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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)
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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 Marnay, who produced Dion's early records, according to PEOPLE.  And Nelson is named for Nelson Mandela. We love the idea behind the names as voiced by Dion's rep who says, "Céline and René want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men."

While we love the sentiment, we also have to wonder whether Céline and René were also -- maybe subconsciously -- inspired by a singing sensation from an earlier generation -- Nelson Eddy.  The powerhouse baritone appeared in 19 musical films in teh 1930s and 1940s. 

As names, Nelson and Eddy, both have history as surnames as well.  What do you think of Céline's chice of names for her twins?



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October 29, 2010 10:08 AM
By Julie (not verified)

wow, but did she go in a different direction than i expected! eddy and nelson are named for important people in her life...IMHO the other half of the names sound like a better sibset: Marnay and Mandela (tho girly). And when you google the names, how appropriate they share the name with that of the early movie star/singer Nelson Eddy (i remember the short willie the operatic whale) LOL

October 29, 2010 10:15 AM
By Mme.g (not verified)

I'm quite surprised, as these names sound very different when pronounced in French. If I were her, I would have put the Anglophone-sounding names as middle names and put Francophone names as first names.

Do we know what the middle names for the twins are?

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