Category: celebrity baby names
This week’s news includes thoughts from teenagers about their names – popular and otherwise – fashionable cosmopolitan names, and some awesome alliteration.
Emma and Sophia are all grown up! Ok, not all of them – as we know, they were the first and fourth most popular baby names in the US last year. But children given these names when they first hit the Top 10 are tweens and teenagers now, and old enough to know that their names are popular.
Is that a problem? Not for these teens. One called Sophia says, “Because my name is so common, I have given myself the task of creating a name for myself, trying to stand apart from everyone else with the same name.” Emma says, “I’m going to make everyone else wish they had a name as cool as mine.”
So if you’re worried that your child will suffer from sharing a name with lots of their peers, take heart: it doesn’t have to be that way.
by Sophie Kihm
Are cousins likely to have names of similar styles? My first instinct is no (everyone has their own individual taste!), but when you look to famous families, some cousin-sets are remarkably well-coordinated.
Think of the Duggars, who despite choosing names from all over the popularity charts, all give their children names with religious significance. Now Joy–Anna Duggar is pregnant for the first time, and odds are she’ll continue this family tradition.
Additionally, the Kardashians come to mind when thinking of cousins with similar names. It’s hard to tell where the line is drawn for sibsets when given a list of names like North, Reign, Penelope, Dream, Saint, and Mason (for the record, it’s North and Saint; Mason, Penelope, and Reign; and Dream). Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner both announced their pregnancies this month, and I’d be willing to bet that their naming style will be more alike their sisters’ and brother’s than not.
So what do you think? Are these celebrity siblings going to break the mold or follow suit when it comes to baby names?
This week’s news includes celebrity baby names with impact, inspiration from real-life birth announcements, and how sports fans name their kids.
Long-expected starbaby names
The Hills alums Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt dropped hints months in advance about what they wanted to name their baby. Spencer said it had to be a “flashy, flashy name that isn’t even in a Google search” and that wasn’t taken on social media. This week they welcomed their son, Gunner Stone.
In the news this week: two new tennis babies, lots of names beginning with E and M, and some memorable word names.
Serena Williams welcomed a daughter a few weeks ago, and she’s just revealed her name: Alexis Olympia. Alexis’s first name matches her father, Alexis Ohanian, and while we don’t know their reasons for picking Olympia, it feels like a good fit. It’s sporty, it’s mythological (tenuous link alert: like Serena’s sister Venus!), and it sounds almost like the much-more-popular Olivia. I can see Olympia appealing to more parents – can you?
Another new arrival in the tennis world is Tara, Novak Djokovic’s daughter. Novak and his wife already have a son called Stefan, whose name is a nod to the church where they were engaged and married. I’d love to know if there’s a story behind Tara’s name.
By Sophie Kihm
When it comes to naming siblings, families have different approaches. Some choose an obvious theme, like Coleen and Wayne Rooney, whose children are named Kai, Klay, and Kit. Others, like Lisa and Jack Osborne, don’t feel the need to have coordinating sibling names—one of their daughters has the sweet, vintage name Pearl, and the other has the androgynous, spunky nickname name Andy.
It will be interesting to see how this group of celebrities adds to their sibsets. Will Boomer Phelps have a sibling with an equally out-there name? Will Kim and Kanye use another word name for North and Saint‘s brother or sister? I’ve made my predictions below, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.