Celebrity Names Blog

Shaka and Awe: Shaka Smart's Infamous Name

Long before Shaka Smart made waves as a young coach taking his team to an unlikely spot in tonight's NCAA Final Four basketball championships, the name "Shaka" referred to another renowned leader skilled at getting folks to work with him. Smart, the 33-year-old coach whose team has pulled off huge upsets against highly ranked foes, was named for Shaka Zulu, the iconic nineteenth-century Zulu king who united disparate tribes into a powerful African empire before his half-brothers assassinated him in 1828.

But if your ears have perked up at the thought of a hot new baby name inspired by a hot new coach, take note: Shaka Zulu was a bad dude.

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Emily Deschanel Is Expecting! What Baby Name Will She Choose?

Emily Deschanel Is Expecting! What Baby Name Will She Choose?

Emily Deschanel is expecting! PEOPLE has reported that the 34-year old actress and her actor/writer husband David Hornsby are due to have their first child later this year. The couple was married in 2010.

Now while it's far too early to speculate on names, we couldn't help thinking about Deschanel's most famous role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the crime show Bones and how this might possibly affect her choice of baby name. Yeah, we know-- Bones is just a character she plays on TV and not her real life. But sometimes when your job is to embody a character every day, it might be hard to not grow fond of your alter-ego.

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Elizabeth Banks Gives "Miracle" Son A Lucky Name

Elizabeth Banks Gives "Miracle" Son A Lucky Name

In a candid post in her blog on Wednesday, Elizabeth Banks opened up about her long struggle to conceive. However, the actress concluded with the joyous news that, thanks to a gestational surrogate, she is now a mom.

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Jackie Chan Is Not Dead! And Neither Is His Son Jaycee

Jackie Chan Is Not Dead! And Neither Is His Son Jaycee

There have been rumors circulating the Internet today that 56-year old action stuntman legend Jackie Chan died of a heart attack. E Online reports that this information is false, depsite the Twitter trending topic "RIP Jackie Chan".

Jackie Chan was born with a different first name, Kong-sang, in Hong Kong in 1954. The story of his English name goes something like this: while working as a construction worker in Australia in 1976, Kong-sang befriended a man named Jack who became a big brother to him. As a mentee of Big Jack, Kong-sang earned the nickname Little Jack, which was shortened to Jackie and stuck for the rest of his life.

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One "L" or two? Eva Herzigova's Baby Name

One "L" or two? Eva Herzigova's Baby Name

Eva Herzigova, Czech-born model, and Gregorio Marsiaj have welcomed a son, Philip Marsiaj. The couple are also parents to George.

Despite the many namesakes, Philip is actually not the most popular spelling of this name in the US.

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Brit Reality Star Myleene Klass' Heroic Turn For Baby No. 2

Brit Reality Star Myleene Klass' Heroic Turn For Baby No. 2

British reality TV personality Myleene Klass welcomed her second daughter over the weekend and gave her a first name with a strong and courageous meaning: Hero Harper Quinn.

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Name Change: Lindsay Lohan Dropping Surname

Name Change: Lindsay Lohan Dropping Surname

Lindsay Lohan is ready to make a change – a name change. The actress has announced, via her mother, that she’s legally dropping her surname and will now be known simply as Lindsay.

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How Geraldine Ferraro Shaped Baby Names

How Geraldine Ferraro Shaped Baby Names

Geraldine Ferraro has died. The first woman to be nominated to the vice presidency by a major party, she was also the only Italian-American to achieve nomination. Her children with John Zaccaro are named Donna, John Jr., and Laura.

The fate of her name mirrored the fate of her political career, then took a twist. Named years after Ferraro's failed campaign, a trend of young Geraldines suggest that she continued, nevertheless, to inspire.

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Vern Yip Baby Name: Stylish Baby Name for Design Star Judge

It's another stylish baby name for designer Vern Yip. The HGTV Design Star judge and his partner welcomed the baby girl, Vera Lillian Beatrix, on March 12, according to PEOPLE

Vera, a name that comes from the Russian Vjera , meaning faith, according to Teresa Norman's A World of Baby Names, was once popular in the U.S., peaking at 65 in the early 1900s, but fell out of favor in the middle of the 20th Century.  This old lady name has the potential to rise again

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Baby Names Inspired By The Sky

Baby Names Inspired By The Sky

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman gave their new son an interesting name that we haven't seen in a while: Skyler Morrison Berman. The name Skyler (also spelled Skylar) is on the charts for both boys and girls, and is thought to come from the Isle of Skye or the phonetic spelling of Schuyler. Aside from those origins, we like to think that it can also come from a more heavenly place-- inspired by the sky!

If parents need a sign of what to name their baby, all they need to do is look up. The name Skye has been creeping up the charts towards, well, the sky in the last five years for baby girls and is currently number 501 in popularity in the United States. There is also the straight-forward spelling Sky, such as Sky Masterson from Guys and Dolls, and Skylan, Skylie, Skyden, and Skye as a boy's name.

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