Celebrity Names Blog

Watson and More Human Names for Artificial Intelligence Computers

We were glued to our television screens this week watching as IBM's Watson toppled Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the trivia show.  Over on our sister site BabyNameWizard.com, Laura Wattenberg discussed how apt Watson was as a name for IBM's latest innovation in artificial intelligence.

How does Watson, as a name, compare to earlier names for Artificial Intelligence computers?

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In Aiden vs. Aidan, Rod Stewart Picks a Side

In Aiden vs. Aidan, Rod Stewart Picks a Side

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have welcomed their second son, Aiden.

Traditionalists will disagree about the proper spelling of this name. According to some, Aidan is more traditional. According to others, it's all transliterated from Gaelic, so the vowels are pretty arbitrary anyway.

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Country Crooner Zac Brown Chooses Musical Baby Name

A few days ago we announced that actress Cynthia Nixon had become a mom for the third time and named her son Max Ellington Nixon Marinoni. But she wasn't the only star who welcomed a new baby last week; country musician Zac Brown (lead singer of the Zac Brown Band) became a dad for the fourth time. And like Nixon, he too was inspired by music when choosing a name for his newborn.

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Cake Boss Star Welcomes Baby Carlo Salvatore

Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, the star at the center of TLC's Cake Boss, and his wife Lisa have welcomed Carlo Salvatore Valastro, PEOPLE reported. Carlo joins Sofia, Buddy Jr. and Marco.

The names won't surprise any who watch the show -- Salvatore was the first name of a favorite employee who died last month, while Carlo is the name of the founder of the family business. The nice thing about old family names, though, is the habit they have of eventually coming back into fashion.

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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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