Big Families, Bold Baby Names

Lots of kids, lots of chances for great names

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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AldabellaxWulfe Says:

May 23rd, 2016 at 9:34 am

While I admire the charisma of some parents, I must admit that “bold” doesn’t automatically mean brilliant. I know it all comes down to a matter of personal taste but, in my opinion, while old and underused choices such as Wolfgang and Marcheline are a breath of fresh air, choices such as Jagger Joseph Blue for a girl, or Heiress or Five, are less than stellar – borderline inappropriate, in some cases.

At the end of the day, I do know that celebrities can name their kids whatever they want, because the celebrity life seems to function on a different level of reality to our own. So I’m not really bothered by what they choose as, ultimately, it won’t matter. But I do worry about the ‘normal’ children whose parents aren’t world-famous, but still think they can copy celebrity styles through their children’s names. Say what you want, but I just don’t think a Pilot, or a Jermajesty is going to fare well within our world. But again, that’s just my opinion.

Toronto87 Says:

May 23rd, 2016 at 10:23 am

I literally hate the names chosen for Jamie Oliver’s children. Whenever I read that sibset I just think, “what were they thinking!?!?!” What grown person wants to be named Daisy Boo or Buddy Bear?! Cute for a baby but embarrassing for a teenager and really annoying / unsuitable for an adult.

Erin91 Says:

May 24th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Zac Hanson has a son named John “Shepherd” and a daughter Junia. 🙂

Maura Says:

May 24th, 2016 at 10:24 pm

And a son George Abraham Walker, known as Abe, and his wife is pregnant again and due in July. Isaac’s kids eachl go by their middle names.

MelancholyMusic Says:

May 25th, 2016 at 12:19 am

Are families of four considered big families? In my community that’s small.

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