Celebrity Names: The newest, hottest inspiration

Celebrity names from Ava Gardner to Angelina Jolie, Miles Davis to Michael Jordan have influenced the names of real live babies over recent years.

But now there’s a brand new generation of stars whose names are proving inspirational to parents in search of cool baby names.  From the worlds of music, sports, and reality TV along with films, these celebrity names are showing major gains on the new popularity lists in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Nameberry combed the official baby name statistics to identify which names moving quickly up the lists were tied to hot young celebrities.  Many of these new celebrity names are unusual, exotic, rarely heard before their famous bearers brought them to our attention.  And their current popularity can be attributed directly to the stars who made them shine.

The newest, hottest celebrity names today are:


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Natalie Portman may have won the Oscar for Black Swan, but Mila Kunis takes the prize for most influential name. This Eastern European diminutive – the Ukraine-born actress’s real name is Milena – is the fourth highest jumper the most recent popularity list, up nearly 200 places. Mila is pronounced with a long e sound, making it a logical successor to the Top 10 Mia.

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klcalder2 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 9:07 am

Although quite popular in the US, I really like Logan, Amelia, and Elle. I also really like Mila and Harry. There isn’t a name in the list that I dislike either. Great post 🙂

watermellie Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hmmm… interesting list. Most I wouldn’t use though, NMS. I like Elle though, loove Nell!

imperioustigerlily Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 11:37 am

Awesome post! I really love Harry and Niall for boys and most of the girl names (Amelia, Audrina, Elle…) If Elle wasn’t the last syllable of my future last name, I’d use it in a heartbeat 🙂

VreeIsMe Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love, love, love Logan and always have. Niall, pronounced “Nile” has been a favorite ever since I heard it, which was, yes, on Niall Horan. Elle is sweet too.

daisy451 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I know an 8-year-old Iker. It’s one of those names that just doesn’t translate- it sounds downright hideous when English-speakers say it, especially Americans, but it’s not bad in Spanish.

rollo Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love this list of names, they are just stunning. I look forward to meeting the new generation babies with these great names.

My favourites are Harry, Jensen and Amelia.

karateleshi80 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Don’t forget Jensen as in Jensen Ackles in Supernatural. He carries that name well.

Audrina I like but I am not a really a fan of reality t.v. Mila and Milena are wonderful names. My nephew is called Harrison (Harry NM), love Elle. My friend has a daughter called Amelia (NM Milly).

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moxielove Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I’ve always loved Niall, but when I first mentioned it a few years back here on nameberry, I was respinding informed that it should be pronounced Neil, or Neal, which I like not nearly as much.

Is the “Nile” pronunciation of the name Niall unusual?

Buttonhead101 Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Mila is so simple and pretty, but I think I like Milena better. And I’m also beginning to think Harry is really cute for a little boy, partly because of Harry Potter and partly because of Harry Styles. Not too crazy about Bristol. Ikir is just kind of weird. I’ve always love Amelia, mostly because of my hero Amelia Earhart. Kellen is a pretty cool name, and I do like Kellen Lutz but I don’t think I would use it. Audrina is very pretty, but I don’t I would use it. Jenson is pretty interesting and I love names from my heritage. Adele is really pretty, might have to use that one for a character in a story. Never really liked Logan, though I do like Wolverine. Elle is lovely and simple, and I quite like Elle Fanning. Lately I’m really loving the name (and the person) Niall! @moxielove yes it is pronounced Nile, I asked the question on a forum a few days ago and someone who lived in Ireland said it is usually pronounced that way.
P.S. Am I the only one who loves Niall’s picture?

skizzo Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Niall and Harry will not get a big push in the US, the one I can see getting a big rise is Zayn.

erin13 Says:

August 25th, 2012 at 3:49 am

I love Niall. It was actually Niall Horan who I first heard the name on, but it’s a pity it’s so associated with One Direction now as a name, because if I ever used it people would probably just think it was because of them. I also like Mila and Elle for girls. Simple, feminine and pretty.

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LexieM Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I really like both Mila and Elle but as nn’s not as proper names. I guess I’m going against the celeb trend with liking long names that have lots of nn options. (Not a fan of Adele but Adelaide has kind of grown on my over the years – could be a Guys and Dolls thing).

Gigi_mk Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Jensen was my number one choice for my son, but I let myself be talked out of it. My daughter malia sometimes gets called Mila as a nn.

mmljar1 Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Sorry but I don’t think that we can attribute these names to celebrity. The name Harry has been trending for ages and I would put down more to Harry Potter fans being old enough to have their own kids. Elle Fanning (who?) but the name Ella has been top 10 in Australia since 2005 and Elle has been following. Amelia has been heading up for ages and I think you could put it as part of a trend of ‘older’ names and also people who read the Amelia-Jane books as kids now having their own. Most of these are cases of celebrities with names that are trending up already rather than the other way around.

MorganaLeFaye Says:

August 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I tend to agree with mmljar on this point, but I just thought I’d mention that McFly drummer Harry Judd winning Strictly Come Dancing last year won’t have hurt the name’s popularity. Gorgeous list, by the way 🙂

emilymaryjane Says:

September 26th, 2012 at 4:58 am

Just want to point out that Zayn Malik from 1d was actually born a Zain, but thought Zayn looked better

ItzAshh Says:

August 30th, 2013 at 12:13 am

Not a fan of Amelia – waaaay too popular around here for my liking. I have had six friends give birth to Amelia’s this year alone. Ugh.

Considered Mila for Baby Dos but with big sister Avila I didn’t want them matching up so closely. Jensen was our pick if we were to have a boy (but we are having an Iris instead).

I feel Elle is incomplete as a first name. I like Harry but as in Potter, not that I’d ever use it anyway. Niall is okay but not my taste. (If I were to pick a 1D name it’d probably be Zayn). Iker I pronounce as Ike-er as I love the name Isaac so it’d never be used because “Ike-er” just sounds funny as a first name to me. I liked Kellen and Emmet but am not a Twilight fan so that deterred me from those names when we were making our initial lists as that’s what most people would associate it with.

MissyLynn Says:

September 8th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Interesting list. Though the picture of Britol Palin seems obviously photoshopped and is distracting.

niteowl13 Says:

December 10th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

It’s Audrina Patridge…not Partridge like the bird or the singing family tv show from the 60s

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