Celebrity Names Blog

A Gift With Your Name: Tacky or Touching?

A Gift With Your Name: Tacky or Touching?

Last week Nike founder Phil Knight visited the Oprah Winfrey Show and all members of the audience received a pair of sneakers emblazoned with the names of both Winfrey and Knight. (Oprah's name appears on the tongue and the toe; and both Oprah and Knight's names are printed on the laces). At least one reporter noted that devoting an entire show to what was essentially a long advertisement was in bad form.  And to make matters worse, stamping the shoes with both moguls' names for guests to remember them by was downright tacky. 

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What Will Mariah Carey Name Her New Babies?

What Will Mariah Carey Name Her New Babies?

Mariah Carey is officially a mother!

The songstress and her husband, Nick Cannon, welcomed their special delivery -- twins! -- in Los Angeles at 9:07am PST, their rep has announced. The little lady was the first to make her debut, weighing in at 5lbs, 3oz., and her little brother was next, at 5lbs. 6oz.

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A Name Place in Music History for Neko Bell

A Name Place in Music History for Neko Bell

Justin Guarini of American Idol and the Broadway musical American Idiot (quite a patriotic guy, eh?) welcomed his first child this week with his wife Reina, who already has a daughter from a previous relationship. Baby boy William Neko Bell Guarini was born on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

William is currently the 8th most popular boy's name in the United States, and it is also #8 in England where Prince William lives. But perhaps more fitting for the Season 1 Idol runner-up's son is his second name Neko, a name that appears a few times in music history. It is usually a girl's name, reminiscent of female singers Nico of the Velvet Underground and Neko Case. It also goes nicely with the second musical middle name Bell, which again is traditionally a girl's name, sometimes spelled Belle. (Read what we've written about musical names.)

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Will Pippa Make A Royal Splash On The Name Chart?

Will Pippa Make A Royal Splash On The Name Chart?

Kate Middleton was every bit the elegant bride we expected as she married her prince in Westminster Abbey this morning. But her younger sister Pippa Middleton, who served as maid of honor during the royal extravaganza, turned heads as well with many post-wedding headlines declaring that the 27-year-old party planner “stole the show.” Find out more about the name Pippa.

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Will Chelsy Davy's Name Keep Her from Becoming a Princess?

Will Chelsy Davy's Name Keep Her from Becoming a Princess?

On TV last night we heard the opinion that Prince Harry is "the most desired husband in the world," his shirtless military hijinks and life-of-the-party vibe having propelled the tall red-haired younger brother past the future king as the most eligible of bachelors. Once he broke up with his girlfriend, that is. Unlike Kate Middleton, Harry's on-again off-again girlfriend wasn't marriage material. You could tell by her unsuitable name: Chelsy.

What does Chelsea/Chelsy say to you? Could it work on a princess, or is it too trashy?

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Ian Ziering's Trendy Baby Name

Ian Ziering's Trendy Baby Name

Actor Ian Ziering-- who, by the way, is apparently 47 years old and not the 16-year old Steve Sanders we remember him as from 90210-- welcomed his first child with wife Erin on Monday, April 25. Guess what name they chose for their new baby girl: Mia Loren Ziering. How very on-trend of you, Ian, to choose the name Mia!

PEOPLE reports that the couple chose the name Mia because it begins with the letter 'M', honoring Ian's late mother Micki. But readers of NameCandy.com also know that the name Mia has been popping up everywhere lately. Celebs with daughters named Mia include Laura Innes, Lleyton Hewitt, Kate Winslet, Aidan Quinn, and Steven Tyler. And of course, let's not forget the Bronx Zoo cobra snake who was given the name Mia just last month.

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Lauren Lauren? 10 Ways Bush's Married Name Dreams Could Come True

Lauren Lauren? 10 Ways Bush's Married Name Dreams Could Come True

When we were talking about "nice twice" names the other week, we couldn't think of any female celebrities who have the same first name as last. So you can bet the headline about Lauren Bush's possible married name grabbed our eyeballs: Lauren Lauren. Yes, the granddaughter of the first President Bush is marrying David Lauren, son of the designer, Ralph. (Two guesses who's doing her wedding dress.)

Actually, according to the interview in May's Harper's Bazaar, the model thinks the name she'll go by Lauren Bush-Lauren. In a remark probably not intended to fuel the tensions between women who take their husbands' names at marriage and those who keep the name they were born with, thank you very much, Bush explained, "That's not final, but I think it's nice to have the same name as your husband. I am sort of old-fashioned that way."

Lauren Bush-Lauren? That's clunky. Not to fear though, we've got plenty of ways Lauren Bush can achieve her dream of having the same name as her husband.

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Kevin James Names Son Kannon, Reveals Family Name Pattern

Kevin James Names Son Kannon, Reveals Family Name Pattern

Kevin James has a new person to test out his jokes on! The King of Queens cut-up, who has since successfully transitioned to movies, welcomed his first son over the weekend. He and his wife, Steffiana de la Cruz, named him Kannon Valentine James.

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About A Boy... Named Arlo

About A Boy... Named Arlo

About A Boy star Toni Collette has announced that her Good Friday was actually "the greatest Friday" because she and her husband welcomed their first son: Arlo Robert Galafassi.

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Guess Who Chose Lady Gaga For His Son's Godmother?

Guess Who Chose Lady Gaga For His Son's Godmother?

Elton John and his partner David Furnish spoke with Barbara Walters last night on 20/20 about their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who was born via surrogate and egg donor on Christmas Day in 2010. The couple gave the world a first look at 4-month old Zachary and revealed a few juicy tidbits about their new life as parents. They are hiring one nanny to help out, but plan to be very hands-on in raising Zachary. Elton even Skypes his nighttime lullaby via iPad when he's on the road!

We blogged about Zachary when he was first born, but his name of biblical origins is particularly relevant this weekend as the country celebrates both Passover and Easter. The name Zachary appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as its variations Zachery, Zackary, Zackery, and Zakary.

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