Celebrity Names Blog

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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Let's Talk Rooney, And No, We Don't Mean Andy

Rooney Mara.

Chances are you don't know her. But allow us to introduce you. Because she seems all but fated to be a household name very soon.

She first appeared in 2009's "Youth in Revolt," starring the affable Michael Cera. Then she made "The Winning Season" with Emma Roberts and Sam Rockwell. Now she's in theaters as the woman who breaks Mark Zuckerberg's heart in "The Social Network." And next year she'll be back on the silver screen yet again in the biggest break of her career so far; she's been chosen to play Lisbeth Salander in Sony Pictures' adaption of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

When we saw her name in the credits of "The Social Network," we knew we had to get the scoop on her Hollywood perfect name. We were unsurprised, though also a bit disappointed, to learn that Rooney Mara isn't exactly her real name--it's only part of it.

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Halloween Name Spotlight: Elvira

Halloween Name Spotlight: Elvira

There are many names we associate with Halloween: Ichabod Crane of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Frankenstein; Dracula and even Carrie. But for people of a certain generation, the name most associated with Halloween may just be Elvira.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a relatively recent character. Created in the 1980s as the hostess  of a B-movie series on a local television station in Los Angeles, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark quickly became a cult figure, and eventually a pop culture icon

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A Celebrity Baby Name That Name Enthusiasts Can Love?

A Celebrity Baby Name That Name Enthusiasts Can Love?

We Name Enthusiasts gripe a lot about celebrity baby names that are "NMS," too outrageous or too boring. Is it possible that a celebrity baby name has finally arrived that Name Enthusiasts will love?

We think so. 

Jessica Capshaw, daughter of Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg, who is a popular actress in her own right (she plays Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy), gave birth to a second child on October 20. The baby girl, who joins older brother

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Céline Dion's Baby Names Revealed! (And They Sound Sort of Familiar)

Céline Dion's Baby Names Revealed! (And They Sound Sort of Familiar)

Thanks to PEOPLE.com we now know what Céline Dion and husband René Angelil named their twins, born last week.  (See earlier post on Céline Dion baby names)


Neither Nelson nor Eddy made our prediction list, which was developed on the basis  of "sibling matches" for René-Charles, the name of the couple's older son. We did, however, mention that René-Charles was a namesake, and in that regard, the twins follow suit with a family style.

Baby Eddy is named for Eddy Marney, who produced

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Why Krystal Ball is a Great Name for a Politician

When we first wrote about Krystal Ball, she was a long-shot candidate for Congress. Today, she's still a long shot candidate for Congress; but she's also turned a sexy-photo scandal into a feminist triumph and earned the title of "the Sarah Palin of the left." How much has her name helped?

The coverage of her can't avoid mentioning the name; it's just too ridiculous. It's an instant point of contact between people. The name is also, arguably, the reason her story had steam in the first place. As Nisha Chattal wrote, "A 27 year old running for congress? and a woman? There has never been a woman under 30 in Congress. And that name!"

The idea that a name like "Krystal Ball" could be a kind of political asset is counterintuitive.

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How I Met Your Mother Plays the Baby Name Game

Did you catch Monday night's episode of How I Met Your Mother? It was titled, appropriately, "Baby Names." Our ears perked up in the opening scene when a couple began to argue about what to name their newborn daughter; in the first thirty seconds both Tiffany and Vodka are vetoed. Throughout the rest of the show, our star couple, Lily and Marshall, debate the name of their future child.

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Lleyton Hewitt's Baby Name: Worth the $2?

Lleyton Hewitt's Baby Name: Worth the $2?

Surprise: it's Ava.

Lleyton Hewitt and his wife Bec have unveiled the baby name fans had to pay $2 to learn. Ava Sydney Hewitt joins siblings Mia Rebecca and Cruz.

Hewitt, the top-ranked Austrailian tennis player, and his wife Bec set tongues wagging this week when, like Celine Dion, they didn't immediately release the name of their newborn baby. Unlike Celine Dion, they told fans exactly when the name would drop: Tuesday morning. The catch was that the name would be released via Text A Star, a service that charges fans $2 a message to receive members-only texts from sports stars.

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Lily Allen Is Expecting A Boy

Lily Allen Is Expecting A Boy

Last week, pregnant singer/songwriter Lily Allen announced that she and her boyfriend, Sam Cooper, are expecting a baby boy in early 2011. Allen is on the cover of the current issue of Stylist, and she told a journalist for the British magazine that knowing she's having a boy has made impending motherhood seem more real. It has also inspired her to make a secret list of potential baby names.

Even though Allen and Cooper have decided to keep their list private, we do know that they won't be taking any inspiration from fellow British stars such as Jamie Oliver (son Buddy Bear) and Victoria Beckham (sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz).

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