Matt Damon Baby Name Contest: And the winner is…

The Nameberry Matt Damon Baby Name Contest came to a close just before Stella Zavala was born on Sunday, joining sisters Alexia, Isabella and Gia.

Almost 250 responses poured in, entering what seemed like just about every a-ending Latinate girl’s name from Adriana and Ariana to Verona and Viviana.

But one entrant came up with Stella, and that was Stephanie Bailey.  Congratulations, Stephanie–your signed set of our books is headed for the mail!

Stella is currently #126 on the popularity list, and has been rising steadily since it reappeared on the list in 1998, in the wake of Ella, Bella and Isabella.  In our recent tally, Stella was #1 among starbabies, used by such celebs as Tori Spelling and Ellen Pompeo

As for our winner, Stephanie, 30, works as a program analyst for the California State Energy Commission.  Long name obsessed, she has a daughter named Savannah Harper–the second name  in honor of the author of one of Stephanie‘s favorite books and Ben Harper, who wrote “our song.”

Again, congrats to Stephanie and thanks to all the rest of you who entered!

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8 Responses to “Matt Damon Baby Name Contest: And the winner is…”

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CassieCake Says:

October 25th, 2010 at 11:24 pm


hollins2007 Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 12:43 am

Oh I didn’t realize the already had a Savannah, or I wouldn’t have guessed it! Lol oh well. Probably wouldn’t have picked Stella anyways. Haha

Persephone Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 4:32 am

No it’s the winner who has a daughter called Savannah, not the Damons 🙂

I love Stella – it’s my favourite of their girls’ names.

Persephone Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 4:33 am

I’m also thinking they must call Isabella exclusively by Izzy – Isabella and Stella are so rhymey.

Andrea Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 9:08 am

Seems to be the Hollywood name of the moment. I’m not all that fond of it. It also clashes with Isabella.

CanaLyn Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

It doesn’t clash if you call them Bella and Stella, it’s just REALLY matchy-matchy and kinda Seussish. Not a combo I would have chosen, personally.

lemon Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I think Stella Zavala is a beautiful name, but in light of sisters Isabella and Gia Zavala, I would’ve opted for something like Calla Zamora or Calla Baez Damon if I were Matt and Luciana.

Congratulations, Stephanie! Your Savannah Harper has such a cheerful name!

Tori Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 6:12 am

I love Matt Damon and congratulations to the couple on the birth of another girl whom I’m sure will be very happy and cherished, but I really dislike Stella. Stella too me sounds awful really harsh and brings up associations of the ‘stella artois cider’ along with awfully trashy women. Even though Sella is becoming increasingly popular and considered a trend celeb are loving at the moment I don’t understand the appeal. However Isabella is beautiful, a favourite, so Matt all is forgiven 😉

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