Best Starbaby Names of 2013: Scout, Sage and McCartney

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We haven’t quite kissed 2013 goodbye yet, but we’re close enough to have gotten a pretty good picture of the year’s celebrity baby naming landscape, enough to pick out our personal faves—and to give you the reasons why.  Here are our Top 12 choices—some from A-list celebs, others who are not so well known—from the worlds of film, TV and sports.

Winnie RoseJimmy and Nancy Fallon went up to the attic to pick this vintage treasure. Turns out the name was chosen by the couple in honor of the lake where they frequently vacationed and even got engaged at: New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, but, said Fallon, ‘Winnipesaukee’s a little long, Also, she’s a ‘win’ for us. He added that the Wonder Years connotation makes the name even better –“Winnie is the coolest girl on TV ever.”

Cricket PearlBusy Philipps’s second daughter sister followed Birdie Leigh—making a quirky pair that’s not to everyone’s taste, but which I find adorable.  Though as someone quipped, “After Cricket’s birth, Philipps expressed concern about 5-year-old Birdie’s adjustment, most likely because she realized birds eat crickets.”

Lotus ElodieRandy and Leah Spelling gave this name to their second daughter, the cousin of Stella, Liam, Hattie and Finn via Aunt Tori. Lotus is an interestingly exotic flower name, Elodie a Nameberry fave, together making a nice pairing with sister Sage Aurelia.

McCartney CharlesAmerican Idol finalist singer Chris Sligh is obviously a Beatles fan—his daughter has the middle name of Lennon.  It’s always good to see a new Mc-name on board, and this one certainly has strong pop cultural connections.

Isis Sidney—TV cupcake maven Katherine Kallinis Berman looked back to ancient mythology to pick the evocative name of the supreme Egyptian goddess of the moon and sky, motherhood and fertility. Once considered outré, Isis has entered the realm of mortal possibility.

Beatrix Belle—Australian radio host Fifi Box chose this adorable combo for her daughter, who’s to be known as Trixie Belle Box.  We love the energetic Beatrix, and the B-B alliteration makes it even livelier.

Scout Margery—This combo was chosen by volleyball pros Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings; we like the upstanding Scout for both girls and boys, and Margery (the name of Kerri’s mother), adds a nice feminine touch. One of Scout’s siblings is a brother named Sundance

Sage Lavinia—Actor Jack Huston is right on trend with this unisex spice name; Lavonia trims Sage with vintage lace. Tony Kanal’s Saffron Rose would make a nice playmate.

Doone IslaOlympic gold medalist swimmer Amanda Beard and photographer husband Sacha Brown have come up with a lovely windswept, appropriately beachy, pair of names.

Everest Hobson—Talk about an aspirational, climb-the-highest-mountain -type name! This name was chosen by George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson.  It’s right in step with all the Everetts and Everlys (a Channing Tatum pick) out there.

Elsie MarigoldAs we’ve noted before, Elsie is definitely back, having shed any lingering Borden’s associations.  Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and wife Alice Evans created this felicitous combo—Marigold is one of the freshest flower names—but we wonder if Elsie isn’t a bit matchy-matchy with older sister Ella?

ValorKudos to adventurous actor Emile Hirsch for coming up with one of the most creative names of the year, proving that boys can have virtue names too!

And a Nice Namesake Award to Vince Vaughn for passing along his father’s name Vernon Lindsay to his son, and keeping up the family tradition of V-names: Vince’s sisters are Victoria and Valerie.

Among our least favorites: Holly Madison’s Rainbow Aurora.

The Gender-Bending Trend:

If there was one clear-cut trend, I’d say it was the extreme gender-bending we’ve seen this year.  The one that garnered the most attention is of course that of poor little North West—who was hastily given the nickname Nori to deflect some of the adverse reactions coming her way. But it definitely made for a gender direction change, following in the path of Elizabeth Rohm’s little girl Easton, born a few years ago. Some others:

Lincoln Bell—Given the serious, bearded image of this presidential name, it was a major surprise when Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard bestowed it on their daughter. Bell explained the choice to Jay Leno by saying that Dax always wanted to name his first son Lincoln, and they just decided to stick with it.

