By Sophie Kihm
We’re only two months into 2017, and already we have been blessed with the two best pregnancy announcements of the year (dare I say decade?). Yes, both Beyoncé and Amal Clooney are pregnant. Better yet—they’re each having twins. The Carters and Clooneys are American royalty, and these will be treated as regal pregnancies. So start placing your bets! What are the odds of a Queen Carter or Warren Clooney (500/1? 2500/1?)? I’m not quite sure, but I am confident that whatever the names of these noble children, they will make international headlines.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
Gender: unknown twins
Siblings: Blue Ivy
Blue Ivy is a name with such subtle significance for Beyoncé and Jay Z that no one predicted it back in 2012. The Carters are likely to surprise us again with the names of their twins, but I made my best guesses as to what they might be. Maybe another name that nods to the number four, or an honor name?
Girl: Celeste, Chatura, Delta, Lumi, Lux, Moon, Nova, Queen, September, Soleil
Boy: Chance, Deréon, Dynasty, Hero, Luck, Nash, Origin, Quade, Royal, Truth
*Update* Welcome to Rumi and Sir Carter!
Amal and George Clooney
Gender: girl/boy twins
The rumors were true! Amal and George Clooney are going to be parents to twins—a boy and a girl. The latest rumors say that the Clooneys love classic names, especially ones that honor family members. Luckily, George has many well-named relatives to draw inspiration from.
Girl: Eleanor, Elizabeth, Emma, Frances, Helen, Jane, Louise, Margaret, Marie, Nina, Rosemary
Boy: Andrew, Charles, Edward, Henry, James, Joseph, Nicholas, Peter, Philip, Warren
*Update* The twins are here! Ella and Alexander Clooney
GloZell Green and Kevin Simon
Siblings: O’Zell Gloriana De Green
YouTube personality GloZell Green gave her daughter the honor name to end all honor names. She took bits and pieces of her family members’ names and came up with O’Zell Gloriana De Green. Lest you think GloZell used all possible honor names at once, I have some fresh ideas for her.
Girl: Gigi, Glorielle, Glory, Glow, Ria, Zella, Zia, Zoria
Boy: Deon, Evan, Kevin, Orlando, Oz, Shaw, Shawn, Zevi
Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele
Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele have stressed that they want their child to have a happy name. Whether that means a name that means happy or one with an upbeat, friendly feel, I think I’ve got it covered.
Girl: Abby, Blythe, Emilia, Fiona, Georgia, Julia, Livia, Lucy, Sadie, Trixie
Boy: Arlo, Asher, Dexter, Felix, Gus, Henry, Milo, Nico, Oscar, Otto, Roscoe
*Update* It’s a boy—Beaumont Gino!
Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour
Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour gave their daughter the name Chloé, with an intentional accent over the E. This French-ification makes me think they’ll choose a similarly European name for their son.
Boy: Bastien, Dominic, Jackson, James, Leo, Luca, Max, Michael, Pierce, Simon
*Update* Yes, it’s James!
Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Jason Statham
British couple Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Jason Statham are expecting their first child later this year—a baby boy! The pair currently reside in Hollywood, but I suspect their little one’s name will have some English flair as a nod to Mom and Dad’s home country.
Boy: Charles, Frankie, Harvey, Hunter, Jake, Oliver, Rex, Toby, Winston, Yates
*Update* Hello, Jack Oscar!
Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter
It’s been said that Derek Jeter already has a name picked out for his unborn daughter, but he’s keeping it a secret for now. Whatever he has in mind, I have a feeling it’s sweet and feminine.
Girl: Amelia, Aubrey, Charlie, Charlotte, Dorothy, Grace, Laila, Natalia
*Update* Feminine, indeed! Welcome, Bella Raine!
Kayla Rae Reid and Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte and his girlfriend Kayla will be welcoming a baby boy into their family! This fit, athletic couple is bound to give their son a strong and “streamlined” name.
Boy: Beckett, Cruz, Elijah, Hudson, Jaxon, Jude, Maddox, Reid, Tucker
*Update* Baby boy is Caiden Zane!