He’s the original Renaissance man, a celebrated actor, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, too. But now Leonardo joins the list of celebrity baby names used in 2016, thanks to Alec and Hilaria Baldwin.
While Italian Renaissance artist da Vinci might be the most famous bearer of the name, American parents adopted it in big numbers as actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s career took off. In 1996, the name hovered around Number 400. But then the young actor played Romeo. By the time DiCaprio set sail on blockbuster disaster movie Titanic, his romantic given name had gained 50 places, and would climb another 100 in the following year.
With a boost from the newest Baldwin baby, this artistic name could continue to rise.