A to Z Guide to Celebrity Baby Names
Who knew that fruit could be a proper baby name? It was picked by (the now "consciously uncoupled") Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin for their daughter. (Though we prefer Clementine, as far as produce names go!)
Colors have long been part of the baby-naming universe (think Scarlett and Kelly), but Beyonce and Jay-Z paired true Blue with a botanical middle name, Ivy, for their little girl.
Actors Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy helped launch the trend toward two-syllable, "s"-ending names by picking this old-school moniker for their son, Cyrus Michael Christopher.
After giving big sister Lincoln the presidential treatment, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard went with this Southern belle classic (paired with Mama's surname Bell in the middle).
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes gave their daughter this melodious gem, and paired it with the middle name Amada.
Drew Barrymore skipped the formal Francesca in favor of the fun nickname Frankie for her daughter.
This Biblical classic was the perfect choice for the son of Neil Patrick Harris and Dave Burtka.
When Julia Roberts picked it for her daughter, it was labeled as a fusty, old-fashioned choice—but now that John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have given it to their daughter, it's considered fresh and modern. (The fact that it's the name of the heroine in The Fault in Our Stars doesn't hurt, either.)
This exotic place name pick is super fashionable in England, but could Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky help make it a hit here? (We love it paired with their choice of middle name, Rose.)
You can thank Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for making his surname a fashionable first name choice. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross paired it with the middle name Snow for their daughter, and Soleil Moon Frye picked it for her son.
Actors Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan picked this unique variant on the Celtic classic Caohime, a name that means "beautiful and precious," for their baby girl.
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves may have doomed their son to a lifetime of "Livingston, I presume" jokes by giving him this name.
Shakira and Gerard Pique picked this fashionable place name for their son (and helped it jump nearly 150 places in popularity).
It's the name that launched a thousand jokes, but hopefully North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, will grow to love her name.
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This fresh and fun floral name is another British favorite, and was chosen by True Blood actors Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, along with former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager.
This unisex name is pretty popular amongst celebs and the masses. Sharon Stone gave it to her son, while Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk used it for their daughter.
Singer Kelly Clarkson paired the poetic nature name River with the floral Rose for her daughter.
An ancient Hebrew name was the pick for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter. It means "tranquil."
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Reese Witherspoon made a sentimental place name choice when she named her son Tennessee James after the state where she grew up.
It's pretty easy to see where singer Usher got the inspiration to name his son.
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Leave it to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to make several stylish choices for their children's names. The A-listers helped bring Vivienne into vogue. (And we love the French name Marcheline in the middle.)
This boys' name has plenty of Old West swagger, but Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made it cool for girls by giving it to their daughter, paired with the more feminine Isabelle in the middle.
January Jones picked a stylish nickname for Alexander for her son. (It was used most famously for a member of Buffy's "Scooby Gang" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)
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Connie Britton's son, adopted from Ethiopia, bears this nickname for his given name, Eyob.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale named their son after a favorite beach in Malibu.