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Celebrity Name Doppelgangers: Facebook Ruined My Name!

Celebrity Name Doppelgangers: Facebook Ruined My Name!

When our Name Lady wrote to a mom distraught because her daughter Miley's name was ruined by Miley Cyrus, she (the Name Lady) conceded that the celeb had "taken control" of the name Miley, and advised the mom the let her daughter choose a new nickname. A vulnerable teenager with a celebrity-name-induced existential crisis: that's rough, right?

Now imagine you're a successful midwestern lawyer with a weird last name and your own law firm. You've built your "name" and professional reputation over years until you gained national status. Your law firm dominated search engine stats for your name: Mark Zuckerberg. Now, imagine it's 2004 and along comes Facebook, built by Harvard whiz kid, Mark Zuckerberg. Imagine how your Google rankings will tank, your business eclipsed in public imagination by The Social Network. Nor will that be the end of your trials.

Attorney Mark Zuckerberg temporarily lost his Facebook account on Wednesday because of his name: an unusual name, it is nevertheless also the name of Facebook's founder. Have you been mistaken for someone else with the same name?

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Jay Mohr Heavily Criticized For Giving Son A "Girl's Name"

Jay Mohr Heavily Criticized For Giving Son A "Girl's Name"

Life should be complete bliss for Jay Mohr -- after all, the comedian welcomed his second son, first with wife Nikki Cox, last week. But instead of reveling in sweet newborn baby milestones -- first yawn! first smile! -- he's fighting off critics who are attacking him for giving his son what they mistakenly think is a "girl's name."

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Celebrity Nicknames: A Dying Breed?

Celebrity Nicknames: A Dying Breed?

Are nicknames on their way out?

They may be. Nicknames, or "hearty, homestyle monikers with no relation to the birth name," are an endangered species in sports, according to the New York Times. Where once sports fans were treated to narratives starring Night Train, Cornbread, Mailman, Chief, Refrigerator, Hacksaw, Yogi, Tree and Magic, today they must must make do with A-Rod, more name-as-brand than nickname. Does this trend hold true in the celebrity world at large? 

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Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Bear

Alicia Silverstone Welcomes Baby Bear

Alicia Silverstone is a mama (to) Bear!

The actress best known for her role in Clueless and her musician husband Christopher Jarecki welcomed their first child last Thursday, May 5. They named their bundle of joy Bear Blu Jarecki.

"We are all three in love!" the excited new mom tweeted on Monday afternoon.

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Named After Mom (or Grandma, or Great-Grandma, or Auntie, or Sis...)

Named After Mom (or Grandma, or Great-Grandma, or Auntie, or Sis...)

Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is a mom, has a mom, hopes to be a mom, or just loves moms! To celebrate the woman who helped name you, we've come up with a list of celebrity kids who were named after a mom (and let us know if we're missing any):

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Could Your Name Be Worth Over $500,000?

Could Your Name Be Worth Over $500,000?

A recent Dutch study at the University of Tilburg is concluding that women who keep their maiden names after marriage are seen as more professional and more likely to win good jobs and earn higher pay. The University professors estimated that this would equal out to over $500,000 over the course of a woman's career, simply because she kept her name.

As reported on SmartMoney.com, "According to the Dutch data, women who kept their names had higher average education levels and fewer children, and that they worked more and had higher salaries." The study found that women who did not change their names were viewed as independent and ambitious, whereas women who did take their husbands' names were "judged to be caring, dependent and emotional".

Though we'd like to believe that we've uncovered an easy way to ensure earning an extra half-million dollars, here at Name Candy we're debating which is really the cause and which is really the effect in this odd study.

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Bryan Adams Hops Into Fatherhood at 51 With Easter-Inspired Name

Bryan Adams Hops Into Fatherhood at 51 With Easter-Inspired Name

Bryan Adams has become a first-time father at the age of 51. The Canadian singer/songwriter, who's best known for hits like "Summer of '69" and "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," and his assistant-turned-girlfriend Alicia Grimaldi welcomed a daughter on the Friday before Easter. The Christian holiday inspired the baby's middle name: Mirabella Bunny Adams.

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Popular Baby Names 2010: Has Elvis Really Left the Building?

Popular Baby Names 2010: Has Elvis Really Left the Building?

Elvis may have left the list of Most Popular Baby  Names in America in 2010, as the Associated Press reported earlier today, but just like his most famous namesake, we're not so sure the King's really gone. Yeah, you heard us, we're stirring up a little Elvis Lives On! movement here at NameCandy.com.

While Elvis has never been a super-popular name choice in the United States, it has been in the top-1000 names as long as the Social Security Administration has been t

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2010 Was the Year We Gave Greyson a Chance

2010 Was the Year We Gave Greyson a Chance

One of the fastest-rising names in 2010 most popular was Grayson. Not only does the name sound right, nestling in nicely with Bryson, Mason and Chase, but it had a kick-start in the form of Greyson Chance. 

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'Teen Mom': Baby Name Taste Maker

'Teen Mom': Baby Name Taste Maker

Forget the Kardashians; the hottest names in America are Maci and Bentley, courtesy of MTV's 'Teen Mom.'

Khloe & kompany may be baby name style movers, but the true Queen of Name Style at the moment is Maci Bookout, the 'Teen Mom' star from Tennessee with the son named Bentley Cadence.

In 2010, Maci was the fastest-rising name for girls, and Bentley was the fastest-rising name for boys. Maci was born from a soap opera, while Bentley may just be the most controversial name in America.

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