Celebrity Names Blog

Heroes' Star Ali Larter Welcomes Baby Theodore Hayes

Another Christmas baby! Heroes leading lady Ali Larter and her husband, Perfect Couples' star Hayes MacArthur, are now officially parents. Son Theodore Hayes MacArthur was born Monday morning. 

Larter and MacArthur met on the set of the movie Homo Erectus about a caveman tribe. They played a married couple named Fardart (Larter) and Thudnik (MacArthur). Though their romance began with a prehistoric story, they were inspired by much more recent history when naming their baby boy.

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16 and Pregnant - What Names Did You Love At 16?

MTV's 16 and Pregnant shows the reality of teen pregnancy -- and teen baby naming style. In three seasons, the show has provided a window on the name choices of the young. Some would not be out of place on any Name Enthusiast list, while others bear the hallmarks of a pop-culture-infused naming style (creative spelling, flashy word-names, alliteration).

Here are the baby names from the first three seasons of 16 and Pregnant. Which names are stylish? Which aren't your style? And what were (or are) your favorite names at 16?

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First-Time Dad Vince Vaughn Welcomes Locklyn Kyla

First-Time Dad Vince Vaughn Welcomes Locklyn Kyla

Vince Vaughn is a dad! Vaughn and wife Kyla Weber welcomed daughter and early Christmas present, Locklyn Kyla Vaughn on Saturday, according to People.com.

Locklyn appears to be a feminized version of the masculine Lachlan, which is popular in Australia and means "war-like" in Gaelic. NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch, who is Australian, named his first born son, Lachlan, which feels appropriate for the ruthless media magnate. But perhaps less so for the baby girl of funny-man Vaughn?

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Zac Hanson Names Daughter Junia Rosa Ruth

Should we just go ahead and give the Hanson family the Most Stylish Baby Namer Brood prize?

Zac Hanson, drummer, and his wife Kate have welcomed their daughter, Junia Rosa Ruth, PEOPLE reports. Her brother is John Ira Shepherd -- called Shepherd -- and she has a bevy of stylishly named cousins.

Trust a Hanson to find an unusual biblical baby name that fits style trends to a T.

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New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

Don't close the book on Unusual Celebrity Baby Names of 2010 just yet!

Josh Turner, country music star, and his wife Jennifer welcomed a new little boy with a country-style name: Crawford Marion Turner. The baby was born Monday in Nashville, PEOPLE reports.

It's a double-dip cowboy name for the couple. We're not surprised, since the pair are already parents to Hampton Otis and Colby Lynch (names whose mix of cowboy toughness and blue blood chic can't help but make us think of sweet little boys in toddler-size chaps).

What we are surprised by? Their choice to call him Marion.

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These Basketball Players Have Uncommon Skills and Names

It's basketball season, and several of this year's college basketball players have names as memorable as their talent.

Orion Outerbridge, who plays for the University of Rhode Island, is nearly seven feet tall. Given his formidable height and aggressive basketball skills, it seems appropriate that he is named for Orion, the fearless Greek mythological hunter. Earlier this week we wrote about whether or not it's a good idea to discuss your baby's name with family before his birth. Interestingly, Orion's naming was a joint decision by his mother, father and uncle--one they made in the hospital mere hours before Orion was born. It may have been a last-minute call, but we think they did good!

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Let it Tuyet! Let it Yuki! Let it Nieve!

Namipedia is a wild and wooly place. 'Tis the season for winter names (and winter name hoaxes), so we used the Expert Name Finder tool to search Namipedia for entries containing the word "snow." Here's a sampling of what we found.

Snow in Any Language

Names that derive from snow include Yuki (snow -- and happiness -- in Japanese), Tuyet (snow in Vietnamese), and Eira (snow in Welsh). Gwyneira is a recent Namipedia addition translated as "white snow." Nieva comes from the word for snow in Spanish. Snowden is from the old English for "snowy peak."

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Nick Cannon Talks Baby Names with Rachael Ray

Nick Cannon Talks Baby Names with Rachael Ray

We still don't know if Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are expecting one bundle of joy or two, but we do know they've already settled on a name(s). When Cannon was a guest on the The Rachael Ray Show last week, Ray asked him if he and Carey have been fighting over baby names. (We wonder if she read our recent post about couples who disagree!)

According to Cannon, he and Carey started discussing baby names very early in their relationship and readily agreed. He also volunteered that they are sticking to their choice (so far) and have no plans to share their decision, because they don't want other people's input. Ray suggested that revealing your baby's name before birth is bad luck. But Cannon seemed more concerned about the possibility that he and Carey might change their minds at the last minute and choose a totally different name like Cleophis.

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Winter Baby Names? Don't Be Snowed By This Hoax

Googling for winter baby name ideas, you'll come across dozens of names deriving from words meaning "snow," including these Inuit-attributed lovelies:

  • Akitla: snow falling on water
  • Katiyana: night snow
  • Shiya: snow at dawn
  • Talini: snow angels

These names appeared on more than one website as baby name suggestions, often offered in response to a question like "what baby names mean snow'?"

The problem? They're fakes.

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The Year in Celebrity Name Lawsuits

The Year in Celebrity Name Lawsuits

In 2010, celebrities used their names as brands in ever more flamboyant ways. In the courtroom, the spread of the "hip-hop approach to names" was held in check, for now at least. Here's a run-down of the year in celebrity name lawsuits, in which courts put the kibosh on celebrity experiments in name-as-brand.

Lindsay Lohan Sues To Keep Her Name Synonymous with "Bimbus"

Lindsay Lohan kicked things off in March when she sued Etrade Bank over their Super Bowl ad featuring a "milkaholic" toddler named Lindsay. Lohan, fresh off her latest stint in rehab, alleged that the ad was intended to make fun of her and sued for $100 million in damages. As we wrote at the time, when the claim was denied (for reasons including

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