Category: celebrity baby names
The holiday month just past brought a big bounty of celebrity baby name announcements.
The most highly anticipated was that of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s second child, a boy named Saint, reputedly because they considered him “a blessing.” Another aspirational choice was Cam Newton and Kia Proctor’s boy Chosen Sebastian.
Other A-listers made more traditional pics, such as Dwayne Johnson’s Jasmine Tom Arnold’s Quinn Sophie and Kelis’s Shepherd. Bristol Palin joined the new Sailor/Saylor trend with daughter Sailor Grace.
Here’s the complete list.
By Abby Sandel
Most Mondays, I write about nine baby names in the news. Over 51 weeks, that’s a grand total of 459 names. Celebrity birth announcements make up the lion’s share of entries, but blogger babies, fictional characters, and just plain great names make the lists, too.
It’s a privilege to chronicle the year this way, and it’s fun to look back at the names that get positive reactions – and the ones that provoke the opposite response, too.
This year, I went back through all 459 names – plus dozens from other posts I’ve written – to choose nine of my personal favorites. Some are possibilities I’d consider for a child of my own. Most are names that have stayed with me over the years, the kind of favorites that every name lover collects, but some are brand new, too.
Here are my nine top baby names from 2015:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Who hasn’t felt a little sorry for the child born on Christmas day, whose special day isn’t special only to him, whose birthday party has to be rescheduled for a different date, and whose double gifts often fall short. And yet enough of these children have managed to surmount those obstacles to go on to great success. Here are a dozen Christmas-birthday babes—with interesting names—who have done just that.
The most popular baby names in the US today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have gained in use thank to the famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on every parent’s shortlist, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite.
As this year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond.
By Abby Sandel
Naming your first child is tough because it’s a blank slate. Are you the daring type, or should you stick with the classics? Was your husband serious when he suggested naming a boy after Great Uncle Herman?
But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to name a second child. Kim Kardashian has talked about her struggles to name her new son. Maybe it’s because Kim and Kanye’s daughter has such a standout name. North is a bold choice for any child, but if your last name is West? That’s a name that could only happen in Hollywood.