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Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

Musical Inspiration: Do Musical Terms Make Good Baby Names?

It has been widely reported that Taylor Swift attended a Los Angeles hockey game two days ago with Glee star Chord Overstreet. When we saw the headlines, we couldn't help but want to find out more about Overstreet's unusual name.

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Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Rufus Wainwright Welcomes Daughter Viva Katherine

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has a new title: dad!

Just a few days ago, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born to Rufus Wainwright, mom Lorca Cohen and "deputy dad" Jörn Weisbrodt. Wainwright is gay, and he and Weisbrodt have been together for five years; they got engaged late last year. Cohen is the daughter of Leonard Cohen.

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My Chemical Romance and Names for Outsiders

Continuing our exploration of the names rock stars choose, we present some baby names from the guys in the band My Chemical Romance. One of our readers tipped us off to the names of guitarist Frank Iero's young twins: Cherry and Lily. We were intrigued.

Looked at through the lens of meaning, these twin names are matchy-matchy. Lily brings out the floral in Cherry. In fact, in this day of Rose, Lily and Iris, it's kind of a gas to remember that Cherry is also a type of blossom. (As is, for that matter, Apple.)

But style-wise, these names are as different as an iPod and a Swatch.

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English Cricketer Graeme Swann Names Baby Wilfred

The name Graeme Swann doesn't mean much stateside, but, he's a an English international cricketer. He's also the second highest-ranked bowler in world cricket and the highest ranked spin bowler. And even though we don't know what that means exactly, it certainly sounds impressive.

Swann has also had a rather busy few days. Yesterday, he played in the World Cup tournament opener helping England beat Holland. But earlier this week, he experienced an even bigger win: he became a father.

Wilfred Swann is the first child for the cricketer and his wife, Sarah, who have been married almost a year.

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The Name Serene

The name Serene came to our attention last week when reporter Serene Branson was propelled into the spotlight after temporarily losing her power of speech on air thanks to a complex migraine. She is now fine, and her tranquil name has continued to interest us.

Serene is in some ways a sonic natural that follows a standard name sound (found in Charlene, Eileen, and Celine). However, the form Serene remains unfamiliar, perhaps because most word names are nouns.

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A Baby Named Facebook

We were incredulous when we read the news that an Egyptian man named his newborn daughter "Facebook" (read the story on TechCrunch).  According to reports, twenty-something Jamal Ibrahim named his daughter Facebook in honor of the social networking platform that helped facilitate communications for participants in Egypt's January 25 revolution.

While naming a baby girl Facebook seems completely outrageous here in the U.S., it's possible that it sounds less unusual in Egypt, where Arabic names beginning with F and 

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No Doubt Guitarist Chooses His Most Interesting Name Yet

No Doubt Guitarist Chooses His Most Interesting Name Yet

Speaking of rock band baby names, Tom Dumont of No Doubt and his wife gave us their most intriguing name yet for boy number three: Koa Thomas Dumont.

Koa's brothers are Ace Joseph and Rio Atticus. The new baby's name follows the pattern: an eye-catching, three-letter first name, followed by a more traditional middle name. And it is daringly unstylish.

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Beyond Lotus and Rainbow, Radiohead Rockers Choose Stylish Baby Names

Beyond Lotus and Rainbow, Radiohead Rockers Choose Stylish Baby Names

Along with a surprise, one-day-early album release yesterday, the band Radiohead released a video for their song, Lotus Flower. Lotus, you may recall, was the name Top Chef All Star contestant Richard Blais and his wife just chose for their newest daughter's middle name.

Nor is this the first time a Radiohead title has sounded like a baby name to a chef. The last Radiohead album was called In Rainbows, and Rainbow is just one of the middle names chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools chose for their youngest daughter

So Radiohead has a knack for picking titles that fall right at the edge of acceptable baby names; what kinds of names do the Radiohead members pick when they really are naming babies?

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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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