Celebrity Names Blog

Alicia Keys Welcomes Baby Egypt

Alicia Keys Welcomes Baby Egypt

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) have announced the birth of their son, Egypt Daoud Dean, PEOPLE confirmed. 

Egypt joins Beatz' children from earlier relationships, Prince, Kasseem Jr., and Nicole.

Egypt is a very rare boys name in the US, with only a few dozen born in the last decade. The name is more popular for girls

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Neil Patrick Harris Welcomes Gideon and Harper

Neil Patrick Harris Welcomes Gideon and Harper

Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka have welcomed their twins, the How I Met Your Mother star announced on Twitter today. The little guy and gal are named Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Are those the best celebrity twin names of the year?

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What Would MatchMaker Name Matt Damon's Baby?

What Would MatchMaker Name Matt Damon's Baby?

Yesterday we announced that Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso are expecting girl number four (to join AlexiaIsabella and Gia), and offered some thoughts about names they might choose next. Today, we're tackling the same question from a snazzy new angle: we're taking the new Baby Name Wizard Name MatchMaker tool for a spin.

Damon and Barroso have a distinct style: the names are pretty, popular (or getting that way), and have a Latin feel (which makes sense: Barroso comes from Argentina). We put them into MatchMaker and tailored the preferences, requesting names that tended toward the popular (Isabella, after all, was the number one girl's name in the US last year) and favoring those of Latin origin. So what did MatchMaker suggest?

  1. Adriana
  2. Liliana
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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso Expecting Another Girl

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso Expecting Another Girl

Yesterday Matt Damon announced that he and his wife Luciana Barroso, who is eight months pregnant, are expecting another girl. The couple already have two daughters together, four-year-old Isabella and litttle two-year-old Gia. They also have Barroso's eleven-year-old daughter, Alexia, from a previous relationship. The news got us thinking about what names Damon and Barrosa might be considering.

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Super Size Me Director Explores Names in Freakonomics Film

Last week, the movie Freakonomics, based on the bestselling book of the same name, hit theaters. The documentary is a collection of short films by different directors, each exploring whether or not a popular myth holds up under scrutiny. Morgan Spurlock, who is best known for his 28-day McDonald's diet in Super Size Me, tackles the commonly held belief that a child's name shapes his destiny in the segment "A Roshanda by Any Other Name."

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Ten-Letter Baby Names for 10-10-10

Today is 10-10-10, a pretty cool date. It's also the launch date of the BabyNameWizard Expert Edition: a new set of tools from Laura Wattenberg (one of the founders of Name Candy). 

To celebrate, we offer you ten ten-letter celebrity baby names. That's ten names, at least ten letters each. 

Top Ten Ten-Letter-Minimum Celebrity Baby Names (in no particular order):

1. CHRISTOPHER: A frequent celebrity baby first name, Christopher is also a go-to middle name for stars like Johnny DeppChris Noth, and Will Smith

2. HUCKLEBERRYWilliam Huckleberry Paisley is the son of Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams.

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Law & Order Star's Baby Name Honors Her Irish Roots

Law & Order Star's Baby Name Honors Her Irish Roots

Alana de la Garza, an actor on Law & Order, and her husband Michael have welcomed a son named Kieran Thomas Roberts. According to Wikipedia, de la Garza is the daughter of a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother.  In Kieran, she has honored both sides of her ancestry, giving her son an Irish name while announcing his birth exclusively on Latina.com.

Kieran is the Irish form of Ciaran, the Gaelic name deriving from "ciar," a word for dark-haired. (Thie meaning proved a stumbling block of sorts for another celebrity

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Will Baseball Giant Buster Posey Inspire Any Baby Busters?

Twenty-three-year-old Giants' catcher, Buster Posey, is all the rookie rage in San Francisco right now. At the end of May, during what had so far been an uninspiring season, Posey was finally brought up to bat. Fortunately for the team and fans alike, he didn't disappoint that day and by July, he had taken over as starting catcher. He is now considered the best Giants' rookie since Willie McCovey in 1959 and is a strong contender for this year's Rookie of the Year award.

Giants' fans can't get enough of him, and if the golden boy continues to wow on and off the field, we suspect there will soon be more than a few baby Busters in the Bay Area. So what's the story behind his name?

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Henrietta and the Age of Ettas Past

Henrietta and the Age of Ettas Past

On this day in 1951: a 31-year-old woman died from cancer. Without her knowledge or consent, her doctor had taken a tissue sample from her tumor. Turns out this theft was lucky for science, because the cells in that sample were the first "immortal" human cells: they could stay alive in labs, and reproduce indefinitely. These immortal cells led directly to the polio vaccine and dozens of other scientific breakthroughs, and are still used, in laboratories across the world, today.

The name of the woman? That remained a mystery for years. As was the custom, the cell line from her tissue sample was called HeLa, the first two letters of her first and the first two letters of her last names. Articles and textbooks that bothered to mention her often got her name wrong, calling her Helen Lane and other names. In fact, she was Henrietta Lacks, and her story is told in the bestselling book by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

So that's one name mystery solved, but it raises another. Reading this book made us wonder: why is Henrietta a name you don't hear much any more? It seems a natural for the

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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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