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Big Families, Bold Baby Names

May 22, 2016 Abby Sandel

By Abby Sandel

This week, Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg welcomed baby number four. It’s no surprise that the family chose a bold, unexpected baby name for their new arrival. Older daughters are Poet Sienna Rose and Jagger Joseph Blue, and they’re also parents to son Lyric Sonny Roads. Their new addition is son Story. We’re still waiting to learn his middle names, but here’s betting that it’s another daring combination.

The Frye-Goldberg family can be quite the trendsetters. They named their daughter Jagger in 2008, seven years before Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross welcomed Jagger Snow. But Story is less novel. Jenna Elfman is mom to Story Elias, while Minnie Driver has a son called Henry Story.

In celebration of the new arrival, we’re looking at more high profile families with intriguing names, from the retro to the literary to just plain never before heard.

Wolfgang Frances, Bellamy Nicole, Tallulah Louise, Breaker Owsley, Five Beck, Holleder Street, and Major RobertRobert and Cortney Novogratz are a design team known for a quirky, fearless mix of vintage and modern. The same can be said of the names they’ve chosen for their seven children, including two sets of twins. There’s a story behind every one of the kids’ names, too.

Maddox Chivan, Pax Thien, Zahara Marley, Shiloh Nouvel, Knox Leon, and Vivienne Marcheline – No list of big families headed by famous parents would be complete without the Jolie-Pitts. Angelina and Brad’s brood includes children adopted internationally, and their names reflect a global, eclectic style. They’ve also been some of the most influential choices in Hollywood. Maddox, Knox, and Vivienne all soared in the rankings following the name announcements.

Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David, and Harper SevenDavid and Victoria Beckham have chosen names with personal significance. Cruz reflects their third son’s place of birth – Madrid. Harper was inspired by Victoria’s love of To Kill a Mockingbird. Many assumed that Seven referred to dad’s jersey number, or perhaps her July birth, but the couple later revealed that it was because of the association between the number seven and good fortune.

Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, and June – Blogger Gabrielle Blair writes about the intersection between motherhood and style at DesignMom. No surprise, then, that she and husband Ben Blair gave their six children retro cool names.

Pearl, Lucille, Jack, and Minnie Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson also went for vintage names when naming their four children. Youngest daughter Minnie is named after Maya’s mom, soul singer Minnie Riperton.

Ezra, Penny, River, Viggoand Willa – The musical Hanson brothers have grown up to be great baby namers as they’ve started families of their own. Jordan Taylor – known by his middle – married Natalie, and together they have Jordan Ezra (known as Ezra), Penelope Anne, River Samuel, Viggo Moriah, and Wilhelmina Jane. It’s a sweetly vintage sibset. Brother Isaac and wife Nicole also have a nicely named family: Clarke Everett – known as Everett, James Monroe, and Nina Odette.

Trinity, Jackson, Dylan Skye, Phoenix Avery, and Lennox Noel – The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne welcomed twin sons earlier this year. Lennox and Phoenix both wear modern names for boys, with that on-trend letter x. The boys joined sister Dylan and brother Jackson, plus half-sister Trinity.

Zonnique, Messiah, Domani, Deyjah, King, Leyah, Major, Heiress – Rapper T.I. – born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. – and wife TinyTameka Cottle – have chronicled their real life Brady Bunch on VH-1 reality series T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. King’s real name is Clifford Harris III. Youngest daughter Heiress Diana was born in March. Their style definitely tends towards the braggadocio boys that have been so in favor in recent years.

Luke Hudson, Eve Augusta, Poppy James, and Josephine Kate Grey’s Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw – the daughter of actress Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg – recently welcomed her fourth child with husband Christopher Gavigan. The couple’s choices are a mix of the traditional and the trending, with a few unexpected surprises, like Eve and Poppy’s middle names. Josephine Kate makes the perfect addition to their family.

Daisy Boo Pamela, Poppy Honey Rosie, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice – It’s one of my favorite topics – Jamie and Jools Oliver are expecting their fifth child, and given their affection for wild and unconventional name choices, it’s a safe bet that they’ll choose another extravagant name for Oliver #5! You can read more about my choices for the family here.

Which is your favorite set of big family baby names? Are there any I missed?

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Abby

Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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