Celebrity Names Blog

Sorry Charlie!

Sorry Charlie!

Thanks a lot, Charlie Sheen. It looks like yet another celebrity has ruined a perfectly good name for the rest of us. Or has he?

 

We've written in the past about names and infamy and there is no clear formula to predict whether negative publicity surrounding a name will impact its popularity -- for better 

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Charlie Vs. Chuck

Charlie Vs. Chuck

Unless you haven't turned on a television, surfed the Internet or

opened a newspaper this week, you've probably heard about actor

Charlie Sheen's antics, interviews and now Twitter record. In one of his rants,  Sheen railed against his boss, Two and a Half Men executive producer, Chuck Lorre, calling him

a "charlatan" and a "turd," and most interestingly for us, referring to him by the name "Chaim Levine." 

 

Lorre's birth name is Charles Michael Levine. Sheen, though, repeatedly called him Chaim, a Hebrew name meaning "life." Lorre does apparently use Chaim as his "Hebrew name" -- a

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It's Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Our Favorite Seussical Names

It's Dr. Seuss' Birthday! Our Favorite Seussical Names

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel, who published 44 children's books, was born on March 2, 1904. Although most famous as Dr. Seuss, it wasn't his only pen name. He published several books as Theo LeSieg (Theo for Theodor, obviously, and LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward) and one book under the name Rosetta Stone.

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Gretchen Mol's Winter: A Season Name Whose Time Has Come?

Gretchen Mol's Winter: A Season Name Whose Time Has Come?

Gretchen Mol and her director hubby, Tod 'Kip' Williams, have welcomed their first daughter, Winter Morgan Williams, her rep confirmed to People.com.

Like Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Mol and Williams are also parents to a son named Ptolemy. How's that for an unusual sibling set?

Winter is the only season that, so far, has never made the US Social Security Administration's baby name charts.

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Oscar Kids: Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin's Daughters Destry and Roxy

At last night's Academy Awards ceremony, the big winners were celebrities with straightforward, comfortable names: Colin took home the Oscar for Best Actor, Natalie nabbed Best Actress, Tom won Best Director, and Christian and Melissa walked away with the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies respectively.

But there were still a couple of unexpected names that caught our attention.

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Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

It has been widely reported that Taylor Swift attended a Los Angeles hockey game two days ago with Glee star Chord Overstreet. When we saw the headlines, we couldn't help but want to find out more about Overstreet's unusual name.

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Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has a new title: dad!

Just a few days ago, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born to Rufus Wainwright, mom Lorca Cohen and "deputy dad" Jörn Weisbrodt. Wainwright is gay, and he and Weisbrodt have been together for five years; they got engaged late last year. Cohen is the daughter of Leonard Cohen.

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My Chemical Romance and Names for Outsiders

Continuing our exploration of the names rock stars choose, we present some baby names from the guys in the band My Chemical Romance. One of our readers tipped us off to the names of guitarist Frank Iero's young twins: Cherry and Lily. We were intrigued.

Looked at through the lens of meaning, these twin names are matchy-matchy. Lily brings out the floral in Cherry. In fact, in this day of Rose, Lily and Iris, it's kind of a gas to remember that Cherry is also a type of blossom. (As is, for that matter, Apple.)

But style-wise, these names are as different as an iPod and a Swatch.

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English Cricketer Graeme Swann Names Baby Wilfred

The name Graeme Swann doesn't mean much stateside, but, he's a an English international cricketer. He's also the second highest-ranked bowler in world cricket and the highest ranked spin bowler. And even though we don't know what that means exactly, it certainly sounds impressive.

Swann has also had a rather busy few days. Yesterday, he played in the World Cup tournament opener helping England beat Holland. But earlier this week, he experienced an even bigger win: he became a father.

Wilfred Swann is the first child for the cricketer and his wife, Sarah, who have been married almost a year.

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The Name Serene

The name Serene came to our attention last week when reporter Serene Branson was propelled into the spotlight after temporarily losing her power of speech on air thanks to a complex migraine. She is now fine, and her tranquil name has continued to interest us.

Serene is in some ways a sonic natural that follows a standard name sound (found in Charlene, Eileen, and Celine). However, the form Serene remains unfamiliar, perhaps because most word names are nouns.

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