by Linda Rosenkrantz
2019 has already given us an abundance of cool and unique celebrity baby names to admire. Especially intriguing are those names with interesting backstories—be they touching tributes to family, lofty aspirational names, or meaningful place and word names. Here are those that we consider to be the coolest celebrity baby names of 2019—so far.
There have been three Bobby Kennedys already, but this is the first girl to bear the name of her father, grandfather and great grandfather. As her mother said, she is “carrying their legacy into a future where women stand shoulder to shoulder with their fathers, brothers, and sons to do the work of love in the world. May she hold in her heart their fathomless commitment to human dignity, peace among nations, and protection of our natural world.” I think it’s good that they cut straight to the nickname and didn’t use Roberta instead.
This is the fourth little girl for the basketball great and his wife and the first to be given his name as her middle. Capri is an unusual place name which most likely has some special significance for the couple, as Kobe spent much of his childhood in Italy. Capri already has the designated nickname: Koko.
The third baby in the family carries on their tradition of trend-conscious choices. First came a girl with the boy name Maxwell (she’s called Maxi), followed by cool guy Ace, and now there’s the cute vintage nickname Birdie, which entered the celebrisphere in 2008 when Busy Philipps chose it partly to honor former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Birdie was a Top 200 name at the turn of the last century and is definitely making a comeback.
I love this name origin story. Crazy Rich Asians director Chu is now shooting the movie of Lin–Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. And this baby boy is going to be known as Heights. Said Dad: “He landed onto our planet by way of New York City. With a backpack full of bravery fueled by resilience strapped onto his sneakers, Willow’s little rebel brother knows no limits and only looks in one direction: UP!”
In a similar vein, the soap opera star picked an equally aspirational name, saying “We chose Rise because to us Rise means growth, the simplicity of moving forward. We look to our son as an uplifting force toward positive change and a better world.”
The 12-time Olympic medalist and his wife win a place here for choosing a name that’s both short, succinct and yet still packs plenty of power. Liv Tyler—her name inspired by that of Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann—helped promote Liv onto the US popularity list in 2011; it’s now at #684. Liv Lochte shares her mother’s middle name.
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Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.