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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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Rachel Zoe's Baby Name Skyler Morrison: Stud or Dud?

Rachel Zoe's Baby Name Skyler Morrison: Stud or Dud?

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman have welcomed their first son, Skyler Morrison Berman, People confirms. Skyler is a name which perhaps comes from sky, or the Isle of Skye, or could be a phonetic spelling of Schuyler. This ambi-gendered name is on the charts for both boys and girls, but is given to more boys than girls. To us, this name gives off whiffs of prep school and little alligator shirts, but given that it is most popular in Alaska and Vermont, it clearly has frontier appeal.

What do you think of Skyler Morrison? Style winner, or faded cool guy name circa 1980?

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Elizabeth Taylor Movie Roles: Cool Baby Names?

Elizabeth Taylor Movie Roles: Cool Baby Names?

In her many, many movie roles, Elizabeth Taylor wore some of the most popular names of the time. GloriaAngelaPatricia Ruth perfectly expressed the tastes of the day. Today, they aren't exactly minty-fresh. But name-seekers, take heart. Among Taylor's movie roles are name treasures. While none of the following names are among the US Social Security Administration's Top 1000 Baby Names today, they all fit the current trends that inspire celebrities and Name Enthusiasts alike. Here are our favorites: 

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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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