Designer Baby Names: Fashion-forward names for your child

This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel checks the labels on designer kids’ clothes and finds some stylish, sassy name options.

Every year a few kids are named after high-end designers, like Armani and Chanel.  Despite their luxury brand status, the names tend to feel a little forced.  Chances are that a kid destined to graduate from a Dior couture layette to Gucci toddler gear would never wear a name so obvious.

But your kid’s closet or the racks at the local baby boutique could serve as inspiration for a baby name.  Designers aplenty have launched pint-sized versions of their runway-worthy duds.  Equally intriguing are the names of the many labels launched to help us dress our kids in the latest fashions.

Ever since Elisabeth started writing her style column, I’ve been thinking: yes, the stuff is great.  But aren’t those names equally worthy of attention?






IRIS Iris + Ivy is another irresistible pair that could work as well for siblings as it does for a clothing line


HANNAHanna Anderson has been bringing Scandinavian style to the states for years.





LILLY – Pulitzer, but also appearing in a long list of designers’ names, from Noa Lily to Kit + Lili

LOTUSGRACE – The label’s name is a smoosh, but Lotus Grace might be better worn as two separate names








ORLADesigner Orla Kiely has been featured everywhere from Fashion Week to your local Target

PETUNIA – As in Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags

PIPPABefore she was sister to a princess, her name was part of the kids’ line Pippa + Julie



STELLA – As in mom of four, Stella McCartney




BODENBritish brand Boden fits right in with current trends in boys’ names.  Even if the clothing weren’t so great, kids would undoubtedly be wearing this one.


CARTER – The classic kids’ clothing line found everywhere, and the name has been a popular choice for boys since the 1990s


GUS – There’s Gus Gus Designs and Suki & Gus, too

HARDY – As in Ed Hardy

HUDSONThe golf-inspired kids’ line Fore! Axel and Hudson matches a pair of appealing names that could work for brothers.



JOAHThat’s not a typo – Joah Love

JOEFrom Joe’s Jeans, which now makes denim for every member of the family, including jeggings for newborn baby girls

KAIThe full name of the shoe company is See Kai Run


LEVI – From the iconic American jeans


MARCLittle Marc Jacobs is one of many lines


PAUL – From Paul Frank’s Small Paul line, featuring monkey Julius


RALPHRalph Lauren is everywhere, but his name remains in fashion limbo

SID – From British brand Lilly + Sid

SVEN – From Elisabeth’s Nameberry style post on footwear



The names least likely to make your kids sound like a brand?  Any spelling of Lily, plus Gus, Paul, and Lulu.  None of them are so wedded to a label that they’d be tough to wear.

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27 Responses to “Designer Baby Names: Fashion-forward names for your child”

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Gnattie Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 3:33 am

You forgot Alice + Olivia, a designer brand

Abby Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 5:38 am

Thanks Gnattie – you’re right!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 8:38 am

I couldn’t agree more! There’s definitely a wave of names on the cusp of trending in the children’s clothing world. It probably has some influence, too.

names4real Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 9:32 am

Good list. I saw a baby girl named Prada the other day so add her in with the Armani and Chanels.

names4real Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 9:32 am

Good list. I saw a baby girl named Prada the other day so add her in with the Armani and Chanels.

Lola Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 9:35 am

I like a fair number of these: Axel, Dante, Gus, Joe, Ned, Julius, Quincy (but it’s a town here in MA), Sid & Wes.
Boden’s a 2 year old cousin of mine. It would be fine if his surname wasn’t 2 syllable ends in -n too. He sounds like a bank. I’d use Sid, if my boys didn’t look so girly, with their curly hair and long eyelashes! I know 3 girl Syd’s and it would be awful for me to have people assume Sid’s a girl!

On the girls list, I quite like: Agatha, Florence (one of my Aunties!), Iris, Lulu, Mimi!, Orla, Petunia (what I call Josie when she’s being silly. It’s so lovely coming out of my mouth!), Pippa & Zella (for Zelda).

I keep looking at the ad for Zulily and thinking that’s pretty neat.My brain makes it short for Zuleika Lily.

Macy Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 10:13 am

I know a Sisley, but he’s a boy.

Nicole Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 10:13 am

I am in love with Gus right now!

