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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.

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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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….

Duana Posted by Duana at October 13, 2015 14:56:04 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

Duana Posted by Duana at October 12, 2015 17:13:59 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

Duana Posted by Duana at September 25, 2015 16:30:43 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

Duana Posted by Duana at August 31, 2015 14:17:44 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

Duana Posted by Duana at August 28, 2015 14:41:00 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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Keira Knightley’s Baby name

Duana Posted by Duana at August 12, 2015 15:37:05 August 12, 2015 15:37:05

You know, every headline on this topic that I read said “Keira Knightley FINALLY reveals baby’s name”. Were we all waiting on this with bated breath? I feel like the low-key quality that led her not to announce until now is the same one that gave us maybe less than rabid excitement. Full Story

Jagger Snow Ross

Duana Posted by Duana at August 4, 2015 16:37:21 August 4, 2015 16:37:21
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You know,  sometimes – often – I rail about how people should try to give their children names of equal heft and style, so that they don’t feel they’re unequal from the start. You know, balance that sibling rivalry. I always think about the siblings I met at the park called George and Eden. Full Story

Jennifer Love Hewitt has an Atticus

Duana Posted by Duana at June 25, 2015 16:48:23 June 25, 2015 16:48:23
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Jennifer Love Hewitt named her son Atticus. Did you know that one of the reasons she has the ‘Love’ in her name, or that she used it professionally, was to distinguish herself from all the other Jennifers? True story. It kind of worked, in that she’s the only Jennifer Love going. Full Story