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The Best Celebrity Baby Names

August 18, 2020 Sophie Kihm
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Celebrities are trendsetters when it comes to baby names and just about everything else. A recent list of starbaby names will include names that are currently trendy, future Top 50 picks, and previously undiscovered names that are now on everyone’s lips. The best celebrity baby names are those that strike a positive note for a number of reasons — perhaps it’s stylish but unexpected, like Macklemore’s daughter Colette Koala, or the perfect complement to a siblings’ name, like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s son Miles Theodore is to older sister Luna Simone.

We took it upon ourselves to judge the best celebrity baby names of the past ten years across ten categories. Below, 100+ of the best celebrity baby names from the past decade.

Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names

Some celebrity baby names make such an impact that they go from obscure to ordinary in record time. Parents may not be consciously inspired by celebrities when naming their children — it’s unlikely that mothers and fathers of young Flynns were thinking of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom when naming their sons, but their celebrity birth announcement did a lot to popularize the name in the US.

Other starbaby names are more directly influential. The name Dream was catapulted into the Top 1000 the year after Blac China and Rob Kardashian chose it for their daughter, as was Cairo, the middle name of Blac China’s son. As a family, the Kardashians have a finger on the baby naming pulse — they’ve also influenced the rise of names including Saint, Reign, Psalm, and True.

These celebrity baby names have significantly influenced the name choices of American parents:

Archie Harrison — Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Capri Kobe — Vanessa & Kobe Bryant

Dream Renee — Blac China & Rob Kardashian

Flynn Christopher — Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom

James — Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

King Cairo — Blac China & Tyga

Luna Simone — Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

Reign Aston — Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

Rumi — Beyoncé & Jay-Z

Saint — Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

Best Classic Celebrity Baby Names 

“Classic celebrity baby name” may seem like an oxymoron — don’t all starbabies have names like North and Huckleberry? Not so! Classic baby names — those that are rooted in tradition and have been used for generations — are just as common among celebrities as the rest of us. But if the child isn’t named Raddix or Rocket or Rainbow, it’s just not as noteworthy.

To be considered a great classic celebrity baby name, the first and middle names have to be an ideal pairing. The best classic starbaby names have great flow and coordinated or personally significant middle names. Below, our top ten classic celebrity baby name combos:

Benjamin Allen — Andy Cohen

Emilia Giovanna — Felicity Blunt & Stanley Tucci

Genevieve Upton — Kate Upton & Justin Verlander

Harold Ralph Gerwig — Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach

Jack Oscar — Rosie Huntington Whitely & Jason Statham

Katherine SwatiKit” — Mindy Kaling

Lucia MarisolAmerica Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams

Mateo Antoni — Eva Amurri & Kyle Martino

Rose Dorothy — Scarlett Johansson

Santiago EnriqueEva Longoria & José Antonio Bastón

Best Unisex Celebrity Baby Names

Unisex names are more common now than ever, and celebrities have been big proponents of the trend. We have celebrities to thank for inspiring many traditionally male names to become unisex, such as James, August, and Bodhi.

Stars have embraced unisex names for their sons as well, both through names that are truly gender-neutral, including Revel and Bowie, to those that are more commonly feminine, such as Winter.

Here, our favorite unisex names used for celebrity babies:

Arlo DayLeighton Meester & Adam Brody

Atlas Noa — Shay Mitchell & Matte Babel

Auden James Ellis — Kayte & Kelsey Grammer

Banks Violet — Hilary Duff & Matthew Koma

Bowie Juniper — Tess & Nick Holiday

Jett Ling — Lisa Ling & Paul Song

Revel James Makai — Renee Puente & Matthew Morrison

Sailor GeneLiv Tyler & David Gardner

Vale GuthrieSavannah Guthrie & Mike Feldman

Winter MercyAlanis Morissette & Mario Treadway 

Best Celebrity Baby Nickname Names

Nickname names used to be considered too slight for the birth certificate, but today are more frequently being used as independent names. This is one trend that’s very polarizing — people tend to fall into the name-them-what-you-call-them camp or prefer the flexibility of a fuller, formal name — but one that we wholeheartedly endorse.

Celebrities, of course, have gotten in on this as well, choosing wonderful (often vintage!) diminutives as their sons’ and daughters’ full names. These are our top ten stars who put stylish short forms on the birth certificate:

Edie — Keira Knightley & James Righton

Ernie William — Stephanie Izard & Gary Valentine

Goldie Patricia — Siri & Carson Daly

Hank — Brooklyn Decker & Andy Roddick

Izzy Oona — Paige Butcher & Eddie Murphy

Minnie Theodora — Lisa & Jack Osbourne

Ozzie James — Tess Sanchez & Max Greenfield

Rafa — Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale

Sid — Jenny Mollen & Jason Biggs

Sonny Sanford — Whitney Port & Tim Rosenman 

Best Celebrity Baby Nature Names

Nature names have high style value, so it’s no wonder that this has long been a popular trend among stars. And while some are choosing established favorites such as River and Daisy, others are introducing new nature names to the lexicon, such as Zooey Deschanel with her daughter’s middle name, Otter, and Jena Malone with Mountain, the middle name of her son Ode.

