By Sophie Kihm
Celebrities are the taste-makers of the baby name world. Sid and McCoy–two names that were on nobody’s radar screen–now have serious style cred thanks to the Biggs and Porter families. I would not be surprised to see McCoy break into the top 1000 for 2016 (which comes out this Friday–hooray!).
Some stars, like Whitney Port, are bound to be influential in their baby name choice. And no matter what they choose, everyone’s going to be talking about what Heidi Montag Pratt and Serena Williams name their babies. So let’s get into it! I’ve made my predictions below–how do they compare to yours?
Whitney Port has a self-described “New York meets LA” style. The major thing these cities have in common when it comes to baby names? They are both ahead of the curve. That leads me to believe that Whitney and her husband Tim will choose a name that is on the cusp of cool–something stylish, but relatively low on the popularity charts.
*Update* It’s a boy! Sonny Sanford
Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs put Sid back on the map for boys. The formerly fusty, old man name now seems incredibly dapper. Can they flip the switch on another name with baby number two? I’ve included some recent revivals along with yet to be rediscovered gems–whatever name they pick, I’m sure we’ll be pleased.
*Update* He’s Lazlo—love it!
Aijia and Andy Grammer
Family is Aijia and Andy Grammer’s number one value. They have expressed multiple times that they want to honor Andy‘s late mother Kathy somehow in their daughter’s name. My best guess is that they’ll use a variation of Katherine, but maybe they will do something subtler, like choose a name that shares a meaning with Kathy.
*Update* They did honor Mom—baby girl is Louisiana K!
Elena Samodanova and Gleb Savchenko
Russian dancers Elena Samodanova and Gleb Savchenko gave their American-born daughter a top-notch name–Olivia. Olivia does not have Russian roots, but it is long and romantic like many Russian and Eastern European names. For their next daughter, I expect something one in the same–a multi-syllable moniker that wears well whether she’s in Russia or the United States.
*Update* Hello, Zlata!
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are best known for their reality TV days, but recently they’ve been more involved in the crystal healing trade. Perhaps their new passion will inspire them to choose a gemstone name or something similarly spiritual for their first born son or daughter.
*Update* A little boy—Gunner Stone!
This is going to be the first real baby for Hannah Simone and Jesse Giddings, but they already have three fur-babies–cats named Alfie, Jake, and Frank. Now, that’s not a perfectly coordinated cat sibset, but all three of those names do share a common thread–they’re very friendly. Does that mean the couple will choose a similarly upbeat and cheerful name for their son or daughter? I’d put my money on it.
Actors Kelsey Mayfield and Scott Porter gave their son the ultimate Country Western baby name–McCoy Lee. McCoy is on trend but not at all popular, and down-to-earth to boot. I’m itching to hear the name of Kelsey and Scott‘s next child, since they hit it out of the park the first time.
*Update* Welcome, Clover Ash!
Tennis champion Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child, and the internet is abound with suggestions for the baby’s name. Most of them center around athletics and tributes (Ace! Venus! Serenus?), but I have a feeling Serena will go in a different direction. Her dog is Christopher, called Chip, and her beloved stuffed animal is Max. I would not be surprised if she chose a milder, well-liked name for her child. Serena‘s fiancé Alexis Ohanian is Armenian, so it’s quite possible the name will have some influence from his heritage.
*Update* A girl! Alexis Ohanian Jr., called by her middle name, Olympia