Celebrity Names Blog

Elizabeth Taylor's Children's Names: Michael, Christopher, Liza and Maria

Elizabeth Taylor's Children's Names: Michael, Christopher, Liza and Maria

Today the world lost the magnificent and magical Elizabeth Taylor, who died at age 79. Best known for her film career that spanned 70 movies and two Academy Awards, Taylor was also famous as an AIDS activist, a jewelry designer, and a perfumer. She was married seven times to socialites, actors, singers and politicians, and had a famously close friendship with Michael Jackson. Elizabeth Taylor undoubtedly led a full life, which her son Michael Wilding said in a formal statement released this morning: "My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love."

Michael Howard Wilding (born 1953) is named after his father, the actor Michael Wilding who Elizabeth Taylor married and divorced in the 1950s. She also had a second son with Wilding in 1955 named Christopher Edward. Both Michael and Christopher are very popular names in the United States, ranking #2 and #9, respectively.

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Tom Colicchio's Newest 'Global Hit' Baby Name, Mateo

Tom Colicchio's Newest 'Global Hit' Baby Name, Mateo

Just in time for the Top Chef All Stars season finale: host Tom Colicchio welcomed his second son with wife Lori Silverbush. Welcome, Mateo Lev. He joins 16 month old brother, Luka Bodhi and 17 year old brother, Dante.

On our sister site Baby Name Wizard, Laura Wattenberg wrote that names like Alexander, Anna and Lucas are international hits, because they are "smooth classics that are easy to pronounce and spell in many languages, and that have soared in the age of the European Union." Let's see, simple, well-executed classics that translate well into different European idioms? That sounds like a recipe for a 

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Sibset Smackdown: Big Love vs. Sister Wives

Sibset Smackdown: Big Love vs. Sister Wives

Last Sunday's Big Love finale also brought to an end an unprecedented moment in television history: with two shows about polygamy airing each week, name-watchers could compare cumulative sibling sets -- where one father simultaneously has children with multiple mothers -- up close. Critics of TLC's reality show Sister Wives have compared the show unfavorably to Big Love, arguing that the reality show remains shallow while the fictional show employed nuance. Fair enough, but how do the baby names stack up?

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Spice Girls Baby Boom: Who Will Join Phoenix, Brooklyn & Beau?

Spice Girls Baby Boom: Who Will Join Phoenix, Brooklyn & Beau?

Melanie Brown has announced that she's expecting her third child, which means three of the Spice Girls are currently pregnant. Seeing as there will soon be a total of 11 baby spices, we decided what we want -- what we really, really want -- is to take a look at the names the former British girl group chart-toppers have given to their offspring.

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Katniss Craze: Will Hunger Games Inspire Names Like Twilight Did?

Katniss Craze: Will Hunger Games Inspire Names Like Twilight Did?

The movie version of the best-selling book series The Hunger Games is officially underway with Jennifer Lawrence cast in the lead role of the heroine Katniss Everdeen. Seeing as the sci-fi trilogy has been touted as the next Twilight Saga, we can't wait to see if there will be parallels as far as the popularity of the character's names and if Katniss will become the next Bella.

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Brad, Emily, Chantal and Ricki: The Names on The Bachelor

Brad, Emily, Chantal and Ricki: The Names on The Bachelor

This week, second-timer on reality show The Bachelor Brad Womack chose one woman out of 25 contestants to be his wife. After 10 weeks of countless tests and trials, Brad dumped finalist Chantal on TV (that's gotta hurt!) and chose his wife Emily. Perhaps it was the meaning of Emily's name that helped her emerge triumphant: the name Emily comes from the Latin word aemulus, meaning trying to excel or rival.

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St. Patrick's Day Baby Names: Top Ten Green Baby Names

St. Patrick's Day Baby Names: Top Ten Green Baby Names

Color names are always a popular conversation here at Name Candy. Scarlett and Violet, Clementine and Blue are favorites among namers and celebrities alike. But we've noticed that one color isn't as well-loved by namers these days. For names, can it be it isn't easy meaning green?  

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, get your green on with our top 10 Green Baby Name suggestions.

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Welcome Kellan and Sage Phillips-Roberts

Welcome Kellan and Sage Phillips-Roberts

42-year old CNN Newsroom anchor Kyra Phillips has given birth to twins! Kyra and her fiancée Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts happily welcomed a daughter and a son at 12:03 and 12:05 am, respectively, on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

The first arrival was daughter Sage Ann, whose name comes from the herb sage that was burned by Native Americans for its cleansing and healing properties. As we've said before, spice and herb names like Rosemary, Cinnamon and Ginger have been on the rise, and Sage first hit the radar as a popular name in Wyoming in 1997. Sage is also a word to describe a profoundly wise old man, usually someone who appears in ancient legend. The girl's name Sage is currently #460 in the United States, and it is also used for a boy's name, registering as #750 in American popularity. It's difficult to think of a nickname for the monosyllabic Sage, and an old-nickname-standby could be to add the cute suffix -ie to the end and call her Sagie.

Sage's brother Kellan Clay was born just a few minutes later. The unique Gaelic name Kellan and its alternate Kelan have never been in the top 1000 popular names in the United States since records began in the 1800s, though the spelling Kellen ranks #444. In a funny first-name-last-name switcheroo, actor Kellan Lutz portrays vampire Emmet Cullen in the Twilight movie series. Cullen as a first name was reported by The New York Times to be the fastest rising boy's name in 2009 thanks to the popularity of vampire Edward Cullen and the rest of the Cullen clan. Cullen jumped 300 spots in just one year after the release of the first Twilight movie.

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Big Balls: Is This Comedy Couple's Baby Name Too Close To Their Last Name?

John Henson, host of the obstacle course reality game show Wipeout, and his wife, Jill Benjamin, have welcomed a child named Jackson.

Them and a dozen other celebrity parents. Big whoop, right? Well, it might be.

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You Tell Us: Have You Dreamed About a Baby Name?

You Tell Us: Have You Dreamed About a Baby Name?

Yesterday, Jessica Simpson tweeted that she'd dreamed an unusual baby name:

Dreamt that I had a son named Tenacious D.... That was a strange one .

Simpson has announced no pregnancy with her fiancé Eric Johnson, but she has made clear she wants kids with him. We don't know if she's pregnant, but we do know when you're pregnant you sometimes have bizarre dreams. (Giving birth to a doll with shark teeth, anyone?) Even if Jessica Simpson does soon announce a pregnancy, we doubt we'll follow that with an announcement of the birth of little Tenacious Simpson Johnson somewhere down the line. But was the ridiculous name in Jessica's dream actually part of a serious baby name message? And have you ever dreamed a baby name?

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