The Best Celebrity Baby Names
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:
“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:
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.
Here, our favorite unisex names used for celebrity babies:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
What are your favorite celebrity baby names?