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Influencers Inspire December Baby Names

November 28, 2019 Linda Rosenkrantz

by Linda Rosenkrantz

For our annual December baby names blog this year, we thought we’d do something a little different.  Instead of the usual focus on Christmas and Hanukkah and snow and ice and even historic namesake names, we are looking instead to the young Influencers of today for inspiration. The youthful stars of social media—Instagram and YouTube—and of music and TV and film, who have the coolest, freshest new names. And all of them were born in December.

BILLIE Eilish—This hot singer-songwriter was born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell. Boyish Billie, originally a nickname for Wilma and Wilhelmina, is one of the tomboy nickname names for girls coming back in a big way. Not yet on the US list, Billie is a Top 100 name in Australia and New Zealand. Middle-turned-last name Eilish is an Irish form of Elizabeth, Baird is Scottish for poet and Pirate speaks for itself. Billie has a brother named Finneas.

CORENTIN Huard is a hunky French model and social media Influencer born in Bordeaux. Popular in France but undiscovered here, Corentin is a French saint’s name, pronounced kor-en-TAN.

DASH Dobrofsky is a young actor best known for his role on TV’s Summer Break. The energetic short form of Dashiell is a hit on its own, now at #784. It first made an impression as a character name in the 2004 Pixar film The Incredibles.

FINN Wolfhard–This 16-year-old Canadian actor is best known as Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things and is also a musician. Finn, the name of the greatest hero of Irish legend, has been zooming up the popularity list as one of the Irish boy names du jour; it’s now at #166 in the US and highly-ranked across the English-speaking world.

FOX Messitt—Child actor Fox Messitt plays the part of Tommy Fuller Jr on Fuller House, a role he shares with his twin brother Dashiell. Fox is one of the animal names now trending (at #804, even higher in England), thanks largely to Fox Mulder on X Files. (Shown: the Messitt twins)

HENNESSY Carolina ((Almanzar), social media sister of Cardi B, has over 5 million followers on Instagram. A rarely—if ever—heard surname name for boys or girls, Hennessy has possibilities despite its alcoholic connection.

JACKSON Rathbone—The actor and musician christened Monroe Jackson Rathbone V made his mark as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga series. (And his son is Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI). Cool presidential name Jackson—a celebrity fave– has been in the Top 25 since 2010, is now at #17.

KIT Harrington—Born Christopher but known as Kit, Harrington rose to stardom via his breakthrough role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. He was named after Elizabethan era playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, who was also known as Kit. This recently revived nickname name has been used for their sons by Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer, soccer star Wayne Rooney and (via Christopher) Benedict Cumberbatch.

MAVERICK Baker is another young Instagrammer with over a million followers. His name has been an unlikely 21st century bestseller, now all the way up at #73. Just this year, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and his wife used it for their third son, brother of Boomer and Beckett.

NASH Grier—(Hamilton) Nash Grier is an internet star, initially known for his online videos on Vine and YouTube. He has over 10 million followers. Like Dash, Cash and Ash, this single-syllable name, first heard via TV character Nash Bridges, is currently and solidly on trend. Now at #256, its highest yet, it’s been a particular favorite of sports stars.

NOOMI Rapace—Not quite as young as the others on this list but here because of the irresistible appeal of her name, Noomi Rapace is the Swedish actress who played Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium series: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc. Noomi is an engaging Nordic version of Naomi.

PIXIE Davies is the British child actress who has appeared a in several notable films, including as Annabel Banks in Mary Poppins Returns. The fairylike Pixie has entered the realm of baby name popularity possibly due to the X-fad. Trixie and Dixie have also resurfaced. Pixie is #429 in the UK

QUINTA Brunson is a writer, producer, comedian and actress, most known for producing and acting in BuzzFeed Video content. Q names for girls are distinctive and hard to find; this is one of the prettiest and a nice alternative to Quinn.

What others would you suggest?

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 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. 

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