The Best Celebrity Baby Names to Steal
Celebrity parents often set the trends for the year’s newest and coolest baby names. Sometimes, they go for classic names or bring back a name from obscurity, but more often than not, we can count on the stars to bring creativity and coolness to the baby-naming table.
Of all the celebrity babies born in recent years, these are the most interesting and, dare we say, weird baby names we’ve seen so far.
Actors Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song welcomed a baby boy on April 5, 2021.
They decided on Dakota to honor Culkin's late sister, who died in a car accident in 2008. The couple met on the set of "Changeland" and have been together since July 2017.
"Hamilton's" Leslie Odom Jr. and his wife, Nicolette Robinson, welcomed their second child on March 25, 2021.
Born Able Phineas, the baby is already being called Abe.
Hilary Duff gave birth to her second child with husband, Matthew Koma, on March 24, 2021.
Mae James Bair joins older sister Banks (whose name is already on this list) as well as Duff's son, Luca Cruz, from a previous marriage.
Sylvester Apollo Bear is the name of model Emily Ratajkowski's first child with her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, although she's already calling him Sly.
"Sylvester Apollo Bear has joined us Earth side. Sly arrived 3/8/21 on the most surreal, beautiful and love-filled morning of my life," she wrote on Instagram.
Actress Mandy Moore welcomed her first child, August "Gus" Harrison, with husband Taylor Goldsmith on Feb. 23, 2021. Amazingly punctual, little Gus arrived right on his due date, Moore posted on Instagram.
And this name must be especially popular this year, as Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie also gave her son, who arrived on Feb. 9, the name.
On Dec. 27, 2020, actress Emma Roberts reportedly gave birth to her first child, Rhodes, with boyfriend, Garrett Hedlund. Roberts has been very open about her pregnancy, becoming the first-ever star to pose pregnant for the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Of Greek origin, Rhodes is a boy's name that means "where roses grow," but it likely reminds most people of the prestigious scholarship of the same name.
Ashlee Simpson and husband, Evan Ross, welcomed their second baby together on Oct. 29, 2020. Ziggy Blu Ross is Simpson's third child, joining his sister, Jagger, and brother, Bronx (whose dad is Simpson's ex-husband, Pete Wentz).
Ziggy is of German origin and means "victorious peace."
Singer Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom announced the arrival of their baby daughter, Daisy Dove Bloom, on Aug. 27, 2020.
Daisy, of course, is the ultimate flower name that means "day's eye." The lead female character, Daisy Buchanan, in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" guarantees it's a name that will never go out of style.
Also born in late August 2020 was Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran (say that three times fast!). She's the first child of singer Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry Seaborn.
This musical name means "lyre, harp" in Greek and is rather fitting for a babe who's almost guaranteed to have at least some of her dad's talents. Lyra also happens to be a small constellation.
Singer Ciara gave birth to her son, Win Harrison Wilson, on July 23, 2020. This is her third child with football-star husband, Russell Wilson.
With a name like Win, he's well on his way to continuing in the family's success!
It's been a whirlwind few years for singer Joe Jonas and actress Sophia Turner after their surprise Las Vegas wedding in fall 2019.
Their latest news was the birth announcement of their daughter, Willa Jonas, on July 22, 2020. We love this name that's also the feminine form of William.
"The Bachelor" star Bekah Martinez welcomed her second baby with boyfriend Grayston Leonard on June 19, 2020.
Baby boy Franklin James was born at home via water birth, and his parents finally came up with a name five days later. "Frankie J" is a nickname we can get behind.
"Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint and his longtime girlfriend, Georgia Groome, announced the birth of their daughter, Wednesday Grint, in early May 2020.
Wednesday is a day name that will forever be tied to the oh-so-cool Wednesday Addams character in "The Addams Family."
This gender-neutral name is all the rage these days, especially for baby girls.
Soccer star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco certainly followed the trend, naming their baby girl Charlie Elena Carrasco. She was born on May 7, 2020, and is the couple's first child.
Actors America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams welcomed their second child, Lucia Marisol Williams, on May 4, 2020. We love this bilingual baby name just as much as Ferrera’s first baby’s name, Sebastian, which also appears on this list.
The actress announced the baby’s birth on Instagram alongside an inspiring message: “Quarantine may have canceled her baby shower, but it didn’t stop us from collecting and delivering essential supplies to #YesWeCanMobileSchools.”
X Æ A-Xii
OK, we admit that this may not be your first choice for a baby name, but it was so bizarre, we couldn't not include it. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and singer Grimes welcomed their baby boy in early May 2020.
They initially named him X Æ A-12 Musk but changed it later in the month to X Æ A-Xii Musk to include the Roman numeral "Xii," likely because California law states that names can only use the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language.
And here's our understanding of why they chose the name: "Æ" is the Elven spelling of AI, or artificial intelligence, and the word for "love" in several languages. A-12 is the precursor to SR-17 (the couple's favorite aircraft). And the "A" in the name represents "Archangel," which Grimes has described as her favorite song.
Actress Chloë Sevigny gave birth to her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic on May 2, 2020.
The couple gave their son the unique moniker of Vanja Sevigny Mackovic and wished "blessings to all the other families giving birth during this time."
In late April 2020, Anderson Cooper welcomed a son via surrogacy and named him Wyatt Morgan Cooper after his father.
