Celine Dion names her twin boys (Sparkle-franco?)

Singer Celine Dion performs At Seventeen at The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night in Los Angeles, California in this December 3, 2008 file photograph. The Grammy-winning singer gave birth on October 23, 2010 to twin boys, her representatives said. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Celine Dion did not take my suggestions! Damn it. People Magazine confirms that Celine and her newborn twin boys are doing fine and they have left the hospital and everything. The boys also have names – Nelson and Eddy. Because Celine gave birth in a 1950s sitcom with a questionable premise. As it turns out, though, the names have some kind of significance to Celine, so God bless:

Meet Eddy and Nelson! It took several days, but Céline Dion and her husband René Angélil have finally named their twin sons.

The name “Eddy” comes from Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records.

“He was like a father to her,” says Dion’s rep. “Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René’s lives.”

Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. “René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is,” says the rep.

“Céline and René want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men,” the rep adds.

Dion, 42, told French magazine Gala that the couple had been “going a little bit crazy trying to decide” on names, citing her mother’s desire for French names and her eldest son, René-Charles, pushing for American monikers.

The singer, 42, gave birth to the fraternal twins on Saturday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. On Wednesday, the newly expanded family headed home with three of Dion’s sisters and her mom to help out.

The twins’ names were first reported by Canada’s TVA.

[From People]

Okay, I guess I can’t joke about someone naming their kid after Nelson Mandela (although I’m tempted!). But the combo of Nelson and Eddy is… dated, correct? But cute, I suppose. At least she didn’t name according to what is trendy right at this very moment.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Singer Celine Dion backstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

38465, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Wednesday March 10, 2010. Celine Dion, where's your wedding ring?? The singer is spotted with a shorter crop and sans her wedding ring as she heads back to her NYC hotel. Celine has been married to Rene Angelil since 1994 and has one child, but has stated that she and her husband will try a third time at conceiving a second child through in vitro fertilization. Photograph: Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews.com

Celine Dion performs in concert on her Taking Chances world tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on January 23, 2009. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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  1. VV says:

    I am genuinely shocked she picked these names. I figured if not Francophone names then at least something that translates well in both French and English. As in names that sound good in both. Eddy sure but Nelson? Not so sure.

  2. Rita says:

    Could the names be anymore ordinary? I heard her son wanted the names to be American since he’s lived here for quite some time. Surprised they already left the hospital. In 3 months this wonderful lady will begin a long stint performing in Vegas. Incredible woman. Even if I don’t have a tenth of her blessings, I’m over joyed that she has all that she has.

  3. hanh says:

    I”m glad she didn’t pick one of the popular names or make up a weirdo name. She picked names of people with a strong significance to her and her husband, and that is the best kind of name.

  4. dread pirate cuervo says:

    So this Eddy guy was like her father? I thought that was Rene’s job?

  5. devilgirl says:

    Nelson , Eddy?! Isn’t that an actor from the 30’s, 40’s who sang with Jeannette McDonald?

  6. Siren6 says:

    The names sound like they are from an entirely different generation? Guess what? It ain’t very dated sounding when you remember that Daddy is almost 70. That *is* a different generation.

  7. jc126 says:

    Nelson and Eddy. Not thrilled with either as a first name. I’ve known a lot people with the first name Nelson, and it just doesn’t sound good. Fine as a last name. Eddy – I’d make it Eddie. Don’t like the Y.

  8. Happymom says:

    I don’t love the names-but I think it’s great that they picked names that have significance to them and honor people they respect. They’re certainly not trendy!

  9. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I don’t get it. First she’s weird for being a Francophone lady with a Francophone husband who gives her child a Francophone name. Now she’s weird for giving them American names (though Eddy is more Francophone than Anglophone). She could’ve named them Beat-Face and MapBack, she’s a celebrity, they do that crap! Aren’t we happy that she didn’t go the ‘You’re not paying enough attention to me’ naming route? Maybe someone should have sent her a list of pre-approved names so her priorities stay in order. I’m not a fan of her music at all (and I won’t start about the aged father issue), but I kind of like her, I think she’s funny and seems nice enough. I think we should ease up.

