Celebrity Names Blog

Can Kate Middleton Keep Her Name After Marriage?

Can Kate Middleton Keep Her Name After Marriage?

Royal-to-be Kate Middleton is getting a lot of attention this week as she prepares for her ginormous Royal wedding to Prince William of Wales. Planning a wedding is stressful for anyone, so we can imagine what it must be like planning the most important (and most public) wedding of the decade: There's the dress, of course, and the cake, and the food, music and honeymoon to plan. And though it's customary in Western cultures for the bride to take on the last name of her new husband, more and more women are forgoing this tradition and keeping their surnames after marriage. Even Elizabeth Taylor, who had eight opportunities to change her name after marriage, stuck with her given name. So what name will Kate Middleton go by after April 29, 2011?

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Why It's a Good Week to Be Named Will or Kate

Why It's a Good Week to Be Named Will or Kate

If you are named Will or Kate or any version of those names, perks abound in the UK this week. Want a free pass to the horse races, or to A Right Royal Rave? How about a free ride on the London Eye? Perhaps a free day at a castle or the zoo? It's a good time to book a flight to London.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Convinces Pa. Town to Change Its Name... For A Payday

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Convinces Pa. Town to Change Its Name... For A Payday

Movie maker Morgan Spurlock has come up with some wild ideas – in his Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, he ate McDonald's for 28 days – and his latest involves a name change. And, no, he’s not changing his name to McDonalds Spurlock.

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Bachelor No More, Andrew Firestone Welcomes Second Child: Anja

Bachelor No More, Andrew Firestone Welcomes Second Child: Anja

When Andrew Firestone appeared on The Bachelor, he had 25 women vying for his attention. Now, he’s a married man with two little ones competing for daddy’s time.

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Alice + Olivia, Scarlet + Eloise

Alice + Olivia, Scarlet + Eloise

Alice + Olivia fashion designer Stacey Bendet told the world via Twitter this week that she welcomed her second child, baby girl Scarlet Haven Eisner, on April 8th. The new mom also tweeted about her stay in the hospital, saying "I am definitely the only maternity ward woman in hot pink louboutin flip flops and a custom neon and black lace @alice_olivia kimono robe..."

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Megyn Kelly's Baby Name: Grassy, or the New 'Ashley'?

Megyn Kelly, host of Fox's America Live, has welcomed her daughter, Yardley Evans Brunt. Yardley joins brother Edward Yates, whom the family call Yates.

When Name Candy interviewed Kelly after Yates' birth, she told us that both Edward and Yates are family names. In fact, her mother-in-law calls her father-in-law Yates as a term of endearment, making Yates a sentimental choice, a bit like Tobey Maguire's Ruby Sweetheart. So there's reason to speculate that Yardley and Evans are family names too. But what signals do they send?

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She Stole My Name! A Bestselling Case of Name Theft?

She Stole My Name! A Bestselling Case of Name Theft?

So it's one thing when your sister-in-law steals your baby name. What if an author steals your name, and then puts it in her controversial novel? Is that even legal? And what if the novel goes on to become a mega-bestseller and a major movie and your formerly uncommon name is an entertainment news item? Shouldn't they at least cut you in on the deal?

These are the questions behind a recent literary lawsuit: Kathryn Stockett, author of the New York Times mega-bestseller The Help, is being sued by her brother's long time domestic help. The charge? Name theft. Weigh in on the merits of this case!

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Robbie Robertson and Names That Are Nice Twice

Robbie Robertson and Names That Are Nice Twice

It's been a big week for one of NameCandy's old school rock and roll crushes.  Last Wednesday, Robbie Robertson released a new album -- his first in a dozen or so years.  And then yesterday the one-time frontman for The Band scored a book deal with Random House to write his memoir.

So, we've got to ask: Is part of Robbie Robertson's magic a name that's nice...twice? If you a dig a little for info on Robertson's birth name, you find conflicting reports.  The most plausible story we've heard is that his birth name was Jaime Robert Klegerman, but that he later took his stepfather's surname, Robertson, and was eventually known by the ever-so-catchy name Robbie Robertson.  

Of course, he's not the only famous fellow with a name that's nice twice. Here is our top ten list (and, yes, we know it goes to 11):

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On Libertad, Gael Garcia Bernal's Rebel-Luxe Baby Name

On Libertad, Gael Garcia Bernal's Rebel-Luxe Baby Name

Actors Gael García Bernal and Dolores Fonzi have welcomed a daughter named Libertad. Stylish namers, they are also parents to Lázaro

Libertad shares a lot with her English counterpart, Liberty. Both names derive from the Anglo-Norman word meaning 'freedom,' and both have seen action in revolutionary slogans. But like all the best names, this one has opposing stories to tell.

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A Girl Named Santa for the Beckhams?

A Girl Named Santa for the Beckhams?

We were skeptical when we heard the latest news from Baby Beckham watchers.  A report in the tabloid The Sun claims that Victoria "Posh Spice"Beckham loves the name Santa for her baby girl on the way. 

In case you haven't been following the blow-by-blow, celebrity watchers LOVE speculating about what Victoria and David Beckham will name baby #4, their first daughter. The Beckhams famously named their first-born Brooklyn, which seemed outrageous in 1999 when

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