Celebrity Names Blog

Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa vs. Melissa

They’re back! Even though Danielle is gone from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, two new housewives add to the drama of the most popular version of the Real Housewives franchise. Last season the showdown was between Danielle and Kim G. After an on-camera blow up last year, Danielle decided to op-out of another season on the Housewives. Viewers wondered how the show could be interesting without the “Danielle” drama. 

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Schwarzenegger No More: The Case for Double-Barrelled Last Names

Schwarzenegger No More: The Case for Double-Barrelled Last Names

Maria Shriver gave her children a gift. No, it isn't the classic first names she bestowed on her children with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's the invisible last name she tucked into their names. Shriver's children -- Katherine Eunice, Christina Maria Aurelia, Patrick Arnold and Christopher Sargent -- claim "Shriver" as their second (or third) middle name. Which can be a nice break from Schwarzenegger.

Last week, when news broke that his father had fathered a child with their domestic help, Patrick changed his Twitter profile name from Patrick Schwarzenegger to Patrick Shriver. And suddenly, the double last name makes sense to us.

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Baby Finn Tweets From The Womb

Baby Finn Tweets From The Womb

How does a hip and savvy baby keep himself occupied while in the womb? He tweets on Twitter, of course!

Baby boy Finn Warren, son of actress Autumn Reeser and her husband Jesse Warren, has been tweeting from @Baby_Warren since before he was born on May 10th, 2011. He kept us updated on his progress in utero with cute tweets like this one on March 30th:

"I hear there's less than 2 months til I'm supposed to come out of here. Couple things... A) what if I don't want to? B) I don't want to."

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Baseball's Next Top Name?

Baseball's Next Top Name?

As we wrote about last week, big sports nicknames are on the wane. But how can we complain when the newest sports stars have such great given names?  Last year, we were predicting impressive rookie Buster Posey might inspire some baby Busters.  This year, the name whose star power we're gauging is Starlin.

Chicago Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro is impressing people all over the place with his stellar hitting. The Dominican-born player, who at age 20 became the youngest player in the major leagues when he was called up a year ago, has inspired comparisons to baseball greats. Think his name has star potential?

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Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

There's no doubt that Facebook is popular -- there are more than 600 million active members -- but the social media site has now inspired its second baby name. Nearly three months after an Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook, an Israeli couple followed his lead by naming their little girl... Like.

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Trendspotting: Other Names for Grandma?

Trendspotting: Other Names for Grandma?

When you give birth, the baby isn't the only one who gets a new name. One new name celebrities hate: grandma. What do the grandkids in your family call the grandparents? Who came up with the names?

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Baby's Having Babies

Baby's Having Babies

Baby Spice is a baby mama! Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice from The Spice Girls, has given birth to her second child. Bunton and fiance Jade Jones welcomed baby boy Tate Jones last week and announced his arrival via Twitter.

The name Tate, though reminiscent of actor Tate Donovan, is most well known in British Bunton's homeland as the Tate art collections in London. Perhaps she's hoping he'll grow up to be an artist, or maybe just that the prestigious association will carry over to the way people perceive him. Whatever the reason, the baby Baby Spice has a name that doesn't register on the charts in the UK, but is listed as #433 in the United States.

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Celebrity Name Doppelgangers: Facebook Ruined My Name!

Celebrity Name Doppelgangers: Facebook Ruined My Name!

When our Name Lady wrote to a mom distraught because her daughter Miley's name was ruined by Miley Cyrus, she (the Name Lady) conceded that the celeb had "taken control" of the name Miley, and advised the mom the let her daughter choose a new nickname. A vulnerable teenager with a celebrity-name-induced existential crisis: that's rough, right?

Now imagine you're a successful midwestern lawyer with a weird last name and your own law firm. You've built your "name" and professional reputation over years until you gained national status. Your law firm dominated search engine stats for your name: Mark Zuckerberg. Now, imagine it's 2004 and along comes Facebook, built by Harvard whiz kid, Mark Zuckerberg. Imagine how your Google rankings will tank, your business eclipsed in public imagination by The Social Network. Nor will that be the end of your trials.

Attorney Mark Zuckerberg temporarily lost his Facebook account on Wednesday because of his name: an unusual name, it is nevertheless also the name of Facebook's founder. Have you been mistaken for someone else with the same name?

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Jay Mohr Heavily Criticized For Giving Son A "Girl's Name"

Jay Mohr Heavily Criticized For Giving Son A "Girl's Name"

Life should be complete bliss for Jay Mohr -- after all, the comedian welcomed his second son, first with wife Nikki Cox, last week. But instead of reveling in sweet newborn baby milestones -- first yawn! first smile! -- he's fighting off critics who are attacking him for giving his son what they mistakenly think is a "girl's name."

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Celebrity Nicknames: A Dying Breed?

Celebrity Nicknames: A Dying Breed?

Are nicknames on their way out?

They may be. Nicknames, or "hearty, homestyle monikers with no relation to the birth name," are an endangered species in sports, according to the New York Times. Where once sports fans were treated to narratives starring Night Train, Cornbread, Mailman, Chief, Refrigerator, Hacksaw, Yogi, Tree and Magic, today they must must make do with A-Rod, more name-as-brand than nickname. Does this trend hold true in the celebrity world at large? 

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