Phaedra Bloom Forever—When your name is Peaches Honeyblossom, and you have sisters named Fifi Trixiebelle, Pixie and Tiger Lily, obviously anything goes in terms of naming, so why hesitate about giving your son the name of a Greek feminine mythological character?

Juno—Another Greek goddess became masculinized when banjo player Béla Fleck (named after composer Béla Bartók) and wife Abigail Washburn called their boy Juno—a name currently on the rise for girls.

Justice JayJust as boys are beginning to reclaim some virtue names for themselves, TV actor Jensen Ackles and wife Danneel used this one for their daughter, nicknamed JJ.

Sterling Diane—Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller named her daughter Sterling.  Hoping for a silver medal?  Then why not Goldie?

Rio LauraOliver Hudson and Erinn Bartlett gave Wilder and Bodhi’s baby sister the traditionally male river name Rio.

Hero Peregrine—Though the Hero of Greek myth was a woman, this name makes an easy gender switch. Actress Cree Summer’s other daughter is called Brave Littlewing, and Summer also has a brother called Rainbow.

How about you?  What was your favorite starbaby name this year?

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31 Responses to “Best Starbaby Names of 2013: Scout, Sage and McCartney”

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iamamiam Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 12:14 am

Love Valor

RainbowBright908 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 12:18 am

Juno and Phaedra on boys. LOVE IT! Maybe the gender-bending tide is turning, and it will become socially acceptable for the gender-swapping names to go from pink to blue once enough celebrities bestow traditionally feminine names on their boys.

Winnie Cooper will always be the coolest girl ever on TV. Winnie/ Winnifred will always bring up tender images of The Wonder Years for me.

Valor… now that’s quite a name to live up to!

Giinkies Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 2:17 am

Valor. I loved Emile Hirsch before, but after that I was head over heels for him.
Valor is such a creative name.

banomi Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:19 am

Really like:


banomi Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:20 am

And Lotus.

sbm602 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 7:18 am

Winnie and Hero are cute!

waiting12 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am

I actually adore Juno as a boy name and have always thought it was more masculine to begin with. Great choice!

really91 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:18 am

I feel like Winnie Rose wins by a mile this year, but Scout Margery and Beatrix Belle are fantastic too. I want to love Cricket Pearl because both names are great on their own (and Birdie and Cricket are adorable together), but I can’t quite get past that they’re both noun names.

I like Juno on a boy (I’ve considered the Junot spelling myself), but in my mind, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are awesome enough that they can call their kid whatever they want.

tararyaz Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love Vernon, Winnie & Rio. Isis is great too!

Names4real Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:48 am

Love Winnie June & Rio. I thought Cricket was pretty adorable too.

Everest is cool, but I’d prefer it on a boy. Everett Hobson is a girl, right?

Olivekit Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:51 am

Love Winnie, Scout, & Marigold.

Brave & Hero makes for an interesting pair of sisters!

jessamine13 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I love Beatrix Belle, Sage Lavinia, Elsie Marigold, and Winnie Rose.

Saracita00 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

Lotus Elodie is interesting and seems very 2013. I really like Beatrix Belle, though nn Trixie Belle thrills me less; it sounds a bit like Tinkerbell. Marigold is wonderful – I would like to see that one up front, and it would have been fine with sister Ella too. Valor is a fantastic pick for a masculine virtue name.

I can’t say that I like the extreme gender-bending trend, but I do like Hero Peregrine for a boy, because Hero isn’t necessarily just a Greek name: it could also be classified as a modern virtue name. Hero as a virtue name wears well on a boy, and I’m in love with Peregrine for boys. This one comes out my top favorite of all the names featured here.

Mcdonak1 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Rio Hudson… Hudson River. Not a huge fan of that aspect of the name. But I don’t mind Rio on a girl at all. It works better than several of the other gender-bending names mentioned.

