Would you name your baby after a celebrity?
So….2,449 people named their baby girls Reese last year. Which means that upon meeting those 2,449 little girls, almost everyone for the rest of their lives is going to say, Reese? You mean R-E-E-S-E? As in Reese Witherspoon?
If you name your baby Reese and you’re NOT a Legally Blonde maniac, you’re going to have some ‘splaining to do. Because names like Reese — and Aaliyah and Ashton and Miley and Penn — are so closely tied to one celebrity that people can’t help but think that choosing the name amounts to major fandom.
And thousands of parents every year choose names that are inspired by celebrities.
In fact at this very moment, an untold number of new parents in Britain are waiting to hear the royal baby name so they can adopt it for their own already-born children.
So our question of the week is: Can you imagine you’d be one of them?
And if you named your baby after a celebrity, which celebrity would it be?
In case you need a cheat sheet, check out our list of celebrity-inspired baby names.
About the author
View all of 's articles
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:10 pm
though I wouldn’t name my child after a celebrity if I had to a boy would be Arlo and a girl Evangeline.
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 pm
I think I would. That’s just how I am. lol I’d name my kids after The Beatles in some way. My future sons will probably be named George and Paul or Richard nn Richie.
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 pm
Maybe Cate after Cate Blanchett (though I’d hope no one realized it).
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:27 pm
I named my son Silas Trace, Trace being Trace Adkins the country singer, but not bc he was a significant celebrity to me or one of my faves. He just happened to be on cmt one night while I was listening to country music on the tv and going over baby names. I put the 2 names together and voila 9 years later and I still love the name. I do adore Jessica Simpson but everyone who knows me knows this so I would never name my daughter Jessica bc everyone would know, although I do like her name. 🙂
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 pm
While I usually agree with Nameberry, I have to disagree strongly with this post. Perhaps it’s because I live under a rock, but Reese — and Aaliyah and Ashton and Miley and Penn (Penn who?) — are not at all associated with celebrities for me (particularly Aaliyah, which is quite common) and I would never assume that the parents of these children have any particular fan allegiance. Bear in mind that fame is fleeting, particularly in this culture — in ten years I doubt anyone will have strong memories of these people as they will have been replaced with the next crop of fresh-faced stars.
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Names aren’t owned by just one person. I think Beyonce and Madonna and Cher are somewhat tied to celebrities, but if I heard Aaliyah I wouldn’t consider the celeb, and with Penn my first thought would be Pennsylvania not Penn Jillette.
I’d have no problem naming a kid Adele, Audrey, Elle, Isla, Amelia. But if I were to name after a celeb, I’d pick a writer. Someone who meant something dear to my husband and myself.
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:48 pm
I love the names Ashton and Gwynth shame I feel the opposite about the “actors”
on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:55 pm
My favorites are Audrey after Miss Hepburn, and Lavinia which was Ava Gardner’s middle name. But it wouldn’t necessarily be AFTER them, nor will I probably ever use them. I just like those options the most since I’m being forced to choose by the Name Police. 🙂
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:01 am
I wouldn’t go out of my way to name a baby after a celebrity, but nothing would stop me from picking a name I truly liked either. Preferably, I would want the baby to grow into its name so the name could become their own- not have a name with a famous reputation stapled to it. It would inevitably get old for the child and become eye-rolling every time someone brings up the celebrity. Buuuuuuut, if I really, REALLY liked the name “Elvira” (I don’t:-) then I would use it without apology!
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:08 am
Some names are intrinsically tied to celebrities, but many others will fade as their namesake wanes from public consciousness. If I had to name my baby after a celebrity, I’d still choose a name I love – Audrey – which happens to be the first name of Ms Hepburn. There are plenty of celebrities with beautiful names, but I think it’s tacky to name your child Ashton, Britney, Miley, etc.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:09 am
@augustalee – I find it hard to believe Miley isn’t at all associated with a celebrity for you! My first thoughts were of celebrities when I read each of the names listed above!
