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Mark Ruffalo's Kids' Names Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo's Kids' Names Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo found out he'd been nominated for an Oscar while dropping his kids off for carpool. According to him, he didn't even know the nominations were about to be announced. He's quoted as explaining, "I was about five minutes from the school with a car full of kids. With so many kids, I didn't even realize it was today."

We're glad this story has been making the rounds today, because it gives us a chance to review Ruffalo's quirky, charming sibset.

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Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco

Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco

Mike Tyson and his wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, are the proud parents of baby boy Morocco Elijah Tyson, who was born yesterday in Nevada.

This isn't the first time the Tysons have been inspired by distant places when choosing a name: they have a two-year-old daughter named Milan. It's also not the first time Tyson has looked to Arab culture for a name.

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Tony Kanal Welcomes Sweet Baby Daughter Coco Reese

Tony Kanal Welcomes Sweet Baby Daughter Coco Reese

No doubt about it, Tony Kanal, the bassist for No Doubt, is now a proud papa. He and girlfriend Erin Lokitz have welcomed a little baby girl named Coco Reese Lakshmi Kanal.

Like Courtney Cox and David Arquette's daughter Coco before her, Coco Kanal has a first name that sounds cute and sweet but maybe it's a little too sweet? Coco Reese makes us think of Reese's peanut butter cups, and we can't help but wonder if it's mom or dad who's crazy for chocolate...

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Captain Awesome vs. the Appalling Perfect Baby Name

Captain Awesome vs. the Appalling Perfect Baby Name

Ryan McPartlin's character, Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, has inspired baby names, but so far he won't risk choosing one.

We have to hand it to the TV show Chuck: the writers know from baby name dilemmas. Last night's espisode had "Captain Awesome" and Ellie talking names for their unborn baby, and they find themselves, naturally, at odds. Readers of the Name Lady will recognize the very terrain of the country's naming dilemmas. The guy who shoots down all your favorites but won't suggest anything himself. The lady whose idea of a unique name is so outside the box it's hard for her family to swallow. Ellie solves both with an ingenious -- and affordable -- solution.

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The Letter of the Day is F: Baby Names that Start with F All the Rage

The Letter of the Day is F: Baby Names that Start with F All the Rage

We can't help but notice the abundance of names that start with the letter "F" these days... Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom have a baby Flynn; Owen Wilson has a Robert Ford; Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban went with Faith for their second daughter; Rizzoli & Isles actress Sasha Alexander recently named her son Leonardo Fortunato; Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes technically gave her son a "P" name, but Phyllon still begins with an "F" sound.

"F" names are cropping up at the movies, too: The young hero of Disney's Tangled goes by Flynn Rider, a moniker he stole from a character in a book named Flynnigan Rider. And while Rider's real name in the movie is Eugene Fitzherbert, that he chooses to go by Flynn suggests Flynn is one cool name.

And the new Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling film, Blue Valentine, also stars an adorable little girl named Frankie. Which reminded us of actress Amanda Peet and her daughter Frances Pen, who has been called Frankie since birth.

So what gives? What's with all these "F" names?

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New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

New Baby Alert: About Doutzen Kroes' name choice, Phyllon

By now you've probably heard that Dutch Victoria's Secret Angel, Doutzen Kroes, and her husband, DJ Sunnery James (stage name of Sunnery James Gorré), have given their brand new baby boy the name Phyllon Gorré. But did you know it's the male version of Phyllis?

Given his parents' names, Doutzen and Sunnery, you might surmise that Phyllon is a name that doesn't raise eyebrows in the Netherlands, where the pair are from and where Phyllon was born. You'd be wrong.

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Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Third Child Will Have Very Long Name

At some point early in grade school, most teachers require their students to learn how to write their whole name. And for most kids, that day is no big deal. But we suspect that when Antonio Sabato Jr.'s forthcoming baby boy reaches that fateful day, he'll have a slightly different experience. Why? Well, for starters, the full name Sabato and his girlfriend, Cheryl Moana, have chosen has 41 letters.

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New Baby Alert: Hillary Madison Hess

New Baby Alert: Hillary Madison Hess

Television host Samantha Harris and her husband, Michael Hess, have announced the birth of their second daughter, Hillary Madison Hess. She joins sister Josselyn Sydney Hess.

Maybe we've got presidential names on the brain, but Hillary automatically brings to mind the Secretary of State, former first lady and first serious female contender for a major party nomination to the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Even if Clinton's not directly the namesake Harris and Hess had in mind, she likely influenced

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Edgar Allan Poe, Naming Savant

"It was many and many a year ago." 201, to be exact, since the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, naming savant, who knew the value of a good "bel" name long before our current mania for all things "bella."

Poe lived in the nineteenth century, in the decades that gave us the frock coat and steampunk. Like his prose, his names are thrilling, yet with a persnickety precision. Several are dactyllic, and they are full of "L"s.

They're also prescient.

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More Baby Name Drama Surrounding Owen Wilson's Son

Owen Wilson's son is still teeny tiny and yet already he's caused so much drama! First we wrote about the news that Wilson was a dad and the reports that he and girlfriend Jade had named their baby Ford Linton Wilson. Then, we responded to readers who were dismayed that we hadn't mentioned the connection to President Gerald Ford in our original column. And now, well, we've learned that Wilson didn't actually name his son Ford.

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