Celebrity Names Blog

Names You Love

It's Valentine's Day, the day of love, the day of romance.  But let's face it, when you really love someone, sometimes it means giving up your favorite name because, well, that person DOESN'T love it the way you do.  So for Valentine's Day, we thought we'd give you a chance to tell us

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Top Chef Baby Alert: Zuzu Peterson

Another Top Chef baby to announce.  This week we learned that Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant Tania Peterson and her husband Phil recently welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Zuzu Audrey.

 

Yes, Zuzu, just like little Zuzu from the classic holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life.  Zuzu is one of those high-Scrabble value names that so many contemporary 

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11 Names for Your 11-11-11 Baby

The countdown begins.  Today is February 11, 2011, otherwise known as 2-11-11, which means that if you conceive today, you have a pretty good chance of giving birth in nine months, on November 11, 2011, or 11-11-11. 

 

But what would you name your 11-11-11 baby?

 

Here are 11 suggestions for 11-11-11 baby names from the editors here at NameCandy.com:

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Tura Satana and Typical American Names of the Future

According to a story this week in The New York Times, one in seven new marriages is interracial or interethnic. Thanks to this trend, along with increased immigration, Americans are increasingly multi-racial. Another change? According to another recent Times story called "Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans choose All of the Above," a multi-racial background is increasingly a point of pride. How will all these changes affect names?

Recently, we asked about typical American names from the past. Today, we're wondering about the typical American names of the future.

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We Might Know Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's Baby's Name (Maybe)

We Might Know Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's Baby's Name (Maybe)

When Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's baby boy was born on January 22nd, his happy parents announced his arrival and good health but opted not to release his name. While the baby's name has still yet to be officially released, there are rumors that Spanish director and family friend Santiago Segura may have accidentally spilled the beans.

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Indiana Town Takes a Stand Against Harry Baals

Should a man be denied a building named in his honor because his name is too funny? A town in Indiana says yes.

Officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana tried to get people more involved in government by setting up a website where constituents could vote on the name of a new government center.  By three to one, the thousands who voted thought the center should bear the name of a mayor who won four terms and was the longest-serving mayor in the town's history: Harry Baals. (Yes, pronounced "balls.")

But, The New York Times reports, the town's deputy mayor says the people probably won't have the last say in choosing the name.  The city's justification for not going with the winner of the popular vote -- the Harry Baals Government Center -- is that

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Cynthia Nixon's Lady Had a Baby: Max Ellington

Cynthia Nixon's Lady Had a Baby: Max Ellington

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and her partner, Christine Marinoni, have welcomed a baby named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Max joins sibs Samantha and Charles.

Max is a sweet and well-liked baby name, reminiscent of the imp in Where the Wild Things Are. As a celebrity baby name, Max has been popular in waves.

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Chef Richard Blais Welcomes Baby Embry Lotus

Richard Blais, who competed on Top Chef season 4 and owns the Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, Georgia, and his wife, Jazmin, have welcomed their second daughter, Embry Lotus. Blais announced her birth and name via Twitter this weekend.

Comments on Blais' tweet were all congratulatory, but some fans incorrectly assumed that Embry was a boy. Although we typically think of Embry as a girl's name, Twilight fans may disagree: the male character Embry Call is a werewolf and shape shifter, who is best friends with Jacob Black. However, it should be noted that in the novels, Embry is sensitive about his name and defensive if anyone questions it.

This isn't the first time the Blais' have flirted with an ambiguously gendered moniker.

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Super Bowl Name Showdown

We're all set with our party plans for the big game tonight, so let's get down to business.  Which team comes up the winner if Super Bowl XLV were a contest of names alone?

Click below to see the full team rosters...

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Nacho: Snack Food or Baby Name?

Nacho: Snack Food or Baby Name?

OK, we admit it!  Our mouths were watering following our friends' at Food Network's Nacho Cookoff this week.  And now, we can't stop thinking about Nachos.  Will we make them for our Super Bowl Party?  Can we serve them as a "healthy" snack for our school-aged children? (What? They have cheese AND veggies...if jalapenos count). And most importantly, can we name our baby after them?

Yes, Nacho is a real name.  You may think it's funny-ha-ha

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