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American Idol Winner Kris Allen Welcomes Son

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Kris Allen, a winner of the singing competition show “American Idol,” has welcomed a son, Oliver Neil, with his wife Katy.  The boy is the couple’s first child.  More from

“Happy day!!!! My little stud was born today. Oliver is here people,” the singer Tweets. The baby boy weighs in at 7 lbs., 7 oz. and is 20¾ inches long. “Mom and baby are doing great,” the rep tells PEOPLE.

Allen, 28, and his wife revealed back in January that they were expecting. “I am really excited. I’ve always wanted to be a dad,” Allen later said. “My wife already started buying him clothes like me. He’s already got some [fedoras].”

It’s been a year of joy but also hardship for Allen. Also in January, he and Katy were involved in a serious car accident that shattered Allen’s wrist.

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Top Baby Names of the Year Announced

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The top baby names of 2012 were released Thursday by the Social Security Administration, with Sophia and Jacob earning top rankings for the second year in a row.

Here are the top 10 names for each gender.  Check out’s In Name Only blog for analysis of the meanings of the top names, as well as what the changes in the list say about parents’ priorities and values.


  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden


  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth

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New Zealand Releases List of Banned Baby Names

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The nation of New Zealand has a government agency dedicated to approving parents’ name choices for their newborns, and it has released an updated list of names that are barred in that country.  The names, which include Lucifer, Christ, or Messiah, and the agency told CNN that acceptable names must not cause offense to a reasonable person, not be unreasonably long and should not resemble an official title and rank.  More from

It’s no surprise then that the names nixed most often since 2001 are “Justice” (62 times) and “King” (31 times).

Some of the other entries scored points in the creativity department — but clearly didn’t take into account the lifetime of pain they’d bring.

“Mafia No Fear.” “4Real.” “Anal.”

Oh, come on!

Then there were the parents who preferred brevity through punctuation. The ones who picked ‘”*” (the asterisk) or ‘”.”(period).

Still, some quirky names do make it through.

In 2008, the country made made international news when the naming agency allowed a set of twins to be named ‘

“Benson” and “Hedges” — a popular cigarette brand — and OK’d the names “Violence” and “Number 16 Bus Shelter.”

Asked about those examples, Michael Mead of the Internal Affairs Department (under which the agency falls) said, “All names registered with the Department since 1995 have conformed to these rules.”

And what happens when parents don’t conform?

Four years ago, a 9-year-old girl was taken away from her parents by the state so that her name could be changed from “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.”

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Actress Uma Thurman Reveals Long Baby Name

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Uma Thurman, who gave birth to a baby girl in July, is only now disclosing her daughter’s name, and the news has celebrity watchers and parents-to-be talking.  According to, the girl’s name is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson.  She will be known as “Luna.”  From PEOPLE:

While the couple is keeping the origins of Luna’s name private, Thurman’s rep allows, “Each name has a special reason and meaning to her mother and father.”

Born in Rhinebeck, N.Y., baby Luna is the first child together for Thurman, 42, and [Arpad] Busson, 49. She joins elder siblings, Maya Ray and Levon Thurman-Hawke, from Thurman’s marriage to Ethan Hawke, and Flynn and Cy Busson, the financier’s sons with ex-fiancée Elle MacPherson.

Visit’s In Name Only blog for a name-by-name explanation of the meanings of Uma Thurman’s daughter’s extraordinary name.

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Drew Barrymore Has Baby Girl

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The actress Drew Barrymore has given birth to a baby girl, her first child.  Barrymore and her husband, art-consultant Will Kopelman, have named their daughter Olive, which according to’s In Name Only blog, is an increasingly popular baby name:

Olive has become a hot baby name of late—fueled in part by those looking for an alternative for top-five favorite Olivia. Its origins are obvious—and though the tree gives us its amazing fruits, it also has symbolized peace for centuries (think “extending the olive branch”). It’s currently in the top 500 baby names in the U.S., and definitely one that’s on the rise. It’s not super common yet in the celebrity realm—actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher chose it for their first daughter, making Drew and Will the second ones to choose the name.

According to Us Weekly, Barrymore said on The Tonight Show in February that she hopes to have multiple children with Kopelman.  “We’ll start with one,” she said. “See how it goes and if we could be so blessed . . . that would be wonderful.”

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