20 Weird Baby Names Celebrities Are Obsessed With

They're given to lots more starbabies than other babes

Stars are not just like us when it comes to baby names. They’re nothing like us, in fact. They’re more innovative, coming up with wholly new names like Chicago, Suri and Rumi for their kids. They’re bolder, often picking names that are far outside the mainstream. And they really love using names with ties to Hollywood.

Case in point: On February 15, The Blast revealed that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekian had named their newborn daughter Story Annabelle. For  almost any other couple, this would be a daring, even outrageous, name choice. Only 68 baby girls in the U.S. were named Story in 2016 — fewer than were named AriesTimber or Yocheved. But in Hollywood, the land of storytelling, there’s nothing strange about naming a baby Story. At least two other celebrity couples beat the Pauls to the punch.

Story is far from alone. It’s just one of the many weird names that celebrities are obsessed with. Nameberry analyzed thousands of names in our database of celebrity kids names to identify those that were given to multiple Starbabies despite being relatively unpopular in the country at large. The 20 names below were each given to at least three children of celebrities but were not among the Top 300 baby names for either sex in 2016, the most recent year on record. That means that they’re all given to fewer than 1000 babies per year — often many fewer. Just 60 newborn girls in the entire country were named Coco in 2016, for example. But they’re definitely names to watch going forward — once a few celebrities use a name, there’s a good chance that civilians will follow.


One of the hippest, toughest of the new animal names for boys, along with Fox and Wolf, got a major boost from celebrity bear-er Bear Gryllis.

Celebrities Who Used It: Kate Winslet & Ned Rocknroll (pictured), Alicia Silverstone, Liam Payne & Cheryl Cole

Rank In 2016: Below the Top 1000

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DestinyLost Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 1:29 am

It only shows one name which is bear

joesatran Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 1:43 am

You’ll find the rest if you click through the slideshow!

katinka Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 2:17 am

This is a cool idea! I can think of a few more examples for some of these from the British celeb-o-sphere too.

I’d love to see similar done for Babyberries!

grackym Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 3:06 am

I’m not 100% certain, but I believe Johnny Knoxville has a daughter Arlo, not a son.

IslandMoon Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 3:22 am

This is really interesting! I’m surprised Bowie isn’t used more by the general public. I also wonder if the fact that Stephen Moyer is British and Poppy has been a top 10 name for the past few years in England and Wales has anything to do with their choice of her name.

EloiseT Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 5:53 am

Surprised Rocco wasn’t attributed to Madonna & Guy Ritchie, who aren’t even in the list?

And Cate Blanchett’s son could be added to Dashiell.

Interesting how social taste works!

Pam Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:28 am

Thanks for the updates, everyone. I added the others even though they’re far from babies! But they definitely led the way in terms of popularity of their names.

LouJohnson Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:51 am

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have a daughter, not a son.

emekct Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 11:21 am

Adam Sandler has a daughter named Sunny, not a son.

Cherilyn Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Interesting names, (Jett, Sage, Ace, Wolf) good thing liked them long before some celeb used them. Don’t like celebs they’re just people, that are overrated and overpaid. There is alot of us ‘non celebs’ that go for more bold, far outside of mainstream names too. It’s not a celeb only thing.

MissusAytch Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Surprised Clementine is not on the list.

MAME93 Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Most of these names aren’t “weird”, they seem fine to me and are used a lot by non-celebs.

jtucker Says:

February 23rd, 2018 at 10:42 pm

I like a few of these. I love Dashiell or Jett for a boy. And Birdie and surprisingly Coco for a girl. I do think it’s interestkng that so many celebrities use the same names.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 24th, 2018 at 12:20 am

Surprised to see Frances listed as weird and Hollywood-centric.

vivi_simone Says:

February 24th, 2018 at 9:37 am

Yes, this article would have been more aptly named, “20 Unexpected Baby Names Celebrities Are Obsessed With.”

Birdie, Ever, Story, and Mabel are all lovely. Interesting that Arlo and Marlowe are both popular for girls–I wonder if we’ll see more variations on Arlo in the future?

The animal names are cute, but I just pictured 3 college aged dudes as friends (named Bear, Fox, and Wolf) and had a little chuckle.

ARhythmofNames Says:

February 24th, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Most of these names I like; Rocco, Jagger and Jett are the ones I am not fond of, I prefer them on boys only.
Birdie is one I am still getting used to, even if it is a longtime classic.

I also love Arlo for either gender, but I like the spelling Arlow on a girl 🙂

OliviaSarah Says:

February 26th, 2018 at 5:44 pm

”They’re more innovative, coming up with wholly new names like Chicago, Suri and Rumi for their kids.”

Chicago is from the native American place name, Rumi was obviously the name of a poet and Suri was an established name internationally, sharing the same biblical roots Sarah does (from memory).

maggiemary Says:

February 27th, 2018 at 9:00 am

Poppy has been super popular in the UK for a couple of decades now, so celebs using this name aren’t potential trendsetters, the Brits are!!!

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