Celebrity Names Blog

Oprah, Orpah, and Orpha: Musings On An Iconic Name

Oprah, Orpah, and Orpha: Musings On An Iconic Name

This week, everyone is talking about one woman-- THE woman-- who has bid a sad farewell to her massively inspiring empire. We're talking, of course, about Oprah.

The fact that you know who we're referring to just by her first name is a testament to the power of Oprah. She has built herself into a one-name brand with The Oprah Winfrey Show, and even managed to drill it down to a one-letter brand with O Magazine. London's Daily Mail compared her one-name recognition to that of the infamous Cleopatra, along with the other one-name-famer Madonna. She has broken the "glass ceiling", crossed the "color line", and touched on something real and personal with women all over the world.

So how much do you know about Oprah's iconic name?

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Debate Us: Diddy's New Name, Swag, Could Be A Baby Name

Debate Us: Diddy's New Name, Swag, Could Be A Baby Name

Tomorrow, after a week long stint as Swag, rapper/business mogul Sean Combs will again be known as Diddy (or, for our British readers, P. Diddy). Like Combs' other stage names, including Diddy and Puffy, Swag is not meant as a plausible name for a baby. But is it, despite all that, plausible?

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Friends' David Schwimmer Gives Daughter Name Similar to Courteney Cox’s Coco

Friends' David Schwimmer Gives Daughter Name Similar to Courteney Cox’s Coco

David Schwimmer has a special new friend.

The actor and his wife welcomed their first child -- a daughter -- earlier this month. Find out more about the baby's name, which is very similar to the name one of his famous Friends costars gave to her little girl.

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Is This Name Sarah Palin-Worthy?

Is This Name Sarah Palin-Worthy?

Can you name all of Sarah Palin's kids? There's Bristol, the infamous teen mom, and her younger sister Willow. Is there also a Pippa? No, no, that's Kate Middleton's sister, the Palin is named Piper. So the next one is, er, Tripp? No, Tripp is her grandson, her own son is named Trig, but that's easy to confuse so we forgive the mistake. And the 5th one?

The fifth Palin kid is Track, her oldest son, who was married this week to his highschool sweetheart in Alaska. The newest addition to the Palin family has a name that just might fit right in with the rest of the clan.

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Marion Cotillard Welcomes Bebe Marcel

Marion Cotillard Welcomes Bebe Marcel

Marion Cotillard has landed the role of a lifetime: she's a mère.

The Oscar-winning French actress who also appeared in Inception welcomed her first child with her actor/director boyfriend Guillaume Canet. The baby boy, born on Thursday in Paris, is named Marcel.

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Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa vs. Melissa

They’re back! Even though Danielle is gone from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, two new housewives add to the drama of the most popular version of the Real Housewives franchise. Last season the showdown was between Danielle and Kim G. After an on-camera blow up last year, Danielle decided to op-out of another season on the Housewives. Viewers wondered how the show could be interesting without the “Danielle” drama. 

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Schwarzenegger No More: The Case for Double-Barrelled Last Names

Schwarzenegger No More: The Case for Double-Barrelled Last Names

Maria Shriver gave her children a gift. No, it isn't the classic first names she bestowed on her children with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's the invisible last name she tucked into their names. Shriver's children -- Katherine Eunice, Christina Maria Aurelia, Patrick Arnold and Christopher Sargent -- claim "Shriver" as their second (or third) middle name. Which can be a nice break from Schwarzenegger.

Last week, when news broke that his father had fathered a child with their domestic help, Patrick changed his Twitter profile name from Patrick Schwarzenegger to Patrick Shriver. And suddenly, the double last name makes sense to us.

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Baby Finn Tweets From The Womb

Baby Finn Tweets From The Womb

How does a hip and savvy baby keep himself occupied while in the womb? He tweets on Twitter, of course!

Baby boy Finn Warren, son of actress Autumn Reeser and her husband Jesse Warren, has been tweeting from @Baby_Warren since before he was born on May 10th, 2011. He kept us updated on his progress in utero with cute tweets like this one on March 30th:

"I hear there's less than 2 months til I'm supposed to come out of here. Couple things... A) what if I don't want to? B) I don't want to."

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Baseball's Next Top Name?

Baseball's Next Top Name?

As we wrote about last week, big sports nicknames are on the wane. But how can we complain when the newest sports stars have such great given names?  Last year, we were predicting impressive rookie Buster Posey might inspire some baby Busters.  This year, the name whose star power we're gauging is Starlin.

Chicago Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro is impressing people all over the place with his stellar hitting. The Dominican-born player, who at age 20 became the youngest player in the major leagues when he was called up a year ago, has inspired comparisons to baseball greats. Think his name has star potential?

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Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

There's no doubt that Facebook is popular -- there are more than 600 million active members -- but the social media site has now inspired its second baby name. Nearly three months after an Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook, an Israeli couple followed his lead by naming their little girl... Like.

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