Celebrity Baby Names: Word names are hot!

From Rocket to Sailor to Saint

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.


Hero is a young woman in Greek myth, but Hiro is a Japanese masculine name. And Hero is also the name of Terrence Howard and Mira Pak’s new son, a little brother for Qirin. The couple has said that they love names that their children can live up to. That’s definitely one reason word names, with all of their built-in meaning, work well for so many families.

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


4 Responses to “Celebrity Baby Names: Word names are hot!”

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

lesliemarion Says:

September 23rd, 2016 at 12:13 am

The nature and animal names, yes. The others, ugh.

cmariac Says:

September 23rd, 2016 at 10:27 am

Agreed with pp: i can get behind a lot of the nature names, but Rocket and Journey are just nms.
A really good variety on this list though, great article! 🙂

maggiemary Says:

September 24th, 2016 at 8:43 am

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, and his girlfriend Meagan Camper, named their son Saint Lazslo in 2014, so they got there before Kim and Kanye did!

charlesokuku Says:

December 11th, 2016 at 6:31 am

I buy your point. More baby names right here

leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.