Category: Celebrity Names

By Clare Bristow

This week’s baby name news includes a new princess, moon-inspired names, trends in Finland, and the merits of popular vs unusual names.

Welcome, Princess Adrienne!

There’s a new royal baby in Europe! No, not that royal baby. This week Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Christopher O’Neill welcomed their daughter Adrienne Josephine Alice. While her name isn’t distinctively Scandinavian, it has a classic pan-European style – which is what we’d expect for Leonore and Nicolas’s little sister (all shown).

Her middle names come from the royal side of her family, and the word is that Adrienne is a name her parents just liked. In the US, Adrienne is languishing in the 800s, but it might appeal to parents who can’t choose between Audrey and Vivienne.

Meanwhile in the UK, royal baby name speculation continues. The latest sensible weigh-up of the possibilities (so not the bookmakers’ odds) comes from Nameberry’s Abby: check out her guesses for a prince or a princess.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The Oscar ceremonies are just a few days away, when, sadly, the majority of nominees will walk away disappointed. Before they disappear, though, I thought we might take a look at some of their more interesting names—in both the major and other categories.

We’ve already given a lot of recent attention to examples like Saoirse, Octavia and Margot, but the roster highlights some other intriguing international names as well.

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by Sophie Kihm

Baby name sibset patterns can be very cute and add cohesion when done well. But sometimes it can get you into trouble. Take Ayesha and Steph Curry. They have two daughters named Riley and Ryan, and now Ayesha is pregnant with their third child. Ryker or Ryder seems like the obvious choice for a boy, but if they have another daughter, this could be the end of the Ry– pattern.

Kimberly and James Van Der Beek (shown) are also in a predicament if they have another baby girl. Each of their children has a 3+ syllable name, and their daughters’ names all start with vowels—O, A, and E– which leaves I and U. My top choice for them is Isla, which follows the different vowel pattern, but not the syllable count one.

All this is to say—patterns can be great, but if they’re too restrictive, be prepared to give up some of the requirements as more children are added to the mix. I’m excited to see how these celebrities handle the challenge, and I’ve weighed in with my predictions below.

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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.

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes bold celebrity baby girl names, rare names from Russia, and names that feel at home all over the world.

Bold first names: Gio and Story

One name you may not have heard of before is Gio. That’s all changed now that Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have named their new daughter Gio Grace. Many of us thought Dusty’s sister might get another retro name, but instead (apparently without help from Ellen DeGeneres this time) the couple chose a tiny name that barely ranks in the US. It’s only ever made the girls’ charts once.

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