Celebrity Names Blog

Sutton Foster: A Marquee-Ready Name For A Tony-Winning Star

Sutton Foster: A Marquee-Ready Name For A Tony-Winning Star

After winning her second Tony Award on Sunday night, there’s no doubt that Sutton Foster was born for Broadway. And her name just has that special something -- like it was meant to be seen in lights.

“My mother heard it when she was growing up on a television show -- although she can’t remember the television show,” the Best Actress winner for Anything Goes told Nunnontherun.com. “She said if she ever had a daughter she’d name her Sutton.”

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Did You Name Your Child After A Celebrity?

In Celebrity Baby Boom 2011, we've been treated to names from the well liked (Willow) to the more challenging (Bear) to the out of left field (Moroccan). How much influence does celebrity name culture have in the "real" world? Did you or someone you know name a child after a celebrity or celebrity baby? Do you still like your child's cultural name association? Or, maybe you gave your child a name that now has a pop-culture reference that didn't exist when you chose the name? Let us know!

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Delta Lady: Nick Jonas' New Girlfriend Was Named After A Song

Delta Lady: Nick Jonas' New Girlfriend Was Named After A Song

Shattering the hearts of teen girls around the globe, Nick Jonas has been enjoying a spring romance with Australian pop star Delta Goodrem. New pictures of the couple's two-week trip to Bali hit the Web today and while the photos get scrutinized by Jonas Brothers fans everywhere -- Does it look like he really likes her?! -- we take a kinder look at the origins of Delta’s name.

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Quints by Surprise Baby Names

The TLC series Quints by Surprise is in the heat of its second season. With many children in tow, Ethan and Casey Jones have become professionals at baby naming. The couple’s first daughter is named Eliot McKenna. The couple decided that their family was not complete and wanted another child. Instead of just one baby, Casey was pregnant with five!

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Did Jennifer Connelly Give Her Daughter an Old Lady Name?

Did Jennifer Connelly Give Her Daughter an Old Lady Name?

Actress Jennifer Connelly welcomed her third child (her second with husband Paul Bettany) on May 31 in New York City. Baby girl Agnes Lark Bettany was born via scheduled home water birth, and joins big brothers Stellan, 7 (named after the couple's friend actor Stellan Skarsgård), and Kai, 13.

Agnes is derived from the Greek hagnos, meaning chaste, pure and sacred. The name hit its U.S. popularity peak in the 1890s at #39, and fell steadily until it was bumped off the charts altogether in the 1970s. To many Americans, Agnes is an "old" sounding name because the only people they know with the name were great-grandmothers. But to some young parents it sounds fresh, because it has been out of style for so long that they have no association at all. The Name Lady responded to a reader who loved the name Agnes but her mother hated it. On the topic of name associations, Name Lady said:

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Names in the News: All Too Huma-n Twitter Scandal

Names in the News: All Too Huma-n Twitter Scandal

Huma Abedin, once best known as the glamorous, unflappable beauty who kept Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on track, is now better known as the glamorous, unflappable beauty married to the latest congressman to flame out over that teenage hobby, sexting. 

That's right: Anthony Weiner is married to this woman. And it turns out that her name is every bit as impressive as she is.

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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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