Name Guru to the Stars: Baby Names for Chrissy Teigen, Ed Sheeran, and more!
Have you been playing along in our weekly celebrity baby name contest on Instagram? Each week I choose a celebrity couple profiled in my column and explain my predictions, and you get to compete with yours! The first person who guesses the correct name (if it’s not me!) wins the pot of money. For each prediction that no one gets right, $100 is added to the pot. Currently, our pot is valued at $300, since no one guessed the names of Sonequa Martin–Green’s daughter Saraiyah or Lea Michele’s son Ever. See the complete rules and play along on our Instagram.
And if you’re totally new — hi, welcome! — let me tell you about what I do. My name is Sophie Kihm — I am a name expert and editor here at Nameberry, and I’ve been predicting celebrity baby names for the past four years.
But when I’m not thinking about baby names, I’m working as a perinatal therapist. I have an extensive background in psychology and social work that really comes in handy when helping parents — particularly celebrities — name their children. I use my psychology training to analyze each celebrity’s style and personality and suggest ten names that I think would be a perfect fit. Once a month, I share them all here.
Chrissy and John, I correctly predicted Miles’s name two years ago, and I think I can get it right for baby number three. It’s clear your child’s name is going to have a musical connection somewhere in it. In fact, John, you once said, “Every name we give to our kids will have a little bit of musical history to it.” Etta (James) or Billie (Holiday) come to mind for a girl, and Sam (Cooke), Ray (Charles), or Jude (Hey Jude) make sense for a boy. But maybe you want to put the musical connection in the middle and just choose a Cool Name for the first, like you did with Luna. I’d urge you to go with Esme, which would be a stunning sister name for Luna, or Arlo, which would immediately become a Top 100 pick after you chose it.
Ed Sheeran, you may live part-time in Hollywood, but you and your wife Cherry are capital-B British and that’s definitely going to shine through in your child’s name. Your mother has the very fashionable name Imogen — might you consider that for a daughter’s middle name? You and Cherry aren’t splashy people, so I don’t think you’ll choose a splashy baby name. Go with something that has style and feels like a UK baby name — Emmeline or Lara, Freddie or Kit.
I will be shocked if your child does not have a nature name, Bindi. You come from an animal-loving family, and actually have two animal-related names yourself! Bindi means “butterfly” in the Aboriginal Noongar language, and Irwin means “boar friend.” And you just named your puppy Piggy, so animal names are definitely on your mind.
You could go with an obvious animal connection like Wren or Fox, or something subtler like Arden (“valley of the eagle”) or Connor (“lover of hounds”). If you’d rather stay away from the animal kingdom, you could consider a nature name such as Hawthorn or Prairie. Or how about Kirrily? It’s an Aboriginal name like yours and means “leaf.”
Kelis, you chose two hip occupational names for your sons, so why not make it a pattern if you have a third? I’m partial to Judge or Baker, which provide a nice balance to the sibset. For girls, it’s harder (although I love Poet for you), but I still think you’ll go with a word name. Knight, Shepherd, and Fable? Straight out of a fairy tale.
Coco Rocha, I have been having a lot of fun coming up with names for your daughter. You recently said you were only considering four-letter names beginning with I — and they had to be both unique and traditional (i.e. Iris and Isla aren’t going to cut it). A challenge for sure, but if anyone is up for the task, it’s me. I actually made you this list of 45 possible choices! Don’t worry — I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten here. Inez would be the safest, most predictable choice, but I’d love to see you go with Iara, an alternate spelling of the stylish name Yara. Ilsa is a romantic and familiar choice that would work nicely, but you would have to be prepared for some Isla confusion.
Katie and Adam, your almost-three-year-old son is named Albee, which is an adorable Nice Jewish Boy name that I am very much a fan of. Your second child is coming in November, and can we please choose a name in a similar vein? I have so many great ideas for you. Firstly, for a boy, Lowen, which is a play on your last name, Katie, as well as a name I’ve had my eye on for a while (it’s super rare now, but just wait). Or what about Ira? It would be absolutely darling with Albee. If you have a girl, an old-fashioned nickname name is the way to go. Albee and Marnie are lovely together, and I’d love for you to look at the name Bess, which is ready to be dusted off and could be perfect as a sister to Albee.
All of your daughters have sweet vintage names, Joe, but your and Candice’s daughter Florence has a name that’s a little more extravagant than Ava and Elise’s. There are so many girl names that would be ideal for a sister name — Louisa, Beatrice, Matilda. Honestly, I sort of hope you have a girl for this reason. But if it’s a boy, you still have excellent options. Use a name with a slight quirky-vintage vibe — Walter or Edmund, maybe. And I like the idea of Moses, which feels a little more out-there but still in line with your style.
The hardest part is predicting Duggar baby names is avoiding accidentally selecting those that have already been used in this family. But Kendra and Joe, I think I managed to do it! Your kids are Garrett and Addison, which both have a surname-y vibe. If it’s a girl, I think I’ve got your style down. Go with another name that’s technically unisex but used much more often for girls — I like Aubrey or Harper with this sibset. Garrett is an honor name so you may choose a boy name that’s slightly different in style — although I think it will still be coordinated — perhaps Cooper or Hunter. But I’m actually really feeling Ethan for you — that’s my top recommendation for a boy.
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on August 25th, 2020 at 7:10 am
You’re good at this! How fun!
Can’t really top Chrissy & John ones but is it too NB of me to think they might choose Holiday/Holliday as a first for a girl? Or else Stevie or Ella? And maybe, for a boy, Franklin, Parker or James?
Other names for Ed Sheeran: Elsie, Evelyn, Ella, Amelia, Florence, Agnes, Astrid, Emily, Poppy, Gemma and Margot/ Maisie.
Boy: Wilfred, Rupert, Brody, Hugo, Oliver, Henry, Felix, Barnaby, Rex, Christopher/ Kit
And Bindi: Stevie, Kirra, Isla, Lyn, Paisley, Marli, Alira, Keira, Tahnee, Frankie,
Or Jarrah, Bodhi, Bowie, Ky, Elijah, Grayson, Kingsley, for a boy.
Unisex: Oakley or Gully
on August 25th, 2020 at 8:53 am
I just wanted to clarify that it’s Ella Fitzgerald, not Etta. Although I could see them using Etta for Etta James!
on August 26th, 2020 at 1:33 am
Personally I would be very surprised if Bindi didn’t honour her dad in some way. I can definitely see them with a little girl named Stevie, or even a boy named just Steven. For some reason I see her as being more traditional than out-there as far as names go, but time will tell. I’m sure there’ll be some nature in there somewhere too!
on August 26th, 2020 at 4:54 pm
I think you’ve got Ed Sheeran and Cherry completely wrong. The names you’ve chosen as classically ‘British’ are more ‘posh British’ names. Ed and Cherry come from a more working middle class than upper middle and so I feel are unlikely to go for names like Emmeline, Felicity or Lara, which have a very Public school feel. I feel like they’re more likely to go for names like: Mia, Evie, Isla, Nancy,
Edie, Ellie, Olivia, Niamh, Sophia, Lily.
on August 30th, 2020 at 5:47 pm
I think there is absolutely no chance of the Duggar baby being named Joshua. One of the Duggar 19 has that name and he has received negative media coverage.
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