Celebrity Names Blog

Will a Hurricane Lift the Name Earl?

As Hurricane Earl makes a slow ascent up the eastern seaboard today, weakening as it travels, it looks like most of the coast will be spared the kind of damage other hurricanes have wrought.  But what of the name Earl? Will it fall in popularity due to its association with this storm or will it rise?

Back in 2005, baby name expert (and founder of this site), Laura Wattenberg wrote about the impact of storm names on baby name trends on her

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New Baby Alert: Jodie Sweetin, Wild Child Star, Chooses Genteel Name

New Baby Alert: Jodie Sweetin, Wild Child Star, Chooses Genteel Name

Jodie Sweetin, AKA Stephanie Tanner on Full House, may have gone through a wild child period, but for baby number two she's picked a name that evokes the most prim and dimpled of childhoods. Sweetin and her boyfriend, DJ Morty Coyle, gave their new daughter the name of a Dutch queen, a children's author and scientist, and a female kung fu master. Surprisingly, it hasn't been much used by celebrities.

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New Baby Alert: Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein Welcome India

New Baby Alert: Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein Welcome India

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman and her movie mogul husband, Harvey Weinstein, have welcomed their first child together, a daughter named India Pearl.

It's our second place name in a week that also brought

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The Baby Name of Choice in Jennifer Aniston's New Movie

The Switch, the new romantic comedy about a 40-year-old woman who decides to have a baby on her own terms, stars Jennifer Aniston and adorable newcomer, Thomas Robinson. Robinson's character is a bit prissy and something of a wee hypochondriac, but he steals the movie and pulls off his character's sophisticated name. We decided to take a closer look at the history and popularity of this ancient name.

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Do Celebs Look to Children's Books for Naming Inspiration?

Children's books inspire kids to use their imaginations and think differently about themselves, other people, and the world -- do they also provide naming inspiration for parents? 

We turned to names often seen on young people's bookshelves, and then checked out which celebrity babies also held these names: 

Olivia (of the Olivia series)

Eloise (of the Eloise series)

Madeline (of the Madeline series)

Madeline Colbert

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Emmy Awards Name: Temple Grandin

Emmy Awards Name: Temple Grandin

The name Temple Grandin got more famous last night. Temple Grandin was already a celebrity name to autism and animal rights advocates, but the Emmy success of the the HBO biopic about Temple Grandin (starring Claire Danes) brought her name to the attention of a much wider audience, prompting flurries of Google inquiries like Who is Temple Grandin

Well, she's a university professor famous for designing more humane slaughter houses (used by McDonald's) and educating people about autism (which she has). According to her website, she was just included among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people for 2010. She's also someone with a really interesting name.

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Florence, City Names, & You As Prime Minister

The arrival of Florence Rose Endellion Cameron has got us thinking about city names.  Aswe wrote about earlier this week, in choosing Florence U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, may have been inspired the word's Latin origin -- Florentia, meaning blooming or flourishing.  But perhaps it was the home of the Uffizi and Michelangelo's David, not to mention delicious gelato and pasta, that stoked their imaginations.  

City names have long been a topic of fascination here at Name Candy.  (Check out aprevious post on the subject.)  A city's name often existed before the city itself -- the name Paris existed before the city -- but after a city takes a name for its own, the word changes.  The personality and magic of the city leave an imprint upon the on the name.  It is possible for you to hear Paris without thinking of France's famous urban capitol lining the Seine?  

So here's the city name question of the day.  Let's imagine you are Prime Minister and -- for whatever reason, maybe to demonstrate your global awareness -- you want to choose a city name for your baby.  Here are the criteria:

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New Baby Alert: James Otto and the Palindromes

New Baby Alert: James Otto and the Palindromes

Country singer James Otto and his wife Amy welcomed their new baby this week, Otto confirmed on Twitter; as they'd already announced she would be, she's called Ava Katherine Otto.

Choosing the name was easy for the pair, according to an interview James did with The Boot:

We looked through a bunch of names ... got the baby names book and were going through it. We had a list of about 10 names, and once we finally figured out the sex, literally we chose Ava within about ten minutes of knowing the baby was going to be a girl. We just said, "Ava Otto just sounds right."

She's the fifteenth celebrity baby named Ava in our database (not surprising, perhaps, since Ava is the #5 name in the USA). But there are a couple of ways in which the name Ava is especially apt for this pair.

But what could they name a boy?

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U.K. Prime Minister Announces New Baby's Name

Only the third baby to be born to a sitting Prime Minister while in office since 1849, the newest resident of 10 Downing Street finally has a name.

After a bit of controversy over the Prime Minister's indecisiveness in selecting the name for his new baby girl (in fairness, she was a month premature), British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha have settled on the name

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Jon Stewart's Real Name

Jon Stewart's Real Name

Jon Stewart is a well-known name belonging to a well-known man.  His show, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, is both loved and not-so-loved, depending on your tastes and political persuasions.  But there's no denying the presence of this name -- Stewart's won the Peabody Award, been nominated and won a whole slew of Emmys, and even hosted Hollywood's big Oscar night.  Yet for all the time this name has been in the limelight, did you know it's not the comedian's given name?

The Daily Show's host was born

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