“As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth,” he wrote on Instagram when he announced the baby’s birth.
Carson Daly and wife Siri Daly welcomed the newest member to the Daly clan — Goldie Patricia Daly — in late March 2020, wearing masks. Daly thanked the "incredibly brave and selfless medical staff at our hospital in New York and also the many courageous people on the front lines of this dreadful virus," in an Instagram post.
The couple has three other children together: Jackson James, Etta Jones and London Rose.
Leave it to country musician Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins to name their baby girl a very-cool, gender-neutral name that, of course, reminds us of the late Beatle, John Lennon.
The couple welcomed Lennon Love Akins on Feb. 10, 2020, and she joins two older sisters in this now family of five.
DJ Khaled and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their second baby boy on Jan. 20, 2020.
He revealed the baby’s name on stage at the Grammy’s when he accepted the Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammy for “Higher.” He said, “I just had a new baby boy a week ago. His name is Aalam. It means ‘the world’ in Arabic.”
Also on Jan. 20, 2020, singers Christina Milian and Matt Pokora welcomed their baby boy, Isaiah.
This name has been quite popular for the past 20 years, hovering around No. 50 in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list of top baby names since 2000.
Model Ashley Graham and her husband, Justin Ervin, had a baby boy on Jan. 18, 2020, and named him Isaac.
The first plus-sized swimsuit model to be featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated,” Graham has spoken very honestly about her postpartum body and recovering from pregnancy.
“American Idol” alum Josh Gracin has been singing the praises of his new son, Luka, who was born on Jan. 13, 2020. This is Gracin’s fifth child, but the first with his wife, Katie.
The name Luka is still relatively unique, ranking No. 320 on the SSA list. Let’s just say it’s much less common than the more popular, Luke, which ranks No. 29 or Lucas, a common bilingual name.
Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, stars of “Little People, Big World,” just welcomed their second child on Jan. 8, 2020.
They named their son Bode, pronounced “Boh-dee,” because it means, “messenger." Audrey wrote on Instagram, “We pray for our Bode to be a messenger of the Gospel. That his life would be a message of hope, truth and love to many.”
Also on Jan. 8, 2020, “Arrow” actor Josh Segarra and his wife, Brace, had their second baby boy.
The couple named him Hank, often considered a nickname for Henry, but it’s been holding its own in recent years.
“The Voice” alum Craig Wayne Boyd and his wife, Taylor, welcomed their third son together, Boston, on Jan. 3, 2020.
Boston joins Brooklyn, Paris and Austin as another popular place name.
Happy New Year! “Teen Mom OG” alum Ryan Edwards and his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, welcomed their daughter, Stella, on Jan. 1, 2020. She’s the fourth child in this blended family.
Stella means, “star,” in Latin and has been growing in popularity in recent years, currently ranking No. 38 on the SSA list.
Actress Cameron Diaz and Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden announced on Jan. 3, 2020, that they welcomed a baby girl in late 2019.
While the couple shared her name, Raddix, on Instagram, they requested privacy and said they won’t be posting any pictures of their new babe any time soon.
Rapper Ray J and Princess Love welcomed a baby boy, Epik, in late 2019. Love made the announcement via Instagram on Jan. 1, 2020.
With a name like “Epik,” this boy has some big shoes to fill.
“Grey’s Anatomy” actress Caterina Scorsone and her husband, Rob Giles, shared pictures of their new baby girl, Arwen, in late December. She’s the couple’s third daughter.
The name, Arwen, is of Welsh origin and means “noble maiden.”
Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman gave birth to a baby girl, Cassie, on Dec. 17, 2019. This is Iman’s second child with her husband, football player Sterling Shepherd.
A diminutive of Cassandra, Cassie means “prophetess.”
“Orange Is the New Black’s” Danielle Brooks has lots to celebrate. She welcomed her baby girl, Freeya, on Nov. 16, 2019.
And then she rang in the New Year, announcing her engagement to football player Dennis Gellin.
Aksel and Asher
Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, a professional volleyball player and model, welcomed twins on Nov. 8, 2019. The boys, Aksel and Asher, join two brothers, Easton and Nash as well as Bode’s children, Dace and Nate, from previous relationships. These new members of the family have been a big part of helping the couple heal from the tragic drowning of their daughter in 2018.
Aksel (often spelled Axel) is of Norwegian origin and means “the father of peace,” while Asher means “fortunate, blessed, happy one,” and is of Hebrew origin.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr and her husband, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, welcomed their second child together on Oct. 15, 2019. Baby boy Myles joins his older brother, Hart (also on this list), and Flynn, who Kerr had in a previous relationship with Orlando Bloom.
This spelling of Miles is certainly more unique for a name that’s climbing the SSA baby. name charts to a current ranking of No. 98.
Football player Cam Newton and Kia Proctor welcomed their fourth child together on Oct. 14, 2019.
They named their son Cashmere, a word name that is associated with the soft, luxurious feel fabric.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole Johnson, are now a family of five after welcoming their third son, Maverick, on Sept. 9, 2019.
The name Maverick means “independent, nonconformist” and currently ranks No. 73 on the SSA list. And who doesn’t love Tom Cruise’s character in “Top Gun”?
Actress Keira Knightley and husband, musician James Righton secretly welcomed their new daughter in late August or early September. Delilah joins her older sister, Edie, as the couple’s second child.
