Celebrity Names Blog

Zac Hanson Names Daughter Junia Rosa Ruth

Should we just go ahead and give the Hanson family the Most Stylish Baby Namer Brood prize?

Zac Hanson, drummer, and his wife Kate have welcomed their daughter, Junia Rosa Ruth, PEOPLE reports. Her brother is John Ira Shepherd -- called Shepherd -- and she has a bevy of stylishly named cousins.

Trust a Hanson to find an unusual biblical baby name that fits style trends to a T.

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New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

Don't close the book on Unusual Celebrity Baby Names of 2010 just yet!

Josh Turner, country music star, and his wife Jennifer welcomed a new little boy with a country-style name: Crawford Marion Turner. The baby was born Monday in Nashville, PEOPLE reports.

It's a double-dip cowboy name for the couple. We're not surprised, since the pair are already parents to Hampton Otis and Colby Lynch (names whose mix of cowboy toughness and blue blood chic can't help but make us think of sweet little boys in toddler-size chaps).

What we are surprised by? Their choice to call him Marion.

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These Basketball Players Have Uncommon Skills and Names

It's basketball season, and several of this year's college basketball players have names as memorable as their talent.

Orion Outerbridge, who plays for the University of Rhode Island, is nearly seven feet tall. Given his formidable height and aggressive basketball skills, it seems appropriate that he is named for Orion, the fearless Greek mythological hunter. Earlier this week we wrote about whether or not it's a good idea to discuss your baby's name with family before his birth. Interestingly, Orion's naming was a joint decision by his mother, father and uncle--one they made in the hospital mere hours before Orion was born. It may have been a last-minute call, but we think they did good!

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Let it Tuyet! Let it Yuki! Let it Nieve!

Namipedia is a wild and wooly place. 'Tis the season for winter names (and winter name hoaxes), so we used the Expert Name Finder tool to search Namipedia for entries containing the word "snow." Here's a sampling of what we found.

Snow in Any Language

Names that derive from snow include Yuki (snow -- and happiness -- in Japanese), Tuyet (snow in Vietnamese), and Eira (snow in Welsh). Gwyneira is a recent Namipedia addition translated as "white snow." Nieva comes from the word for snow in Spanish. Snowden is from the old English for "snowy peak."

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Nick Cannon Talks Baby Names with Rachael Ray

Nick Cannon Talks Baby Names with Rachael Ray

We still don't know if Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are expecting one bundle of joy or two, but we do know they've already settled on a name(s). When Cannon was a guest on the The Rachael Ray Show last week, Ray asked him if he and Carey have been fighting over baby names. (We wonder if she read our recent post about couples who disagree!)

According to Cannon, he and Carey started discussing baby names very early in their relationship and readily agreed. He also volunteered that they are sticking to their choice (so far) and have no plans to share their decision, because they don't want other people's input. Ray suggested that revealing your baby's name before birth is bad luck. But Cannon seemed more concerned about the possibility that he and Carey might change their minds at the last minute and choose a totally different name like Cleophis.

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Winter Baby Names? Don't Be Snowed By This Hoax

Googling for winter baby name ideas, you'll come across dozens of names deriving from words meaning "snow," including these Inuit-attributed lovelies:

  • Akitla: snow falling on water
  • Katiyana: night snow
  • Shiya: snow at dawn
  • Talini: snow angels

These names appeared on more than one website as baby name suggestions, often offered in response to a question like "what baby names mean snow'?"

The problem? They're fakes.

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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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