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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.

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

Baby Hazel

Duana Posted by Duana at February 17, 2014 15:27:22 February 17, 2014 15:27:22
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The most unusual book that is one of my favourites involves a boy and his favourite major-league baseball player. Yes, you are reading a Duana article. It’s called Last Days of Summer and most people have never heard of it, but basically: Joey, age 12, is having a hard time during WW II. One day this third-baseman shows up to talk to Joey’s bullies, and what follows is one of the best buddy comedies I’ve ever read. Full Story

Mia Grace Tindall. Indeed.

Duana Posted by Duana at January 23, 2014 17:20:31 January 23, 2014 17:20:31
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Okay, are you ready to be blown away? Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall announced their baby name. It’s a little girl named Mia Grace... …really? There is nothing wrong with this name at all.  Mia is rising in popularity, which isn’t a surprise because it slides down the chain from Maddie through Maya . Full Story

Guess How I Feel About Axl Jack

Duana Posted by Duana at August 30, 2013 16:52:27 August 30, 2013 16:52:27
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I don’t understand why people insist on doing this to me. I try to be open-minded and see a world of possibilities for everyone, not merely limiting my opinions and statements to my preferences because in addition to being pretty dicky, that’s so boring. Woo, differences! They make the world go ‘round! It takes all kinds! But then we come to Axl Jack Duhamel, and I become one of those people who calls for a scotch and a smoke and a cheese plate. Full Story

He Who Must Be Named

Duana Posted by Duana at July 24, 2013 20:05:13 July 24, 2013 20:05:13
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Okay, they’ve announced it. I actually thought it would take longer, but seeing as the Queen was out to visit them relatively early this AM, I suppose she approved in plenty of time. Even the royals have to move faster in a 24-hour news cycle. George Alexander Louis, to be styled HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Full Story

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Cricket Pearl

Duana Posted by Duana at July 12, 2013 14:57:49 July 12, 2013 14:57:49

And now, an epistolary post. Which I am doing because it will be fun, and not just because “epistolary” makes me sound good. Excerpted from an email from Kelly: “I know you guys don’t give Busy Phillips a lot of coverage…But seriously:  your name is an adjective so to be different you name your kid after an insect?   Is the next one going to be Praying Mantis Silverstein. Full Story

Ace Knute Johnson

Duana Posted by Duana at July 2, 2013 13:42:24 July 2, 2013 13:42:24

I mean, are you really surprised? At this point, can any of us really claim ignorance?   You didn’t actually think that Jessica Simpson could name her baby Nathaniel or Jacob, so this isn’t that much of a surprise, right?  Ace Knute. And, in what’s arguably the worst part of the announcement for me, every media outlet takes care to specify that it’s “pronounced  ‘Ka-nute’”. Full Story

It’s North

Duana Posted by Duana at June 21, 2013 15:48:05 June 21, 2013 15:48:05

The name of the child is North. North West. Before we get into what we think, we should evaluate what we now know.   North West. I have heard no middle name yet. It’s a play on Kanye’s name…Ergo?  This is KANYE’s daughter. This is not the daughter of Kanye West’s girlfriend. Full Story

Beyonce’s congratulations

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 17, 2013 20:58:41 June 17, 2013 20:58:41

Kanye West’s girlfriend gave birth to Kanye West’s baby the other day. Beyonce posted a message on her Tumblr to congratulate them. Which we’re supposed to take as evidence that they don’t hate each other although I take it more to mean that it was out of respect for Kanye. Full Story

Everly Tatum

Duana Posted by Duana at June 4, 2013 14:12:54 June 4, 2013 14:12:54
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It’s my own fault, you know. I’m the one who’s always on about unusual names and how we shouldn’t just go to the same well over and over again. And to that end, it is worth noting that we’re not writing about Channing Tatum’s daughter being called a Sophia or an Isabella. Full Story

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