Celebrity Names Blog

Idol's Pia Toscano: The Next Big Name Like Jordin Sparks?

Idol's Pia Toscano: The Next Big Name Like Jordin Sparks?

If you're an American Idol viewer, you already know that Pia Toscano is a name you'll hear a lot this season. The 21-year-old Queens, New York native lit up the stage belting out an acclaimed rendition of The Pretenders' “I’ll Stand By You,” which earned the first standing ovation of the season and major accolades from the judges. On Wednesday night's show, she will perform live for the first time with the rest of the top 13 finalists.

We know Pia is a standout on the stage, but what do we know about her name?

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Good-Time Charlie

Previously, we wrote about the antics of "good-time" Charlie Sheen.  But what is a Good Time Charlie anyway?

 

The origin of the term is not entirely clear, but it's first major use seems to have been in the 1920s, possibly by writer Damon Runyon whose colorful storytelling went on to inform 

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Baby Name: Elula

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Baby Name: Elula

The (unofficial) name of that stripes-wearing, red-haired baby girl strapped to Isla Fisher's front? Elula Cohen. She's a sister for Olive, the second daughter for Fisher and her comedian husband, Sacha Baron Cohen. While the privacy-loving pair have not confirmed the baby's gender, let alone her name, this week's photos of Isla and Elula in LAX speak for themselves. (Click through to see Elula.)

Elula is six months old, and reports of her name have percolated through the comment sections of celebrity blogs for five of them. Here's what you may have heard. Elula is a derivation/feminization of Elul, the sixth month of the Jewish calendar. (Cohen and Fisher are observant Jews.) The name is seen as fashionable and stylish, reminding people of Marcia Gay Harden's choice (Eulala Grace) and the namiscenti revival, Eulalia.

But the difference between Eulala and Elula is more significant than you might think. Though spelled with the same letters (save an "a") in almost the same order, Eulala and Elula ride opposite trends in their path toward celebrity fashion.

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Sorry Charlie!

Sorry Charlie!

Thanks a lot, Charlie Sheen. It looks like yet another celebrity has ruined a perfectly good name for the rest of us. Or has he?

 

We've written in the past about names and infamy and there is no clear formula to predict whether negative publicity surrounding a name will impact its popularity -- for better 

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Charlie Vs. Chuck

Charlie Vs. Chuck

Unless you haven't turned on a television, surfed the Internet or

opened a newspaper this week, you've probably heard about actor

Charlie Sheen's antics, interviews and now Twitter record. In one of his rants,  Sheen railed against his boss, Two and a Half Men executive producer, Chuck Lorre, calling him

a "charlatan" and a "turd," and most interestingly for us, referring to him by the name "Chaim Levine." 

 

Lorre's birth name is Charles Michael Levine. Sheen, though, repeatedly called him Chaim, a Hebrew name meaning "life." Lorre does apparently use Chaim as his "Hebrew name" -- a

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It's Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Our Favorite Seussical Names

It's Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Our Favorite Seussical Names

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel, who published 44 children's books, was born on March 2, 1904. Although most famous as Dr. Seuss, it wasn't his only pen name. He published several books as Theo LeSieg (Theo for Theodor, obviously, and LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward) and one book under the name Rosetta Stone.

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Gretchen Mol's Winter: A Season Name Whose Time Has Come?

Gretchen Mol's Winter: A Season Name Whose Time Has Come?

Gretchen Mol and her director hubby, Tod 'Kip' Williams, have welcomed their first daughter, Winter Morgan Williams, her rep confirmed to People.com.

Like Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Mol and Williams are also parents to a son named Ptolemy. How's that for an unusual sibling set?

Winter is the only season that, so far, has never made the US Social Security Administration's baby name charts.

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Oscar Kids: Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin's Daughters Destry and Roxy

At last night's Academy Awards ceremony, the big winners were celebrities with straightforward, comfortable names: Colin took home the Oscar for Best Actor, Natalie nabbed Best Actress, Tom won Best Director, and Christian and Melissa walked away with the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies respectively.

But there were still a couple of unexpected names that caught our attention.

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Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

It has been widely reported that Taylor Swift attended a Los Angeles hockey game two days ago with Glee star Chord Overstreet. When we saw the headlines, we couldn't help but want to find out more about Overstreet's unusual name.

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Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has a new title: dad!

Just a few days ago, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born to Rufus Wainwright, mom Lorca Cohen and "deputy dad" Jörn Weisbrodt. Wainwright is gay, and he and Weisbrodt have been together for five years; they got engaged late last year. Cohen is the daughter of Leonard Cohen.

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