The Hebrew girl’s name, Delilah, means “delight or to flirt.”
Bruce is quite the mature name for a baby boy, but it’s exactly what actress Krysten Ritter and musician Adam Granduciel named their son, who was born on July 29, 2019.
Perhaps the “Jessica Jones” star is paying tribute to another superhero character (or alter ego): Batman’s Bruce Wayne?
“Real Housewives of Orange County” alum Gretchen Rossi and her husband, Slade Smiley, welcomed their new baby girl, Skylar, on July 10, 2019. The two revealed their pregnancy on “The Doctors,” after going through a vasectomy reversal and several rounds of in vitro fertilization. Their daughter joins older brothers, Gavin and Grayson, whom Rossi had from previous relationships.
The name, Skylar, is Dutch for “scholar,” and it currently ranks No. 50 on the SSA list.
On July 8, 2019, actor Mario Lopez and his wife, Broadway dancer Courtney Lopez, welcomed their third child together, a boy named Santino.
The Italian name means “little saint” and is still quite unique in the U.S., ranking No. 524 on the SSA list.
“Spy Kids” actress Alexa PenaVega and Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega revealed that they are now a family of four on July 2, 2019. Their newborn baby boy, Kingston, joins his older brother, Ocean.
Quite a regal-sounding name, Kingston literally means “king’s town.” Musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale also chose the same name for their first-born son.
Danielle Fishel (of “Boy Meets World” fame) and her husband, Jensen Karp, had their first child one month early on June 24, 2019.
They named their baby boy Adler, which is of German origin and means “eagle.”
The late basketball star Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa welcomed Capri Kobe Bryant on June 20, 2019 — the fourth #mambacita after sisters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka.
The island of Capri is the inspiration for this Italian girl name.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his wife, Kayla Rae Reid, named their second child Liv Rae Lochte. She was born on June 17, 2019.
Liv, short for the ever-popular Olivia, first emerged on the SSA list in 2011 — and has been climbing steadily ever since.
Born via surrogate on May 9, 2019, Psalm joined siblings Chicago (also on this list), Saint and North in the Kim Kardashian–Kanye West clan.
Like his siblings, Psalm’s name is typically a word name and isn’t common on any of the baby name charts.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated — and surprising — baby names of 2019: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The first child for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and seventh in line to the throne, the baby boy was born on May 5, 2019.
Typically short for Archibald, Archie has Germanic roots and means “truly brave.” In the U.S., the name peaked way back in the 1890s. Get ready for it to zoom up from No. 992 on the SSA chart, where it landed in 2018, having never broken the Top 1,000 chart before.
Comedian Amy Schumer is not one to do the expected — and so it goes with the name of her first child, Gene Attell Fischer, a boy also born on May 5, 2019. Although Schumer and husband Chris Fischer have not officially explained their choice, the middle name appears to be in honor of fellow comedian Dave Attell.
Gene is a unisex name that doesn’t currently rank in the SSA’s Top 1,000 list. A diminutive form of Eugene, which means “noble” or “well-bred,” the name peaked in the 1930s.
Bernadette is an old-fashioned name of German origin that, like so many, is making a comeback. You might blame the popularity of Maria Semple’s 2012 book, “Where'd You Go, Bernadette?”
Food Network star Molly Yeh chose it for her daughter, born March 30, 2019, as a tribute to the family trees. She is named after Yeh’s husband, Nick Hagen’s, great-great grandfather Bernt, Yeh’s great-grandfather Bernard and her maternal grandmother Rosemary.
On March 19, 2019, actor David Henrie and his wife, Maria, welcomed Pia Philomena Francesca Henrie, their first child.
It’s a Latin name, meaning “from Mount Olympus" — and it also has meaning in Hindi as “beloved” or “pious.”
Jessica Simpson’s daughter, Birdie Mae Johnson, also born March 19, 2019, is not the first celebrity Birdie — there’s also Busy Philipps’ daughter, Birdie Leigh, and soap opera actor Maura West’s daughter, Birdie West.
These three celebrity babies share a perky little name that peaked way back in the 1880s — and which is derived, obviously, from “bird.” This is Simpson’s third child with husband, Eric Johnson.
Ever is one of those unisex names that manages to feel fresh every time you hear it. On March 18, 2019, HGTV star Leanne Ford and husband Erik Allen Ford chose it for their first child, a daughter, Ever Allen Ford.
A word name, Ever means, per her parents, “always and eternal.”
The name Rise doesn’t really show up on any of the usual baby name sites — and that, perhaps, is the point.
Mother and soap opera star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood told People that she and her husband, Elan Ruspoli, chose the name Rise Harlen Ruspoli for their son, born March 4, 2019, “Because, to us, Rise means growth, the simplicity of moving forward.”
Actress Janet Montgomery and boyfriend Joe Fox welcomed baby girl Sunday Juno Fox on March 1, 2019.
As a baby name, Sunday typically applies to girls — as do Tuesday and Wednesday. And, obviously, it refers to the day of the week.
L-O-L-A Lola. For anyone who’s heard the Kinks’ song, it’s hard not to hear the name Lola without the accompanying melody and lyrics.
Singer Robin Thicke and April Love Geary welcomed Lola Alain Thicke on Feb. 26, 2019. The otherwise sweet and feminine name means “lady of sorrows” in Spanish — and it’s been rising in popularity for the last decade or more.
