Celebrity Names Blog

Cynthia Nixon's Lady Had a Baby: Max Ellington

Cynthia Nixon's Lady Had a Baby: Max Ellington

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and her partner, Christine Marinoni, have welcomed a baby named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni. Max joins sibs Samantha and Charles.

Max is a sweet and well-liked baby name, reminiscent of the imp in Where the Wild Things Are. As a celebrity baby name, Max has been popular in waves.

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Chef Richard Blais Welcomes Baby Embry Lotus

Richard Blais, who competed on Top Chef season 4 and owns the Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, Georgia, and his wife, Jazmin, have welcomed their second daughter, Embry Lotus. Blais announced her birth and name via Twitter this weekend.

Comments on Blais' tweet were all congratulatory, but some fans incorrectly assumed that Embry was a boy. Although we typically think of Embry as a girl's name, Twilight fans may disagree: the male character Embry Call is a werewolf and shape shifter, who is best friends with Jacob Black. However, it should be noted that in the novels, Embry is sensitive about his name and defensive if anyone questions it.

This isn't the first time the Blais' have flirted with an ambiguously gendered moniker.

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Super Bowl Name Showdown

We're all set with our party plans for the big game tonight, so let's get down to business.  Which team comes up the winner if Super Bowl XLV were a contest of names alone?

Click below to see the full team rosters...

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Nacho: Snack Food or Baby Name?

Nacho: Snack Food or Baby Name?

OK, we admit it!  Our mouths were watering following our friends' at Food Network's Nacho Cookoff this week.  And now, we can't stop thinking about Nachos.  Will we make them for our Super Bowl Party?  Can we serve them as a "healthy" snack for our school-aged children? (What? They have cheese AND veggies...if jalapenos count). And most importantly, can we name our baby after them?

Yes, Nacho is a real name.  You may think it's funny-ha-ha

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Will Colin Hanks' New Baby Name, Olivia, Soon Top the Charts?

Will Colin Hanks' New Baby Name, Olivia, Soon Top the Charts?

Colin Hanks and his wife, Samantha Bryant, named their daughter Olivia Jane Hanks. Hanks is the son of Tom Hanks, and Olivia is Tom's first grandchild.

As you may recall, James van der Beek's new daughter is also Olivia, as is Byron Allen's. (At least Hanks and Bryant didn't give her Rose as a middle name; our database has three celebrity babies named Olivia Rose.)

Serious question. Is Olivia going right to the top of the charts?

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Ziggy Marley Welcomes Baby Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley

Ziggy Marley Welcomes Baby Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley

It was a big day for celebrity baby news! First we heard that reality TV star Jesse Csincsak welcomed son Noah Theodore at 4 AM this morning. And then we learned that funny man Craig Ferguson's wife, Megan, gave birth to their son Liam James on Monday. And finally musician Ziggy Marley, who himself is the son of Bob Marley, released news of his second son's birth.

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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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