Celebrity Baby Names: Today’s hottest starbabies

When the name Mason jumped ten places to become the 2011 second most popular boy’s name in the country, it wasn’t just because more parents were noticing this pleasant occupational surname. No, anyone who had kept up with the Kardashians would know that cute little Mason Disick, featured on the E! Entertainment channel roughly a thousand times a week, had a lot to do with it.

For decades now, the names celebrities give their kids have had a tremendous effect on baby naming, one that has increased exponentially. From Ava to Willow, Maddox to Kingston, the proof is in the numbers.

So what are the latest starbaby influencers right now? We compared the fastest climbers on the Social Security list with the most popular baby names so far this year on Nameberry to pinpoint the most influential celebrity baby names today. They are:

Blue Ivy

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There was much ado around the birth of the Beyonce-JayZ baby last year, first about her names (‘Are you sure it’s not Ivy Blue?’) and then about the parents’ attempt to trademark it. Both names are on the upswing: Ivy has climbed 33 places on the Social Security list, 137% on Nameberry, whereas the hipper Blue hasn’t yet made its inevitable move to the national list, but it’s jumped a whopping 499% so far this year over last on Nameberry.

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17 Responses to “Celebrity Baby Names: Today’s hottest starbabies”

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maggiemary Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 6:08 am

Let us not forget that Patricia Arquette named her daughter Harlow in 2003, a full five years before Richie and Madden used it.

myredskirt Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 8:01 am

Who’s Pat Arquette?

mermuse Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 8:26 am

I know someone who just named her daughter Athena a few months ago. I thought it was a pretty strange choice! I guess this makes it seem less strange….

1here1ontheway Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 9:01 am

I don’t understand the appeal of Weston.

Mischa Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 9:32 am

Angie Harmon named her daughters, Finley, Avery and Emery. That’s a little too matchy for me.

Aurora Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Nancy McKeon (Jo from the ’80s sitcom The Facts of Life) also used the name Harlow for her daughter (born in 2006) before Nicole Richie did.

Flick Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I detest Angie Harmon’s daughters names – I love Ricky Martin’s sons, though.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I don’t like Angie Harmon’s daughters names as well. Finley and Emery are all boy to me, and will stay as boy. Is Avery supposed to be a more unique name alternative to the popular Ava name?

And is it just me, or does that picture of Blue Ivy look kind of strange? She didn’t look like a normal newborn.

Anyway I like Hattie, but would prefer it as a nn. It is very cute though.

watermellie Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I kind of like Athena, but you’d have to be someone to pull it off. I like subtler Greek names a lot, though. Blue Ivy is nice in theory, but I can only think of a bunch of ivy colored blue. Celeb names for me are too fanciful. 😀

zara-b Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I love the name Pearl, but didn’t realise that Maya Rudolph had named her daughter Pearl Bailey – it reminds me of ‘pearl barley’! Some great names here that I don’t mind seeing used more frequently.

sabrinas Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I don’t think Blue will make a jump onto the Top 1000. I do like Ivy and I think if they call her Blue Ivy, it’s a very nice, distinctive choice, but I’m not so sure about it on it’s own… what a beautiful child though, wow. I do think Ivy will jump because of it.

I noticed Hattie on the SSA list this year! Wow. It’s cute, I think I prefer it as a nickname though.

I think Angie’s children’s names are a bit low rent, I absolutely love Flynn — a rare boy’s name that is unusual that still retains masculinity and wearability. Levi and Roman do as well, but they are more common nowadays. Valentino, not so much.. I think it’s sophisticated but might be hard to wear for a lot of men.

Pearl is a pretty choice, a lovely name I’d like to hear more. Harlow has a nice, lush sound, but reminds me a bit of a “harlot.” Eek. Vivienne, a classic, and I love that spelling, although it is a bit out of line with Angie and Brad’s other choices.

Weston is a bit trendy but unoffensive to me, and Athena’s a beautiful, unusual choice, although pretty high on the list now, if I remember correctly?

Star babies really do have such an influence. I find it kind of strange that people are SO influenced by what celebrities do, down to what they name their children, and most people don’t even realize it! Like people naming their children Maddox– definitely only hear the name because of Angelina. It just sits weird with me.

UniqueNameLover Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 2:07 am

Vivienne and Hattie are great. Athena was on my list well before Tina F. used it as a middle name. Valentino is too associated with the designer, Pearl is LOVELY. I hate Angie Harmon’s daughters’ names. They are ALL boy to me. Weston and Levi are okay, but they don’t wow me. Blue Ivy…yeah…bad. Harlow is cute, though it reminds me harlot.

UniqueNameLover Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 2:09 am

And I LOVE Roman. Actually have that on my list along with Athena!

avesnames Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 5:21 am

I like Angie Harmon’s children’s names, but agree that together they sound quite matchy. What exactly does “low rent” mean…low class? I suppose I should be offended considering I have a child with one of these names?

Fudgeethewhale Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Nowhere on this site am I seeing any mention of (Family Guy’s) Alex Borstein and (Gilmore Girls) Jackson Douglas’ new baby girl: HENRIETTA B. DOUGLAS. Love it!

cannebella Says:

July 2nd, 2013 at 7:04 am

Maya Rudolph daughter is called Pearl Minnie not Pearl Bailey.

linda Says:

July 2nd, 2013 at 4:10 pm

@cannebella–I believe the name was first announced as Pearl Bailey and then changed to Pearl Minnie for her mother, Minnie Ripperton.

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