Navy Rome Williams was born Feb. 4, 2019, to country music singer Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean.
This could easily be a name for both genders and could be interpreted as a color name or as a way to honor the military.
Winston is an old-fashioned boy name that peaked back in the 1940s, and has climbed aggressively in the past decade, peaking — thus far — at No. 402 on the SSA list. Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge and husband, Caleb Followill, a musician and member of Kings of Leon, chose it for their son who was born on Jan. 29, 2019.
Winston is an English name that means, not surprisingly, “wine’s town” — and is most famously associated with Winston Churchill.
Violet is another old-fashioned baby name making a comeback, creeping up to No. 43 on the SSA list in 2018, after basically disappearing in the ’70s and ’80s. Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten — most famous for “Fight Song” — became the latest celeb to add to the sheen when she gave birth to Violet Skye Lazan on Jan. 26, 2019.
As a name, Violet means both the purplish color and the flower of the same name.
The name Leafar might strike you as wholly unique, and while it’s definitely not common, there are at least two of them: Leafar Seyer (a.k.a. Rafael Reyes), husband of tattoo artist and cosmetics mogul Kat von D, and their son, Leafar Von D Reyes, who was born in December 2018.
Leafar — and the related Leafer — are what baby name site Nameberry would call “modern inventions.” But it does have a nice ring to it.
Westlyn Reign Brolin was born Nov. 4, 2018, to actor Josh Brolin and his wife, Kathryn Boyd. (Brolin has two other adult children, Trevor and Eden).
Westlyn is considered a made-up name — a combination of West and a common girl name ending, -lyn or -lynn. They call her “Bean.”
Actress Hilary Duff gave birth to her youngest, a girl, on Oct. 25, 2018, giving her the truly unique, gender-bending name Banks.
As a boy name, Banks means “one who lives on the hillside or riverbank" and is a surname of English origin.
Princess Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, welcomed Arthur Michael William Matthews on Oct. 15, 2018, along with her husband, James Matthews. While the child is not technically a royal, baby Arthur shares a name with his cousin, Prince Louis Arthur Charles. Arthur is also both Prince Charles’ and Prince William’s middle name.
In the U.S., Arthur is a distinctly old-fashioned name, bringing to mind King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table — and it’s Celtic for “bear.” But the name has been creeping back up the charts, so far peaking in 2018 at No. 230 on the SSA list. Get ready for a royal-related surge to come.
Kate Hudson’s name choices have always been unique and inspired — Ryder Russel Robinson, born in 2004, and Bingham Hawn Bellamy, born in 2011. Her third child, a girl born on Oct. 2, 2018, to Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, is no different: Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa. She was named in honor of her grandfather, Ron Fujikawa.
Not surprisingly, Rani (pronounced “Ronnie”) doesn’t appear on any Top 100 lists, but it’s not unheard of. In Hindi, it means “queen” or “she is singing.”
A bold choice for a boy’s name. Francesca Eastwood — daughter of Clint — gave birth to Titan Wraith Eastwood on Sept. 16, 2018. Titan’s father is model Alexander Wraith.
Titan, clearly, come from Greek mythology — and the name itself means “defender.” While not a popular name, it made the SSA Top 1,000 list about seven years ago.
Actors Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano managed to have a baby toward the end of August 2018 without the tabloids knowing for almost an entire month. Her name? Alma Bay.
Alma is an old-fashioned, resonant name, popular in the late 1800s. In Latin, it means “nurturing,” but it’s also Spanish for “soul.”
Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch gave birth to Rhys James Carney on Aug. 28, 2018 — alongside her now-husband, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. (Branch and Carney later married in April 2019). It’s worth noting that Branch’s older daughter, from a previous relationship, also has a gender-bending name: Owen.
As a boy name, Rhys is Welsh for “ardor.” (There’s also Reese and Reece, but Rhys is the traditional spelling). It first showed up on the SSA chart of top 1,000 names in 2004 and has been steadily climbing ever since, hovering in the 400s — familiar, but not too popular.
Zac Brown Band musician Clay Cook welcomed his second child with wife Brooke on Aug. 22, 2018. Cook shared an adorable and snug baby photo of his new son Theron Maine. A day later Brooke revealed his nickname to be “Teddie.”
We were surprised to see the name Theron in the top 1,000 boys’ names from 1900 through the early 1990s when it fell off the list. We just thought it was actress Charlize’s last name, and here it’s been all along, living its own life. Pronunciation will be the next question if you choose this name, but here’s how Charlize pronounces her last name (HINT: it’s There-IN, not There-ON).
“Parenthood” star Erika Christensen and husband Cole Maness welcomed their second daughter on Aug. 10, 2018. The actress revealed via Instagram that the baby girl came so quickly her husband performed the delivery — and they named her Polly.
Since the early 1900s, the name Polly was a reliable regular in girls’ names, but then it fell out of popularity in the late 1970s. We love the name, which feels bright and optimistic but also not too sunny to start a revolution. Two alternative spellings include Polli and Pollie.
Supermodel Chanel Iman and husband NFL wide receiver Sterling Shepard also welcomed a baby girl on Aug. 10, 2018. Iman shared a photo and revealed her daughter’s name, Cali Clay, via Instagram.
