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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.

Ginnifer Goodwin’s great baby name leads to Americans withdrawal

Duana Posted by Duana at June 9, 2016 17:25:09 June 9, 2016 17:25:09
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Wenn, AKM-GSI

Ginnifer Goodwin and her husband Josh Dallas named their new baby Hugo Wilson Dallas. I really, really love Hugo, even though one of my strongest aural memories of it is Perpetua ‘yars’-ing the name in Bridget Jones’s Diary. It’s a good name, works well with their first son, Oliver Finlay, and, though I’m not personally a Goodwin or Once Upon A Time fan, I appreciate that there’s no-muss-no-fuss about the announcement. Full Story

Jena Malone names son Ode Mountain

Duana Posted by Duana at May 31, 2016 21:00:09 May 31, 2016 21:00:09

So I’m still learning how to ‘do’ Instagram. I’m @duanataha if you want to encourage me. If I even wrote that right. (Lainey: you didn’t. I fixed it for you.) One of the things that freaks me out about it, as opposed to, say, Twitter, is that it’s so earnest. Full Story

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen name daughter Luna Simone

Duana Posted by Duana at April 18, 2016 15:56:19 April 18, 2016 15:56:19
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Eric Stringer/ Getty Images

I’m so down with this one. I was asked about my predictions for this name a few weeks ago, and I said it was going to be a little offbeat, in a familiar way. Ultimately these two people are named John and Christine, and even though they’re both, you know, super-famous, they would also have experienced the realities of being one of several Johns or Christines in a given situation. Full Story

Kelly Clarkson’s baby son Remington Alexander

Duana Posted by Duana at April 14, 2016 20:09:21 April 14, 2016 20:09:21

Kelly Clarkson’s son has arrived, and has been named Remington Alexander, younger sibling to River Rose, and to Brandon Blackstock’s older children, Savannah and Seth. Clearly there’s some alliteration love going on here, since Remington goes with River as Savannah goes with Seth. Full Story

Anne Hathaway names baby boy Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman

Duana Posted by Duana at April 8, 2016 15:27:45 April 8, 2016 15:27:45
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Pascal Le Segretain/ Getty Images

I don’t think we even knew Anne Hathaway was having a boy, so that was a fun surprise. Then I read the name – like a lot of people, I was quite surprised. Anne was born in 1982, so chances are she went to school with a lot of Jonathans herself—in my mind, it’s now a ‘Dad name’, not unlike Adam, Jonathan’s actual dad. Full Story

Louis Tomlinson’s first son

Duana Posted by Duana at January 28, 2016 20:24:12 January 28, 2016 20:24:12

Let’s start off saying that I’m operating at a little bit of a Louis Tomlinson deficit, in that, like most people, Harry and Zayn were the only two One Directioners whose last names I could have sworn to at gunpoint, and if I were going to choose a third, it might have been Niall. Maybe. Full Story

Tyra Banks’s new son, York

Duana Posted by Duana at January 28, 2016 16:49:12 January 28, 2016 16:49:12
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All Access Photo/ Splash News

I will freely admit that I initially misread Tyra Banks’ son’s name – her son who, she revealed yesterday, was born via gestational surrogate. Not being up on her boyfriend, photographer Erik Asla, I thought she named the baby York Banks Asia. She didn’t, but I hadn’t slept and I was all set to screech about how you can’t just throw nouns together and make them a name. Full Story

What I’ve Been Reading

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 12, 2016 18:43:58 January 12, 2016 18:43:58

Today is very big for us at LaineyGossip. Today I have the privilege of introducing you to a new author. But you know her already. You read her already. You read a lot of her yesterday during our massive post-Golden Globes coverage. She’s a professional screenwriter, a television producer, the longest-standing contributor to this blog, my friend, and a name nerd, Duana Taha, and today we proudly announce the Canadian publication and release date of her first book. Full Story

On the occasion of Saint West

Duana Posted by Duana at December 7, 2015 21:02:33 December 7, 2015 21:02:33
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Dominique Charriau/ Getty Images

I’m not exaggerating when I say that people have been waiting for this name all weekend and even before that. The name community, which by the way is growing robustly, according to recent reports, was wondering which way this was going to go. You don’t follow ‘North’ with ‘Matt’, but, even better, everyone knew they had no intention of doing so. Full Story