The Hottest Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names 2011

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.





Thanks to our intern Rob Harclerode for help with the research for this piece.


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Lola Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 9:07 am

I like a handful of these.
For the boys: Leonard is wicked cool in a geeky sort of way.
Arlo is awesome, Imre’s neat & Miles is slick (but good slick, I swear!).
For the girls, there’s even fewer: Cosima, Sabrina & Penny, as a nickname.

m Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 11:52 am

Leonard Cohen’s name is Cohen not Coen.

Gina Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Harlow (daughter of Nicole Richie) was left off the list. Harlow made its first appearance on the top 1000 list as a girl’s name in 2009, the year after Ms. Richie’s daughter was born.

Claire Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I am so upset that Jason Schwartzman used Marlowe, because I SO thought of it first. I just don’t have a kid to bestow it on. Maybe I can still use it for a character.

Other Carolyn Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Can it really be “celebrity character” naming if said character is shakespearean? Unless I’m missing something, it seems like that would fall firmly into “literary naming” rather than celebrity naming — whereas the Harry Potter names are at least recent…

M Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

No one is using Cohen for Leonard Cohen. People just think it’s a cool biblical name. Personally I think it’s a cool last name for my dermatologist.

rachelmarie Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love Ophelia!! Ooh I’m also digging Rooney.
And I really love Owen Wilson’s son’s name, Ford. It’s so masculine and overall great.
But, I heard when he was on Jay Leno that his son’s name is actually Robert Ford, and they call him Ford, not Ford Linton. Although Linton is a cool name.

m Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Well, M, if you’re Canadian you might be using Cohen after Leonard Cohen. I know someone who has, in fact. He’s a big deal here. But I do think a lot of these names are a stretch as far as being “celebrity-inspired.”

Taye Says:

March 16th, 2011 at 12:17 am

Surely Leonard is popular because of the character in the big bang theory? And Cohen is popular from the OC?

SeekA Says:

March 16th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I might have expected Rooney to have become a popular boy name because of the soccer star. But if it’s now been associated with a girl, then it will probably be off the table for boys.

Lucky*Clover Says:

April 10th, 2011 at 11:58 am

I kind of like Zadie, it’s cute and spunky, like Zoey. I work with a girl who named her daughter Anniston, they call her Annie. I think since Jennifer Lopez named her daughter Emme, some people are starting to think of using Emme instead of Emma. I’ve heard the name come up a couple of times, I think people are starting to look at it as a legit name and not just a nickname.

Zaiydah-rosabelle Says:

July 4th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I love these names I have 4 children already 1 boy ace-junior and 2 girls ever-grace and fawn-aviah I am pregnant with twins one of each and like the names Flynn-alexo and fleur-nevadah what do you guys think I have never liked the traditional names I think there so boring and too commen in my fa
Ily there a hardly any traditional names my husband is finnigane-march and my name is Zaiydah rosabelle

aunt_ning Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love Rooney, but I live in Pittsburgh Pa, and Like Rooney Mara people around here are named Rooney for the Rooney’s that own the Steelers (she is the grandaughter of a Rooney) and they are a very big deal here!

emilymaryjane Says:

January 1st, 2012 at 12:06 am

I love Nala but my 18 year old cousin is called Camille Nahla but goes by Nala Camryn.

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