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Celebrity Baby Names: Word names are hot!

September 22, 2016 Abby Sandel

Once dismissed as crazy celebrity choices – remember Apple and Pilot – word names, for babies, thanks mostly to those celebs– have gone mainstream. From rising River to why-not Wolfe, many of the best boy names in 2016 are borrowed from the dictionary. They’re stylish, meaningful, and different, but still easy to say and spell, and starbaby parents from Liv Tyler to Terrence Howard have embraced the trend. Here are twelve of the best recent word names–they just might inspire a bold boy name choice for your own son.  By Abby Sandel.

Ocean

Jeff Goldblum became a first-time father last year, and named his son Charlie Ocean. It’s an unusual choice – fewer than 150 boys and girls combined were given the name last year. But it sounds like popular Owen, and combined with the more traditional Charlie makes for a winning combination. While Ocean is rare, it’s not without history – Oceanus Hopkins was born aboard the Mayflower.

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Abby

Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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