The Best Celebrity Baby Names
Celebrities are trendsetters when it comes to baby names and just about everything else. A recent list of celebrity baby 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 Swati “Kit” — Mindy Kaling
Lucia Marisol — America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams
Mateo Antoni — Eva Amurri & Kyle Martino
Rose Dorothy — Scarlett Johansson
Santiago Enrique — Eva 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 Day — Leighton 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 Gene — Liv Tyler & David Gardner
Vale Guthrie — Savannah Guthrie & Mike Feldman
Winter Mercy — Alanis Morissette & Mario Treadway
Best Celebrity Baby Nickname Names
Nicknames 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
ature 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 Otter — Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik
Forest Leonardo Antonio — Holly Madison & Pasquale Rotella
Ode Mountain — Jena Malone & Ethan DeLorenzo
Onyx — Iggy 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 Laura “Mila” — 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 Moon — Sandra Cho & Kevin Durand
Bella Milagro — Lauren & Josiah Duggar
Canon W. Jack — Ayesha & Steph Curry
Claude Indiana Emmanuel — Natalie & Taylor Hanson
Colette Koala — Tricia Davis & Macklemore
Olympia Lightning — Kasi Bennet & Usain Bolt
Penelope Athena — Tina Fey & Jeffrey Richmond
Pia Philomena Francesca — Maria 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 David — Hilaria & Alec Baldwin
Christopher Carlton “Kit” & Hal Auden — Sophie & 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 Dean — Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
Luna Simone & Miles Theodore — Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Milan & Sasha — Shakira & 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 Aridio — Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego
Ella & Alexander — Amal & George Clooney
Estere & Stella — Madonna
India Moss & Hayes Taj — Tara & Jonathan Tucker
Lozen Orianna Judith & Vittorio Genghis — Hope Solo & Jerramy Stevens
Moroccan & Monroe — Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Sasha & Tristan — Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth
Victoria & Ysabel — Yvette 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, unique names 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 unique celebrity baby names:
Beaumont Gino — Chelsea Peretti & Jordan Peele
Blues Anthony — Jessica Paré & Joseph Smith
Cricket Pearl — Busy Philipps & Marc Silverstein
Kulture Kiari — Cardi B & Offset
Marvel Jane — Meaghan Camper & Pete Wentz
Psalm — Kim 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?