Celebrity Names Blog

Ne-Yo Baby Name: Kre8tive Spellers' Delight

Ne-Yo Baby Name: Kre8tive Spellers' Delight

You've probably never heard of Shaffer Chimere Smith, but we bet you've heard of Ne-Yo, Smith's stage name.

Ne-Yo and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw welcomed their first child on Friday, a baby girl named Madilyn Grace. Madilyn is a favorite name among "kre8ive" spellers and is among the top-100 baby girl names in frontier naming states Wyoming and Alaska.

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For Selena Gomez Fans, Is This Name the New Madison?

For Selena Gomez Fans, Is This Name the New Madison?

Did Selena Gomez give this baby name legs?

We've gotten reports of an up and coming baby name. The name was bestowed on only a handful of babies last year. (Sixty-four babies in the US, the same number as were named Passion, Soledad, and Cheryl.)  Despite this relatively small number, readers report knowing more than one friend who's chosen it. The name is contagious. It hits the right notes.

And 64 US babies with the name born in 2009 represents a steady climb: it was 51 babies the year before, and 40 babies the year before that. The name has charted before -- briefly, in the 1890s -- but it was, at the time, a boy's name. Now, it's all about the girls.

So what is the name?

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Behind Vera Farmiga's Baby Name, Gytta Lubov

Behind Vera Farmiga's Baby Name, Gytta Lubov

Vera Farmiga and her husband Renn Hawkey have welcomed a daughter named Gytta Lubov, her rep tells PEOPLE.Gytta is a sister for Fynn.

We speculated that Farmiga and Hawkey might choose double letters, and that sly "y," when naming Fynn's sibling. But we didn't see Gytta coming.

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Should These Athlete Names Inspire or Expire?

Monday night an anchor on SportsCenter made an interesting comment; he said he'd like to see a list of the top ten names in the NFL. If we'd heard about it first, we would have been happy to oblige. Unfortunately, we must sheepishly admit that we missed this week's SportsCenter... and maybe every other previous episode, too. Nothing personal, we just don't typically have much to do with the business of sports. 

 

But Matthew J. Darnell, who writes the sports blog, Shutdown Corner, on Yahoo, caught the show and got right on those names. We thought we'd piggyback on his post and give you a bit of background on some of the names he chose.

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A Scandalous True Tale of Celebrity Baby Namer's Remorse

A Scandalous True Tale of Celebrity Baby Namer's Remorse

Well, well. Belated congratulations are due to Bones star David Boreanaz and his wife, Jaime Bergman, on their daughter Bella.

Nope, you didn't miss a pregnancy. You missed a case of celebrity baby namer's remorse, with a scandalous twist.

When we announced the Bella's birth last year, she wasn't called Bella. Instead of the popular Twilight-enhanced It-girl name, the baby bore the celebri-tastic name Bardot Vita. But she's been Bella for months. So why are Name Experts and news outlets just now getting wind of the change?

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Travoltas Go Traditional with New Baby Name

Travoltas Go Traditional with New Baby Name

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have announced the name of their new baby boy, who is due in just nineteen days. Benjamin, whenever he arrives, will join ten-year-old big sister, Ella Bleu.

The choice of Benjamin is something of a departure for Travolta and Preston, who chose more unusual names for their two older children. In addition to Ella Bleu, the couple also had a sixteen-year-old son, Jett, whose death in January 2009 was widely reported. The name Ella has grown increasingly popular in recent years among celebrities as well as the rest of us. But the same can't be said of either Bleu or Jett.

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How Daylight Saving Time Made Sunny a Hit Name

How Daylight Saving Time Made Sunny a Hit Name

After the heyday of Susan and Suzanne and before the rise of Summer, a pair of names quietly peaked on the charts: Sunny and Sunshine. Besides the Su- beginning and the era's fondness for the hippy aesthetic, where did these names come from? Daylight Saving Time.

While Sunny and Sunshine are the only Sun- names ever to crack top-1000, other sunny monikers are quietly bestowed on hundreds of US children each year. What are they?

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In "For Colored Girls," a Name Rainbow

In "For Colored Girls," a Name Rainbow

"For Colored Girls" (opening tomorrow) presented Tyler Perry with a tricky naming task.

In Ntozake Shange's original, award-winning play (full title: "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf") the women were known only by their colors: "Woman in Yellow" or "Woman in Green." The idea that each character represented a color mattered, because it was the unified arc of their experiences that made up the titular rainbow.

So when the characters needed actual names for the movie version, it made for a ticklish naming scenario.

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MTV Star Welcomes Baby on the Freeway

Long-time fans of MTV's The Real World know that the current season, The Real World: New Orleans, is not the first time the show has filmed in the great Louisiana city. Ten years ago, season nine also took place there.

Diehard fans may even remember season nine's Matt Smith, a sweet-tempered virgin who did not reciprocate the feelings his roommate Julie Stoffer had for him. Fast forward ten years: Smith is now married and has a two-year-old daughter named Norah Grace. Last week, he and his wife, Candyce, welcomed their second daughter, Stella St. Clare Smith.

Mom and baby are healthy and doing fine, but all was not smooth sailing when Stella arrived during a full moon on October 21st.

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In Idaho, a Candidate for Governor Takes the Legal Name "Pro-Life"

Now more than ever, the names we choose send messages. Of course, some of those names send messages more directly than others do.

Meet Pro-Life, a candidate for governor in Idaho.

Pro-Life is his legal name. A perennial candidate, the former coal miner and CPA-turned-organic strawberry farmer has also run for state senate and Fire Commissioner. In 2004, he legally changed his name to Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, to make his message crystal clear.

Things took a turn when, in the 2006 governor's race,

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