Celebrity Names Blog

The New York Times "Twiblings" Violet and Kieran

The New York Times website has published a preview of an article to be published this coming Sunday in the Magazine: "Meet the Twiblings" tells the parenthood story of Michael Callahan and Melanie Thernstrom, who after six failed I.V.F cycles decided to try egg donation and surrogacy.

To maximize the chance of having at least one viable pregnancy and because they had always hoped to have twins, the couple chose to pursue parallel pregnancies with one egg donor and two gestational carriers.

The donor's eggs were fertilized with dad Michael’s sperm. After they had metamorphosed into embryos, they were transferred to the two surrogates. Nine months later Kieran and Violet were born, a mere five days apart.

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Sir Elton John's Baby: Born On a Christmas Day, Named for "Levon"

Sir Elton John's Baby: Born On a Christmas Day, Named for "Levon"

Sir Elton John's Christmas present? Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John!

The singer and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed Zachary on Christmas Day via surrogate, USMagazine.com learned on Monday.

His second middle name is a reference to

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You Oughta Know the Name of Alanis Morissette's Baby

You Oughta Know the Name of Alanis Morissette's Baby

There have been a number of holiday babies this year, but Alanis Morissette and husband Mario 'MC Souleye' Treadway take the prize: they welcomed their baby boy, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, on Christmas Day.

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The Year in Dead Celebrity Names

We lost some great celebrities in 2010. On the upside, it gave us a chance to talk about their names. Here's our rundown of the year in celebrity obits, Celebrity Name Blog-style.

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'Survivor' Couple Reuses Sibling's Middle Name

Survivor sweeties Rob and Amber Mariano recently welcomed their second daughter, Carina Rose Mariano. Carina shares a middle name with big sister, Lucia Rose.

'Boston' Rob took advantage of the latest Survivor reunion to share details about the exciting birth. Rob and Amber barely made it to the hospital, with Carina's birth coming just 10 minutes after the pair arrived. Also last minute: the name Carina. "Literally we were deciding in the hospital -- we changed it three times," Rob shared on Survivor: Nicaragua reunion show, according to People.com.

No report on the couple's choice to give their daughters matching middle names; we should note, though, that Rose is an extremely common celebrity baby middle name.

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Heroes' Star Ali Larter Welcomes Baby Theodore Hayes

Another Christmas baby! Heroes leading lady Ali Larter and her husband, Perfect Couples' star Hayes MacArthur, are now officially parents. Son Theodore Hayes MacArthur was born Monday morning. 

Larter and MacArthur met on the set of the movie Homo Erectus about a caveman tribe. They played a married couple named Fardart (Larter) and Thudnik (MacArthur). Though their romance began with a prehistoric story, they were inspired by much more recent history when naming their baby boy.

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16 and Pregnant - What Names Did You Love At 16?

MTV's 16 and Pregnant shows the reality of teen pregnancy -- and teen baby naming style. In three seasons, the show has provided a window on the name choices of the young. Some would not be out of place on any Name Enthusiast list, while others bear the hallmarks of a pop-culture-infused naming style (creative spelling, flashy word-names, alliteration).

Here are the baby names from the first three seasons of 16 and Pregnant. Which names are stylish? Which aren't your style? And what were (or are) your favorite names at 16?

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First-Time Dad Vince Vaughn Welcomes Locklyn Kyla

First-Time Dad Vince Vaughn Welcomes Locklyn Kyla

Vince Vaughn is a dad! Vaughn and wife Kyla Weber welcomed daughter and early Christmas present, Locklyn Kyla Vaughn on Saturday, according to People.com.

Locklyn appears to be a feminized version of the masculine Lachlan, which is popular in Australia and means "war-like" in Gaelic. NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch, who is Australian, named his first born son, Lachlan, which feels appropriate for the ruthless media magnate. But perhaps less so for the baby girl of funny-man Vaughn?

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Zac Hanson Names Daughter Junia Rosa Ruth

Should we just go ahead and give the Hanson family the Most Stylish Baby Namer Brood prize?

Zac Hanson, drummer, and his wife Kate have welcomed their daughter, Junia Rosa Ruth, PEOPLE reports. Her brother is John Ira Shepherd -- called Shepherd -- and she has a bevy of stylishly named cousins.

Trust a Hanson to find an unusual biblical baby name that fits style trends to a T.

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New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

New Baby Alert: Josh Turner's Boy-Named-Sue Moment?

Don't close the book on Unusual Celebrity Baby Names of 2010 just yet!

Josh Turner, country music star, and his wife Jennifer welcomed a new little boy with a country-style name: Crawford Marion Turner. The baby was born Monday in Nashville, PEOPLE reports.

It's a double-dip cowboy name for the couple. We're not surprised, since the pair are already parents to Hampton Otis and Colby Lynch (names whose mix of cowboy toughness and blue blood chic can't help but make us think of sweet little boys in toddler-size chaps).

What we are surprised by? Their choice to call him Marion.

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