Freddie -- a familiar form of Fred or Frederick -- peaked at #131 in 1938, and hasn't appeared on the charts since 2003. The 1930s was the decade of Freddie, which was also a popular name for girls at the time. The feminine name FreddieRead More...
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 theRead More...
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
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.
- Name Voyager shows Kim in the top 1000 names for girls and boys in America from the 1940s-1980s. Currently not in the top 1000.
- Peak Popularity as a girl's name: #43 in the 1960s
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.Read More...
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 withRead More...
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.Read More...
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?Read More...
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?Read More...