Coming Attractions: New starbaby predictions

Coming Attractions: New starbaby predictions

By Sophie Kihm

I’m not in the business of predicting middle names, but I find them as equally fascinating as the first names I am in charge of prognosticating. Some parents choose middles to honor loved ones, some use it as a place to go bold, while others are most concerned with the how it adds to the flow of the full name.

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher fall into the first category, giving their son the name Isaiah Michael—his middle being Dad’s full first name. Robin Thicke’s children have the daring middle names of Fuego and Love, and Nev Schulman’s daughter has James in the middle (which I’d argue is a product of her 2016 birthday). Eddie Murphy‘s children have middle names including Mitchell, Ivy, and Oona, and Taylor Hanson‘s kids middles range from the expected to the out-there, with choices like Anne, Ezra, and Moriah.

So even though I’ve only given my predictions for the first names, I’m very excited to see what this group of celebrities decides to go with for their children’s middle names as well. Check out my musings and leave a comment about potential middle name options!

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher

Gender: girl

Sibling: Isaiah Michael

It’s going to be a girl for Carrie Underwood and hockey player husband Mike Fisher. Three years ago they welcomed a son named Isaiah, a name that’s understated (by celebrity standards) but speaks to their religious convictions. For their daughter I expect they’ll take a similar route—a name that is on-trend, but with spiritual significance.

Girl: Abigail, Eden, Everly, Felicity, Grace, Haven, Layla, Madeline, Olivia

Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams

Gender: unknown

Siblings: none

Actress Troian Bellisario is known for her unconventional name. Troian (pronounced TROY-en) is actually a family surname. Might they use a different family surname for their baby? (Marsh and Pratt are possible options). Perhaps, but I could also see them using something more established, perhaps like one of the following:

Girl: Anais, Astrid, Celeste, Colette, Dahlia, Esme, Fiona, Linnea, Sylvie, Wren

Boy: Alastair, Bastian, Bodhi, Clark, Cyrus, Harlan, Otto, Marsh, Pratt, Ronan

Laura Perlongo and Nev Schulman

Gender: unknown

Sibling: Cleo James

Cleo James Schulman was born in 2016, and her name definitely reflects that. After Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their daughter James in December of 2015, we saw a bunch of celebrities put it in the middle spot for their baby girls the following year. The trend has died down a bit now (it’s still happening, but not with the same frequency). In trying to come up with a 2018 equivalent, I couldn’t think of any recent names that have made that same kind of impact. So I’m very curious to see what this baby’s middle name will be, especially if it’s a girl. Although for his or her first name, I feel like I have a better grasp on the possibilities.Girl: Agnes, Della, Effie, Esme, Ivy, Nessa, Phoebe, Pippa, Romy, Tess, Zelda

Boy: Abe, Alistair, Bram, Felix, Hank, Harvey, Jasper, Joah, Noam, Otto, Rex

Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill

Gender: unknown

Sibling: Dixie Pearl

Caleb Followill is a Southern boy, born and raised in Tennessee. It’s no surprise then that he and wife Lily Aldridge gave their daughter the country-cute name Dixie in 2012. I’m expecting they might follow suit for baby number two’s name—something similarly short, sweet, and oozing with Southern charm.

Girl: Birdie, Charlie, Delta, Emmie, Faye, Polly, Ruby, Sadie, Scarlett, Stella

Boy: August, Beau, Duke, Gage, Hudson, Jack, Jay, Kit, Lane, Sailor, Warren

April Love Geary and Robin Thicke

Gender: girl

Siblings: Julian Fuego (previous relationship), Mia Love

Robin Thicke’s older two children’s names follow one of my favorite patterns—a well-used (dare I say ordinary?) first name, paired with an unconventional middle. I don’t know what April and Robin will use for baby girl’s middle name—maybe something like True, Poet, or Winter—but here are my picks for her first name:

Girl: Allegra, Celia, Clara, Elena, Lea, Livia, Lola, Luna, Stella, Vera, Zoey

Paige O’Brien and Josh Peck

Gender: unknown

Siblings: none

Josh Peck and his wife Paige O’Brien are young, fun, and a little bit goofy. So how will this translate into their baby’s name? Well, I think we’ll see something modern and lighthearted from this couple. Nothing too classic, long, or fussy. I could see Josh and Paige going with any of my picks, but who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise us.

Girl: Ella, Hazel, Isla, Josie, Lila, Maya, Mina, Nora, Poppy, Tessa, Vivienne

Boy: Callum, Dylan, Elliot, Grady, Griffin, Leo, Liam, Miles, Nolan, Owen

Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy

Gender: unknown

Siblings: Eric, Bria, Christian, Miles Mitchell, Shaye Audra, Bella Zahra, Zola Ivy, Angel Iris (previous relationships), Izzy Oona

It’s baby number ten (yep, ten) for Eddie Murphy. For having so many siblings ranging in ages from 2 to 29, this baby is entering into a surprisingly cohesive sibset. That being said, his or her name will probably be most similar to Izzy‘s, considering that they will be the closest in age and share the same mother.

Girl: Ariel, Aviva, Cece, Dove, Enya, Jem, Lacey, Lux, Mia, Raya, True, Vivi, Willow

Boy: Axel, Cato, Dashiell, Fletcher, Flynn, Jack, Jude, Logan, Max, Nash, Sonny, Theo

Natalie and Taylor Hanson

Gender: unknown

Siblings: Jordan Ezra, PenelopePennyAnne, River Samuel, Viggo Moriah, WilhelminaWillaJane

Musician Taylor Hanson and wife Natalie have five (soon to be six) kids, and their names seem to be getting more adventurous as they go along. Their sons all have two-syllable first names and Biblical middles, while their daughters have long first names–but go by shorter nicknames–with conventional middles. Will they keep up this pattern for their next son or daughter?

Girl: Beatrice, Dorothea, Emmeline, Evangeline, Harriet, Henrietta, Josephine, Matilda

Boy: Declan, Gideon, Harmon, Magnus, Miles, Orin, Phineas, Rafferty, Tobin, Wolf

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.