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Robert Downey Jr. and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan have welcomed a son!

Exton Elias was born Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. People.com reports that the babe was 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and 20 inches long. Downey has an older son, Indio, 18, from a previous marriage.

According to People.com, Susan was a tad upset when Downey shared the sex of the baby on national television last summer.

“I could never really stay mad at him, but I can tell you it genuinely wasn’t something we planned to reveal,” she said. As a result, Downey says he was extra careful to keep his lips zipped about the couple’s name pick before the baby arrived.

 

 

 

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BabyCenter.com Releases Top Baby Names of 2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The website BabyCenter.com has published its annual Top Baby Names list, along with the results of a survey on how parents name their babies.  The survey found that fifty-two percent of new parents announced their baby’s name via cell phones, and almost half posted on a social networking site such as Facebook shortly after giving birth.

Here are the top 10 girls’ and boys’ names for 2011.  For the full list, visit BabyCenter.com.

 

 

Top Boys’ Names 2011

  1. Aiden
  2. Jackson
  3. Mason
  4. Liam
  5. Jacob
  6. Jayden
  7. Ethan
  8. Noah
  9. Lucas
  10. Logan

Top Girls’ Names 2011

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

Image: Name tag, via Shutterstock

 

 

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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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Actress Kristin Davis Names Adopted Daughter Gemma Rose

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Kristin DavisKristin Davis is now the mother of a baby girl she has named Gemma Rose. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Gemma is a gem of a name, meaning ‘jewel’ in Italian, which has been popular in Britain for decades but has just begun being appreciated here in the past couple of years. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2008 and has already jumped into the Top 500. Why the sudden attention? Could be because it’s a more exotic relative of the mega-popular Emma.

Gemma has a long history in Italy; it was the name of the wife of the poet Dante Aligheri. Another modern celebrity who chose it is Catherine Bell, for her daughter born in 2003. Gemma got a lot of notice as the name of the dynamic matriarch character played by Katey Sagal in TV’s Sons of Anarchy.

The English equivalent, Jewel, had a comeback in the late 90s, coinciding with the career peak of the single-named singer by that name, but has now faded. But individual gem names, which were all the rage a century ago, are very much having a renaissance. Jade (used by Mick and Bianca Jagger for their daughter back in 1971 and more recently by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis as the English version of her own name) is now ranked at #115, Ruby (the celeb choice of Tobey Maguire, Charlotte Church and Gillian Barberie) is #113 and rising fast, and Pearl, picked by Maya Rudolph, is just on the cusp of a comeback.

Middle name Rose has been the soft and sweet go-to middle name of the millennium, used by countless celebs, from Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck to Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban to the Jon Stewarts. Sylvester Stallone liked it so much he used it for all three of his girls.

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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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UPDATED: This post was updated on October 11 to correct the name of the Katey Sagal show to Sons of Anarchy.

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Actor Mike Myers Names Son Spike

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Mike MyersMike Myers and wife Kelly Tisdale recently had their first child. If you haven’t already heard, they named their son Spike. What’s the story behind their baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

When Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale named their new baby boy Spike, they made him an instant member of the Extreme Celebrity Baby Name Club.

Spike has always been thought of as a nickname, and a pretty spiky one at that. In fact, all the previous well-known Spikes have had different (and decidedly unmacho) names on their birth certificates. Director Spike Lee was born Shelton, musician Spike Jones was Lindley, filmmaker Spike Jonze was Adam, and British comedian Spike Milligan was Terence.

But the Myers boy can find other celebrity playmates with comparable names that (we hate to say it) once upon a time were equally considered canine. These include Michelle Hicks and Jonny Lee Miller’s Buster, Roseanne Barr’s Buck, Jamie Oliver’s Buddy Bear and Alicia Silverstone’s Bear, Justine Bateman’s Duke, Damon Dash’s Lucky, and Robert Rodriguez’s Rocket, not to mention such poodle possibilities as Coco and Gigi.

There are also a number of fictional Spikes, such as a vampire character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Fonzie’s cousin in Happy Days, and several others in soap operas, comic books, cartoons, and video games. Spike was also the name of Snoopy’s brother in Peanuts — but we won’t get into the other canine characters. It also has rock n’ roll cred as the name of an Elvis Costello album.

One nice bonding thing about the names of Mike Myers and his son Spike: they rhyme.

nameberry, celebrity baby names, baby namesLinda 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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