Celebrity Baby Names: What’s the big secret?
By Abby Sandel
So far, we’ve yet to hear the names those famous families have chosen for their new additions.
Is delaying the name announcement the new norm?
It’s not always that way, of course. Earlier this year, we waited just a few days to learn that Will and Kate named their new princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The unusual baby name Beyonce and Jay-Z chose was outed by Beyonce’s celeb BFF, Gwyneth Paltrow, in a congratulatory Tweet.
At other times, the new parents might be truly divided on which name to choose – a situation many of us can relate to! The Kardashian family is known for oversharing, but it took nearly a week for us to learn the name of Kourtney’s youngest, apparently because she and Scott Disick took nearly that long to agree on Reign Aston for their second son.
But more and more often, we’re waiting months – even years – before we learn the names that our favorite high profile families choose.
Let’s take a look at nine celebrity families who made us wait to learn their children’s names.
Suri – Back in the ancient days of April 2006, before the launch of Twitter, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed a daughter, but that’s about all TomKat shared for months. The couple’s relationship made headlines from the moment Tom jumped on Oprah’s couch. Interest in the new arrival was sky high, but it wasn’t until the October 2006 edition of Vanity Fair that we learned the unusual name Tom and Katie had chosen for their daughter. The five-month wait wasn’t the longest on this list, but it might have been one of the most memorable.
James – Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds welcomed a daughter at the end of 2014. Rumors about the new arrival’s name were rampant. For a few days, it looked like her name was Violet, leaked by a hospital employee. But the new dad waited until March 2015 to confirm her name on a TODAY Show appearance. It generated yet another set of headlines over her borrowed-from-the-boys name.
Caspian – Many of us grew up with Neve Campbell, as she graduated from the sensitive sister on Party of Five to the resilient Sidney, facing down Ghostface in the Scream series. There was no official birth announcement for son Caspian, but a few months after his August birth, she did reveal that she and husband JJ Feild had sought out a name as unusual as her own.
Christopher Carlton – Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has one of the most distinctive names in Hollywood today, so we were all curious to hear what he and Sophie Hunter would name their firstborn. They welcomed their son in July, but it wasn’t until September that we learned the couple had stuck with the classic Christopher for their son’s first name, and chose family name Carlton for the middle.
Elsie Otter – Zooey Deschanel and husband Jason Pechenik became parents in July, but their daughter’s delightfully quirky name wasn’t revealed until this October. Edie and Elsie are the latest nickname-names to grace celebrity baby announcements, following Sadie, Hattie, Winnie, and Frankie in recent years.
Esmeralda – Rumors flew in the weeks after Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcomed their daughter. Several sources reported that they’d named her Preciosa, the Spanish word for precious. Instead, in October we learned that her name was Esmeralda, and a few weeks later, Eva shared that she and Ryan were inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame to choose the gemstone name for their daughter.
Elula – Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen welcomed their first child back in 2007, and named her Olive. Since they’d chosen such an ahead-of-the-curve name the first time, we were curious to know what they’d name baby number two. Their daughter arrived in August of 2010, but we didn’t learn her name – Elula Lottie Miriam – until March 2011. Their third child was born earlier this year, but we learned Montgomery Brian Moses’ name not long after his March arrival.
Atlas – The record for the longest-delayed name announcement might belong to Edward Norton. He and Shauna Robertson welcomed a son in March 2013, but it was nearly two years later that we learned his name – Atlas. That puts the couple exactly on trend. Atlas re-entered the US Top 1000 after more than a century’s absence, and is currently at its most popular.
Are there any delayed celebrity baby name announcements that I’ve missed?
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on November 15th, 2015 at 11:14 pm
Anything for more attention…
on November 16th, 2015 at 6:48 am
*Eva Mendes and Ryan Gossling
on November 16th, 2015 at 9:27 am
I still can’t see my lists — or, rather, when I try to access the page, all I see is “No lists to display.” Am I the only one? Are we ever going to get our lists back?
on November 16th, 2015 at 11:11 am
Designer Emily Henderson (of HGTV etc.) announced her daughter’s name shortly after her birth: Elliot Henderson.
on November 16th, 2015 at 11:55 am
@ lee_augusta I’m exactly the same I still cannot access my lists.
on November 16th, 2015 at 12:51 pm
We have yet to learn the names of the son of actors Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell, now over two years old, or the daughter of actor Steve Martin, nearly three.
on November 16th, 2015 at 8:12 pm
Jessa Duggar just announced that her baby boy’s name is Spurgeon Elliot.
on November 16th, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Celebrities have the right to not release their children’s names to the public. Good lord, celebrities’ children are stalked and exploited enough as it is.
on November 16th, 2015 at 10:35 pm
lee augusta & tori101, although I hadn’t put together any lists, I’m still periodically unable to log into Nameberry to comment on something, even when I’ve indicated that I want to stay logged in. Even to be able to comment here I had to log in, then go to the home page, then back to the article & then back here. It seems that the Website update is still not complete.
on November 16th, 2015 at 11:07 pm
A few celebs do it for privacy; the rest do it to make headlines. They stall to build up interest then sell the story to the highest bidder because the general public really doesn’t care. If not for Nameberry I wouldn’t know that most of these celebs even have kids because I don’t hear about them anywhere else
on November 18th, 2015 at 3:29 pm
I think that the concept behind this topic is misguided. We do not have a right to know what these people’s children’s names are or anything else about them. Their parents are famous because they have a high profile job but their personal lives do not have to be consumed like movies and music etc. Also, I like what nat108 mentioned about how privacy is a major factor for people as well as what southern.maple noted about children being stalked and exploited. This article is just encouraging others in a dangerous behavior. Liking names is one thing. Demanding or insinuating that you’ve been slighted because someone you don’t know hasn’t informed you (by any means) of what their child’s name is, is arrogant, ignorant, and misplaced thinking. Being “made” to “wait” to find out a famous person’s child’s name implies that you were supposed to know it to begin with, which is just not true.
Also important note: On the comment about one of the babies being named James, “It generated yet another set of headlines over her borrowed-from-the-boys name.” “Borrowed-From” implies that she’s somehow going to be “returning” her own name later on in life! As if her name does not really belong to her because it’s uncommonly given to girls. Also, it suggests that names in and of themselves are owned by genders which is actually not the case. The whole idea of “feminizing” or “masculinizing” names is pretty much completely arbitrary (ahem, as arbitrary as attributing gender to colors ; ) ; ) since what’s perceived as feminine and masculine changes from culture to culture and time period to time period! Ex. Ashely and Courtney are names that many today would think of to name girls; much different than people of 100 years ago, when Ashley and Courtney were typically used for naming boys. Food for thought.
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