Last month, just weeks after David Bowie
died, there were two baby boys given the name of Bowie
in the Nameberry community alone, a sure sign that the brilliant and popular recently deceased singer will join other rock legends in the baby name ranks. Some of these names are more tightly tied to the namesake musician than others, and a couple of them have gone over to the girls’ side.
Some of the high-profile highlights from this long list of January starbaby births:
Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo!, gave her twin girls the lovely and exotic names Marielle and Sylvana.
Jack Huston went for the dramatic, Van Gogh-ish Cypress Night, Tyra Banks for the stylish York Banks, Michael Bublé for the classic Elias (brother of Noah)
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, after a tangle of media misinformation, revealed that the actual name of his son is Freddie Reign.
Also of interest: the name Love Lily and the sibset Django, Djordan, Djaeda and Djanai. And two Bowies born in the month the singer died; I’m sure there are many more to come.
Here’s the full list:
By Abby Sandel
A is the stand-out star, the most popular first initial for girls’ names (hello, Ava and Amelia) and the second most popular for boys (I’m looking at you, Alexander and Aiden).
But what about B? Lately it’s the letter making baby name news. It’s nowhere near unseating the almighty A, but the first initial B ranked a respectable eighth for boys and ninth for girls, as of the most recent count.
Let’s take a look at some of the best of the Bs, from the classic and the understated to the bright and the bold.
If there’s a strong strain of fair hair in your family, you may be thinking about choosing a name that would have meaning for a prospective blondie. Some of these might have originated via one early bearer—see Boyd
—just as Rufus
originated as a nickname for red-haired King William
. But the names on this list? They’re all golden.