Celebrity Names Blog

Irish Twins: Kerri Walsh on Joseph & Sundance

Irish Twins: Kerri Walsh on Joseph & Sundance

In celeb baby land, we hear about fraternal and identical twins, but not so often about Irish twins.  Unfamiliar with the term?  We aren't sure when the term came into being (anyone out there know the full origin story?), but it designates siblings born within one year of each other.  Recently Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh used the term to describe her two sons, Joseph Michael and Sundance Thomas.  Walsh writes on PEOPLE's Celebrity Baby Blog: "Joey and Sundance are three days shy of a year apart -- "Irish twins" -- and that's EXACTLY how we wanted it!" 

The two volleyball star parents, father being Casey Jennings, went a traditional naming route with their first born.  Joseph is the

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The New Name Guru? Jimmy Kimmel Offers Baby Name Advice To Christina Applegate

The New Name Guru?  Jimmy Kimmel Offers Baby Name Advice To Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate and Jimmy Kimmel were all about names last week.  When the pregnant Applegate appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he asked if as a celeb she felt "pressure because as a celebrity you are kind of required to give your baby a maybe an unusal or maybe potentially foolish name."  Applegate responded: "You have to look up the more foreign looking names or name it Zuzu or something."

And so began a prolonged discussion on names, including a list of Kimmel's baby name suggestions.  Before offering up the list, he asked if the baby would take her last name or that of her fiancé, Martyn LeNoble.  Kimmel joked that her name might be more appropriate, given that she's the celebrity.  Interesting -- might celeb power wattage outdo the tradition of baby taking Dad's name?  Nope.  Applegate says the baby's last name will be Lenoble.  

So Kimmel offered up:

  • Chernobyl LeNoble
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New Baby Alert: For Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, Another Old Man Name

New Baby Alert: For Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, Another Old Man Name

It's another boy for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, PEOPLE reports. Abel James joins brother Archibald William Emerson.

Sounds like Poehler and Arnett have picked a theme: they like old man names that begin with "A." Archibald left the charts in 1925, but

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Danielle vs. Kim G: A Real Housewives Name Showdown

Thanks to Twilight we are all familiar with Team Edward and Team Jacob, but what about Team Danielle and Team Kim G.?  Perhaps the era of Twilight is giving way to the era of The Real Housewives, as this reality series keeps growing in popularity.  Danielle and Kim G. are part of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  See PEOPLE for details on the dispute, but suffice to say, Danielle and Kim G. are in a showdown over who said what, what others know, and who's to blame for the dispute -- the usual ingredients of reality show meltdowns. 

We'll offer some information on these two names and see how Danielle and Kim stack up next to each other.

KIM

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This Baby Name Brought To You By a Sudden Death

On this day in 1923, a name was propelled into the spotlight: Calvin. Upon the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding on August 2, John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. became President of the United States of America. The sudden importance of the man known as "Silent Cal," who would preside over the fun part of the Roaring Twenties, vaulted the already popular name Calvin to new heights.

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Salt: From Edwin to Evelyn

Salt: From Edwin to Evelyn

Evelyn Salt.  If you've seen a bus go by the past few months, you've most likely seen the question, "Who is Salt?"  Well, originally Salt was Edwin Salt, to be played by Tom Cruise.  But, now Evelyn Salt is Angelina Jolie.  In the August Vanity Fair issue, Rich Cohen calls Jolie a "stealth feminist, expanding gender roles from the inside, taking the blockbuster male lead and adding a vowel to the end of the character's first name."  We take Mr. Cohen's point, but as name aficionados, we must point out the obvious -- the film makers did not just add a vowel to give us Edwina.  Instead, retaining the E- beginning and the consonant -n ending, the character became Evelyn.

That the film makers decided to go with a consonant ending intrigues us, as the -a ending is certainly the ending most associated with female names.  Six of the top ten girls names in America end with -a.  Even more intriguing is the choice of Evelyn.  If the film makers liked the -n ending, they could have gone with

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Sibset Spotlight: What Inspired Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi's Choices?

Sibset Spotlight: What Inspired Beck Hansen and Marissa Ribisi's Choices?

Remember Beck? Back in the early 1990s, when Radiohead's Thom York was a Creep, Beck Hansen was a Loser, baby. He followed up his major-label debut with the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Odelay, and his musical reputation was sealed. More gold records, Grammy nominations, and collaborations with everyone hip and awesome followed.

Then he married actress Marissa Ribisi (Giovanni Ribisi's twin sister) and had a couple of kids. And their names are the focus of our first ever Sibset Spotlight, where we look at some of the interesting sibsets in our Celebrity Baby Name Lookup database.

Hansen and Ribisi named their kids Cosimo Henri and Tuesday, a quirky sibset as we might expect from the pair. Cosimo is the Italian derivation of the Greek for "order, decency," and was the name of the founder of the 15th century Florentine powerhouse family, the Medicis. The name fits Marissa's Italian heritage. But how to explain Tuesday? We offer three theories.

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New Baby Alert: Diablo Cody Welcomes Baby Marcello

New Baby Alert: Diablo Cody Welcomes Baby Marcello

Diablo Cody and her husband, Dan Maurio, welcomed their son Marcello Daniel Maurio yesterday, the Juno screenwriter announced via Twitter.

From her pen name (Diablo) to the title character of her Acadamy Award-winning screenplay (Juno) to her new son's name (Marcello) -- we gather Cody likes names that end in "o." What else do the names share, with each other and with other recent celebrity births?

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First Lady of Tasmania Reveals How She Picks A Name

First Lady of Tasmania Reveals How She Picks A Name

Larissa Bartlett, First Lady of Tasmania, recently let The New Yorker in on her naming process. TheTalk of the Town column reports that Bartlett's son, Hudson, is "named in part for the Hudson River and in part for Peter Hudson, a well-known Tasmanian football player."  No word on the story behind Bartlett's other child's name -- daughter Matilda.  Our bet is that Larissa and David Barlett, her husband and Tasmania's premier, were inspired by Waltzing Matilda, perhaps the most famous song to come out of Australia.  This song seems to have inspired Australian Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, who named their daughter Matilda, as well as Australian Rachel Griffiths, whose son Banjo is presumably named after Banjo Paterson, author of the ballad.

So our musing of the day:

1. What names fit the Hudson criteria?

  • must be the name of a water source (we'll expand beyond river)
  • must be the name of a celebrity figure (we'll expand beyond football)

2. What names fit the Matilda criterion? 

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Sarah Palin Didn't Make These Names Popular. Witches Did.

Sarah Palin Didn't Make These Names Popular. Witches Did.

Samantha, that "timeless classic" that today calls to mind Sex in the City and American Girl dolls, was actually no more popular than Permelia before the debut of Bewitched in 1964, writes Laura Wattenberg on our sister site, Baby Name Wizard. A single magic tv character made this name a star. (Fun fact: the only Samantha among celebrity babies in our database is the daughter of Sex in the City alum, Cynthia Nixon.)

Think Samantha is an unusual example? Think again. As Wattenberg commented on Lemondrop, "Your recipe for a pop culture phenomenon? You take a movie or a TV show with attractive young people who have supernatural powers." Twilight's bevy of hits are only the latest example of this. Do you know what other "classic" names were launched by cute, supernaturally-experienced teens?

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