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:11 am
@Brigid16 I, too, am far more intelligent and cultured than all of those crass plebeians, so I would name my son Penn after the writer Robert Penn Warren, not that annoying ponytailed magician person.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:24 am
I have to say I was Penn notsurelastname from Gossip Girl. I am quite amused that people thought of the musician. Literally LOLing at the thought people love the magician. I don’t think Penn is considered a celebrity name if not everyone thinks of the same person.
Miley, Reese, and Ashton I think are all dominated by famous people.
In America I do think most Americans associate Aaliyah the singer. I wouldn’t say it’s that common here.
Me I take Oprah love her, love the name.
I also love the name Jewel, but not the singer. It makes me sad to think she have ruined the name for me. What do you think? Is Jewel too the singer?
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:26 am
I wanted to name my four year old dd Harlow. A name i have like for a long time but i did not want the Nicole Richi association.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:27 am
I have a strong urge toward the literary superheroes, wanting to name my daughter Harper Lee 12 years ago (I was shot down, she became Tabitha Rose.), and loving the idea of having my own Oscar Wilde (Shot down again, because his initials would be ‘OWW’. 🙂 )
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:27 am
Omg my first post was quite illiterate and I apologize. I might to say I was Thinking of Penn notsurelastname from Gossip Girl. I am quite amused people thought of the magician first, not the musician.
sorry for the confusion. I obviously need sleep.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:34 am
I also don’t think Aaliyah would necessarily be associated with the singer – I know many Aliyahs that are around the same age as the late singer. Her name was popular before her. Same with Reese and Ashton. Miley and Beyonce are different stories altogether.
I don’t know that I would name my child after a celebrity, but I would give my child the same name as a celebrity without a second though. Sometimes it’s even beneficial – I found out recently that Nate Silver’s first name is Nathaniel, which is one of my favorite boys’ names! Heh.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:38 am
I first thought of Sean Penn.
on July 24th, 2013 at 2:57 am
I would never intentionally name my child after a celebrity. I like to think I’m pretty well versed in pop culture, but I could be way out of the loop by the time I’m having kids.
I think if I ABSOLUTELY HAD to name my baby after a celebrity, I’d have an Imogen (a la Imogen Poots) and Edward (a la Edward “Eddie” Redmayne.)
on July 24th, 2013 at 3:38 am
I would never name my child after a current popular celebrity, I just don’t follow any of them that closely. However, I must admit if we have another son he will be named Marlon after Marlon Brando. I love the name, but also the memories that it brings of afternoons spent with my grandmother watching Mr. Brando’s movies.
Our sons are already named after rather famous movie characters for various reasons, so I don’t think Marlon would be out of place.
on July 24th, 2013 at 4:47 am
If I had to pick celebrities to name my kids after, I’d go with Keanu (no he can’t act but he’s sooooo pretty), and Iyari (Miss Limon is not super-famous, but she’s cute and spunky and has a great name)
on July 24th, 2013 at 5:39 am
I’d go with Charlize or Channing.
on July 24th, 2013 at 6:10 am
I personally wouldnt associate most names to celebrities if only because I don’t keep up with these things 🙁 I know a few celebs but for the most part? I’m under a rock. Though of course there are exceptions, everyone knows Elvis, Beyonce, etc. All the people with more unique names and are HUGE.
I love Eva from the list 🙂 It was actually on my potential use list before we’re having a boy. Amelia, Evangeline, Callista, Charlize, Elle, Kate, Liv, Pippa, Reese, and Scarlett are all so beautiful! Jude, Liam, Miles, and Lennon are nice from the boys side.
on July 24th, 2013 at 6:35 am
It depends. I only love the name Helena because of Helena Bonham-Carter. If I were to use it, it’d be because of her. My top combo is Henry Carlisle. The Carlisle is after Robert Carlyle, a very talented actor that I love because of his talent. Mostly, if I love the name and person enough, why not?