The name Cali has long been a nickname for names like Calliope and Calista and even for the golden state of California. Cali began to stand on its own as a first name in the late ’90s, however, and became the No. 288 girl name in 2017. Alternate spellings also made it into the 2017 name favorites — Callie at No. 188 and Kali at No. 299. The name is certainly short and sweet, which means it comes with the perfect amount of nickname pizazz.
Chef and cookbook author Dean Sheremet and fiancée Vanessa Black welcomed a new baby named Atlas Wilding on Aug. 5, 2018. The couple introduced their new son and shared some beautiful family photos via Instagram.
The name Atlas is Greek in origin and hit the top 1,000 boys' names in 2013 at No. 778. In 2017, the name had jumped to No. 329. Such a cool and fearless name, we wonder why it took this long to find popularity, but we can certainly see why it has.
“Haven” and “24” actor Eric Balfour and wife Erin became parents on Aug. 2, 2018. Balfour showed off his first child, a boy named Oliver Lion, via Instagram.
Oliver is one of those old-school names that’s made a serious comeback and even surpassed its vast popularity from back in the early 1900s. In 2017, Oliver, which is English in origin, was the No. 9 name in the U.S. for boys. The name has remained in the top 1,000 boys' names for more than 100 years, so we’re pretty sure that makes it a classic.
Singer Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato welcomed their third child and first baby girl on July 25, 2018. Lopilato introduced their daughter Vida by sharing a precious photo on Instagram.
The name Vida was at the height of its popularity way back in 1903, when it ranked at No. 320. After that, the name steadily declined and eventually fell off the top 1,000 list in 1946. Vida comes from Spanish origin, meaning “life.” Vida is a pretty uncommon choice today, if you want a girls’ name that is unique, and the name also has a delightful meaning and a mighty energy.
It’s a girl for “Imposters” actor Parker Young and fiancée Stephanie Weber. Jaxon Orion was born on July 19, 2018, and her proud dad showed off his baby daughter on Instagram.
The name Jaxon has been growing in popularity for boys since 1997. In 2017, it was the No. 44 name for boys, and several variations, including Jackson, Jaxx, Jaxxon, Jaxen, Jaxton, Jax, Jaxson and Jaxon made the top 1,000 names for boys as well. For girls, however, the name Jaxon hasn’t hit the same popularity, and so far, it hasn’t even ranked in the top 1,000 names. We adore this pick for parents who love the trend of using traditionally “boy” names for girls.
Rappers Cardi B and Offset announced the arrival of their baby girl and first child together. Kulture Kiari Cephus was born on July 10, 2018. The outspoken songstress (sort of) explained the couple’s name choice via Twitter by saying, “Kulture ... anything else woulda been basic ... Okrrrrr.”
The name Kulture is anything but basic; that’s for sure. Parents inspired by this creative spin on the word “culture” definitely don’t have worry about it becoming common.
On July 2, 2018, pro NBA player Steph Curry and wife Ayesha officially added a third child, and their first son, to the family. Dad Curry took to Instagram a few days later to introduce the world to his son Canon W. Jack Curry.
The name Canon with one “n” hasn’t shown up on the top 1,000 baby names list in the past 100 years. However, Cannon, the double “n” version of the name, is currently climbing in popularity, first hitting the list in 2003 at No. 884 and since then rising in popularity to the No. 549 spot in 2017. The “K” version, Kannon, makes current lists as well. We think it’s a handsome boy’s name no matter how you spell it, but try the single “n” version if you want the most unique spelling.
Famed “Fixer Upper” couple Joanna and Chip Gaines welcomed baby No. 5 on June 23, 2018. The proud mom shared some beautiful family photos, as well as the new baby boy’s name — hello, baby Crew! — via Instagram.
The name Crew is still shiny and new, as it didn’t show up in the top 1,000 list until 2011. Since then, Crew had its best year in 2014 at No. 685, and it still made the list in 2017 at No. 712. It’s a nice, simple, monosyllabic name that boasts “cool” factor for boys, yet it’s not overly popular if you’re looking for a solid name that’s a little different.
Actress Brigitte Nielsen became a mom for the fifth time at age 54. Nielsen and husband Mattia Dessi welcomed their daughter Frida on June 22, 2018. “Our precious little Frida,” Nielsen wrote on Instagram, “our true love.”
Frida, also spelled Freda or Frieda, didn’t hit the baby name popularity charts until 2001. In 2003, the name’s biggest year so far, Frida was ranked No. 648 for girls. Even so, the name is still plenty out of the ordinary and brings with it the artsy character of its famous namesake, painter Frida Kahlo. If you like Frida, you may also like Freya.
A new baby boy arrived on June 19, 2018, for actress Eva Longoria and husband José “Pepe” Bastón. This is Longoria’s first child, but Bastón has three older children. On her Instagram, the new mom shared a photo captioned: “Hello world! I introduce to you Santiago Enrique Bastón. Thank you everyone for showering my baby boy with all your warm wishes!”
Santiago is Spanish in origin, and it’s the name of Chile’s capital and largest city. As of late, the name has become wildly popular in the U.S., and Santiago ranked No. 93 for boys in 2017. It’s an endlessly gorgeous name fit for boys as well as a few extraordinary girls.
“Dawson’s Creek” and “Pose” actor James Van Der Beek announced baby No. 5 with wife Kimberly via Instagram. Their daughter Gwendolyn was born, via home birth, on June 15, 2018.
