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Law & Order Star's Baby Name Honors Her Irish Roots

Law & Order Star's Baby Name Honors Her Irish Roots

Alana de la Garza, an actor on Law & Order, and her husband Michael have welcomed a son named Kieran Thomas Roberts. According to Wikipedia, de la Garza is the daughter of a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother.  In Kieran, she has honored both sides of her ancestry, giving her son an Irish name while announcing his birth exclusively on Latina.com.

Kieran is the Irish form of Ciaran, the Gaelic name deriving from "ciar," a word for dark-haired. (Thie meaning proved a stumbling block of sorts for another celebrity

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Will Baseball Giant Buster Posey Inspire Any Baby Busters?

Twenty-three-year-old Giants' catcher, Buster Posey, is all the rookie rage in San Francisco right now. At the end of May, during what had so far been an uninspiring season, Posey was finally brought up to bat. Fortunately for the team and fans alike, he didn't disappoint that day and by July, he had taken over as starting catcher. He is now considered the best Giants' rookie since Willie McCovey in 1959 and is a strong contender for this year's Rookie of the Year award.

Giants' fans can't get enough of him, and if the golden boy continues to wow on and off the field, we suspect there will soon be more than a few baby Busters in the Bay Area. So what's the story behind his name?

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Henrietta and the Age of Ettas Past

Henrietta and the Age of Ettas Past

On this day in 1951: a 31-year-old woman died from cancer. Without her knowledge or consent, her doctor had taken a tissue sample from her tumor. Turns out this theft was lucky for science, because the cells in that sample were the first "immortal" human cells: they could stay alive in labs, and reproduce indefinitely. These immortal cells led directly to the polio vaccine and dozens of other scientific breakthroughs, and are still used, in laboratories across the world, today.

The name of the woman? That remained a mystery for years. As was the custom, the cell line from her tissue sample was called HeLa, the first two letters of her first and the first two letters of her last names. Articles and textbooks that bothered to mention her often got her name wrong, calling her Helen Lane and other names. In fact, she was Henrietta Lacks, and her story is told in the bestselling book by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

So that's one name mystery solved, but it raises another. Reading this book made us wonder: why is Henrietta a name you don't hear much any more? It seems a natural for the

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New Baby for Survivor Winner Yul Kwon

The 2006 winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, Yul Kwon, and his wife Sophie have welcomed their first child. Their daughter was born Friday, October 1st and is named Genevie. Nope, not Genevieve, but Genevie.

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Esai Morales: Baby Name Trendsetter?

Esai Morales: Baby Name Trendsetter?

Esai Morales, who started a baby name trend with his name now has named a baby of his own.   The baby girl, born September 24, according to PEOPLE, is named Mariana Oliveira Morales.

The baby name Mariana, which derives from the name for the Roman god Mars, but is more commonly conflated with variations of Maria, enjoyed

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Video Game Baby Names of the Future

Video Game Baby Names of the Future

It's a big day for video games: Final Fantasy XIV has been released. And that makes it a big day for names. In recent years, video games names have broken the top-1000 (Raiden and Madden). They also show up in ever-increasing numbers in sub top 1000 names.

Even celebrities feel the appeal. Robin Williams' daughter Zelda was named for the video game popular in the 1980s, and Joel Madden/Nicole Richie's son Sparrow shares his name with a character from Fable II.

And Final Fantasy is the franchise Baby Name Wizard (and co-founder of this site) Laura Wattenberg has dubbed "king of the game-name domain." So what names does Final Fantasy XIV introduce? And which might become popular?

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What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?

What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?

Less than two years ago actress Vera Farmiga and her musician husband, Renn Hawkey, had their first child, a baby boy they named Fynn. Now, they are awaiting the birth of their second child, who is due in October. Already a family with strong, unique names, we can only imagine which names Farmiga and Hawkey are considering for the impending arrival of their new baby.

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Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek

Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek

James "He'll Always Be Dawson to us" Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook have welcomed their daughter Olivia, Van Der Beek confirmed on Twitter.

Olivia, which has been in the top 500 since they started keeping the charts in 1880, has risen steadily since the 1980s and was the Name Number 3 in the US in 2009. Olivia is an international

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Weezer Names New Album After Lost Character

Weezer Names New Album After Lost Character

Last week, the band Weezer released its eighth studio album. The album is entitled Hurley and is named for the character on the television show Lost; the actor who plays Hurley, Jorge Garcia, is featured on the album's cover.

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Tagged: Hugh, hugo, Hurley, Lost

Gordon Gekko's Back, But What About Gordon?

Gordon Gekko, the antihero played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street is back in a timely sequel opening today (read the review at EW.com here).

So much has the name Gordon Gekko pervaded the popular consciousness that the name itself has come to be synonymous with the phrase "Greed is good" (as paraphrased from a key monologue in the movie).  Some good humored scientists in Indonesia even named a newly discovered species of gecko after the character -- the gordongekkoi.

But what of the name Gordon? It's never been extremely

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