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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.

Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher

Duana Posted by Duana at October 3, 2014 14:14:14 October 3, 2014 14:14:14
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What if it’s a fake? Stay with me here. So they called the girl Wyatt Isabelle, as per Ashton Kutcher’s blog, but while there, he also posted a pic of half a dozen babies (and a couple of animals, including one that looks just like my dog Libby), all “Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute”. Full Story

Scarlett Johansson’s daughter Rose

Duana Posted by Duana at September 5, 2014 14:57:52 September 5, 2014 14:57:52
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Let’s talk about the name Scarlett. In 1984, when Johansson was born, it was pretty rare. Like non-existent. Nobody had the name. I know what that’s like. But then, as Scarlett Johansson got more and more famous, and more and more...iconic...funny thing, the name Scarlett became more and more popular. Full Story

Summer Rain. Really?

Duana Posted by Duana at August 18, 2014 19:04:29 August 18, 2014 19:04:29

Okay, well, this is what I’m talking about. When I say sibling names don’t match, this is what I mean. Summer Rain Rutler. It’s not my taste, obviously, but I know that Summer has gone from being a hippie-dippie punchline to a useable name, and even though I would be advocating for a more typical name to go with it, the eyeroll that is “Summer Rain” won’t be said often, after the birth announcements die down. Full Story

Kelly Clarkson’s daughter River Rose

Duana Posted by Duana at June 16, 2014 14:18:57 June 16, 2014 14:18:57

Oh man. I am about to run into some serious bias here. Because I LOVE Kelly Clarkson. I love the way she has just resolutely hung out, being awesome, when people wanted her to go away. I love that 97 years later Simon Cowell still says she was the most talented American Idol. I love her sassy mouth. Full Story

Kerry Washington got you again

Duana Posted by Duana at May 5, 2014 13:50:45 May 5, 2014 13:50:45

Kerry Washington had a daughter, two weeks ago. While you were slavering over the Scandal finale all “hashtag Gladiators guys, come on!” she was having her child in peace and quiet. In fact, I don’t even think her Twitter account went dark.  As for the name, well, I assume it’s a family name, right? Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. Full Story

Otis Alexander Sudeikis.

Duana Posted by Duana at April 24, 2014 14:51:02 April 24, 2014 14:51:02
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(To the tune of “Hello my baby, hello my sweetheart”) Otis Sudeikis, Otis Sudeikis,/he’s got a lotta shine/ When we’re out up on the town, I know his love will be miiiiiine I feel like I should do the Charleston and sing like a 1910s barbershop quartet when I hear “Otis Sudeikis”. Full Story

Frankie Barrymore Kopelman.

Duana Posted by Duana at April 23, 2014 14:49:53 April 23, 2014 14:49:53
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For someone who purports not to care about names, Lainey kind of nails it. Because when it comes to the newly-minted Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, while I had standard issue grumbles about “Ugh with the boys’ names for girls as though they’re better, nobody’s naming their sons Abigail” and “Wow, Olive is sure going to know which one Mommy thought was going to be the ‘fun’ daughter”, Lainey cut right to the quick of it: “Frankie is just so her. Full Story

Pregnant Jupiter’s first carpet

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 28, 2014 19:16:26 March 28, 2014 19:16:26
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I can never tell when someone is early pregnant. If I didn’t know that Mila Kunis was pregnant, I’d never think she was pregnant seeing her here with Channing Tatum at CinemaCon yesterday to promote Jupiter Ascending, due out July 18th. I’ve not seen any soundbites coming out of the appearance about her future motherhood, have you? Send to me if you have. Full Story

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This is How We Do It

Duana Posted by Duana at March 25, 2014 15:34:04 March 25, 2014 15:34:04
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You know when you just can't make yourself care? I remember a couple of weeks ago Lainey was trying to make herself care about Ariana Grande. That's how I feel about the Hemsworths. I try to make myself care. There's no ill-will or distaste, it's just like trying to get me to have a real emotional response to, like, rice. Full Story

Apollo. Apollo?

Duana Posted by Duana at March 4, 2014 18:39:56 March 4, 2014 18:39:56
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I mean look, I guess they can name their kids whatever they want. I’ve seen them do it. And after you’ve had sons named Kingston and Zuma, you can’t easily call the next one Kevin. So I get it and, in fact, I like Apollo better than Kingston or Zuma. It seems like the kind of name that would be a hero in a tween sitcom. Full Story

Then there was Bodhi

Duana Posted by Duana at February 21, 2014 15:20:17 February 21, 2014 15:20:17
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One of the very first name nerd commentaries on this site was about Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox’s son Noah Shannon, who was born in September 2012. Click here for a refresher. I said the name was lovely and surprisingly charming, and went well with Green’s older son Cassius. Full Story