Celebrity Names Blog

Charles, And Other Boy's Names on Girls

Charles, And Other Boy's Names on Girls

Poring through the new entries on Namipedia this morning, a user-submitted name caught our eye: Charles. Really? we thought. Seriously? 

Because Charles was there as a girl's name. 

But the more we thought about it, the more it made sense. Girl's names for boys are one of the hottest name trends. But they are also controversial.

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What Name Did Jennifer Aniston Tattoo On Her Foot?

What Name Did Jennifer Aniston Tattoo On Her Foot?

Jennifer Aniston's love life has been well documented, so when it was reported that she got her first tattoo -- of a male name -- many possibilities ran through our heads. As it turns out, it doesn’t say Tate, Brad, John or new guy Justin. It says...

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Ron Artest's Name Change To Metta WorldPeace: Foul or Slam Dunk?

Ron Artest's Name Change To Metta WorldPeace: Foul or Slam Dunk?

Ron Artest is giving peace a chance.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward filed documents yesterday to legally change his name from Ronald William Artest, Jr. to Metta WorldPeace. In the papers he cited “personal reasons” for wanting to make the name change.

A spokesperson for the NBA star gave a little more insight into the Queens, NY, native's decision, explaining, "My understanding is 'Metta' will be his first name and 'WorldPeace' will be his last. Metta is an early Buddhist word, with various definitions along the lines of kindness or goodwill."

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The Top Girl's Names of 1896

The Top Girl's Names of 1896

The world's oldest living person died this week at age 114, only 18 days away from her 115th birthday. Maria Gomes Valentim spent her entire life in Carangola, Brazil, and was the 28th oldest person to ever be documented (in case you're wondering, the oldest person ever died in 1997 at age 122). Maria was born July 9, 1896, which is the year that Utah became a state, the first X-ray was taken, and John Phillip Sousa composed Stars and Stripes Forever. She was born the same year as World War I officers, Titanic passengers, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In short: she was old!

The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager uses census data going back as far as the 1880s, so we took a look back at the names that were popular for girls in the late 1890s when Maria was born. Can you guess the most popular girl's name in the US in 1896?

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Olympian Jennie Finch Chooses a 3-D Baby Name

Olympian Jennie Finch Chooses a 3-D Baby Name

Olympic softball player Jennie Finch and her baseball-playing husband Casey Daigle have welcomed their second son: Diesel Dean Daigle.

(What a great way for us to round out what's turned out to be an unofficial "initials week" here at Name Candy. It's true, we're inital-obsessed this week, writing about celebrity choices from the Hebrew word for A to "just J" to the second generation of matching Duggar sibling sets.)

Diesel is strong and, dare we say, fun name.

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Initial Explanation: Mystery of Laila Ali's Baby Name Solved

Initial Explanation: Mystery of Laila Ali's Baby Name Solved

When Laila Ali recently announced the birth of her first daughter, Sydney J Conway, a mini-mystery in the world of celebrity baby names developed. Just what was “J” short for?

Now we can tell you: it's not short for anything!

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A Double X Baby Name

A Double X Baby Name

To the list of celebrity dads who have a new little one to celebrate this Father's Day, don't forget to add Nick Hexum, frontman for the longstanding band 311. Nick's wife Nikki (yes, Nick and Nikki!) gave birth to their second child on May 1. 

The new daughter was given a high Scrabble value name combo: she has the letter X in both her first and last name, not to mention a stylish middle name starting with "V". 

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It's Official: Josh & Anna Duggar Make "M" Names Their Own

It's Official: Josh & Anna Duggar Make "M" Names Their Own

Following in the footsteps of his parents -- 19 and Counting’s Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar -- Josh Duggar has decided to continue his family’s tradition and give his children names starting with the same first letter.

Already parents to a 20-month-old daughter, Mackynzie, Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed their first son on Wednesday night at their home in Tontitown, Arkansas. While the baby’s name will officially be announced Sunday during a special edition of their TLC reality series called 19 Kids: First Grandson, the family confirmed the little one has been given an “M” name with Access Hollywood revealing that it’s...

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Report: Did Natalie Portman Name Her Baby Alef?

Report: Did Natalie Portman Name Her Baby Alef?

Update July 6: The confirmed baby name is Aleph. Read more here.

Famously protective of her privacy, Natalie Portman has not yet released the name of her new son with fiancé Benjamin Millepied. Still, a report has crept out. But file this one under unconfirmed, for now.

Following up on a tip left in our comments, we discovered that the newspaper Israel HaYom is reporting that Natalie Portman named her baby Alef, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

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Natalie Portman's Baby Name: French, Jewish, American?

Natalie Portman's Baby Name: French, Jewish, American?

As we're sure you already know, Natalie Portman and her choreographer fiance Benjamin Millepied have a new baby boy! The new family is keeping quiet about the name of their son and haven't released an official photo yet, but fans are so excited about the news that even a fake photo of mom and baby has been making the rounds.

It's been a whirlwind year for the couple who met on the set of Black Swan, which Benjamin choreographed and co-starred in alongside his future wife. The couple announced their engagement and pregnancy in December of 2010, and then a few months later Natalie won the Academy Award for her chilling and beautiful performance in the film they made together. Now if that isn't romantic, we don't know what is...

Natalie told PEOPLE earlier this year that she wasn't thinking about baby names in advance, saying “I’m very Jewish that way. We don’t do that.”

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