Name Guru to the Stars: Will Grimes Call Her Baby Tesla?
The singer Grimes announced her pregnancy (with entrepreneur Elon Musk) in January and ever since, the Internet has abounded with speculations and suggestions for their baby’s name. So let me just be the first to say:
My choices for Grimes and Elon Musk’s child are in this month’s set of predictions, as well as so many other high-profile babies-to-be. It really was an all-star month for celebrity pregnancy announcements, with couples like Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas, Chloë Sevigny and Siniša Mackovic, and Ciara and Russell Wilson all revealing their expecting babies later this year.
Here, my top picks for all of them and more:
Grimes and Elon Musk
I initially thought an astronomical baby name was too obvious for Grimes and Elon Musk—we are talking about the founder of SpaceX, after all. But in 2018 Grimes, whose birth name is Claire, legally changed her name to c—lowercase and italicized—as a reference to the speed of light. If she’s choosing a science-y name for herself, might she do it for her baby? It was a lot of fun thinking of inventive options for them (probably too much fun—Grimes and Elon, please don’t name your baby Syzygy!)
Popstar Joe Jonas and actress Sophie Turner are expecting their first child and I’m expecting a great baby name out of the two of them. They’re a young and fashionable couple—literally, they’ve walked in fashion shows—so style is of the utmost importance. Add in a bit of Sophie’s British flair, and a high energy up-and-comer seems likely for this little babe. I’m pulling for Astrid or Ziggy, but any of the following would be suitable for Sophie and Joe’s son or daughter:
Back in 2016 I correctly predicted the name of Ciara and Russell Wilson’s daughter, Sienna, so let’s see if I can go two for two. For a boy, if they don’t go with Russell (which seems likely), I’m banking on Harris. Not only is it Ciara’s surname, it’s Russell’s father’s name. Harrison is another likely possibility. I’m less certain for a girl, since Ciara already chose a name close to her own for Sienna. I could see them going with Georgia, to honor Ciara’s home state, or Carrington, which is Russell’s middle name.
Chloë Sevigny and Siniša Mackovic
Chloë Sevigny is an eclectic style icon, so I know this baby is going to have an unexpected, totally charming name. Her boyfriend, gallerist Siniša Mackovic, is a trendsetter—or rather, trend-bucker—in his own right. Just take a look at this photo that confirmed the pregnancy! They’re clearly going to go against the grain with their son or daughter’s name, probably choosing something that will make us go “why didn’t I think of that before?” Myself included, but nevertheless, these are my best guesses:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita are going to welcome their first child this July, and I’m sensing we’re going to see an upbeat, high-energy choice for this little girl or boy’s name. Jesse and Justin have a dog named Leaf, which fits the bill and has an added botanical element. I love the idea of Clementine for a girl, a nod to her potentially red hair (or Flynn, which literally means “son of the red-haired one”). How cute would that be?
Cassius seems like an expected celebrity baby name nowadays, but back in 2009 when Domino Kirke gave birth to her son, it wasn’t on anyone’s radar. So what’s the 2020 equivalent? Domino and Penn need a name that is pre-trendy—one that could strike it big ten years from now—but that also sounds good with Cassius. My favorites are Jonquil (a swanky take on Daffodil) or Lysander, but any of the following names would be excellent choices:
With a surname as ubiquitous as Jackson, this baby girl is going to need a distinctive name. Distinctive, but not outlandish. I’m thinking a sweet-spot name for Jodie and Joshua’s daughter—a name that ranks between 300 and 1000 on the US popularity charts. To narrow it down, I limited my choices to names that were stable or rising in use (after all, this baby girl has such a chic mom, we know she won’t have a name that’s going out of fashion). I’m partial towards Della, but could see Jodie and Joshua going with any of the following:
Siblings: Bingham Hawn (previous relationship)
Model Elle Evans and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy are expecting their first child together, a sibling for Matt’s son Bing. Bing was born in 2011 to Matt and Kate Hudson, who has a penchant for unexpected names (her daughter is Rani Rose, and she named her oldest son Ryder before it was cool). Knowing that, I could see Elle and Matt’s son or daughter having a more conventional name. Elle is very feminine, so a frilly or romantic choice seems apt for a girl. If it’s a boy, I could see them going with a handsome and commanding name (maybe Remington?), although I’ve also included some options that I think pair well with Bing.
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Clare Green Said
on February 21st, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Clare Green Said
on February 21st, 2020 at 2:47 pm
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