    Better than flipping Buddy Bear.

  10. Arianna says:

    i feel like she just made up random reasons for naming her kids these awful names after she did it

    because she realized how awful they sound and didn’t want all the shit from randoms on the internet (yay me)

  11. Mizz Tickles says:

    I think she should have went with Pierre and Jacques.

  12. Persistent Cat says:

    Please tell me the name on the birth certificate is Edward or Edouard and not Eddy. And naming your child after Nelson Mandela is just fromage. Yes we get it, you’re deep and so not racist. And when I hear Nelson, I think of the Simpsons. Ha-ha.

    Those names also sound weird when a francophone says them. I live in a bilingual city and all my french friends do their best to pick a name that translates well in both languages.

    Oh well, I don’t know why I wrote any of this, I don’t care one bit about Celine Dion. Nice leather pants in that top picture. (sarcasm)

  13. kelBear says:

    So glad they aren’t some whacked out, must of been drunk when thinking of baby names, kind of names.

  14. RobN says:

    You name your child Edward, you name your dog eddy.

  15. im awful says:

    whats with all the celine hating?!

    shes just a sweet woman that might be a little too open with the public…

    she named her kids after people she admires and they happen to have old fashion names because theyre from an older generation.

    my fathers name is just awful but i love him and will honor him if i ever have a son.

    get over it people. she didnt name her kid APPLE. now thats just ridiculous, pretentious and meaningless.

  16. archiepelago says:

    Couldn’t love this woman more!
    At least it wasn’t another jungle book character… there can be only one (said in a Highlander voice)

  17. archiepelago says:

    Nelson and Eddy sounds like a 60’s band to me.

  18. noirod says:

    So what if she wants to name her children Eddy and Nelson, she’s the mom,they’re not weird names and I’ve heard the name Nelson many many times in French (ya I’m Francophone). I don’t understand why you care….will it change something in your lives? I happen to love Celine, she’s simple and down to earth, even if she lives in a humongous house, she has reasons for that too….plus she worked her butt off for it. vivre et laissez vivre!!

  19. chris says:

    She’s a doll– saw her in person…. what a hard worker and sweet person… she can name her kids Fric ‘n Frac for all I care! God bless her and her fam and may they be the biggest blessing to this world (her new babies!)

  20. Bodhi says:

    So what exactly is a “trend” name?

  21. Jeri says:

    I immediately thought of “Nelson Eddy” as in Jeannette McDonald too.

    Celine’s not very cued in on cultural history or is just too special to care what others think.

  22. Madison says:

    Nelson and Eddy are nice normal names, much better than a lot of the hollywood weirdo names.

  23. Kim says:

    PLLLLEEEAASSSEEE Eddy i get but Nelson after man you met for 2 minutes & you could tell the kind of man he is??? oh brother! Yes Im sure Nelson Mandela is a great guy but this comment was so lame as to why they named their baby after him. Why didnt they say because he is a great humanitarian etc.

  24. Tee Cee says:

    I don’t even like Celine Dion but at least she didn’t name her kids “Apple” or “Sparrow” or “Pilot Inspector” or “Moxie Crimefighter” (all real celeb-kid names.)

  25. abby says:

    I know someone who is a nurse and she told me about a woman who named her two kids Mellojello and Lemonjello. I don’t remember how the names were pronounced, but that is how they were spelled.

  26. Confuzzle says:

    Haa haa!

  27. Donna says:

    Congratulations to Celine and Rene! I am a fan of Celine and her music. Both are beautiful. I must admit that I was a tad disappointed with the twins’ names (not that she needs my approval!) After waiting all this time, I expected something elegant or something with pop. Nelson and Eddy would be fine middle names. I was expecting Jacque or Henri given the French/English influence. In either case, I wish them all the best!