Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture

By Abby Sandel

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman suggested that she missed the 89th Academy Awards ceremony because she was due any day with her second child. Turns out that Natalie and husband Benjamin Millepied actually welcomed their new daughter day four days prior to the awards show. Amalia arrived on February 22nd, joining older brother Aleph.

The name Amalia is cousin to the wildly popular Amelia, but far less common. It feels slightly European, since it’s used in nearly a dozen other languages.

Amalia also represents exactly the kind of name many parents seek – it’s feminine, traditional, and familiar. And yet it’s quite rare, too. That makes for a winning combination. Are there other names with a similar profile?

Absolutely. Here are nine more names for girls inspired by Amalia:

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By John Kelly

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously named their daughter Apple. Courtney Cox and David Arquette named theirs Coco. You may not have a taste for naming your baby after foods, but you might just savor these nine foods named after people.

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Reality TV Baby Names: Duke to Lorenzo

By Abby Sandel

If you’re a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you might know that Lauren Manzo is a new mom. The Manzo family graduated to their own Bravo series, Manzo’d with Children, in 2014. Lauren and husband Vito Scalia married a year later. They welcomed daughter Marchesa Anna Scalia last week. They’re calling her Markie.

Marchesa makes a fascinating, distinctive choice for their family, part-designer label, part-aristocratic title.

Another name I’m watching: Bonnie, the choice Joseline Hernandez of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta fame made for her daughter at the end of 2016. It’s simple, sweet, and ready for revival.

Do parents actually take their naming queues from reality television?

The answer seems to be yes. MTV debuted The Real World in 1992, launching the modern era of reality television. From Dancing with the Stars to Teen Mom, the new generation of celebrities has changed the way we name our children.

Here are nine choices, all proof that reality television translates to real-life name choices.

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Crazy Celebrity Names: But are they really?

By Meredith Testa, namenculture

Celebrities are notorious for giving their children outrageous baby names. Lists of so-called crazy celebrity baby names pop up often, and with examples like North West (shown) and Blue Ivy topping them, it’s easy to see why they spread like wildfire. But I’m not convinced that celebrities are any crazier than the rest of us in their naming choices. One man’s crazy is another man’s cute, and there are lots of reasons celebrity names may seem stranger than they actually are:

Celebrities are just as likely to choose “normal” names as the rest of us- Plenty of them choose popular or traditional names. The Beckhams’ youngest is called Harper (a Top 10 name) and Brad and Angelina have a Vivienne. For every Frank Zappa (father of Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva), there’s a Dennis Quaid (father of Jack, Thomas, and Zoe).

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By Sophie Kihm

We’re only two months into 2017, and already we have been blessed with the two best pregnancy announcements of the year (dare I say decade?). Yes, both Beyoncé and Amal Clooney are pregnant. Better yet—they’re each having twins. The Carters and Clooneys are American royalty, and these will be treated as regal pregnancies. So start placing your bets! What are the odds of a Queen Carter or Warren Clooney (500/1? 2500/1?)? I’m not quite sure, but I am confident that whatever the names of these noble children, they will make international headlines. 

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