Celebrity Names Blog

First Letter Dilemma: Will Josh and Anna Duggar Continue His Family Name Trend?

First Letter Dilemma: Will Josh and Anna Duggar Continue His Family Name Trend?

A bouncing baby boy will join the mix on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. Josh Duggar, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle's children, and his wife Anna are expecting their second child. Although the little one isn't due until June, extra attention is already being paid to what the couple will name him -- specifically whether they'll follow the Duggar tradition of giving all their kids names that start with the same first letter.

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Talk Radio Inspired Melissa Rycroft's Baby Name

Talk Radio Inspired Melissa Rycroft's Baby Name

It can be an arduous process finding the "perfect name" especially since, so often, what seems a great choice to one parent leaves the other parent cold. Reality TV star Melissa Rycroft said she and her husband went back and forth about names for months – completely unable to agree on one they both liked – prior to the arrival of their first daughter in February.

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Favorite Mom Blogger Baby Names

Mom blogging has arrived! (What? That's not news to you?) A recent (and long) profile in the New York Times has put this "fringe activity" front and center. When The Gray Lady published a piece on mom blogging a year ago, the dismissive tone made some bloggers mad, but last week's profile of Heather Armstrong and other bloggers celebrates the sharing of personal stories. And celebrity watchers take note: Reese Witherspoon reportedly wants to play mom blogger Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) in the upcoming movie version of her life. 

We, of course, have always celebrated and loved mom bloggers.  And we also celebrate and love the names they choose. Mom bloggers have some of the most interesting names out there.

Read on for our favorite mom blogger baby names.

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Hey Jude, Don't Call Me Grandma!

Hey Jude, Don't Call Me Grandma!

Alexis Stewart gave her mom Martha Stewart her first grandchild this week! Baby girl Jude Stewart was born through a surrogate on March 8th, 2011. But Jude won't be saying "Grandma" anytime soon. Alexis announced on her radio show Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer that her daughter will call her mother Martha, just like Alexis herself does.

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Why Haven't You Heard This Cowboy and Place Name on a Baby?

Why Haven't You Heard This Cowboy and Place Name on a Baby?

The biggest movie in the US is Rango, in which Johnny Depp voices Rango, an acting-obsessed chameleon who takes on the role of sherriff to a beleagured Old West town. Rango is perhaps the perfect name for a fake gunslinger to assume, mustering all the authentic-Old-West associations of the place name Durango while also giving off the showbiz qualities of Ringo. In fact, it's so perfect, we're surprised no babies named Rango have been born in the US.

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Can A Boy Named Romeo Escape Juliet?

Can A Boy Named Romeo Escape Juliet?

The new animated film Gnomeo & Juliet is still a big hit at the box office three weeks after its release. As we're sure you've already figured out, the film takes the plot of Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet and applies it to, what else, the lives of garden gnomes. Shakespeare's story of forbidden love is so ingrained in our culture that it's hard to miss the reference in the pun name Gnomeo, and that got us thinking: Is the name Romeo still popular?

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Sophie Dahl, Kid's Book Namesake, Names Her Baby Lyra

Sophie Dahl, Kid's Book Namesake, Names Her Baby Lyra

English writer and model Sophie Dahl inspired a beloved children's book character, and now she's named her baby after one. Dahl and her husband, musician Jamie Cullum, have welcomed a daughter named Lyra Cullum, their rep confirms.

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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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