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middle names first

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In case you don’t think the middle name choice is an important one, just take a look at the startling number of celebrities who have opted for using theirs in lieu of the first name on their birth certificates! Some have dropped a ho-hum common in favor of a more dramatic middle, others, to avoid confusion, have shed a name shared with their parent.

To begin with, there have been five US Presidents who have made the first-middle name switch:

Hiram Ulysses S. Grant—At 17, when entering West Point, his name was mistakenly written as Ulysses S. Grant and he apparently was happy to lose the HUG initials. The S was for his mother’s maiden name, Simpson.

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long or short names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

For every Seraphina, there’s a Jax.

A glance at the US Top 100 lists from 1963 and 2013 suggests that the most popular names have gotten longer over the last fifty years.  Back in 1963, the only Top 100 name longer than three syllables was Elizabeth.

Today there are nine: Elizabeth is joined by Alexandra, Olivia, Gabriella, Isabella, Serenity, and Penelope for girls, plus Alexander and Jeremiah for boys.

There are more three-syllable names, and fewer single-syllable ones, too.

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emmys

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Do you think we could possibly let a show biz awards event go by without presenting our own prizes for the best names connected to it? Even if that were to mean digging deep into the most esoteric craft and technical categories? Of course not!

So here goes—winners and nominees and a couple of presenters, including some international input and nickname names:

Girls

Aidy Bryantnominated for original lyrics on Saturday Night Live

Albertina Rizzo—nominated writer on The Tonite Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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star grandkids

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Susan Sarandon is a grandmother, and Mick Jagger?  He’s already dandling his first great-grandchild on his knee.

Time marches on, and some of those actors and rock stars whose baby name choices made headlines back in the 1970s and 80s are now welcoming another generation of creatively-named children.

Many of the original starbabies have names that were obscure, even surprising, back in the day.  Oliver and Miles, Stella and Liv are all quite stylish in 2014, even if they were unusual three decades or so back.

Will it be the same for the stargrandbabies?  Some of these names seem likely to catch on.

Read on for some of the most interesting – and possibly influential – grandchildren names.

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celebrity baby

By CaraMichelle

Here, the comprehensive list of new babies born to celebs in the month of July. You’ll find Kelsey Grammer’s sixth child (named, surprisingly, Kelsey), a girl named Germany, the Game of Thrones character name Daenerys, a girl middle-named James for her star grandpa (James Caan), Nic Cage’s grandson,  and Jimmy Kimmel’s choice of the sweet, plain Jane.

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