Category: Celebrity Names

by Sophie Kihm

Names are very revealing. They carry demographic information—names often give clues as to one’s approximate age, race, nationality, and gender. However, our names say more about our parents than they do about us. A child’s name can tell you a lot about his or her parents’ values.

For example, Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr named their oldest son Memphis Aldean Williams. Memphis indicates their deep ties to the South—both as the birthplace of country music and of Jason and Brittany. And Aldean, the middle name baby Memphis shares with his father, tell us the couple values family, heritage, and tradition.

Brittany is now pregnant with their second child, and I wonder if the same values will come across in this baby’s name, or if new ones will be revealed. Likewise, what will we learn about the stars who have never named children before? Will Pippa Middleton use a family name for her baby, or choose something unexpected? Will Kate Upton go the typical supermodel route and pick a daring, bold baby name, or stick closer to her Midwestern roots with a safer, subdued choice? I’ve made my predictions below, but only time will tell.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes a girl junior, a boy named after a comic-book villain, and international names from France, Denmark and beyond.

Nefarious Negan

Lots of parents use baby names from TV shows (oh hi, Khaleesi), but this dad from Michigan may be the first to name his son Negan – as in The Walking Dead.

In a show where many of the characters’ names are familiar and somewhat dated (Rick, Shane, Lori, Carol), Negan stands out. But not necessarily in a good way. He’s a pretty nasty character with a pretty nasty baseball bat.

The comic’s creator, Robert Kirkman, has said he picked the name Negan because it sounded negative. There’s no denying it also sounds namelike: it’s only one letter away from Megan and Regan, and you’ll find it at the end of Finnegan.

Dad wants to make it clear that little Negan is named after the character in the comic book, not the TV show it inspired. If you’re familiar with the comic, tell us: does that make the association any better?

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Kulture Kiari

Cardi B baby name

By Owen Satran

Rappers have typically chosen names for their children that emphasize their power and individuality in direct, ostentatious ways. Many rap baby names suggest a new generation of deities and royalty: Beyonce and Jay-Z chose Sir, Kanye and Kim Kardashian chose Saint, LilKim chose Royal Reign, T.I. chose King and Messiah, Nas chose Knight. So when it was announced this morning that rappers Cardi B and Offset chose the name Kulture Kiari Cephus for their new baby girl, it set a new direction.

Kulture is, of course, a truly unique choice, given to no babies on the most recent Social Security list. But the baby’s name references her parents’ originality and individuality. Daddy Offset, who chose the name, is a member of the rap group Migos, whose last two albums were titled Culture and Culture II. Offset’s birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, while Cardi B’s is Belcalis Marlenis Almanazar. Cardi is short for Bacardi, the rapper’s childhood nickname, a play on her sister’s first name Hennessy, as in the cognac.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes names inspired by birds, androids and an African city, plus some unexpected family names.

Bird names and baby expectations

How much should a child’s name reflect their parents?

Our names always encode some information about our background and the tastes of our parents (or whoever named us). But there’s a difference between giving your baby a name you think is strong enough to set them up for life, and imposing your interests on them.

That’s what bird expert Nicholas Lund found when it came to naming his child. There are plenty of fantastic bird names out there, from Top 1000 choices Wren and Raven to ones you may not even realise are birds, like Sora and Ani. (Plus “use with extreme caution” options like Bobolink and Kittiwake. Although at least they could go by Bobby and Kitty.)

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s become a Nameberry tradition to commemorate Independence Day with a salute to notable historical figures and celebs who were born on the Fourth of July, This year, we’ll single out those with the most interesting prospective baby names. (By the way, George M. Cohan, the ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ who famously claimed he was ‘born on the fourth of July’, was actually born on the third. Similarly, PR people promoted the story that jazzman Louis Armstrong was born on Independence Day when his real birthdate was August 4th.)

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