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
I have a young relative called Ira after Ira Glass. It works nicely because it references a shared interest that was a major part of bringing his parents together.
There are some celebs whose names I adore, but I could never use them because I just have no connection to the name, Christiane, Ansel, Hilary, and way off the beaten path Madonna.
I also read it differently when the celeb in question is an important cultural voice. John Paul is one of our top boys picks because it speaks to a hopeful and faithful legacy. Kennedy or Reagan depending on where you fall ideologically might have the same pull.
Sorry for the essay!
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:20 am
That’s a good point, GracieBeth. There are definitely different kinds of celebrities and different things parents might be looking to convey in naming a child after them.
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:20 am
It really depends on how distinctive a name is. It’s not like people hear the name “Charles” and think; “Oh, they must have named their baby after Charles Manson!” Which brings us to another important aspect of naming close to celebrity — the Public assumption that you admire certain qualities in the celebrity that made them famous or infamous.
Personally, I say if you love a name, use it, regardless of who else shares it (although, please seriously reconsider “Hitler”). I wouldn’t even care if someone thought I was trashy for doing it; that’s based on their character deficiency, not mine. I’m not so sure I’d want my kid to give time to someone who would make a snap judgement on their value based on that, anyway. Sometimes, giving a pop culture name to a kid can keep them down to Earth. Just realize, if a name is based on a pop culture moment in time, uniqueness will probably not be accomplished.
For me, I love the name “River”. However, it’s so distinctive and unusual, when used as a name, nearly everyone would assume I named my child after River Phoenix. Which, although it might bruise my ego a little to be thought of as a celebrity-namer-afterer, I wouldn’t mind. River Phoenix — despite his tragic end and how no parent would want that for their child — was a pretty special person, anyway. And maybe a little ego bruising is good for character building. I might even become a better parent for it. Would I want my kid to be able to stand alone and be around people who get to know them for they really are or be automatically accepted into a clique because his or her name was preppy or “respectable” enough to allow rapid entrance?
Choose the name you love. The one that feels right and makes your heart sing, regardless of whether a celebrity has already worn it.
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:21 am
Also, I love the 50 shades of Penn! Penn Warren, Sean Penn, Penn Jillette in addition to Penn Badgley….and let’s not forget Penn State, U of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn), and the historic figure William Penn.
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:41 am
There are a lot of names I like that just happen to be the names of celebrities, but I do not like them because of the celebrity connection, I just like them because they appeal to me. A celebrity having the name would not deter me from using it if I really loved it.
I tend to like names based on characters in literature or from people in history if I am finding names I like from anywhere other than just finding them on nameberry or another site.
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:46 am
There are some associations to celebrities I wouldnt like.. names that are in the news for not good reasons Amanda (Bynes), Lindsay (Lohan), but alot of names I love that aren’t out of the ordinary that don’t necessarily make you think of celebs.. I love Khloe (Kardashian) but shes never really in the news for bad press and i think she’s beautiful, Arianna (Grande), Mila (Kunis ), Dannika (Patrick), Keira (Knightley), Leighton (Meester), Isla (Fisher), Pippa (Middleton), AnnaSophia (Robb).. 🙂
on July 24th, 2013 at 8:07 am
I think it all depends. If the name is already pretty popular, then I don’t think that would be people’s first association. Or if the actor wasn’t that famous, then I don’t think it would register for most people as well.
But of course people are inspired by celebrities. Take the name Evangeline for example. If you look at the popularity charts, is started taking off around 2006 when actress Evangeline Lilly appeared onscreen in “Lost”. The name “Harlow” took off after Nicole Richie used it on her kid.
I don’t think its too bad. If anything it can help people with spelling/pronunciation issues.
on July 24th, 2013 at 8:10 am
I love the name Redford and have always admired Robert Redford because of his work off the screen. I would never name a child after a celebrity unless their character had been tested over time and they contributed something more to society other than just headlines. If that makes sense.
on July 24th, 2013 at 8:45 am
The only one of those names I exclusively associate with a celebrity is Miley, and that’s because her name was invented by her father. I have to disagree with most of this article.
on July 24th, 2013 at 8:57 am
I’m more likely to name my kids after literary and movie characters. Unlike actors, characters don’t go on to tarnish their names.
