Celebrity Names Blog

Scholars Bypass Bristol & BP, Give Volcano "Name of the Year" Honors

The most scholarly name nerds in the country met last week in Philadelphia to debate the relative nameworld impacts of the BP oil spill, Buster Posey, and Glee.

Each year onomasts at the annual meeting of the American Name Society decide on a name of the year. They choose nominees and winners in each of four categories (place names, trade names, fictional names, and personal names), and an overall winner.

According to Dr. Cleveland K. Evans, this year's nominations for the society's name of the year took in everything from Neil Gaiman to the Tea Party. Here they are.

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Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Struggling to Name Their Baby

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Struggling to Name Their Baby

Last week, we announced that Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom had welcomed their first child but that his name had not been released. Turns out the reason we don't know Baby Bloom's name yet is because he doesn't have one. Apparently, mom and dad are having a hard time picking a name.

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Pope Takes a Stand on Weird Baby Names, Leaves a Loophole

Pope Takes a Stand on Weird Baby Names, Leaves a Loophole

Please let it be true.

That's what we thought when we read today's Pope-related baby name headlines:  "Pope Rails Against Un-Christian Names," reads one, and "Pope Begs Christian Parents to Avoid Offbeat Names." Also: "Despite Pope's Disapproval, Designer Baby Names Flourish" and "Look to Bible, not Hollywood: pope."  We were so hoping His Holiness had gone on a rampage ("railed"!) in which he slagged Becks and Posh directly.

Sadly -- since we would have enjoyed bringing you the blog post in which we commented on the celebrity baby names pronounced most unholy by the pontiff himself -- these headlines are misleading.

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Our Name MatchMaker Picks Creative Baby Names for Next Beckham Baby

Yesterday, we wrote about the Beckhams' announcement that they're expecting baby #4. We wondered what name they might choose and what name would go best with the names of their three sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

Reader Vanessa commented, "I think it will be a girl, and they'll name it something completely unpredictable based on the names of the other children. Something very traditional and common, perhaps Elizabeth or Anna."

We like Vanessa's thinking, and she just might prove to be correct. But we also put the question to the BabyNameWizard.com's Name MatchMaker, which suggested Isis and Armani if the Beckhams have a girl.

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What Will the Beckhams Name Baby #4?

What Will the Beckhams Name Baby #4?

David and Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham made headlines when they named their first son Brooklyn nearly 12 years ago. At that point, Brooklyn was only known as an outer borough of New York City.  The name seems a lot less weird today, as Brooklyn has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the popularity charts.  As a girls' name, Brooklyn is currently the 37th most popular name in the United States. (As a boys' name it still doesn't rank in the top-1000.)

The Beckhams subsequently had two more sons, Romeo born in 2002 and Cruz in 2005. Both names saw modest use before the Beckhams chose them for their babies,

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What Angels Name Their Babies

What Angels Name Their Babies

Miranda Kerr has given birth! The Australian model -- and Victoria's Secret Angel -- and her husband Orlando Bloom have reportedly welcomed their first child, a boy.

No word on the name yet, but Kerr and fellow pregnant Angel, Doutzen Kroes (pictured, left), have a lot to live up to. In the past two years, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Laetitia Casta  Gisele Bundchen and Karolina Kurkova have all welcomed stylishly named new babies.

Here's our list of baby names chosen by current and former Angels:

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Sofia Coppola's Latest Movie Stars a Girl Named Cleo

Sofia Coppola's Latest Movie Stars a Girl Named Cleo

First, Sofia Coppola had baby Romy Mars, and then last summer we shared the birth of her second baby, Cosima Mars, but she's got another new baby, too, well, at least a professional one, anyway: the movie Somewhere, which she wrote and directed. (A.O. Scott of The New York Times gave it an excellent review.)

Somewhere tells the tale of a successful but discontented actor, who reevaluates his life during an extended visit from his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo (played by actress Elle Fanning), and we think Coppola was onto something when she chose this particular name for her female lead.

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New Year's First Baby Names 2011: International Edition

New Year's First Baby Names 2011: International Edition

The first babies born 'round the world in 2011 were named Keely, Ryan, Talasan and Hessa. Here are some of the first births internationally, as posted on Twitter.

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TV Reporters Courtney Friel and Carter Evans Hit the Jackpot with baby Cash

TV Reporters Courtney Friel and Carter Evans Hit the Jackpot with baby Cash

Most mornings, CNN's business correspondent Carter Evans is live at the New York Stock Exchange, but this last weekend he had more important cash to worry about: Evans and his wife, Fox News reporter Courtney Friel, welcomed their son Cash Hudson Evans at 6 AM on Saturday, 1/1/11.

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New Year's First Baby Names 2011: A Little Ditty About Jax and Cai-Ann

New Year's First Baby Names 2011: A Little Ditty About Jax and Cai-Ann

The first baby names used in the US each year are given to each state's New Year's Babies, those newborns arriving closest to midnight on the first night of the year. In 2011, these 50+ names offer a snapshot of a diverse naming culture. 2011's first babies include Corabelle, Nicasio, Princess; Finnegan, Carmelo, Bijou and Briar.

A is a favorite letter (Alejandra, Allyson, Addison, Annikah, Aden) as are J (Jodie, JiNayla, Jax, Jordan) and C (ChloeCooperClioColtonCharlie).   Maya, Emma and Willow all show up more than once. And place names? How about Memphis and Jersey?

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