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 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. Koko.
In a touching tribute to his late father, Mickey for short.
The third baby in the family carries on their tradition of trend-conscious choices. First came a girl with the boy name 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 Willow’s little rebel brother knows no limits and only looks in one direction: UP!”
RISE Elan Ruspolithis
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 Lochte shares her mother’s middle name.
A special commendation for most nature-loving, environmentally-friendly sibset, as Rain.
Mario “Souleye” Treadway
A winner on two counts: using a pair of gender-fluid names for their son, and forming a fascinating sibset with daughter Imre.
Rocket launches it high up into the air.
AMAZONIE—daughter of Brazil)
Marie Cahill Henrie
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