Celebrity Names Blog

New Baby Alert: A Boy Named Charlie for Les Moonves and Julie Chen

New Baby Alert: A Boy Named Charlie for Les Moonves and Julie Chen

Another new baby! Celebrity Baby Blog reports that Julie Chen and her husband Les Moonves (CEO of CBS) welcomed son Charlie this morning, September 24. Charlie is Julie Chen's first baby.  Les Moonves has three children (their names are Adam, Michael and Sara) from a previous marriage. 

Charlie is a recent celebrity favorite, shared by Charlie John Oldman, Charlie Axel Woods, Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell, and Charlie Ballerina Sisto (the latter three all born in the last year). As these examples show, the name has crossover appeal.

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Heroes' Hiro and Sylar: Good Guy and Bad Guy Names

Heroes' Hiro and Sylar: Good Guy and Bad Guy Names

The debut of Heroes this week has us thinking about good guy and bad guy names. In shows that pit good and evil, names do more than designate a character: they help the audience form an emotional bond with the character and give clues about the character's moral compass.

In Heroes, the good guy is easy to spot:...

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New Baby Alert: Samantha Burke Welcomes Sophia, her daughter with Jude Law

New Baby Alert: Samantha Burke Welcomes Sophia, her daughter with Jude Law

Sophia is the name for Samantha Burke's daughter with Jude Law.  24-year-old Samantha Burke confirmed to PEOPLE the Tuesday, September 22 birth and name choice.  No word on Jude's involvement in name decisions or in the many child-rearing decisions to come.  Sophia is Samantha's first child and baby number four for Jude.  The first three are with ex-wife Sadie Frost -- Rafferty, Iris and Rudy.  

Why Sophia?

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New Baby Alert: Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Stella Luna

New Baby Alert: Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Stella Luna

It's a girl for actress Ellen Pompeo and music producer husband Chris Ivery.  According to US Magazine, the baby girl, named Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery, was born Septmeber 15, 2009.  It's a celestial pick for the Grey's Anatomy star.  Stella and Luna, both hot names are their own, mean "star" and "moon," respectively.  It's not the first time

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Buffy Baby Names

With the birth of Charlotte Grace Prinze to Sarah Michelle and Freddie Prinze this week, 2009 has seen a total of three baby girls born to Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni.  (Sarah Michelle played the title role in the influential series.)  In March, Alyson 

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Cougar Town Introduces Jules, Ellie and Laurie

The much anticipated television series Cougar Town is premiering tonight on ABC, and we suspect Courteney Cox will bring us yet another character to fall in love with.  This time Courteney will portray Jules, a 40-something divorcee on the prowl for a good time.  We are assuming Jules is a nickname for Julie or Julia.  Both names are popular: The name Julia is currently ranked 40 in popularity according to the Social Security Administration, and the name Julie is ranked 335.  Either name is quite fitting considering...

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New Baby Alert: Sarah Michelle and Freddie Prinze Welcome Charlotte Grace

New Baby Alert: Sarah Michelle and Freddie Prinze Welcome Charlotte Grace

It's a girl for Sarah Michelle Prinze (better known as Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Freddie Prinze Jr. The actors welcomed their first child, Charlotte Grace Prinze on Saturday, September 19, 2009, according to PEOPLE.

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The Good Wife: Does Alicia Make the Cut?

The Good Wife: Does Alicia Make the Cut?

Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, a new drama premiering tonight on CBS at 10pm ET.  Alicia is the wife of a politician who gets in trouble for sexual and political corruption.  Sound familiar?  Other wives who have been in the news after their politician husbands got caught in the act:   Hillary Clinton; Elizabeth Edwards; Silda Spitzer, Jenny Sanford.  Supposedly these ladies inspired the show.  It'd be less than subtle to name the title character after one of them, but did their names have any influence on naming this good wife?  

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Accidentally on Purpose: The Many Names of Jenna Elfman

Accidentally on Purpose: The Many Names of Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman plays Billie in her new comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, premiering tonight on CBS at 8:30 EST.  As a given name for a girl, the baby name Billie hit its peak of popularity in the U.S. in the 1930s (Billie Holiday, anyone?). Namipedia defines

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Joscelyn Skye and Jack Haydon: A.J. Langer's Favorite Names and Places

We all have that one photo or painting that brings us back to that vacation in St. Maarten, the ski trip in Aspen, the city where we grew up or (insert your favorite place here).  Well A.J. Langer, best known for her role in the t.v. series My So-Called Life, has joined a growing number of parents who have memorialized their favorite places in their children's names.

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