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Zoe Saldana’s twins Cy and Bowie

Duana Posted by Duana at January 5, 2015 14:28:09 January 5, 2015 14:28:09
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WENN

Does it seem like Zoe Saldana had the shortest pregnancy? Sometimes the celeb pregnancies go on for years, it feels like. I know there are ways in which it’s not their fault – if it’s about to leak you kind of have to announce early or else pull a Mendes and deny altogether.  So. Full Story

Delta Bell Shepard

Duana Posted by Duana at December 22, 2014 15:51:14 December 22, 2014 15:51:14
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Tommaso Boddi /WireImage

Well, they cleared the first hurdle. When you name your first daughter Lincoln, you are morally obligated not to call the second one Rebecca, or even Kira. You have to match tone, and I think they did. Both all Americana, nostalgia and a good dose of southernness, which is amusing given that Shepherd and Bell are both from Michigan, so they’re virtually Canadian. Full Story

Naming the Grimaldi Twins

Duana Posted by Duana at December 11, 2014 15:28:03 December 11, 2014 15:28:03
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Pascal Le Segretain/ AdB/ Getty Images

Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to twins on Wednesday, a boy and a girl.  The girl is older by two minutes, but because of the laws of succession running through males only, he’ll be the heir to the throne, not her.  So, compared to that irritating and antiquated turn of events, the nonmatching twin names are downright admirable. Full Story

Briar Rose Christensen. BRIAR ROSE.

Duana Posted by Duana at November 7, 2014 15:11:46 November 7, 2014 15:11:46
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Splash

Apparently today is the day for me to get sickly-sweetness stuck in my throat from all the fairytail-y goodness going on. It makes you pray for the utter depravity that is Scandal. I had forgotten, until Us Weekly reminded me, that Briar Rose, the name chosen by Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson for their baby, is a name used as kind of a decoy for Princess Aurora in sleeping beauty. Full Story

Avri Roel Downey (Jr.)

Duana Posted by Duana at November 6, 2014 16:17:44 November 6, 2014 16:17:44
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Frazer Harrison/ BAFTA LA/ Getty

You know when you meet a new friend or a romantic partner and you’re drunk on them and everything is wonderful? You think they’re fantastic and where have they been all your life and then you realize, with a ‘chonk’ in your stomach, that they are about to reveal to you that they are not perfect. Full Story

Kelly Rowland’s son Titan Jewell

Duana Posted by Duana at November 5, 2014 17:28:18 November 5, 2014 17:28:18
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London Entertainment/ Splash

Kelly Rowland had a baby boy yesterday and I had to look up just about everything about it, which did not strike me as a bad thing. So in case you, like me, didn’t know, she’s married to Tim Witherspoon, her manager, and this is their first child. So, I don’t know if I would have chosen “Titan Jewell”. Full Story

Esmeralda Amada Gosling

Duana Posted by Duana at October 10, 2014 13:13:16 October 10, 2014 13:13:16

The first notification I got of this name was a text from Lorella, which immediately followed the text in which she chastised me for not telling her about ‘Serial’. Are you addicted yet? “That’s the name from the Hunchback of Notre Dame!” Lorella cried, if you can cry via text. Full Story

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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WENN

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