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Anne Hathaway names baby boy Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman

April 8, 2016 15:27:45 Posted at April 8, 2016 15:27:45
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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

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

January 28, 2016 16:49:12 Posted at January 28, 2016 16:49:12
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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

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

December 7, 2015 21:02:33 Posted at December 7, 2015 21:02:33
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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

Carey Mulligan’s Baby Is Called….

October 13, 2015 14:56:04 Posted at October 13, 2015 14:56:04
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Last night, at the premiere of Suffragette, Carey Mulligan revealed the details about her baby that people were clamouring to know. (Some people. I had forgotten if we’re being honest.) The baby is a girl, she was born three weeks ago, and her name? Well, she says that she ‘just came up with it on the fly’…. Full Story

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Raven-Symoné mocks names she can’t abide

October 12, 2015 17:13:59 Posted at October 12, 2015 17:13:59
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The other day on The View, Raven-Symoné said she would be discriminatory towards people with certain names. You know which kinds of names. The kinds of names people laugh about, that become punchlines. Never, ever, say, Phillip. To be clear, the hosts were referencing a study about racism in judging names, and in a decision I question to begin with, illustrated their point by showing a 2009 viral video skewering allegedly ‘ghetto’ names. Full Story

Adam and Leighton have an Arlo

September 25, 2015 16:30:43 Posted at September 25, 2015 16:30:43
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Leighton Meester gave birth to her baby with Adam Brody like a while ago. August 4th. In a hospital way out of town, so that you wouldn’t know and chase them while they took their first shaky walks with the stroller or yell at them for using the baby carrier wrong. Lainey would chime in here to say ‘See? You can hide if you want to’. Full Story

Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch

August 31, 2015 14:17:44 Posted at August 31, 2015 14:17:44
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According to the Daily Mail, Benedict Cumberbatch’s son has been named Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch. CCC. I have thoughts, as if you didn’t know. I don’t usually care about a monogram, but there’s something about the CCC that really seems unfinished. Full Story

Lucy Liu’s baby Rockwell

August 28, 2015 14:41:00 Posted at August 28, 2015 14:41:00
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Lucy Liu has a new baby boy! His name is Rockwell Lloyd Liu, and while the name is not ‘outlandish’ or otherwise celebrity-esque, all the Ls at top-and-tails of all the names had me a little bit tongue-tied for a minute. Rockwell Lloyd Liu is not going to be mistaken for anyone else, and overall I think it’s a great name, but there really is a lot of ‘L’ involved. Full Story

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