Celebrity Names Blog

Brad, Emily, Chantal and Ricki: The Names on The Bachelor

Brad, Emily, Chantal and Ricki: The Names on The Bachelor

This week, second-timer on reality show The Bachelor Brad Womack chose one woman out of 25 contestants to be his wife. After 10 weeks of countless tests and trials, Brad dumped finalist Chantal on TV (that's gotta hurt!) and chose his wife Emily. Perhaps it was the meaning of Emily's name that helped her emerge triumphant: the name Emily comes from the Latin word aemulus, meaning trying to excel or rival.

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St. Patrick's Day Baby Names: Top Ten Green Baby Names

St. Patrick's Day Baby Names: Top Ten Green Baby Names

Color names are always a popular conversation here at Name Candy. Scarlett and Violet, Clementine and Blue are favorites among namers and celebrities alike. But we've noticed that one color isn't as well-loved by namers these days. For names, can it be it isn't easy meaning green?  

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, get your green on with our top 10 Green Baby Name suggestions.

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Welcome Kellan and Sage Phillips-Roberts

Welcome Kellan and Sage Phillips-Roberts

42-year old CNN Newsroom anchor Kyra Phillips has given birth to twins! Kyra and her fiancée Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts happily welcomed a daughter and a son at 12:03 and 12:05 am, respectively, on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

The first arrival was daughter Sage Ann, whose name comes from the herb sage that was burned by Native Americans for its cleansing and healing properties. As we've said before, spice and herb names like Rosemary, Cinnamon and Ginger have been on the rise, and Sage first hit the radar as a popular name in Wyoming in 1997. Sage is also a word to describe a profoundly wise old man, usually someone who appears in ancient legend. The girl's name Sage is currently #460 in the United States, and it is also used for a boy's name, registering as #750 in American popularity. It's difficult to think of a nickname for the monosyllabic Sage, and an old-nickname-standby could be to add the cute suffix -ie to the end and call her Sagie.

Sage's brother Kellan Clay was born just a few minutes later. The unique Gaelic name Kellan and its alternate Kelan have never been in the top 1000 popular names in the United States since records began in the 1800s, though the spelling Kellen ranks #444. In a funny first-name-last-name switcheroo, actor Kellan Lutz portrays vampire Emmet Cullen in the Twilight movie series. Cullen as a first name was reported by The New York Times to be the fastest rising boy's name in 2009 thanks to the popularity of vampire Edward Cullen and the rest of the Cullen clan. Cullen jumped 300 spots in just one year after the release of the first Twilight movie.

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Big Balls: Is This Comedy Couple's Baby Name Too Close To Their Last Name?

John Henson, host of the obstacle course reality game show Wipeout, and his wife, Jill Benjamin, have welcomed a child named Jackson.

Them and a dozen other celebrity parents. Big whoop, right? Well, it might be.

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You Tell Us: Have You Dreamed About a Baby Name?

You Tell Us: Have You Dreamed About a Baby Name?

Yesterday, Jessica Simpson tweeted that she'd dreamed an unusual baby name:

Dreamt that I had a son named Tenacious D.... That was a strange one .

Simpson has announced no pregnancy with her fiancé Eric Johnson, but she has made clear she wants kids with him. We don't know if she's pregnant, but we do know when you're pregnant you sometimes have bizarre dreams. (Giving birth to a doll with shark teeth, anyone?) Even if Jessica Simpson does soon announce a pregnancy, we doubt we'll follow that with an announcement of the birth of little Tenacious Simpson Johnson somewhere down the line. But was the ridiculous name in Jessica's dream actually part of a serious baby name message? And have you ever dreamed a baby name?

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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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