Yet for every celebrity that inspires a rash of little namesakes, there seems to be another, equally attractive and popular star whose name doesn’t become famous, at least for babies. Oprah may have the power to catapult books to bestsellerdom and even to influence presidential elections, but the millions of moms who love her don’t seem to love her name. Madonna may have legions of fans over several decades, but there’s still only one Madonna. Okay, two.
Maybe you’ll say that the problem is in the names Oprah and Madonna themselves and true, those might be difficult monikers to carry. But that doesn’t seem to always be the reason a name doesn’t achieve the star power of its original bearer.
Case in point: Diana. We were sure, through the long reign of Princess Diana, that her name would rise up the charts. It’s a beautiful name with classic roots that sounded neither dowdy nor trendy. But Diana, as a name, never took off.
A lot of the other hot and not celebrity-influenced names are similarly difficult to figure out.