Celebrity Baby Names: Nine Out-of-this-World Choices
Need fresh inspiration for your baby’s name? Take a cue from celebrity parents, and look to the sky.
This week, actress Leonor Varela and her producer husband Lucas Akoskin welcomed daughter Luna Mae Akoskin. Luna joins big brother Matteo. Reality television’s Yandy Smith, of Love & Hip Hop fame, and Mendeecees Harris announced their daughter’s name, too: Skylar Smith Harris, a little sister for Omere.
Whether it’s a name starting with Sky, or a name borrowed from a celestial object, the heavens can inspire plenty of modern baby names. Many of them hit that sweet spot: easy to spell and say, but not so common that you’ll constantly run into other kids with the same name.
Here are nine celestial baby names chosen by celebrity parents for their starbabies:
Luna – Luna is huge in Hollywood. It’s the Latin word for the moon, worn by an ancient Roman goddess. Luna also means moon in Italian and Spanish. Celebrity babies with the name include Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s daughter, as well as Leonor Varela’s new arrival. Uma Thurman’s many-named little girl Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence answers to Luna, too.
Stella – Ellen Pompeo doubled up on the celestial baby names when she called her daughter Stella Luna in 2009. Stella is from the Latin word for star. Matt Damon is dad to a daughter Stella, and Tori Spelling is mom to a Stella, too. It’s probably the most popular name in this category right now, ranked Number 70 in the US as of 2013.
Leo – Sure, Leo is the lion, a name that brings to mind fierce baby names like Hawk and Bear. But it’s also a constellation, and a popular choice for boys. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s son is Leo.
Orion – The legendary Greek hunter gave his name to a constellation, and Chris Noth chose the name for his son in 2008. Orion sounds an awful lot like the very popular and oh-so-Irish Ryan. Maybe that’s why Orion ranked Number 399 and rising in 2013.
Atlas – We often think of Atlas holding the earth on his shoulders, but he actually held up the heavens. It’s fitting that’s there a moon of Saturn, a lunar crater, and a star all bearing his name. Anne Heche surprised everyone when she gave the name to a son in 2009. By the time we learned that it was also the name Edward Norton chose for his 2013 baby, Atlas had entered the US Top 1000.
Mars – There’s no question that Erykah Badu is a daring namer. Her firstborn is a son named Seven Sirius. Then along came daughter Puma. And her third child? Another daughter, given the name of the red planet, Mars, in 2009. Mars is among the rarer names on this list, and Mars for a girl is almost unknown. In 2013, there were 20 newborn babies named Mars – all boys.
Nova – Nova comes from the Latin word for new, but it’s not really novel as a girls’ name. LeBron James has a daughter called Zhuri Nova, and two Teen Mom cast members have chosen the name. But it was also used a century ago. In celestial terms, a nova is an explosion that causes a star to brighten. It’s a night sky name that feels both vintage and modern.
Draco – Ages before Draco Malfoy conspired against heroic Harry Potter, this name was at home in the night sky. From the Latin word for dragon, the constellation Draco could represent more than one mythical beast in ancient myth. Former child actress Danica McKellar – also known as The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper – gave the name to her son in 2010.
Ciel – Ciel is the French word for sky, and also heaven. Model Niki Taylor chose the foreign word name for her daughter in 2009. Another possibility is Cielo, the Italian and Spanish word for sky. With Skye, Skyler, Skyla, and just Skye in the US Top 1000, doesn’t Ciel seem like the kind of name that could catch on?
What are your favorite names from the sky?
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on March 3rd, 2015 at 4:10 pm
Blake Anderson of “Workaholics” fame has a daughter named Mars Ilah who was born in 2014.
Oh, and it turns out that Catelynn Lowell’s (Teen Mom 2) daughter’s full name is actually Novalee. It’s still pretty celestial, and I guess they are calling her Nova. I think I prefer the Novalie spelling.
on March 5th, 2015 at 7:37 am
Leo is one of my all-time favorite boys’ names. It is on our short list! It’s rugged but scholarly — saints, popes, artists come to mind.
I like Stella but absolutely LOVE Estella. It has so much charm, even if the Estella character in “Great Expectations” was not a very nice person. I know several little girls named Stella. I know one baby girl born in December named Estella.
I have a cousin who named her daughter Novi. My cousin had cared for a beautiful little Native American girl in the hospital named Novi and loved the name so much, she decided to use it for her own first daughter. I think both girls were born in November, but I’m not certain.
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