Celebrity Names Blog

Hollywood's New Breakout Star: A Girl Named Rebel

Hollywood's New Breakout Star: A Girl Named Rebel

With a cast headed by Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, there are a lot of funny ladies in the new hit comedy Bridesmaids. However one standout -- for being both hilarious and for having an interesting name -- is actress/comedian Rebel Wilson.

The 30-something Australian has said her name came to her parents on their wedding day. “A little girl called Rebel sang at my parents wedding and that's where it comes from,” Rebel explained. “A pretty good name for this business, don't you think?"

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Storm of Controversy Around Gender-Free Baby Name

The story chewing up the parenting blogosphere this week is about Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who are raising their youngest child to be, at least temporarily, gender-free. The child's name? Storm. How well does this name support the family's gender-free ideals?

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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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