Category: Nameberry 9
With fewer than ten weeks left in 2014, let’s take a look back at the best of the high profile birth announcements so far.
But there have been some amazing celebrity baby names, stylish choices rich with meaning, unusual names that feel like they’d be wearable in Hollywood or anyone’s hometown.
I couldn’t keep the list to just nine total, so here are my nine favorite celebrity baby names for girls, and nine more for boys – subject, of course, to revision, any time between now and December 31st!
A glance at the US Top 100 lists from 1963 and 2013 suggests that the most popular names have gotten longer over the last fifty years. Back in 1963, the only Top 100 name longer than three syllables was Elizabeth.
There are more three-syllable names, and fewer single-syllable ones, too.
With just two names, the NFL quarterback and wife Brittany (shown in illustration) managed to capture both extremes in modern baby naming. The couple chose a first name that’s pure twenty-first century, and paired it with a middle that’s been around since the Old Testament.
Some parents consider names from both sides of the line – innovations like Maddox as well as standards like Robert or Stanley. Most of us probably have a definite preference. Yes to Eleanor, no to Madison. Or maybe it’s the other way around.
Usually it signals a name already on the rise. That was certainly the case with Camden, a name that cracked the US Top 100 in 2013.
Could Saint be next?
The new arrival’s name got me thinking: how many high profile parents have chosen baby names borrowed from other celebrities?
Of course, it is possible that the Minkoff-Bellours loved Bowie for another reason – maybe it is a family name, or maybe they’re thinking of folk hero Jim Bowie, who gave his name to the Bowie knife before meeting his end in the Battle of the Alamo.