The name Gwendolyn, which is of Welsh origin, last peaked back in 1953, when it came in at No. 112 in the U.S. It then dipped significantly in the ’90s, only to climb to back to No. 566 in 2005 and even higher to No. 379 in 2017. We get why Gwendolyn didn’t fare well in the ’90s. It’s a classic, after all, and we think the 2010s are better equipped to handle this long and strong name.
Actress and The Real Girl's Kitchen blogger Haylie Duff gave birth to a baby girl on June 5, 2018. This is Duff’s second daughter and her first child with fiancé Matt Rosenberg. Duff announced her daughter’s name via Instagram — welcome Lulu Gray!
The name Lulu is a sweet name for fans of vintage names. It was super popular way back in 1900 and then tapered off a bit, until it fell off the top 1,000 list in 1939. That means the name is ripe for the picking if you want a name that’s both old school and full of flair.
Actress Yael Stone, who plays Morello on “Orange Is the New Black,” and her partner Jack Manning Bancroft welcomed their first child together. Their baby girl is named Pemau Stone Bancroft, and she arrived on May 30, 2018. According to Stone’s rep, baby Pemau “was named after her great-great-great-grandmother who provides a powerful link to the past, the Bancroft’s oldest link to the Djanbun clan of the Bunjalung nation.”
The name Pemau is incredibly unique, and we didn’t find it on any of the popular baby name lists or sites. The name holds amazing meaning for this family and should inspire all expecting parents to dig into their ancestry for original names that can be reclaimed and reborn.
On May 29, 2018, actress America Ferrera announced, via Instagram, the birth of her first child, a son, with husband Ryan Piers Williams. “When two become three ... Welcome Sebastian Piers Williams — aka Baz!” Ferrera wrote. “Mom, Dad and Baby are happy, healthy and totally in love!”
The name Sebastian is Greek in origin, and it’s been absolutely living its best life over the past two decades. In 2017, the name ranked No. 22 for boys, and it can be a girl’s name, too, although it’s much less popular for girls. Alternatives to Sebastian include Sebastiane, Bastian, Sebastiano and Sebastiana, with the nicknames Seb, Baz or Bas.
Big congrats to “American Pie” actor Chris Klein and wife Laina Rose, who welcomed their second child and first daughter on May 26, 2018. On Instagram, the proud dad announced the birth of his baby girl and revealed her name to be Isla Rose.
The name Isla (pronounced EYE-lah) is Scottish, deriving from the pronunciation of Islay, an island off Scotland. And, of course, in Spanish, “isla” (pronounced EES-lah) translates to the word “island,” which is also used as a name — although much less frequently. Both make gorgeous girl names, but prepare for people to get it wrong, depending on which pronunciation they know. Whatever confusion the name may prompt, Isla isn’t going anywhere soon. The name climbed into the top 1,000 U.S. girls’ names in 2008, and in 2017, it ranked at No. 103.
Also on May 16, 2018, “American Housewife” actress Katy Mixon and fiance Breaux Greer welcomed their second child. Mixon’s rep confirmed the couple had a baby girl named Elektra Saint Greer.
The name Elektra, often spelled Electra, is often associated with the Greek mythological character or the Marvel Comics superheroine. Popularity of the name Elektra definitely climbed starting in the early 2000s, but it’s still relatively rare. It’s a bold and surprising pick for a baby girl.
Model Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend celebrated the arrival of a baby boy on May 16, 2018. Teigen tweeted her baby boy’s arrival, and later announced his name via Instagram: “Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens — We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”
“Every name we give to our kids will have a little bit of musical history," Legend told R29. "So Miles, of course, is the same name as the great Miles Davis."
The name Miles, which can also be spelled Myles as we saw on this list earlier, had its biggest year in 2016, when it ranked at No. 105. In 2017, it only slipped a little to No. 110. The name has a classic feel without feeling boring or overused. If you like the sound of Miles, but want to try something a little more unusual, opt for Milo, instead.
Fall Out Boy musician Pete Wentz and partner Meagan Camper celebrated the arrival of a baby girl on May 13, 2018. Wentz shared the happy news on Instagram: “So excited to introduce Marvel Jane Wentz. Feeling so grateful that she’s here ... annnnd she’s already ready to takeover the world.”
While the name Marvel is widely known as the popular comic book brand, it was also a fairly popular girl’s name in the early 1900s. Don’t be surprised, of course, if there’s a huge resurgence of the old-fashioned name very soon, as the new female-led “Captain Marvel” movie starring Brie Larson is due out in 2019. It’s a perfectly fantastic name for any little girl or boy feminist in the making.
Model Miranda Kerr has been busy these past few years. Her son, Myles, was already on this list, but she also gave birth to a baby boy, Hart, on May 7, 2018. This was Kerr’s second son and her first child with husband, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. The couple named the little guy Hart after Spiegel’s grandfather.
The name Hart was originally an English surname, and using surnames as first names is an awesome baby name trend that is bringing to light loads of uncommon names for both girls and boys. Hart hasn’t appeared in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. in the past 100 years, so this is a name to nab if you’re looking for a unique one.
On May 3, 2018, actors Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons welcomed their first child, a baby boy. The couple named their son Ennis Howard, according to the birth certificate obtained by The Blast.
The name Ennis has a sensitive cowboy vibe (think Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”), but it can also work as a down-to-earth girl’s name. Ennis had its heyday back in 1910 when it ranked at No. 586 for boys. Since then, the name’s been on a pretty slow decline, so it’s a wonderful vintage name to put back in play again.
