Not-So-Crazy Celebrity Baby Names

It’s the Apples and Pilot Inspektors of the A-list celeb set that tend to steal all of the headlines. But there are plenty of stars who opt to give their kids names that won’t stick out on the playground—or make it harder for their future children to be taken seriously. (Just imagine if a resume for “Moon Unit” appeared on your desk!) Here are some celebrity couples who chose cool, yet still a little conservative, names for their offspring.

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Some baby naming experts believe that their decision to give their eldest the name Violet helped lead to that name’s current streak of popularity (it’s nearing the top 100)—and they paired it with the ultratraditional middle name, Anne. But their choices for their other children may prove to be just as trendsetting. Middle child Seraphina Rose Elizabeth has dual middle names, which is another strong trend we’re witnessing, and son Samuel Garner uses his mother’s last name as a middle name, an old-school naming idea that they could reignite.

Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew and Sarah went with James Wilkie for their oldest son—with James consistently ranking in the top 20 names in the country. Daughters Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge were born in 2009, and showcase those double middle name and last name as middle name ideas as well.

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli Jennie and Peter gave the name choices for their three daughters a decidedly Italian flavor: Luca Bella, Lola Ray and Fiona Eve. But even if your family isn’t Italian, you might fall in love with one of the choices.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard This acting duo chose two classic, yet slightly off-beat names for their daughters: Ramona is their oldest, and Gloria Ray was born earlier this year.

Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy This award-winning acting pair chose the names Sofia and Georgia for their daughters—choosing both an ultrapopular classic and a cool place name. And they paired both their daughters’ names with that stellar middle name, Grace.

Dean McDermott & Tori Spelling The names this duo chose—Liam Aaron, Stella Doreen and Hattie Margaret—would be just as popular in 1912 as they are in 2012. Look for their fourth child, due later this year, to have a similarly classic handle.

Photo: Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott by sbukley / Shutterstock

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