Who hasn't heard a celebrity baby name and said: "What were they thinking?" Hollywood headliners have a knack for choosing wild names. We all remember Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple, Penn Jillette's Moxie Crimefighter, and Jason Lee's Pilot Inspektor (arguably the craziest of the crazy names).
And maybe that's the point. A truly unique name says "my baby is one-of-a kind" like nothing else can.
"Celebrities live in an alternate universe from the rest of us. They're creative and enjoy the attention the spotlight brings. By choosing unusual names, they're saying something about themselves and what they want for their children," says Linda Murray, editor in chief of BabyCenter.
So who were the winners and losers in this year's celebrity baby-naming competition? BabyCenter asked 2,000 moms to vote on the best and worst celebrity names of the year and the results are in.
Chef Jamie Oliver takes the prize for wackiest name of the year with Buddy Bear Maurice, while actor Mark Wahlberg wins the
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Who hasn't heard a celebrity baby name and said: "What were they thinking?" Hollywood headliners have a knack for choosing wild names. We all remember Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple, Penn Jillette's Moxie Crimefighter, and Jason Lee's Pilot Inspektor (arguably the craziest of the crazy names).Read More »from Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2010
- BabyCenter | Parenting – Thu, Dec 2, 2010 9:41 PM EST
Please step down, Isabella. Sophia is taking your place as the most popular girl's name of 2010.
Congratulations, Aiden. You've held onto the number-one boy's spot for the sixth year in a row.
Welcome to the pack, Liam and Abigail. You're now officially a part of the coveted top 10.
BabyCenter released its list of the Top 100 Baby Names of 2010 today. The online parenting and pregnancy destination compiled some 350,000 baby names and combined those that sound the same but have different spellings (such as Sophia and Sofia) to create a true measure of popularity.
Top 10 Girls' Names of 2010
Top 10 Boys' Names of 2010
What's influencing baby-naming parents? Parents turned to pop culture, Read More »from Sophia and Aiden lead BabyCenter's Top 100 Baby Names of 2010
- BabyCenter | Parenting – Thu, Jun 17, 2010 6:00 AM EDT
A mom who hopes to give Dad what he wants this year may want to leave the ties, shirts, and socks off the gift list. In fact, she may just want to take her own clothes off - or better yet, take her clothes off and leave the tie on.
When BabyCenter surveyed more than 1,000 dads about their special day, 57 percent picked getting intimate and making love as their top gift choice.
But having a "sexcation" - as one dad put it - wasn't the number one idea for the almost 900 moms we surveyed. Only 18 percent of them picked making love as frosting for Father's Day.
Fortunately, this discrepancy doesn't necessarily mean bad times are in line for Father's Day.
Nearly half of dads and moms agree that going on a family outing or doing some activities with the children is a great way to celebrate Dad.Read More »from Father's Day Survey: Forget the tie, Hubby wants sex
- BabyCenter | Parenting – Tue, Dec 22, 2009 9:01 PM EST
Getty ImagesEach year, BabyCenter gets the inside scoop on the most popular baby names from hundreds and thousands of new parents. Here's what's hot and what's not in 2009. We also went a step further this year to bring you the 50 most popular names of the decade.
Note: To capture true popularity, our exclusive baby names list combines names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Aden, Aiden, and Ayden).
Top girls' names of the decade
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Top girls' names of 2009
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Top boys' names of 2009
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This year, parents found baby-naming inspiration in everything from vampires to vote-getters. Fans of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire Read More »from BabyCenter's list of most-popular baby names of the decade and 2009