WIth that said, I do think music influences some of the names I like. Never considered Florence until Florence Welch. If I used the Jakob spelling, it would be after Jakob Dylan.
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:18 am
I didn’t name my daughter, Rosemary, after a celebrity. But I’ve always loved the name and I think it’s tied to my lifelong love of Rosemary Clooney. I did, however, name my dog for my favorite all time movie star, Doris Day.
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:19 am
I would never intentionally name a child after a celebrity, per se. But if I met, heard of or other wise discovered a celebrity that had a name I liked, I’d still consider using it. I usually find names in my ancestry or novels. Just discovered the other day that Emery is a surname in my history. Emery Elizabeth has been on my long list for years.
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:23 am
I’d consider: Audrey, Faye, Greer, Gwyneth, Scarlett and Charlize. For boys: Heath, Hugh, Ewan, Marlon, Dean and Bono. (Kidding.)
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:42 am
My little cousin is named Angelina Jolie Lastname. My uncle is slightly obsessed. She doesn’t mind it, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt her at all. Most people just use their middle initial anyway. Celebrities don’t own names, but there are some that seem to be a one-person name- Oprah, Beyonce, Madonna, to name a few. But to hear a nice name on a celebrity and want to use it I think is perfectly fine.
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am
Daisybell — if I heard River, all I would think is Whovian! It is so subjective…
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:08 am
I picked Eliza for our daughter because it’s cute and sweet and classic. My husband went with it because he thinks Eliza Dushku is hot. But she’s not famous enough for anyone else to make that association!
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:08 am
I’ve always been struck by the name Keira and love that it has the association with the graceful actress, Keira Knightley. However, I don’t think that would be everyone’s first assumption when they heard the name. It’s been in my Top Five for awhile. : ) I also really adore Gwen and wouldn’t mind my daughter having an association with Gwen Stefani, because I think she is a strong, creative woman. Again, I think I love these names for reasons regardless of their celebrity attachments, but because the aforementioned women have great qualities, they’re not bad associations to have. 🙂
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:36 am
I love Zooey. I think the double ‘O’ makes the name slightly more charming and quirky. Or maybe that’s just because of Zooey Deschanel?
Either way, when I say I like this spelling people already say “Like Zooey Deschanel?”… So maybe I won’t put my child through a lifetime of that.
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:39 am
I love the name Adele, but naming after her gives me pause…. even though I think she’s a great role model for women. I’d be embarrassed that people thought I specifically named my baby after a celebrity, but I might still consider it.
I also like Penn, Jude and Dean for boys.
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:49 am
I love Tina Fey, think she’s awesome, but don’t love her name (not Tina or what it’s short for, stamatina). Her real first name is Elizabeth, and that’s the name of her character on 30 Rock, Elizabeth Lemon (referred to as Lemon often on the show). A favorite gp name of mine is Clementine, and the nn lemon reminds me of Tina fey, which is a fun association for me, and probably the closest I’d go to naming after a celebrity. (Elizabeth is also on my list but I’m not sure I’d use something so popular)
Audrey is also on my list, and while I like the Hepburn association, it’d actually be used because it’s my grandmother’s name.
River is another gp name but I personally don’t think of Phoenix, I think of a character on Firefly (joss whedens show). So most of my examples would be after characters, and i probably would like how they were portrayed by the actors but I’d not name after the actors themselves.
I don’t follow celebs that closely, but i do like Amy Adams, and the woman from princess diaries etc (blanked on her name!)… Also think Isla fisher is gorgeous. But doubt I’d pick something so monumental as a kid’s name after any one celebrity.
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:53 am
Hands down, Angelina Jolie.