Brooke Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 10:51 am

Missing Carolina (Herrera) & Oscar (de la Renta). Two American fashion icons that exude style, grace & class.

Claire Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Good point, Abby, about the brand names feeling forced. Chanel, Armani, Prada — ironic that naming your child after a high-end brand can often sound so low-class.

Abby Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Lola, I love Agatha. And Agnes. They’re on my lists of names that I really think deserve more love. Oh, and Harriet. And Trudie. (Though I’m still lukewarm about Gertrude.)

And Claire, I did think of one exception – I think a kid called Brooks would be right at home in the Brooks Brothers junior collection, getting measured for a jacket and a rep tie. But that’s not quite the same thing!

Macy, a boy Sisley? LOVE IT!

Linda pointed out that Carter makes clothing for boys AND girls. I’ve met a girl Carson, but never a girl Carter. Anyone? They must be out there …

Olive Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I very much agree with Claire. The only Chanels and Armanis I’ve met have all been, well, not exactly living up to the hights of their name.

Anyway, this is a great blog! Ivy, Kit, Pippa, Agatha and Elaine in particular, and Joah, Vincent and Sven are great too. I would quite like Boden, actually, if we didn’t wear so much of it! I can also see it becoming trendy – with characteristics of the very cool Bodhi, and also having the ‘aiden’ sound too.

The only ones I don’t like in particular are Haven and Brooks.

Leslie Owen Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I’ve had a number of students named after the cars Porsche and Mercedes. They are always grateful to learn that these are both real names (Portia)…and are often from families that could not afford either car.

Isabella Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

@Abby I actually have met a girl named Carter and it suited her well!Another designer i thought of even if this may not count Liz Tyler (i love her bags!) Also maybe just maybe even though they are known very well known for their acting career Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have made a very successful designers line also , I don’t very much care for Ashley because I’ve most surely met more than ten of them but i do love Mary-Kate (:

Jenna H Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Another good one: Graham & Spencer.

Abby Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Olive, I fell in love with Mini Boden last spring! I can’t believe I hadn’t known about it sooner. My 6 y.o. has almost outgrown some of my favorite kid labels, so it was a real find.

Oh Leslie, I’m glad you’re able to offer that consolation! I would love to be Portia. Porsche, no thanks!

And yes, I *knew* there was a girl called Carter out there. 🙂 Thanks, Isabella. And I like Mary with nearly ANYTHING. Mary Blake, Mary June, Mary Grace, Mary Rae …

spotlightstarlit Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I really like Eliane. Elle-lee-ahn, right?

Florence is growing on me, thanks to the singer.

Olivia Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Aden + Anais??

JenniferJane Says:

May 9th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

There is a kids clothing line from Stockholm called Franka. The website is also adorable, makes me really like this name

daisy Says:

May 10th, 2011 at 7:34 am

Susana Monaco is also a brand.

Abby Says:

May 15th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Daisy, I love Susana Monaco – the name – I don’t know the brand, though.

Franka is great! I just spotted a baby girl named Frankie on one of those home makeover shows and I was thinking about what you could use for a formal name besides Frances.

And Olivia, I was thinking of Aden + Anais when I listed Anais. I didn’t list Aden, though, since he’s so popular.

BeeJay Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I’m concerned about parents who name their kids after brand name products, like Porsche or Lexus or Avalon, Essence (a magazine), Canon, Denim, L’Oreal, Ikea. Shows where our priorities lie. And the one named ESPN? Don’t get me started.

squeezielouise Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 am

My husband and I love the name Hardy but he’s turned off because of the Ed Hardy association. Neither of us like the brand. Is that what people think of first when they hear the name? Would really like to overcome the link as there are so few names we agree upon.

pam Says:

July 22nd, 2011 at 8:47 am

C’mon, you can’t really name your little boy Hardy. Ed Hardy association aside, can you imagine the middle school nicknames? Don’t do it.

twentyeightist Says:

April 20th, 2012 at 2:53 am

Why not Jordache? I think it is too cute but I’d be hesitant to call my daughter by it because of the popularity of Jordache jeans in the 80’s/90’s.

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cilla Says:

November 11th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I saw a Paris Chanel who had a sister named Dior in Perth BA’s

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