Category: crazy celebrity baby names

The Most Outrageous Baby Names of 2012

Even more than the names at the top of the Most Popular list, outrageous names can define our times, becoming the most memorable symbols of important passages and events. As well as sources of head-shaking wonder.Here, Nameberry’s picks for the 12 most outrageous names of 2012

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Over-the-Luna About Baby Names

In the Nameberry 9 this week, Appellation Mountain‘s  Abby Sandel takes on one of the world’s longest celebrity baby names,  Rosalind A. A. A. F. Thurman-Busson aka Luna.

As summer slipped into fall, I was convinced we’d never learn the name of Uma Thurman’s new daughter.  And then suddenly, there was the announcement.  And what an announcement!  With five given names, a double-barreled surname, and a nickname to boot, no wonder last week’s baby name news was dominated by discussions of the not-quite-new arrival.

Uma and fiancé Arpad Busson have solid baby naming credentials.  Uma is already mom to Maya Ray and Levon with ex-husband Ethan Hawke.  Arpad has sons named Arpad Flynn and Aurelius Cy with supermodel Elle MacPherson.  The boys answer to Flynn and Cy.  It’s easy to imagine the parents struggling to narrow down their list.  I also wonder which of the six names they gave little Luna will prove to be the most influential.

Is it too much name?  Will she be forced to answer to Rosalind A.A.A.F. Busson-Thurmon on official documents?  Let’s say this: with family sizes shrinking, I completely understand the desire to use up all of our favorite names and honor all of our loved ones at once.  Yes, it makes for a long name – and yes, even the future King of England only has three middles – but I suspect many of us would be tempted to do the same.

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Let’s face it, we all can’t wait to hear the next big celebrity baby names and we all judge them when they’re announced.  Are they too outrageous?  Too popular?  Too bland?

But let’s say the tables were turned and you knew that your baby–and her name–were going to be splashed across the cover of People magazine for all the world to see–and weigh in on.  Would you choose a different name from the one you’d pick as a private person?

Would your celebrity self look for a name that would bring your baby–and you–lots of attention?  (Hello, Huckleberry.)

Or would you try to be the first to seek and discover some vintage treasure? (such as Agnes, Aurelius)

Or try to fly under the radar with a more ordinary name? (as in Robert Ford Wilson)

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The Hottest Baby Names of 2011

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What are the hottest new baby names this year? Based on an analysis of over 23 million page views at Nameberry since January, we’ve pegged these choices as the Hottest Names of 2011.

It’s a surprising list, driven by unexpected celebrities, rediscovered classics, and the year’s most compelling events.

Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names of 2011:

Pippa – It wasn’t only Pippa Middleton’s bottom that attracted widespread attention at the Royal Wedding; her name – both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa – is the Number 1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry. Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year and did not appear at all among the 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010. While Kate is up too, it’s not nearly as hot.

Asher – The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boys’ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number 1 name for boys on Nameberry. For the first time in 2011, Asher has pulled ahead.

Elula – New celebrity baby name trend: Parents choose attention-getting name, then refuse to reveal the name they’ve picked, perhaps to heighten interest and publicity? This unusual choice of Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen for their second daughter was not even in our database last year – it’s a name drawn from the Hebrew calendar — and now is the Number 38 most-searched name on Nameberry.

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We all know that the names of celebrities and their babies inspire real life baby names, but which celebrities’ names are the most influential right now?

To find out, we went behind the scenes at nameberry and looked at which names enjoyed the biggest bumps up in traffic at the beginning of 2011 over the same period in 2010.

Of course, many of these celebrity names are getting lots of views because they’re in the news: Flynn and Marlowe are newborn starbabies, Rooney is the hot star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But others are there simply because they’ve captured the public interest at this moment.

Here, in order of popularity, are the hottest celebrity-inspired names right now.

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