Not because of her or her celeb status, but because of previous personal associations I have with both of her lovely names – i.e., Angelina Grimke, a 19th century abolistionist, and a preschool Jo(e)lie I taught a few yrs ago. At the same time, it is because of the celeb association that my husband won’t go for either, not even as middles 🙁 He says that’s exactly who ppl’s minds will immediately go toward.
on July 24th, 2013 at 10:59 am
That’s right, Milly! There would also be a significant portion of people who would assume little River’s Mommy and Daddy were “Dr. Who” or even “Firefly” fans. That’s when things get interesting; when a previously, unusual name, permeates culture to the point where there could be a multitude of possible namesakes.
I think, with many celebrity name ties, there’s a “chicken and egg” argument over it; have you grown to love a name that you hear more often, regardless of who it’s tied to or are you choosing a name, whether you like it or not because it is tied to a specific celebrity?
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:02 am
P.S. I’m not even a fan of the Angel/Angela/Angelique family, but that -lina ending gives it that touch of sophistication and unexpected layer of beauty. Sigh.
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:07 am
Eh, it depends on how distinctive the name is. Miley isn’t a name. It’s a nickname that Cyrus (born Destiny) goes by and has made her legal name. If you name a kid Miley you are naming the kid after Miley Cyrus. Penn and Reese are real names and as a result have more associations. If I hear Reese I’m more likely to assume the family is of Welsh extraction.
Fun fact: Reese’s given name was Laura Jeanne. I don’t know what her legal name is. It may be Laura Toth.)
When my best friend was pregnant she and her fiance were having a very hard time with names. They came from very different cultural backgrounds. Her favorite name was Aidan, his was Romildo. I started reading them names from People magazine (I think was the sexiest men alive issue). Adrien Brody was on the list. They ended up naming their son Adrian.
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:19 am
We named our son “Liam” 7 years ago after watching the widow maker with Liam Neeson, so i guess, yes! we did! ive never had one person make the connection though, they all look at me like im crazy and say its an intereating name. like i made it up. He hates it when people mispronounce his name by calling him “Lie-um”on the other hand… We also named our daughter Adele but it was before she became popular, we had no idea who the brittish pop singer was but people are annoying and do say things like: “oh! Like the singer?!” Go figure.
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:42 am
I would name a child Adele for sure. I think the name is beautiful and she is such a talented artist.
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am
I’ve always wanted to name my daughter after a character of any Shakespeare’s play, but I wouldn’t like it to be Juliet because, well, everybody would come up to her and say: “Juliet? Like ‘Romeo and Juliet’?” or “Hey Juliet, where’s Romeo?” and I think that possibly would cause her to hate her name (even though I think that’s a lovely name). So, I think that’s not an association with a celebrity that has the same name, but a name that automatically comes with a known, almost “labeled” person/personality/character.
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am
Reese Witherspoons given name was Laura Jeanne Reese actually. She has two middle names, Reese was her mother’s maiden name.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Ugh. This one hits home. I named my daughter Gwyneth. Did I name her Gwyneth because I have an obsession with Paltrow? No. Not at all. I will conceed to saying that Gwyneth Paltrow is the only reason I am familiar with the name, but I did not use it to honor her. I chose it for other reasons – sound, meaning, “solid-ness”. Surprisingly, there has only been two people say something along the lines of “Gwyneth? Like Gwyneth Paltrow?” to me (out loud).
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
Can I cheat? I would use Reeve, as in the surname of Christopher Reeve, and it would be for a girl.
on July 24th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
I don’t see any of those names, maybe with the exception of Miley (which I’ve never heard in another context). I’ve known Reeses (of both genders), Ashtons, and Aaliyah/Alea/Aliyahs before the popularity of any of the above. I don’t think I like any celebrity enough to name my child “after” them as a namesake (except maybe Meryl Streep, who I adore), but there are certainly celebrity names and celebrity baby names that I would use on my own because I like the name. I have a friend who named her daughter Sidda, inspired by The Ya-Ya Sisterhood book, not because she was infatuated with the character, but because she really liked the name. My husband’s name is Channing (his mom’s maiden name), and I don’t think anyone has ever said “Oh, like Channing Tatum?”
on July 24th, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Alright so if I had to name my daughter after a celebrity, I would name her Cate Elizabeth (I would call her Eliza or “Ellie”):
Cate after Cate Blanchett who played Queen Elizabeth, ala her middle name Elizabeth, and also, after Kate Middleton whose full name is Catherine Elizabeth.