Cloverish Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I can’t help but notice how many of the names sound better to me when I switch middle and first – Sidney Isis, Elodie Lotus and Isla Doone sound great.
And Diane Sterling would be a fantastic combination.

Names4real Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Yup, I just checked. Everest Hobson & Hero Peregrine are both girls. 🙂

mill1020 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I wasn’t sold on Phaedra at first, but it’s starting to grow on me.

jmsouthern Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I don’t necessarily think that Sterling qualifies as a “gender-bending” name. I personally only know one Sterling, and she is in her early 20s.

tori101 Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Firstly I have to say I hate Juno & Phaedra on boys!!

Secondly here are my favourite names…
Winnie Rose
Cricket Pearl
Beatrix Belle
Sage Lavinia
Elsie Marigold

: )

ELO Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Valor was name of the year for me! As name obsessed as I am (and as picky as I am about perceived made-up or trying too hard names), it isn’t often I hear a new one that I immediately love. Special mention for Winnie.

I dislike boys names on girls. Especially when you can’t tell from the middle name the baby’s gender. Seriously, Everest Hobson is a girl?? And, am I the only one who feels it’s insulting to name your daughter the name you always wanted to use for your son? It gets my dormant feminist (oxymoron?) blood boiling.

benjamelissa Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Sage Lavinia! I’ve loved Sage for years and Lavinia was one of my best friends in college.

ELO Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

@cloverish. I totally agree!

KickinKay Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I’ve loved Valor forever, glad to see it getting some recognition! I really love this year’s baby names, Sage Lavinia, Rio Laura, and Beatrix Belle are gorgeous. Cricket has been in and out of my list for a few years now and I’m not sure it will ever be back, but I still love Busy Phillips’ choice.

And then there’s Winnie, oh Jimmy Fallon what have you done to me? I never ever ever in a million thought I would ever like Winnie, but he has given me the association with my beloved Lake Winnipesaukee and now it won’t leave my mind.

indiefendi Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

All this time I thought Jimmy named her Winnie because they rhyme–Jimmy and Winnie! I think she should’ve been Winnie Lake Fallon. That’d be so cute!

Cricket? Really?! Well, to each their own I guess.

Lotus is one of my absolute fave names! I want to use it for my own future daughter. The flower represents new birth/beginnings. I love it! I love it! I love it! 🙂

I actually love Rio on a girl. It’s very “viva Brasil!”

I never liked Scout, literary allusion or not.

Hero is better as a middle name to me.

What did you really expect from Peaches Geldof?

I’ll take Elsa over Elsie.

Rainbow is a terrible name altogether. It’s not cute at all. Like, whyyyyyyy would you do that to somebody?! And on a boy? Wtf?! Ugh.

I love Valor.

I used to like Sage but now it’s getting all common.

I can’t wait for next year’s celeb baby names!!! 😀

indiefendi Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Oops I meant I think *he should’ve named.

indiefendi Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

oh just disregard hahahaha.

citymagnolia Says:

December 12th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

My daughters are named Sage and Lotus. I never thought I would see another pair of sisters with those names! If the Spellings add a little Clementine I will know they are trying to be just like me. 🙂

Danni Says:

December 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

Favorite celebrity baby girl’s name this year has to be Winnie Rose. I adore Jimmy Fallon, and he and his wife couldn’t have picked a sweeter name for their long-awaited little girl. Sage Lavinia and Beatrix Belle are runners-up.

Seriously, can you beat Valor on the boys’ side? It’s stunning. One of the few virtue names that is fresh and wearable; plus, it’s sleeker than Brave, Bravery, or Courage. Everest is my second favorite from this list.

bluejuniper Says:

December 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

So many great names this year! Everest has actually recently been added to my list of favourites – for a boy though 🙂

Charshi Says:

December 16th, 2013 at 7:38 am

My favourite baby name of the year would actually have to be Alana de la Garza’s daughter, Liv Elena! Not particularly typical of a celebrity name but classic and beautiful nonetheless! I also love Fifi’s choice of Beatrix Belle and for boys, Valor surely takes the cake!

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