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Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names

Many of the hottest baby names today are inspired by celebrities. Here are the star-inspired names that are rising through the ranks.
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  • Miles

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    Miles, which took on a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished name that has been appreciated in particular by celebrity baby namers, including Elisab... Read More 

  • Miley

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    One-time overnight success name, thanks to Hannah Montana actress and singer Miley Cyrus. Miley was a childhood nickname (because she was so smiley); Destiny is her real name. Read More 

  • Niall

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    Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool. This is an ancient name borne by several of the high kings of Tara, the m... Read More 

  • Orlando

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    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost an... Read More 

  • Penn

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    This simple, elegant name offers something for many kinds of parents, from writers and history buffs to photographers to Pennsylvania dwellers. Most famous bearers are comedian Penn Jillette and Go... Read More 

  • Pippa

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    Pippa, a peppy condensation of Philippa that turns it from serious to sprightly, has come into the public eye in a big way via the former Kate Middleton's sister. Heard far more in the U.K. than t... Read More 

  • Presley

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    For those not ready to name their daughters Elvis; and used more often than you might think ever since Tanya Tucker chose it for her little girl.  Read More 

  • Reese

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    The sassy, steel magnolia appeal of Oscar-winning Reese (born Laura Jeanne--Reese is her mother's maiden name) Witherspoon has single-handedly propelled this formerly male name into mass girls' pop... Read More 

  • Rihanna

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    Rihanna, the name of the Barbados-born singer, whose birth name was Robyn Rihanna, attracted a fair number of parents for several years, but has now declined to Number 830. It has also generated se... Read More 

  • Rufus

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    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of cool... Read More 

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