Celebrity Names Blog

Christina Applegate's 'Quadruple-Bullseye' Baby Name, Sadie

Christina Applegate's 'Quadruple-Bullseye' Baby Name, Sadie

Maybe she reads Baby Name Wizard? Christina Applegate and her fiancé, Martyn LeNoble, have welcomed a daughter named Sadie Grace LeNoble. Applegate's rep confirmed the news to PEOPLE.

About a year back, Laura Wattenberg offered Sadie as the perfect name for an American Girl doll charged with representing her historical period (the early twentieth century) while appealing to contemporary namers. Wattenberg wrote that Sadie hits "the quadruple-bullseye of Jewish heritage, period feel, informal style and modern appeal."

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Just Mad About Saffron: Spice and Color Names

Just Mad About Saffron: Spice and Color Names

The new Danish film Applause has been getting quite a bit of attention lately. Reviewers are calling it "dazzling" and "exquisite" and attributing much of the movie's brilliance to its' star -- the veteran Danish actress, Paprika Steen. Yep, that's her real name, and more often than not reviewers can't help commenting on her "amazing" first name.

Paprika is not, as you might be thinking, some traditional Danish name, either. It means pepper in Denmark, too... It's just that Steen was born to a musician and an actress (in the 1960s, no less), and creative types tend to go for creative names no matter their culture.

For those of you with children who haven't seen a foreign film since former President Bush's first term, you may be more famiilar with another Paprika: Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper's daughter Paprika on Blue's Clues. And if we go a little farther back, there was also the cartoon Pepper Ann, which aired from 1997-2001 on ABC.

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Typical American Name?

Here at NameCandy.com we've been riveted by the story unfolding over at alexlevy.net.  In yesterday's installment, 13-year-old Alex and his mother are aboard the  Cunard-White Star liner “Scythia,” headed for Canada, and Alex, who already  had some pre-conceived notions of American culture through contact with U.S. and British soldiers stationed in his neighborhood in Brussels as well as  frequent visits to the movies, writes about his first brush with American-style names.  

"...I also noticed that all these English-speaking people had very short names, names such as Bob, Joe, and Carl. And I also noticed a beautiful American girl with whom I instantly

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Mark Ruffalo's Kids' Names Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo's Kids' Names Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo found out he'd been nominated for an Oscar while dropping his kids off for carpool. According to him, he didn't even know the nominations were about to be announced. He's quoted as explaining, "I was about five minutes from the school with a car full of kids. With so many kids, I didn't even realize it was today."

We're glad this story has been making the rounds today, because it gives us a chance to review Ruffalo's quirky, charming sibset.

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Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco

Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco

Mike Tyson and his wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, are the proud parents of baby boy Morocco Elijah Tyson, who was born yesterday in Nevada.

This isn't the first time the Tysons have been inspired by distant places when choosing a name: they have a two-year-old daughter named Milan. It's also not the first time Tyson has looked to Arab culture for a name.

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Tony Kanal Welcomes Sweet Baby Daughter Coco Reese

Tony Kanal Welcomes Sweet Baby Daughter Coco Reese

No doubt about it, Tony Kanal, the bassist for No Doubt, is now a proud papa. He and girlfriend Erin Lokitz have welcomed a little baby girl named Coco Reese Lakshmi Kanal.

Like Courtney Cox and David Arquette's daughter Coco before her, Coco Kanal has a first name that sounds cute and sweet but maybe it's a little too sweet? Coco Reese makes us think of Reese's peanut butter cups, and we can't help but wonder if it's mom or dad who's crazy for chocolate...

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Captain Awesome vs. the Appalling Perfect Baby Name

Captain Awesome vs. the Appalling Perfect Baby Name

Ryan McPartlin's character, Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, has inspired baby names, but so far he won't risk choosing one.

We have to hand it to the TV show Chuck: the writers know from baby name dilemmas. Last night's espisode had "Captain Awesome" and Ellie talking names for their unborn baby, and they find themselves, naturally, at odds. Readers of the Name Lady will recognize the very terrain of the country's naming dilemmas. The guy who shoots down all your favorites but won't suggest anything himself. The lady whose idea of a unique name is so outside the box it's hard for her family to swallow. Ellie solves both with an ingenious -- and affordable -- solution.

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The Letter of the Day is F: Baby Names that Start with F All the Rage

The Letter of the Day is F: Baby Names that Start with F All the Rage

We can't help but notice the abundance of names that start with the letter "F" these days... Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom have a baby Flynn; Owen Wilson has a Robert Ford; Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban went with Faith for their second daughter; Rizzoli & Isles actress Sasha Alexander recently named her son Leonardo Fortunato; Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes technically gave her son a "P" name, but Phyllon still begins with an "F" sound.

"F" names are cropping up at the movies, too: The young hero of Disney's Tangled goes by Flynn Rider, a moniker he stole from a character in a book named Flynnigan Rider. And while Rider's real name in the movie is Eugene Fitzherbert, that he chooses to go by Flynn suggests Flynn is one cool name.

And the new Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling film, Blue Valentine, also stars an adorable little girl named Frankie. Which reminded us of actress Amanda Peet and her daughter Frances Pen, who has been called Frankie since birth.

So what gives? What's with all these "F" names?

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New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

By now you've probably heard that Dutch Victoria's Secret Angel, Doutzen Kroes, and her husband, DJ Sunnery James (stage name of Sunnery James Gorré), have given their brand new baby boy the name Phyllon Gorré. But did you know it's the male version of Phyllis?

Given his parents' names, Doutzen and Sunnery, you might surmise that Phyllon is a name that doesn't raise eyebrows in the Netherlands, where the pair are from and where Phyllon was born. You'd be wrong.

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Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

At some point early in grade school, most teachers require their students to learn how to write their whole name. And for most kids, that day is no big deal. But we suspect that when Antonio Sabato Jr.'s forthcoming baby boy reaches that fateful day, he'll have a slightly different experience. Why? Well, for starters, the full name Sabato and his girlfriend, Cheryl Moana, have chosen has 41 letters.

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