On April 23, 2018, royal mum and dad Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped outside St. Mary’s Hospital to introduce the world to their third child, a new baby prince. A few days later we learned his name: Louis Arthur Charles (pronounced Lou-ee, according to how his Dad says Louis), or more formally His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.
Louis may be an uber-popular name for British and French babes, but it’s pretty adored throughout America, too. After all, Louis ranked No. 92 of all boys’ names in the past 100 years. Louis, similar to the name Harry, has a laidback nonchalance (especially when pronounced Lou-ee). And in this era of gender-neutral naming, we love Louis for a girl’s name as well, especially as a middle name.
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced via Instagram the birth of his second daughter with girlfriend Lauren Hashian. Little Tiana Gia was born on April 23, 2018, and her proud dad showed off a sweet photo of the two doing a little skin-to-skin bonding.
The name Tiana didn’t begin or end with the beloved Disney princess from “The Princess and the Frog.” In fact, Tiana really picked up speed back in the 1970s, peaked in 1995 and still made the top 1,000 girl names in 2017, at No. 658. It’s a pretty name with a sweet sound. For an alternate spelling, try Tianna or Tiyana. Tiana also makes a nice nickname for Christiana or Tatiana or can be shortened to the nicknames Tia or Ana.
Model Coco Rocha and artist James Conran announced the birth of their second child, a boy, on April 20, 2018. “My baby boy,” Rocha posted on her Instagram, “Iver Eames Conran. 7 lbs 10 oz of pure wonder.” Baby Iver Conran already has his very own social media account.
The name Iver is Scandinavian in origin. It’s a short but strong name that works for both boys and girls, and it remains unique with its limited popularity. In fact, Iver hasn’t peaked in popularity since its spike back in 1909, when it ranked No. 985 for boys. Other variations on Iver include Ivar and Ivor.
Congratulations are in order for “How to Get Away with Murder” actress Karla Souza and her husband Marshall Trenkmann. Souza announced the arrival of daughter Gianna on April 19, 2018. “Saturday Night Live” comedian Kenan Thompson and wife Christina Evangeline also welcomed a baby girl named Gianna this year. She arrived later in the year on July 31, 2018.
The name Gianna, which is Italian in origin, hit the top 1,000 girls’ names in the U.S. in 1989 and rose steadily until 2006. From 2006 to 2017, the name has remained in the top 100 names. A few similar names that ranked among the top 1,000 in 2017, include Giana (with one “n”), Gia and Giovanna.
Khloe Kardashian and boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Tristan Thompson, welcomed a baby girl on April 12, 2018. A few days later, Kardashian revealed via Instagram that they named their daughter, and Kardashian’s first child, True Thompson.
Grandmother Kris Jenner gave a little family history on the name True via Twitter: “My Grandfather’s name on my Dad’s side was True Otis Houghton....my real Dad’s name was Robert True Houghton...so I am so excited Khloe named her daughter True!!!”
True is a beautiful name for either a baby girl or a baby boy. The name is uncommon enough that it hasn’t made the the top 1,000 names for any year since 1900. We have a feeling, though, that we’re going to see this name popping up more in 2018 and beyond. True is also a fun nickname for Truman and can also be spelled Tru.
Singer Jamie Lynn Spears announced the birth of her second daughter, and first child with husband Jamie Watson, via People. Her daughter Ivey Joan arrived on April 11, 2018.
Between 2010-2017, the name Ivy (without an “e”) ranked No. 158 for popular girl names, and it hit No. 108 in 2017, the year it was at its most popular since 1900. Ivy isn’t just a name for baby girls either. In the 1890s, Ivy peaked as a boy’s name, so it might just be time for a comeback. For an alternate spelling, try Ivie.
It’s a baby boy for “Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe, who greeted their second child, Axel Strahl, on April 8, 2018. Baby boy Axel was certainly ready to enter the world. He couldn’t even wait for his mom to get to the hospital; instead, he decided to make his dramatic entrance in the lobby of his parents’ apartment building.
The name Axel is absolutely peaking in popularity right now, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. The only thing that could make it any cooler is if it caught on for baby girls, which is happening, according to Babycenter, albeit a lot less often. The name Axel, which is Hebrew in origin, was most popular in 2017, when it hit No. 105 for boys.
Interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent added to their growing family when their second child was born, via surrogate. On March 26, 2018, the two proud dads welcomed Oskar Michael, who was actually named in honor of Berkus’s former partner Fernando Bengoechea, who died tragically in the Sri Lankan tsunami in 2004. Oskar was Bengoechea’s middle name.
The name Oskar (with a “k”) is the Scandinavian, German, Polish and Slovene form of the name Oscar, and the “k” spelling is definitely more obscure. In fact, Oscar (with a “c”) has to be one of the most steadily popular boys’ names. It’s been one of the top 250 names in the U.S. since way back in 1940, and in 2017, it still ranked at No. 192. Choose this name with the “k” spelling for a name that’s brave, robust and long-lasting.
In a home-movie-style Instagram post on Mother’s Day 2018, singer Macklemore announced the birth of his second daughter with wife Tricia Davis. Their new daughter Colette Koala arrived a few months earlier on March 16, 2018.
