What do Claudia Schiffer and Demi Moore have in common? I mean, besides naked pregnant photoshoots for the cover of Vogue? And looking sexy for breast cancer awareness ? And, okay, being rich, hot international superstars?
Unusual taste in baby names. (Of course that's our angle! What blog did you think you were reading, anyway?) Demi's kids, famously, are Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Claudia's, so far, are Caspar Matthew and Clementine de Vere. Depending on your take, these unusual sets are hip and sophisticated, or pretentious and weird.
One thing they're not, says Schiffer, is easy. In March, Schiffer explained the difficulty she and husband Matthew Vaughan have with naming. "We're terrible," she told a reporter. "The first two, basically, we were still in hospital and didn't know the name." Perhaps we can suggest some names that fit her set?Read More...
Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic, gave birth to a baby boy, Rex, on May 6, 2010. Rex is her fourth son with husband Henry Wickham; Rex will be joining Freddy, Hugo and Oscar. Ms. Kinsella knows names -- book names, pen names and baby names.
Her book names most people are familiar with -- the enormous success of Confessions of a Shopaholic surely had to due in part with its catchy and memorable title. Though, fun fact, this book was first published in the UK under the name The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. But when movie time rolled around, they went with the more well-known name.
Less people know that Ms. Kinsella herself has two names at play.Read More...
Lena Horne, jazz singer, actress, and civil rights activist, had a long life and a storied and frustrating career. (Barred because of her race from living in Hollywood, she found a champion in neighbor Humphrey Bogart, who "raised hell" when neighbors attempted to get rid of her.) She's just the sort of person you might name a baby after. Lena is one of the old-fashioned classic names we love, and we'd expect news of Lena Horne's death to kick the name's profile up a notch.
However, there's another element to this name story. Announcement of Horne's death shared the front page of the New York Times this morning with the announcement that Elena Kagan has been nominated to the US Supreme Court. As a look at the most recent Social Security Administration name rankings reveals, Lena and Elena are not only well-liked old names themeslves; they are part of a whole cluster of names with the "lena" sound that are burning up charts all over the world.Read More...
Bethenny Frankel, a famous housewife thanks to The Real Housewives of New York City, gave birth to a baby girl this morning. PEOPLE reports that Bethenny and her husband Jason Hoppy, now a real father of New York City, named their baby girl Bryn.
How does Bryn fit in with the newest information released by the Social Security Administrationon the most popular names of 2009? (As name enthusiasts, we await this news release as eagerly as a 16th birthday. Check out our posts on the hot names of 2009 and their celeb incarnations, plus the fastest rising names of the past year.)
We turned to a handy chart of the most popular baby names of 2009, compiled by Baby Name Wizard:
- Of the top 100 girls names of 2009, only five begin with B: Brianna (24),
Move over, movie stars. Names from the political scene are also hot.
The seventh fastest rising girl's name of 2009 was Bristol, which made its chart debut this year at #666. The name Bristol made its way on to the national radar thanks to Bristol Palin, the most famous teen mom in America. Also rising fast is Tripp,Read More...
his morning the Social Security Administration announced the most popular names for babies born in 2009. (see http://www.babynamewizard.com/blog for the latest data-crunching and statistics on hottest names, fastest risers and fallers and more). Isabella and Jacob top the charts, as we wrote earlier today. (And yes, Baby Name Wizard Laura Wattenberg called Isabella's ascension back in January.)
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were famous baby name trendsetters back in 1994 when they named their daughter Isabella. Isabella had only recently broken the top-1000 names in America that year. Now our celebrity names database lists 12 celebrity babies named Isabella (not to mention three Isabels and five Isabelles).
So how do this year's most popular names stack up against popular celebrity baby names? Here is the list of the most popular names in America this year, followed by the number of celebrity babies we have listed in our celebrity baby names database who share that name.
Team Edward can't be pleased. Isabella and Jacob top this year's annual list of most popular baby names in America, as reported by our sister site BabyNameWizard.com this morning. (See the full list of most popular baby names here).
We're not surprised. We predicted Isabella's rise - it's both a Twilight name and a celeb favorite. See the full list of celebrity babies named Isabella here. And check back throughout the day for more updates and analyis of this story.Read More...
We've seen Winston Churchill's name around lately. First, he appeared as a rotund, bow-tied, bowler-hat wearing, cigar-chomping character on the most recent episode of the BBC's newest iteration of Dr. Who. Next, Christie's of London announced Tuesday (just days before the 65th anniversary of VE-Day on May 8) that it would auction off an enormous collection of Churchill's private papers and effects, expected to fetch more than two-million in U.S. dollars.
Okay: so we're clearly not interested in shelling out $200K for Churchill's appointment book, nor $2300 for an unsmoked Havana cigar he gave to a friend in 1963. But there is something of Churchill's we covet: his family's names.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill -- the man himself.
Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill -- his wifeRead More...
State names are a hot trend these days, and we got excited at the thought of a Callie (as in California) and Arizona match-up. But, alas, our first impressions were off the mark. Yes, Grey's Anatomy is airing the hot lady romance (with Callie played by Sara Ramirez and Arizona by Jessica Capshaw), but no, Callie's name is not short for California. Callie is the shortened form of Calliope.
Calliope Iphegenia Torres. Hmm, might there be a little Greek in there?Read More...