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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Welcome Daughter Blue Ivy

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Saturday brought a highly-anticipated arrival to the celebrity baby world–the superstar couple Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z welcomed their daughter at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  The arrival was more than a month before the couple’s previously revealed due date, reported. The baby and mother are both reportedly doing well.

After some confusion over the order of her name, sources confirmed Sunday that the baby’s name is Blue Ivy Carter.  The unusual name’s meaning is explained by’s In Name Only blogger, Pamela Redmond Satran:

Inspired by nature, Ivy is an old-fashioned name that’s starting to make a comeback after a century-long nap. US Weekly reports that the couple chose “Ivy” because of the significance of the number “4″ or “IV,” in their lives.  Beyoncé and Jay-Z were born on Sept. 4 and Dec. 4, respectively, were married on April 4, 2008, and Beyoncé’s latest album is entitled 4.

Both the names Blue and Ivy may have musical antecedents.  A film about jazz singer Billie Holiday’s life was called Lady Sings the Blues and another early jazz singer was Ivy Anderson.

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Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome Baby Boy

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Charlie Day, who stars in the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and his wife Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who recently guest-starred on the comedy “New Girl,” welcomed a son, Russell Wallace Day, on December 15, reports.

“We are overjoyed and overwhelmed at the amount of love that ushered our baby into the world,” Day, 35, and Ellis, 32, tell PEOPLE.

PEOPLE reports that the baby’s name comes from the couple’s family tree — Russell comes from Ellis’s side and also honors a departed friend, while Wallace comes from Day’s.

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Fantasia Barrino Delivers Baby Boy

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The singer Fantasia Barrino, who won season 3 of “American Idol,” gave birth yesterday to a son, Dallas Xavier Barrino, reports.

In October, Barrino revealed the baby’s gender and said that her doctor had placed her on bed rest.

The baby joins big sister Zion, who is 10 years old.  “I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family,” Barrino told PEOPLE. “I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.”

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‘The Help’ Star Adopts Baby Boy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Viola Davis, a star of the hit summer movie “The Help,” has adopted a baby boy named Genesis, is reporting.

Davis and her husband, the actor Julian Tennon, announced in August that they were pursuing a domestic adoption.  The baby is the first child for the couple.  Tennon has two children from previous relationships.

“Sex and the City” actress Kristin Davis also adopted a baby this month, named Gemma Rose.  For more on celebrity baby names, explore’s Celebrity Baby Names feature.

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Actress Tori Spelling Names Daughter Hattie Margaret

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Tori SpellingTori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott recently had their third child together. If you haven’t already heard, they named their daughter Hattie Margaret. What’s the story behind their baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have chosen the sweet, old-fashioned nickname name of Hattie Margaret for their third child.

Hattie, originally a pet form of Harriet, which is the feminine version of Henry, has rarely been seen on birth certificates since the 1960s, but it has several notable namesakes: the first female U.S. Senator, Hattie Caraway, clothing and jewelry designer Hattie Carnegie, and the first African American to win an Oscar, Hattie McDaniel, for Gone With the Wind.

Hattie was wildly popular at the end of the 19th century, in the Top 50 from 1880 to 1900, along with other similar names like Lottie and Letty and Tillie and Millie. This category of names could well be ready for a comeback, replacing the previous generation of Annie and Katie, Maggie and Molly nickname names.

Some other celebrities have already climbed on board, naming their kids Millie (Amy Grant), Sadie (Adam Sandler, Christina Applegate, Finola Hughes), Edie (Samantha Morton), Dolly (Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connor), Billie (Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane, Ethan Suplee), and Birdie (Busy Phillips and Maura West).

With their first two children, Liam Aaron and Stella Doreen, the Spelling-McDermotts chose family names as middle names—honoring Tori’s late father and Dean’s mother. Although they haven’t revealed its source, Margaret sounds like it could well be a family name as well. Margaret is a rich, classic name used in the past for queens and saints. Though not in the Top 10 as it once was, it is still a popular choice among conservative families.

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Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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