Colette is a beautiful French-inspired name that’s gotten some steady love over the past century. The name Colette was most popular in the year 1966 when it ranked at No. 372. The name is much more uncommon these days, as it ranked No. 531 in 2017. Her middle name, Koala, on the other hand, is an amazing animal-inspired pick we haven’t seen yet.
It’s a boy for “The Post” actors Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts. The couple welcomed a son named Haskell on March 13, 2018. Letts’ paternal grandfather’s name was Charles Haskell Letts, so it is presumed that the baby was named after him.
The name Haskell likely got most of its play over the years as a surname, and so far it hasn’t struck any sort of popularity in the U.S. For this reason, it’s a unique pick, and it could be spelled Haskel as well.
“Jane the Virgin” and “The Last Ship” actress Bridget Regan and husband Eamon O’Sullivan welcomed a baby boy on Feb. 28, 2018. His name is Bernard Moon, and they’re going to call him “Barney.”
Both the names Bernard and Barney have awesome throwback appeal. The name Bernard has been falling in popularity since 1940 when it was ranked at No. 82. However, the name fell off the top 1,000 boy names in 2008. Barney was also fairly popular back in 1940 at No. 416, but it hasn’t been in the top 1,000 since 1976. Both names are definitely ready to make a comeback.
According to actress Hilarie Burton, her second child with husband “Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrived on Feb. 16, 2018. Burton introduced daughter George Virginia via Instagram in March.
First of all, there will never be enough baby girls named George. We love it. The year when the girls’ name George was most popular was back in 1930, when it ranked at No. 429. It has definitely slipped down in popularity since then, as it hasn’t ranked in the top 1,000 girl names in the U.S. again since 1955. There are some perfectly pretty alternatives like Georgia, Georgina and Georgette, but we just can’t help but love George. Just George.
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo announced, via Instagram, the birth of their second daughter. Gio Grace arrived on Feb. 15, 2018.
Gio is an adorable name for a little girl although it’s been more popularly used as a nickname for boys named Giovanni. Of course, using nicknames as official names is a fun trend for parents, too. The name Giovanni ranked No. 169 for boys in the 2000s, so there might be a few other Gios on the playground, but especially as a girl’s name, this one’s quite unusual.
Former pro swimmer Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole introduced their second son Beckett Richard to the world this year. Beckett was born on Feb. 12, 2018, and in more recent Insta postings, his dad has taken to calling him “Becks.”
The name Beckett, originally an English surname, peaked most recently in 2016, in the No. 213 position but then dropped to No. 226 in 2017. It’s also a lovely girls’ name but less popularly so. It remains to be seen if Becket will surge again, but it’s definitely among the hippest names of the 2000s.
On Feb. 8, 2018, “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul and wife Lauren announced via Instagram the arrival of their first child, a baby girl. Soon after that, the proud dad revealed his daughter’s name as Story.
Story is a perfect gender-neutral name for creative parents. It’s also a name that hasn’t ranked in the top 1,000 names since 1900, if ever, so it’s quite unique. According to Babycenter, the name Story has risen in popularity over the last decade, peaking in 2012 as the No. 1,931 name, but it’s still a very rare choice.
Jack and Lisa Osbourne welcomed their third daughter Minnie Theodora on Feb. 3, 2018. The proud mom shared the news of Minnie’s arrival with an adorable Instagram birth announcement.
Minnie was the No. 6 name back in the 1880s, so it’s a beautiful pick for parents who are partial to vintage names and want something a little more unusual. Of course, it’s a fun choice for all the Disney fans out there as well. It’s about time the adorable Minnie was pushed to the forefront. Theodora, another unique, old school name, is awfully cute, too.
On Feb. 2, 2018, Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife Vanessa Nadal welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Francisco Miranda.
The name Francisco, which is Spanish in origin, has a smart, urban quality. It ranked No. 259 in boy names in 2017. However, since 2001, when the name reached No. 137, it has been on a steady decline in popularity. That means Francisco might be a good pick if you’re looking for a name that’s becoming less common. Keep in mind, though, that Miranda has a reputation for making singular names (like Hamilton!) wildly popular, so no promises!
Kylie Jenner became a mom on Feb. 1, 2018. She confirmed the name of her baby girl with rapper Travis Scott via Instagram — and that’s when the world was introduced to Stormi. Jenner talked about the name choice in an interview with her sister Kim Kardashian for ES Magazine: “I didn’t really like just Storm — I didn’t feel like that was her name. So then it became Stormi. And it just stuck. I feel like there were a lot of other names that I might have even liked better to be honest, but I feel like Stormi picked her own name, like it was just her name.”
In the last century, the name Stormy (with a “y”) hit its highest popularity back in 1992, when it was ranked the No. 800 name for girls. This certainly means the name’s not as obscure as we thought. It definitely has a moody vibe to it, but also, it’s growing on us.
On Jan. 15, 2018, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby girl, via surrogate, and her name was soon after revealed to be Chicago, the city where her dad was raised. In July, Kim Kardashian shared via Instagram that they’re calling Chicago by the nickname “Chi” (pronounced “Shy”) and that her middle name is Noel.
The name Chicago is believed to be Native American in origin, so it’s rich in history. However, it has never ranked in the top 1,000 names in the U.S., which means it’s a rare one for both girls and boys. Of course, now that it’s been claimed by the Kardashian-West gang, it might just start to climb.