celebrity baby names that generated the most chatter this year.

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You Tell Us: Do You Have Name Regret?

You Tell Us: Do You Have Name Regret?

Yesterday, People.com published an interview with actress, math-whiz and new mom Danica McKellar about motherhood and her baby boy's unique name, Draco. We first wrote about little Draco when he was born in September. In her interview with People, McKellar doesn't mention the Harry Potter connection, but she does reveal how and why she and husband Mike Verta chose their son's name:

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Best Celebrity Baby Name Stories of 2010?

We're working on our final list of favorite celebrity baby name stories of 2010.  What were some of your favorite -- and least favorite-- celebrity baby names this year?

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You Might Not Believe This 'Daily Show' Couple's New Sibset

Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, who make us laugh on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart', have finally revealed the name of their daughter. We're guessing you didn't see this sibset coming either.

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The Late Leslie Nielsen Made His Name Work For Him

The Late Leslie Nielsen Made His Name Work For Him

The obituaries for 84-year-old actor Leslie Nielsen, who died on Sunday while undergoing treatment for pneumonia in a Florida hospital, have focused on his mid-career switch from dashing leading man to goofy leading comic.

The name Leslie seems to have worked equally well for the actor both when he was known for his roles as the swashbuckling romantic hero and later when a new, younger generation came to know him for his deadpan delivery as a series of goofballs.

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The Most Famous One-Named Woman of All Time?

We came across this review in London's Daily Mail last week and we couldn't resist re-posting an excerpt here:

"Madonna, Kylie, Diana, Delia, Oprah. Singular women known to their public by a single name. Famous, adored, ­sometimes even worshipped.

But few among them will be ­remembered in 100 years or so. Hardly any of their names will shimmer down the ­centuries, the smoky allure of their ­eternal flame undimmed by time.

Yet here we consider one incredible, mononymous person whose potency has not waned for more than 2,000 years. Her name is Cleopatra"

The Egyptian "Queen of Kings" has been immortalized in popular culture for centuries, from Cicero to Shakespeare to Shaw. Here in 21st-Century America, we imagine Cleopatra looking like the glamorous Elizabeth Taylor circa 1963. (And if the rumors are true, future generations will envision her as Angelina Jolie).

But as famous as she was, Cleopatra hasn't borne too many

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Stella McCartney Baby Name Rounds Out Sibling Set

Stella McCartney Baby Name Rounds Out Sibling Set

They're not exactly the Vera, Chuck and Dave grandpa Paul McCartney sang about in When I'm 64, but we think Stella McCartney has produced quite the sibling set.

Reiley, McCartney's baby daughter with husband Alasdhair Willis was born last week according to E! Online. Reiley joins older brothers Miller and Beckett and older sister Bailey.

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