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Celebrity Names: The newest, hottest inspiration

August 24, 2012 Pamela Redmond

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:


Mila

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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.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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