Celebrity Baby Names: What’s next?
By Sophie Kihm
Every family has its own traditions and values when it comes to naming their children, and that’s true of celebrities as well. Some, like Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, like the meanings of their children’s names to be packed with significance. Their daughters are named Honor and Haven, which are both quite virtuous. Other stars, like James Corden and Cristiano Ronaldo, place value on family names. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s oldest son is a junior, the ultimate way to honor the father in many families. James Corden’s daughter is called Carey, his wife’s maiden name.
I’m particularly interested in seeing what naming values this month’s first-time celebrity parents will have. Will Nathan Kress choose a name from his side of the family? Would Mindy Kaling pick a name inspired by one of her heroes (like Nora Ephron, perhaps?) I can’t wait to find out!
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild have a naming style I like to call “accessible royalty.” Their daughter’s name–Lily Grace Victoria–has a somewhat regal image, classic names but with a modern twist. I think their next child will have a name with a similar feel–rooted in royalty, but appropriate for a 2017 baby.
*Update* Another girl—Teddy Marilyn!
James Corden and wife Julia used one of my favorite honor naming techniques by giving their daughter her mom’s maiden name of Carey as a first. Carey (and its more widely-used form, Carrie) was most popular in the 1970s, while the Corden’s son’s name, Max, peaked in 2011. I’m hoping James and Julia will choose a name that bridges the style gap between the two names, leading to a cohesive sibset.
*Update* A girl—Charlotte!
Model and actress London Elise Moore and actor Nathan Kress are a young couple with strong family-oriented values. I have a feeling they might choose a name from one of their family trees. It turns out Nathan‘s side of the family has tons of great options, ranging from the classic to the quirky!
*Update* It’s a girl—Rosie Carolyn!
On her TV show The Mindy Project, Kaling’s character has a son named Leo. Since she has a hand in writing the scripts, I’d bet Leo is a name that Mindy likes (and maybe even made her list at some point.) Keeping that in mind, I chose some names that share Leo‘s essence–short, friendly, and charming.
*Update* Welcome, Katherine Swati!
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren love names that are rich with meaning, particularly those with a virtuous quality. Honor and Haven are modern virtue names–sweeter and subtler than those of yesteryear like Patience and Chastity. I’m hoping they stick with that theme for baby number three, although I’m not so sure how I feel about another potential H name. Would it be cute or gimmicky?
*Update* Baby boy is Hayes Alba!
Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez are expecting his fourth child–a brother or sister for Cristiano Jr., Eva Maria, and Mateo. His two youngest children have names that are quite fashionable in Spain, so my bet is that baby #four will have a trendy and stylish name as well.
*Update* A little girl—Alana Martina dos Santos Aveiro
Actors Ashley Hinshaw and Topher Grace are huge Harry Potter fans. Knowing how influential the series has been on baby name trends, I would not be surprised if the Graces chose a name of one of the minor characters. Not necessarily a name that’s super out there, like Severus or Artemisia, but something with some familiarity–perhaps Phineas or Emmeline.
*Update* Hello, Mabel Jane!
Hank is one of those old-school, everyman nicknames of the 20th century that is just beginning to have that “adorkable” status among parents. Now that Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick are expecting a daughter, I’m curious to hear what they pair with Hank. I’m clearly hoping for another sassy retro name!
*Update* Welcome, Stevie!