Celebrity Names Blog

New Baby for Survivor Winner Yul Kwon

The 2006 winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, Yul Kwon, and his wife Sophie have welcomed their first child. Their daughter was born Friday, October 1st and is named Genevie. Nope, not Genevieve, but Genevie.

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Esai Morales: Baby Name Trendsetter?

Esai Morales: Baby Name Trendsetter?

Esai Morales, who started a baby name trend with his name now has named a baby of his own.   The baby girl, born September 24, according to PEOPLE, is named Mariana Oliveira Morales.

The baby name Mariana, which derives from the name for the Roman god Mars, but is more commonly conflated with variations of Maria, enjoyed

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Video Game Baby Names of the Future

Video Game Baby Names of the Future

It's a big day for video games: Final Fantasy XIV has been released. And that makes it a big day for names. In recent years, video games names have broken the top-1000 (Raiden and Madden). They also show up in ever-increasing numbers in sub top 1000 names.

Even celebrities feel the appeal. Robin Williams' daughter Zelda was named for the video game popular in the 1980s, and Joel Madden/Nicole Richie's son Sparrow shares his name with a character from Fable II.

And Final Fantasy is the franchise Baby Name Wizard (and co-founder of this site) Laura Wattenberg has dubbed "king of the game-name domain." So what names does Final Fantasy XIV introduce? And which might become popular?

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What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?

What Should Vera Farmiga Name Son Fynn's Younger Sibling?

Less than two years ago actress Vera Farmiga and her musician husband, Renn Hawkey, had their first child, a baby boy they named Fynn. Now, they are awaiting the birth of their second child, who is due in October. Already a family with strong, unique names, we can only imagine which names Farmiga and Hawkey are considering for the impending arrival of their new baby.

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Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek

Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek

James "He'll Always Be Dawson to us" Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook have welcomed their daughter Olivia, Van Der Beek confirmed on Twitter.

Olivia, which has been in the top 500 since they started keeping the charts in 1880, has risen steadily since the 1980s and was the Name Number 3 in the US in 2009. Olivia is an international

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Weezer Names New Album After Lost Character

Weezer Names New Album After Lost Character

Last week, the band Weezer released its eighth studio album. The album is entitled Hurley and is named for the character on the television show Lost; the actor who plays Hurley, Jorge Garcia, is featured on the album's cover.

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Tagged: Hugh, hugo, Hurley, Lost

Gordon Gekko's Back, But What About Gordon?

Gordon Gekko, the antihero played by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film Wall Street is back in a timely sequel opening today (read the review at EW.com here).

So much has the name Gordon Gekko pervaded the popular consciousness that the name itself has come to be synonymous with the phrase "Greed is good" (as paraphrased from a key monologue in the movie).  Some good humored scientists in Indonesia even named a newly discovered species of gecko after the character -- the gordongekkoi.

But what of the name Gordon? It's never been extremely

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New Celebrity Baby Alert: McGreggor Edward Roberts

One Life to Live Actress Bree Williamson and her husband Michael Roberts welcomed a baby boy named McGreggor Edward.

McGreggor, a Scottish last name,  fits the trend for surname names, as well as the trend for names that start with Mc-. It's not on the charts, but it does hit several cultural

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Singing Sensation and Glee Star Charice Once Had Another Name

Singing Sensation and Glee Star Charice Once Had Another Name

Today marks the first official day of fall, so it seems only appropriate that last night Fox's smash hit musical comedy, Glee, began a new school year with the premiere of its second season. This semester there are a few new faces on campus, most notably 18-year-old Filipino pop sensation, Charice, who Oprah famously dubbed "the most talented girl in the world." On Glee, Charice plays the adorable and very talented exchange student, Sushine Corazon.

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Gym Teacher's Name Inspired Rock Band

Gym Teacher's Name Inspired Rock Band

Leonard Skinner has died. If that name sounds strangely familiar, here's why: in his prime, Mr. Skinner taught high school gym to future rock legends Ronnie Van Sant, Gary Rossington and Bob Burns. When Skinner enforced the school's rule prohibiting long hair, they decided to rename their rock band after him. The artists formerly known as One Percent and The Noble Five became first Leonard Skinnerd, then Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It's fun to rediscover the old-fashioned Leonard (a name shared by Leonard Cohen, pictured) underneath the glitzier Lynyrd. Which high-wattage celebrities have chosen baby names related to Leonard?

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