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Celebrity baby naming analysis by Duana Taha. For Duana Names naming advice articles, see http://www.laineygossip.com/Name-Nerd/Lifestyle/Category/1284.

Why Lainey Cares* About Leslie Odom Jr.

Duana Posted by Duana at April 27, 2017 18:34:46 April 27, 2017 18:34:46
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We’ve debated and gone back and forth, but I think the verdict is we are going to delay the taping of our #ShowYourWork podcast until after the weekend.  Because the Met Gala is coming, and because Lainey and I are going to be in New York this weekend, and because there is too much good material coming at us and we need to delay our argument about who should win ‘Do I Need To Care About’. Full Story

Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk have a baby name

Duana Posted by Duana at April 11, 2017 18:13:52 April 11, 2017 18:13:52
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I like saying “Irina Shayk”. You do too, right? I assume so, and that’s part of why she’s famous? I mean, I know, she’s a model and she’s been with him for almost two years and all, but let’s be honest, this is a fun name to say. Full Story

Natalie Portman’s Pre-Oscar Baby A

Duana Posted by Duana at March 6, 2017 19:38:00 March 6, 2017 19:38:00
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Early in the week of the Oscars, Natalie Portman released a statement saying she wouldn’t be attending either the big show or the Independent Spirit Awards, ‘on doctor’s orders’. Full Story

Nick Cannon’s son is named Golden

Duana Posted by Duana at February 23, 2017 18:00:36 February 23, 2017 18:00:36
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This is why. Why care about the names celebrities choose for their children? This is why. This name, Golden Cannon, tells you so much about who these people are and what they’re about. It’s so amazing. Not just because it’s an adjective, not just because it is an inescapable euphemism that I’m going to have to wrap into using, now, and I thought I was classier than to think of a baby’s name as a euphemism for a male member, but apparently I am not… No, it’s because the name ‘Golden’ explains one of the greater celebrity baby name mysteries up to this point. Full Story

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Geri Halliwell’s Son…YES…

Duana Posted by Duana at January 23, 2017 15:54:56 January 23, 2017 15:54:56
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Are we about ready for some earnest Spice Girls nostalgia? I assume so, given that it was exactly 20 years ago that they were becoming a massive phenomenon when Spice was released. But it’s not just cheesy romanticizing – what’s become obvious in the 20 years since they first started trumpeting about Girl Power is that, despite being a ‘constructed’ group, with all the shade that was thrown at them back then, they were nonetheless the right women to embody the spirit of ‘Girl Power’. Full Story

Olivia, “Olivia”, and great baby names?

Duana Posted by Duana at October 19, 2016 20:19:21 October 19, 2016 20:19:21
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You know those bots on Twitter that are basically jokes? Like @ProbsAFeminist retweets people who say “I’m not a feminist, but…”? I wonder if there’s one for platitudes? Because I hate platitudes, BUT, I always find myself thinking about that one about dishware: “If you don’t like someone, the way he holds his spoon will make you furious; if you do like him, he can turn his plate into your lap and you won’t mind. Full Story

Jamie Oliver drops Baby Name…

Duana Posted by Duana at August 25, 2016 18:55:10 August 25, 2016 18:55:10
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…and it’s Richard! Okay, no. Nor would you expect it to be. For review, and fodder for people to talk about ‘crazy Hollywood names’ for the next 10 years, the fact that the Olivers are in London notwithstanding, Jamie Oliver and wife Jools Full Story