If I had to name my son would be named Ewan Frances:
Ewan after Ewan Mcgregor who is amazing and Frances after Frank Sinatra.
on July 24th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
I disagree respectfully with those who say Reese isn’t tied with Reese with Witherspoon.
I think Rhys spelled as such and on a boy, is a classic Welsh name and not a celebrity.
I think Reese spelled as such and on a girl, and I immediately think Witherspoon.
Also when it comes to pop culture in real life I would use pop culture names, but after characters not the people who play them.
on July 24th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
I wouldn’t name my kid after a celebrity. If they shared the name with a celebrity, it would be a coincidence, and not an unusual name shared by a prominent celebrity.
Naming after a fictional character, however, is something I would do. Bring on your Hermiones and Augustuses.
on July 24th, 2013 at 5:35 pm
I really like the name Demi, but it has nothing to do with Demi Moore or Demi Lovato.
on July 24th, 2013 at 6:54 pm
Kurt! That’s if I were forced. If I wasn’t, then I would name him Charles and call him Kurt : )
on July 24th, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Or I might use Dean…
on July 24th, 2013 at 7:47 pm
I actually know an Aaliyah and never once associate the name. I know an Aleah too. Hmmm… I don’t really think too many people would associate it right away, maybe that’s just me though.
I’ve alway loved the name Maille which is pronounced almost exactly like Miley but I would be much too worried to name my daughter Maille due to the instant association everyone ages 2 to 200 makes to Miley Cyrus.
I’m not sure if I’d ever name my child /after/ a celebrity. But I might get inspired. My favorite character on “Friends” was Phoebe and I like the name so I might use that. (Does it count even though she was a fictional character?)
I suppose the only celebrity I would /definitely/ consider would be Audrey after Audrey Hepburn. Love the name and the actress so I don’t see why not.
on July 24th, 2013 at 9:01 pm
I love plenty of names that happen to belong to celebrities, but I don’t admire any celebrity nearly enough to name a child AFTER them! Positive associations do help though. I love the name Annette & the image of cute Annette Funicello doesn’t hurt the name. I couldn’t use a name with too strong of a celeb association, but many of your examples, like Reese & Penn I wouldn’t connect to the actors…Miley or Demi are too much because of their rarity & the caliber of popularity of the celebs, Adele might not always be so connected to the singer, but it is so timely that I couldn’t use it during the surge in the singer’s popularity!
on July 24th, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Plan on naming my next son Ledger. Nothing to do with Heath, though I know it will be difficult escaping that association. Just love the name…
on July 25th, 2013 at 1:40 am
If I chose to name my child after a celebrity. It would be Lennon for a girl after John Lennon.
on July 25th, 2013 at 2:07 am
Reese has become to so popular that I don’t even associate it to Ms. Witherspoon anymore. Now I just think of it as a regular name. That and Aaliyah. I don’t even know a celebrity name Aaliyah, but it’s getting up to that popular stage where I just see it as a regular name. So just because a celebrity has a certain name, doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re naming directly after them.
on July 25th, 2013 at 5:23 am
I wouldn’t name my baby Beyonce or Kesha, but Taylor (as in Taylor Swift or Taylor Lautner) or Nina (as in Nina Dobrev) would work.
on July 25th, 2013 at 5:34 am
I’m considering River for my baby due later in the year and although most people my age would think ‘River Phoenix’, I work with teenagers and most have never heard of him!
