The Ten Most Notable Celebrity Baby Names of 2006

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The Celebrity Baby Names Blog, the Internet's leading website dedicated to celebrity baby names, has released its 2006 list of the Ten Most Notable Celebrity Baby Names. The list presents the most notable, newsworthy names given by celebrities to their babies in 2006. It also highlights the trendsetting names chosen by celebrities - names that may become more popular in the years ahead.

The Celebrity Baby Names Blog, the internet's leading website dedicated to celebrity baby names, has released its 2006 list of the Ten Most Notable Celebrity Baby Names. The list presents the most notable, newsworthy names given by celebrities to their babies in 2006. It also highlights the trendsetting names chosen by celebrities - names that may become more popular in the years ahead.

# 1. Shiloh Nouvel.

Only the second coming of the Messiah could rival the media hysteria of May, 2006, as the world waited for Angelina to give birth. When little Shiloh finally arrived, her name sparked surprisingly little controversy. Who cared if a few party poopers associated "Shiloh" was some bloodstained Civil War battlefield? Brad and Angelina had picked the name, and therefore it was good. The most-anticipated baby in human history had arrived. Mother and daughter were doing fine. It was only May, 2006, but the celebrity baby of the year had arrived.

# 2. Suri.

In April, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced the birth of their daughter, Suri. What did "Suri" mean? No-one knew really knew. Various meanings were tossed around. Then, one meaning surfaced that "Suri" meant "pointy-nosed" among the Toda people of southern India. For many reasons, Suri's stock was sinking fast. So Tom and Katie, Inc. went into full damage-control mode. October's Vanity Fair magazine was graced with a touching photo spread that portrayed little Suri with her doting parents. It worked. Everyone now loves little Suri. Even though no-one still knows what the name really means.

# 3. Jayden James.

Is it Sutton? Is it Jesse? Is it a boy? Is it a girl? September was a month of frenzied speculation, as everyone awaited the birth of Britney Spears's and Kevin Federline's second child. First, everyone thought 'he' would be a 'she'. Wrong. Then everyone thought his name was Sutton Pierce. Wrong again. But more than a month passed before the world learned the shocking truth: little Sutton Pierce was really named Jayden James. Jayden means "Thankful" in Hebrew. The little guy is likely be anything but thankful, when he's old enough to understand where he landed.

# 4. Dannielynn Hope.

In September, the tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith's 20 year-old son touched everyone. In the soap opera of Anna Nicole's life, it seemed that Daniel was an innocent bystander. Smith's daughter was born a few days before Daniel's death, and by naming her Dannielynn Hope, in honor of a brother she will never know, Smith at least did one thing well.

# 5.Moses.

When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their son Moses, it left many observers puzzled. Why? Back in 2004 they named their daughter Apple. Did they now pick an ultra-traditional name to compensate? Sadly, it doesn't seem to have worked. Now all anyone can focus on is the sibling combination they have created: Apple and Moses. It just doesn't work. Maybe Penn Jillette is right. Give the first one a weird name, give 'em all a weird name.

# 6. Zolten.

No celebrity baby name list is complete without a clanger from Penn Jillette and wife Emily Zolten. Last year, they named their daughter Moxie Crimefighter. This year, they named their son "Zolten," which happens to be Mrs. Jillette's maiden name. And they would have gotten away with it, except that in explaining their choice, Jillette stated that "most importantly, it's the name of Dracula's dog." And that's the meaning that has stuck.

# 7. Johnnie Rose.

Before you leap to conclusions, Johnnie Rose is the daughter of Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels. Johnnie may be an unusual name for a girl, but when did being unusual ever stop a celebrity? Little Johnnie Rose is named in honor of Melissa Etheridge's father, who, according to a post on Tammy Lynn Michael's blog, was a very important figure in her early life.

# 8. Thijs.

How do you pronounce 'Thijs?' Good question. Today Show host Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque slapped the unpronounceable moniker on their newborn son in November. Why? Well, because Annette is Dutch, and "Thijs" is an abbreviation of the shortened Dutch variant of Matthew. And it's pronounced "Tice." Why not just name him Matt Junior?

# 9. Jesse James.

Daughter (one of twins) born to media mogul Diddy and his girlfriend Kim Porter. It's not every day a little girl is given the same name as famous outlaw Jesse James. According to a Diddy spokesperson, the name was in honor of Diddy's grandmother, Jessie. Time for a spellcheck?

# 10. Tennyson.

The son of Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer. Russell Crowe is supposedly a big fan of the 19th century British poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. If it's true, Crowe is the only person since Queen Victoria to admire Tennyson. Generations of British schoolchildren learned to hate the stuffy poet, and it's likely that Crowe, Jr. will also.

A complete list of 2006 celebrity baby names is available at http://www.babynamesgarden.com/celebritybabies2006.aspx

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