What's in a Name? Celebrtiy Names: Revamped

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What's in a Name?

Billy JoelWe know some of our favorite musicians, actors, politicos, and… Kardashians by their well-worn monikers. From super stars to the super-desperate, we have clear ideas about our celebrities based on their famous names. Often, those are actually famous nicknames, not just stage names. For instance, would you get as excited if William Joel was playing Madison Square Garden? (Gwyneth Paltrow seems to call him “William,” but, um, maybe he saves his given name for when he’s fitting in with the hoi-polloi in The Hamptons?) We threw together a list of our favorite famous folks who just don’t sound as compelling if we switch up the names by which we all know them so well.

  • William (Bradley) Pitt just doesn’t stand out like Brad Pitt. Even better? Billy Pitt. I feel like Billy Pitt would own a questionable auto parts shop in the Midwest.


What People Are Talking About

Now that our Independence Day celebrations are over, we're talking about weird baby names, dogs who perform good deeds, and kid movies done right.

Unique baby names

Last week, everyone was up in arms about the news that Kim and Kanye had named their first daughter North... West. Not that it matters what I think, but I don't hate it. I think it's kind of funny. Anyway, this week, it came out that 146 other babies in the U.S. joined the "unique baby name" bandwagon — they were all named Khaleesi, a made up word from the George R. R. Martin "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series. The name means "queen" in the Dothraki language. To be fair... Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi has definitely had some of the best scenes in all of "Game of Thrones." So I will reserve my judgment.


Seven possible names for Kim and Kanye's baby girl


Over the weekend, Beyonce posted a photo of herself drinking wine with Jay-Z, supposedly to prove that she's definitely not pregnant. While I'm kind of bummed, the good news is that Jay and Bey's celebrity couple BFFs Kim and Kanye announced the gender of their baby!

I don't know about you guys, but I have been on the edge of my seat for weeks — weeks I tell you! — wanting to know if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be having a baby girl or a baby boy. (Just kidding.) On last night's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Kim, Khloe, Kris, and Kourtney learned that Kim will definitely be having a baby girl! You know what this means, right? Blue Ivy will totally have a new BFF. Here's a list of names Kim and Kanye could potentially name their little girl:


This week, the world ponders if we really need another Kardashian, what that Kardashian will be named, and the awesomeness of Beyonce.

Baby Kimye

Another Kardashian is pregnant! Yay? Kim is the kind of celebrity that everyone has an opinion about, and with her mom’s uncanny ability to make everything into a publicity moment, speculation about Baby Kimye won't go away anytime soon. I mean, not only is the baby going to have Kim Kardashian for a mom, but people seem to conveniently be forgetting that KANYE WEST is the father. Can’t you just see Kanye getting on Twitter and writing in all caps about how his baby is "ONE OF THE BEST BABIES OF ALL TIME"? I like to imagine he and Jay-Z backstage after a show trading stories about the ways they’ve babyproofed their mansions. And the playdates! Blue Ivy and Baby Kimye can be BFFs. It’s like a real-life fairytale, except with more cameras and vulgarity.