After years of speculation, Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced their engagement and the date of their wedding--April 29, 2011. But that isn't Middleton's only big news; the bride has also decided to drop "Kate" in favor of Catherine, her given name.
And she's wasted no time making the switch: mere hours after accepting the prince's proposal, the future princess signed their hotel guest book in Kenya as "Catherine Middleton." The name change was her decision and was reportedly made because she would like to be taken more seriously.Read More...
He's here. The latest pre-named, pre-announced celebrity baby has arrived. John Travolta and Kelly Preston welcomed baby Benjamin to the world November 23.
Benjamin's name is a departure for the Travoltas who have been known for a more distinctive and trendy baby naming style. They have a daughter named Ella Bleu who was born in 2000, just as the name Ella began trending sharply upward. Their
In honor of Thanksgiving this week, we revisit our favorite Pilgrim names. No, no, not John and Mary. These are real-life Pilgrim names that we think would be just as comfortable on today's celebrity babies as they were on the Mayflower Pilgrims and their babies in 1621.
(For more background on Pilgrim Names, please see this post from the Name Lady)
Last week, we discussed the popular 1950s television program, The Howdy Doody Show. This week we jump ahead three decades to The Pee-wee Herman Show, which was created by comedian Paul Reubens in the early 1980s. Pee-wee is enjoying something of a revival at the moment; he made his Broadway debut earlier this month and a new Pee-wee movie is in the works (produced by Judd Apatow).
Reubens found inspiration in a 1950s' children television program, though one notnearly as well known as The Howdy Doody Show: The Pinky Lee Show. (Incidentally, while Howdy Doody had Clarabell the Clown, Pinky Lee hung out with Susabelle.) Host Pinky Lee was known for his plaid jacket, checkered pants, oversized bow tie, and his high-strung personality. Reubens tweaked the look, opting instead for a slim checkered suit and a tiny red bow tie, but Pee-wee's tempermental energy is all Pinky Lee.
On the show, Reubens also gave a nod to an earlier era of names--as certainly none of them were lifted from the 1970s or 80s.Read More...
We did a quick double-take when we heard a local mom mention her baby girl, Clarabelle yesterday. At first glance, Clarabelle is of-the-moment in terms of style -- it's Clara, a 19th-Century classic whose star has been rising in recent years (Clara is currently ranked #199 on the Social Security Administration's list of popular names) plus Belle, a creative alternative to too-hot Isabelle and Annabelle.
But to people of a certain generation (and we're not saying we're of that generation, but maybe, just maybe, our own mom is), the name Clarabelle has one single over-riding association. That's right kids, it's Howdy Doody time!
In case you weren't around in the 1950s, The Howdy Doody Show was a popular
Muggles, rejoice! If you are a fan of the boy wizard and his Hogwarts' classmates, you probably already have tickets for the latest installment in the Harry Potter movie series -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
What better time to revisit our favorite J.K. Rowling character names?
As we've discussed previously in this blog and on our sister site BabyNameWizard.com, Harry Potter character names have had little impact on our real-life Muggle naming culture. (And if you think you are a Harry Potter Name Wizard, see whether you can distinguish between Rowling character names and character names from Charles Dickens'Read More...
Harry Potter has changed many things, but one arena where J.K. Rowling's books have had surprisingly little effect is the realm of baby names. Even Hermione -- a name from both ancient Greek and Shakespeare -- splits Name Nerds straight down the middle.
If the Harry Potter character names can feel too ubiquitous -- and too Dickensian -- for namers (Danica McKellar excepted), what about the names of Harry Potter actors? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will once again feature French actress Clémence Poésy in the role of Fleur Delacourt. Which name would you most like to see break onto the US charts: Clémence or Hermione?Read More...
Yesterday, musician Chris Daughtry had two kids. Today, he has four. He and his wife Deanna met their fraternal twins just a few hours ago. Adalynn Rose was born first and Noah James followed nineteen seconds later. Adalynn and Noah join big sibs Hannah and Griffin.
14-year-old Hannah is actually Deanna's daughter from her previous marriage, and 12-year-old Griffin is Daughtry's adopted son. But while the twins are the couple's first biological children, we see commonality among all four of the kids' names.Read More...
We designed the Celebrity Baby Names Lookup database as a resource for namers and celebrity-watchers alike, but that doesn't mean we aren't sometimes nonplussed by how readers use it. We've been counting up the most-viewed celebrity babies of the month, and there are some surprises. It makes sense to us, for example, that lame-duck Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger's daughter, Katherine Eunice, got several hits the day after election day. After all, politics was in the news and on our minds.
These questions aside, the Top 10 List of most-viewed celebrity babies in our database offers an interesting window into the current cultural moment. So without further ado, here's the list.Read More...