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Behind The Harry Potter Names

Behind The Harry Potter Names

It's summertime -- time for a cold drink, some popcorn and a new Harry Potter movie.  With Harry mania everywhere, you may think that you know all there is to know about Hogwarts, Voldemort and Horcruxes.  But have you thought about the names chosen by the clever author J.K. Rowling?  In such a well mapped out series, where elements introduced in book one help explain the secrets at work in book seven, we bet all the names in the Harry Potter world got chosen for a reason.  Now comes our mystery to solve -- for what reason?  Here's some information that can help us, gathered from Behind the Name and the German First Names Lexicon:

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Naming with a Portmanteau

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a "portmanteau" is a word whose meaning is derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms.  We all recognize the more famous of the portmanteaus: Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) and Bennifer (used mostly during Ben Affleck's past relationship with the other Jennifer.. Jennifer Lopez).  But what about celebrities with given names that are a portmanteau? 

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New Baby Alert: Kathryn Hahn's daughter Mae

New Baby Alert: Kathryn Hahn's daughter Mae

Kathryn Hahn, former Crossing Jordon star, and hubbie Ethan Sandler welcomed daughter Mae into the world on Monday July 27, 2009.  People reports that Kathryn's due date was in September, but apparently Mae got sick of waiting and after two days of labor this baby girl came out at 5 lbs.  Word is that mother and daughter are a-okay.  Mae's got an older brother to check in on her -- Leonard, 2 1/2.

As speakeasys reappear in cities across the country as the hot places to drink and mingle, old-fashioned names are also making a strong comeback in the celebrity world.  Just to name a few:

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New Baby Alert: Kelis and Nas Welcome Knight

Singer Kelis has taken a cue from the Queen and knighted her new son.  Knight Jones was born July 22nd to Kelis and her estranged husband, Nas.  Kelis and Nas, whose name as we reported back on June 17th is actually Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, have unique names in their own right, but their son has joined a crowd of royalty.  Maybe they chose Knight because Prince was already taken by Michael Jackson's son?  Regardless, we thought we would look at a list of other possible royal names. 

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Pregnant Angels

Pregnant Angels

Pregnancy in the air for four Victoria's Secret models -- and not just any models, these high-profile women are current or former Angels.  Earlier this summer we did a Summer Baby Season look at pregnant celeb moms, but here is a special Angel Forecast.  

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James Dean May No Longer be the Bad Boy

James Dean was known as the ultimate bad boy back in his day, but it looks as though today James would have had more of a chance.  MSNBC.com reports that a study just released by David Kalist in the Social Science Quarterly suggests that a normal name like James gives a boy less of a chance of becoming a "bad boy" than a name like Alec.  Why is this?

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The First Names in the White House

The First Names in the White House

Barack, Michelle, Malia, Sasha -- the world is on a first name basis with the America's First Family.  They get a lot of coverage, but have you ever really just thought about their names? In case you haven't, we here at NameCandy will add some name information to the ever-growing pool of knowledge about the Obamas.

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Hailey Glassman Revives the Name Hailey?

According to Babynamewizard.com, the name Hailey is currently ranked number 25 in the United States.  The newest Hailey to enter our radar, Jon Gosselin's new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, hasn't even hit age 25!  While Hailey appears to have stolen Jon's heart from his wife, Kate, her name also beats Kate's in popularity by a whopping

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A New Name on the Supreme Court?

Confirmation hearings are underway this week, and it's looking like Sonia Sotomayor will be the next United States Supreme Court Justice.  Congress will make the final call on President Obama's appointee, voting yea or nay to her ascent to the bench, but what's our vote on her name?

Sonia is a name that comes in many variations -- Sonya, Sonja, and Sophia are all close relations.  Have these variations played out differently on the American naming stage? 

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New Baby Alert: Molly Ringwald Welcomes Twins!

Molly Ringwald, famous for her roles in numerous eighties films (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink to name a few) as well as her present role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has welcomed two new additions to her family.

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