Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture

By Linda Rosenkrantz

2017 was an interesting though somewhat serene in the starbaby world, with few celebrity baby names crying out to be called outrageous.

George and Amal Clooney set the tone when they gave their twins non-attention-grabbing names Ella and AlexanderGeorge suggesting that they would get enough attention as it is. And several other celebs followed suit with names high on the popularity list.

A few trends we’ve noticed: Several distinguished gentleman names made their entrances, including Beaumont, Montague, Robinson and Augustus. For girls there were sassy Sadies and Mabels and the resurgence of old classic names Jane, June, Jean and Joy.

Here are our picks for the outstanding starbabies’ names of 2017.

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City Baby Names and other newsy names

By Clare Bristow

City names for babies? Babies named after cities lead this week’s name news, which also includes the names of preachers and warrior queens, plus some new 2016 name data from Europe.

Super city names: Memphis, Valencia and Steel

Would you consider using a city name – maybe one with special meaning to you, or just a great sound? There’s so much variety, from obvious places names like London and Brooklyn to more subtle ones like Adelaide and Florence. Here are a few more examples from the news lately.

Memphis is an appropriately bluesy name for country singer Jason Aldean’s new son. It’s in the US top 700 and rising fast for boys. If you like the country place name vibe, you might also like Nash (as in Nashville), or Tennessee. Or if Memphis puts you more in mind of Egypt, you could consider Cairo or Alexandria.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re expecting a baby this month, you have lots of wonderful options for December baby names. You could go the wintry route with a name like Snow or Frost or Neve or even Winter. But here’s another idea: how about playing off the fact of December being the twelfth month on the calendar?

Twelve is a number with all kinds of references and resonances, not only numerical but in religion and myth, history, literature and film. Here are a dozen ideas for a babe born during the 12th month.

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes the names Strummer, Sofia, Sunday… and Santa!

Before we dive in, have you seen our top names of 2017? These are the names that have been the most looked-at this year. A few highlights: Atticus rose to the top spot for boys, and Olivia held the girls’ title for a second year. New to the top 10 are Cora, Maia, Amara, Theodore, Jasper and Henry. Did you help to send any of them up the charts?

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by Sophie Kihm

I’ve been making predictions on Nameberry long enough now that I’m forecasting names of the younger siblings of children whose names I’ve predicted before. Such is the case with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. In my very first set of predictions for Nameberry, almost two years ago, I suggested potential names for their baby who was eventually dubbed Luna Simone. Now they are expecting baby number two, and I get to try my hand once again!

Likewise, I predicted (correctly, I might add) the name of Hilaria and Alec Baldwin‘s second son back in April of 2016. They recently announced that they will be having another baby boy in 2018, so we’ll see if I can get his name right as well. 

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