Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s New Baby Name Is…

Camden John Lachey. The couple welcomed their first baby yesterday, and chose white-hot celebrity baby name Camden for their son.

If you’ll remember, Camden was also the name chosen by The Hills’ Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, QB for the Chicago Bears, just last month.

Camden is a British place name that means “winding valley.” And there are several towns named Camden here in the U.S. (most infamously, the New Jersey city called Camden has the highest violent crime rate per capita in the U.S.). But more memorably, Camden is the name of the historic ballpark used by the Baltimore Orioles.

It’s a top 200 name for boys, and it’s one of those great unisex names that can work for girls as well (though at this point, it’s still more commonly used for boys).

The middle name John is a very traditional, Biblical one, and is also the first name of Nick’s father, giving it even more meaning for the couple. John means “God is gracious,” and is currently in the top 30 names in the U.S., after reigning supreme for centuries. It’s a name with a glorious lineage, from John the Baptist through John Lennon—so odds are, there’s a John out there to honor. It really adds a nice rhythm to the name, given that both Camden and Lachey are two-syllable names.

I think Nick and Vanessa made a lovely name choice, and I’m guessing with the influence of these two young celebrity couples—both Nick and Vanessa and Kristin and Jay—we’ll see a whole slew of Camdens entering kindergarten in about five years from now.

What do you think of the name Camden? Is it a name you’d consider for your son or daughter?

Don’t forget to share your baby-name questions with me—I’d love to hear from you in the comments, or at my e-mail address, lamilbrand (@)!

Photo: Vanessa and Nick Lachey by s_bukley /
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  1. by Kelsey

    On September 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    My son is almost 3 and he is Kamden Charles

  2. by Monica

    On September 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I name my Daughter Molly Louise almost 7 years ago & I still get compliments on her name!! Not trendy but traditional!

  3. by courntey

    On September 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    My son’s is in K and his name is Camdyn..It kind of makes me upset that is is becoming “trendy” now….I teach and had never heard it before I named him that.

  4. by Karen

    On September 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I have to laugh, because living in NJ this name makes me cringe. No one really researches names. I named my daughter for an island, but made sure I knew its background.

  5. by Demon

    On September 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    “Kamden” is a really nice baby name. I liked it… the meaning of “Kamden” is really Sweet…

  6. [...] “I am mostly thankful for my immediate and extended family,” Nick tells Celebrity Baby Scoop of his happy family life with Vanessa Lachey and their 1-year-old son Camden. [...]