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The Hottest Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names 2011

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.

Celebrities

Aerin (heiress Lauder)

Hillary (Clinton)

Noor (Queen Dowager of Jordan, the former Lisa Halaby)

Rooney (Mara)

Lilo (Lindsay Lohan’s nickname)

Wilson (surname of Owen and Luke)

Anais (Nin)

Bardot (surname of Brigitte)

Leonard and Cohen (first name and surname of Canadian I’m Your Man singer) 

Lennox (singer Annie; also boxer Lennox Lewis)

Levon (musician Helms)

Leighton (Gossip Girl Meester)

Zadie (author Smith)

Annika (golfer Sorenstam)

Arlo (singer Guthrie)

Serena (tennis star Williams)

Miles (jazzman Davis)

Hadley (Hemingway’s first wife and the subject of a new novel, The Paris Wife)

**Wilson (surname of Owen and Luke)**

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Anais (Nin)

Bardot (surname of Brigitte)

Leonard and Coen (first name and surname of Canadian I’m Your Man singer) 

Lennox (singer Annie; also boxer Lennox Lewis)

Levon (musician Helms)

Leighton (Gossip Girl Meester)

Zadie (author Smith)

Annika (golfer Sorenstam)

Arlo (singer Guthrie)

Serena (tennis star Williams)

Miles (jazzman Davis)

Hadley (Hemingway’s first wife and the subject of a new novel, The Paris Wife)

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Starbabies

Imre (middle name of Alanis Morisette’s son)Aviana (Amy Adams’ daughter)

Marlowe (Jason Schwartzman’s daughter)

Anniston (Chyler Leigh’s daughter)

Bowen (Drew Brees’s son)

Linton (middle name of Owen Wilson‘s son Ford)

Ptolemy (Gretchen Mol’s son)

Ashby (Nancy O’Dell’s daughter)

Marcheline (middle name of Angelina and Brad’s daughter Vivienne, after Angelina’s mother)

Flynn (Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s son)

Cosima (daughters of both Claudia Schiffer and Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars)

Nahla (Halle Berry’s daughter)

Seraphina (Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s daughter)

Ever (Alanis Morisette’s son and Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson’s daughter)

Rafferty (Jude Law’s son)

Characters

Draco (Harry Potter nemesis)Sirius (another Potter moniker)

Dawson (of TV’s Creek)

Vesper (007 heroine)Penny (Desperate Housewives daughter)

Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen character)

Sloan (Entourage girl)

Nala (leonine Lion King heroine)

Darcy (surname of Jane Austen hero, used for girls)

Sabrina (teenage witch and Audrey Hepburn character)

Ophelia (tragic Shakespeare heroine)

Bellatrix (another Harry Potter character)

_Thanks to our intern Rob Harclerode _for help with the research for this piece.__

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.