on July 25th, 2013 at 10:27 am
I don’ think I would name a baby after a celebrity. Maybe hear a celebrities’ name or a celebrities’ kid’s name and then be introduced to a new name and use it, but I wouldn’t be like ‘I like (Insert Celebrity Here)’ and then name my child after said celebrity. Especially because that celebrity might end up a crazy drug addict or something! The only people I would ever consider naming a child after are Biblical figures or family.
on July 25th, 2013 at 2:21 pm
I honestly tried to avoid this phenomenon because I didn’t like the idea of a name being “typecast” in advance, but the names I like are still loosely connected with Hollywood. I like Knox (I’ve always been familiar with the name because of Ft. Knox, since I grew up in KY, and don’t particularly associate it with the Jolie-Pitt kid, but I know others might) and Milo (connected with both Milo Ventimiglia and Alyssa Milano’s son Milo). However, to me, these names aren’t SOLELY celebrity names and I seriously doubt any baby Milo would be quickly tied to those two very occasional People Magazine mentions. People do seem to associate Knox pretty strongly with the Jolie-Pitt crowd, but then again, anything Brad & Angelina do is apparently newsworthy. 😉
on July 25th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
I wouldn’t necessarily name them after a celebrity but I do find inspiration in celeb names and celeb kids names. Sometimes a celebrity’s unique name would come about, that I never heard before and therefore make me think of the name as being usable or added to my list. Most celeb inspired names now (for me anyways) is solely a great name, not a celebrity. But I do agree that some names are so unique you can’t just help but think of the celebrity. (Beyonce, Elvis, Madonna, etc..) In that case I would stay clear. Sadly I feel too many people fixate on celebrities, they end up judging you or your child.
on July 25th, 2013 at 9:59 pm
I love the names Marley, Lucille and Charlize. They came to my attention because of Bob Marley, Lucille Ball and Charlize Theron, but they aren’t the reasons why I like the names (although I do really love Bob Marley and Lucille Ball, and I don’t have anything against Charlize Theron.) I would probably only use them in the middle spot because of the strong associations though.
A celebrity I would love to name a child after is Lauren Bacall, whom I ADORE. However, I feel like the name Lauren has been ruined, and it’s much to close to my own name… 🙁 Maybe Betty would be better!
Also, I thought of Sean Penn!
on July 26th, 2013 at 9:13 am
I don’t know I like a lot of names that celebrities have like:
Cody Robert-Cody Simpson
Liam James-Liam Payne
Niall James-Niall Horan
Louis William-Louis Tomlinson
Harry Edward-Harry Styles
Justin Drew-Justin Bieber
Taylor Daniel-Taylor Lautner
Taylor Alison-Taylor Swift
Chloe Grace-Chloe Grace Moretz
My favorite names are
1. Chloe Grace
2. Madeline Amelia (Maddie)
3. Samantha Breanna (Sam)
4. Charlotte Nicole (Charlie)
5. Danielle Mackenzie
1. Kellin James
2. Liam Easton
3. Benjamin Matthew (Ben)
4. Niall Christian
5. Louis William
I never knew of the names Kellin, Niall, or Louis ( pronounced Louie) until I found out about One Direction and Kellin Quinn in Sleeping With Sirens. Louis I’ve heard as Lewis from the character on Even Stevens but I like it so much more as Louie then Lewis. Kellin is a very nice name but just like Niall my mother doesn’t like it. I don’t understand. I like Kellin better than Niall though. Although they are both pretty names. I tend to get new names from celebrities and websites like nameberry though so that may be why I like their names.
on July 28th, 2013 at 4:45 am
I wouldn’t name my kids after celebrities, but there are plenty of names that I’d use that of course some celebrity shares. For example, James (Jimmy Stewart), Grant (Cary Grant), Thomas (Tom Hanks), etc. But I’d never go so far as Beckham or Madonna…
on July 28th, 2013 at 7:20 am
My husband and I wanted to give our daughter a name that came from both his side and my side. The only names on both sides were Mary and Elizabeth. Neither name felt right to us. Fortunately, Marion Cotillard was on the cover of Vogue that month, and helped us with our dilemma. Marion is a version of Mary that we both liked that felt contemporary. We also live near the Mediterranean Sea, so the name Marion’s meaning, star of the sea, was a cool bonus! While our child isn’t named after Marion Cotillard, her fame helped us in our name dilemma.