Below, the best nature names chosen by celebrities in the past ten years: 

Birdie Joe — Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan

Bodhi Soleil — Nikki Reed & Ian Somerholder

Charlie Ocean — Emilie Livingston & Jeff Goldblum

Daisy Josephine — Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis

Dove Mellencamp — Teddi Mellencamp & Edwin Arroyave

Elsie OtterZooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik

Forest Leonardo Antonio — Holly Madison & Pasquale Rotella

Ode Mountain — Jena Malone & Ethan DeLorenzo

OnyxIggy Azalea & Playboi Carti

River Jones — Paulina Gretzky & Dustin Johnson

Best Celebrity Baby Honor Names

Honor names are no longer limited to shared initials or junior-ship, as parents are exploring unique ways to pay homage to significant people and places in their lives through their children’s names.

These celebrities honored themselves or loved ones in creative ways, such as Anne Hathaway’s son Jonathan Rosebanks, whose middle name is a combination of two family surnames, and Barron Hilton’s daughter Milou, who is named after the place where he and his wife Tessa met.

Here, our top ten celebrity honorifics:

Alexis Olympia, Jr. “Olympia” — Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

Ashe Olsen — Alexi & Seth Meyers

Capri Kobe — Vanessa & Kobe Bryant

Harper Seven — Victoria & David Beckham

Jonathan Rosebanks — Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman

Margaret LauraMila” — Jenna Bush Hager & Henry Hager

Milou Alizée — Tessa & Barron Hilton

Pauline — Paloma Jimenez & Vin Diesel

Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas — Carrie Symonds & Boris Johnson

Wyatt Morgan — Anderson Cooper

Best Celebrity Baby Middle Names

Bold middle names are one of our favorite celebrity-influenced trends. Since middle names aren’t used on a regular basis, it’s a great place to use a daring choice that would be hard to wear as a first name.

Cool words such as Koala, Wildflower, and Lightning are among the best starbaby middle names, as are elaborate antiques like Ignatius and Indiana. And we were very pleasantly surprised when Ayesha and Steph Curry used W. — yes, just the initial — for one of their son’s middle names.

Below, the best celebrity baby middle names of the decade:

Amelie MoonSandra Cho & Kevin Durand

Bella Milagro — Lauren & Josiah Duggar

Canon W. Jack — Ayesha & Steph Curry

Claude Indiana EmmanuelNatalie & Taylor Hanson

Colette KoalaTricia Davis & Macklemore

Olympia Lightning — Kasi Bennet & Usain Bolt

Penelope AthenaTina Fey & Jeffrey Richmond

Pia Philomena FrancescaMaria Cahill & David Henrie

Raddix Chloe Wildflower — Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden

Theodore Ignatius — Kaylee DeFer & Michael Fitzpatrick 

Best Celebrity Sibling Names

If you’re a name enthusiast, you know there is nothing more satisfying than a cohesive sibset, where the children’s names are coordinated in style but equally distinctive. It’s especially thrilling when celebrities hit the mark and their sibset just feels right.

Here, ten sets of celebrity sibling names that make us wish these stars would keep having babies (thank goodness Luna and Miles are getting another sibling!):

Aleph & Amalia — Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied

Blue Ivy, Rumi, & Sir — Beyoncé & Jay-Z

Carmen Gabriella, Rafael Thomas, Leonardo Ángel Charles, & Romeo Alejandro DavidHilaria & Alec Baldwin

Christopher CarltonKit” & Hal AudenSophie & Benedict Cumberbatch

Olive & Frankie — Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman

Isabelle Amarachi & Caleb Kelechi — Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha

Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen, Hattie Margaret, Finn Davey, & Beau DeanTori Spelling & Dean McDermott

Luna Simone & Miles Theodore — Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

Milan & SashaShakira & Gerard Piqué

Sage Lavinia & Cypress Night — Shannan Click & Jack Huston

Best Celebrity Twin Names

Twin names are a special subset of celebrity sibling names. The pressure is on — even more so than with sibsets — to choose names that are well-coordinated, but not so similar that it gets confusing.

It can be a tough balance, but we think these celebrity parents chose exemplary pairs for their twins:

Arrow & Zeppelin — Deneel & Jensen Ackles

Asher & Aksel — Morgan & Bode Miller

Bowie Ezio & Cy AridioZoe Saldana & Marco Perego

Ella & Alexander — Amal & George Clooney

Estere & StellaMadonna

India Moss & Hayes TajTara & Jonathan Tucker

Lozen Orianna Judith & Vittorio Genghis — Hope Solo & Jerramy Stevens

Moroccan & Monroe — Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Sasha & Tristan — Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth

Victoria & YsabelYvette Prieto & Michael Jordan

Best Unique Celebrity Baby Names

Everyone’s favorite celebrity baby names — whether they’re the names you love or the names you love to hate — are the ultra-rare, never-before-seen choices that make headlines. The quest to be unique leads many one-of-a-kind celebrity baby names to miss the mark (sorry, X Æ A-12, you didn’t make this list), but in the past ten years, we’ve seen some that really work.

Here, our favorite singular celebrity baby names:

Beaumont GinoChelsea Peretti & Jordan Peele

Blues Anthony — Jessica Paré & Joseph Smith

Cricket Pearl — Busy Philipps & Marc Silverstein

Kulture Kiari — Cardi B & Offset

Marvel JaneMeaghan Camper & Pete Wentz

PsalmKim Kardashian & Kanye West

Racer — Lara Bingle & Sam Worthington

Rockwell Lloyd — Lucy Liu

Sistine Sabella — Steffiana de la Cruz & Kevin James

Strummer Newcomb — Julia Stiles & Preston Cook

What are your favorite celebrity baby names?

About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.

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