on July 29th, 2013 at 10:20 am
After celebrities I like: Zooey (Dechanel), Channing (Tatum), James (Stuart), Spencer (Tracy), Julie (Andrews), Betty (White), Tina (Fey), Elizabeth (Banks), Brad (Pitt),
After celebrities I dont really care for but whose names I like: Pippa (Middleton), Khloe (Kardashian),
After popular characters I like: Harry & Albus (Harry Potter), Malcolm, Simon, Shepard& Jayne (Firefly), Maeby (Arrested Development), Ender & Valentine (Ender’s Game), Logan, Wallace, & Veronica (Veronica Mars), Lemon & Avery (30 Rock)
Sooo yes. If its acceptable to name after people in your family that influenced you, and people throughout history that have inspired you, why not people that have entertained you?
on July 29th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
I wouldn’t necessarily say I named my son after a celebrity, but his name was influenced by a celeb–I have liked the name Jensen since high school because of my Scandinavian roots, but my husband didn’t consider it a real option until be became fans of Jensen Akles (whose daughter, incidentally, has the same nickname as our now 18 month old son Jensen Joshua–JJ). I also love the name Misha from a book series I read in high school, but I wouldn’t have even dreamed of suggesting it for our older boys and it is on the list for possible baby #4 thanks to Jensen’s co-star on Supernatural Misha Collins.
on August 29th, 2013 at 11:12 am
My husband and I have already used Elvis for our son (Elvis Michael) but if I had to do it again it would definitely be Jensen after Jensen Ackles, I adore that man!!!! If I had to do a girl it would be Beatrice NN Bea after Beatrice “Bea” Arthur
on November 7th, 2013 at 10:22 pm
I actually like Reese (for a girl – I think the Reece and Rhys spellings are more suited for a boy, though I don’t really like them all that much) and I don’t associate it that strongly with Reese Witherspoon – my first association is either a character in a book I read over the summer, or peanut butter cups. I like peanut butter cups. 😛
That’s probably what I would choose if I had to pick a celebrity name. Reese.
If I needed two, then maybe Reese Adele?
I do get the association with Adele but I don’t mind it, and Reese Adele is such a nice combo I never thought of before.
I also like North but it’s got too much association with little North West now I think (thanks a lot Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, sigh)
I don’t have an immediate celeb association for Penn. I do for Miley, definitely, and also Aaliyah. And I sort of thought of Ashton Kutcher as I read Ashton, but I don’t normally get that association.
I think it really depends on how unusual the name is.
on November 10th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
I would go with (if forced to) Jared (Jared padalecki) for a boy and…uhm…Angelina for a girl. I know nothing of Angelina Jolie but the name is pretty :). I’ve only heard good things about her so…
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:16 pm
I was named after a celebrity’s kid and a character. My name is Kaylee Mary, named after Hailie Jade Mathers, Eminem’s daughter. My father didn’t want his friends to be like, “Dude, you named your kid after Eminem’s daughter.”, so he switched the H for a K and spelt it different. My middle name is for Mary Poppins, my mom’s favorite Disney movie.
There’s also 2 other girls I’m close friends with, a Hailey Elizabeth and a Hailie Jade.
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:33 pm
Angelina from Angelina Jolie and Scarlett from Scarlett Johansson
on May 26th, 2014 at 9:34 am
Yes I would name my child after a celebrity I think it’s a nice thing to do. All of the names I love some of them after celebrity’s some not. But the ones that would be are:
Shannen- Shannen Doherty
Winona- Winona Ryder
Heather- Heather O’Rourke
Saoirse- Saoirse Ronan
leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.