Celebrity Baby Name Inspiration
Celebs turn to the exact same places we do when they pick their baby's names—even if they end up with some pretty outlandish results. So whether it's a family name or inspired by a special place, check out the inspiration behind some of the most famous (and infamous) baby names out there.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were looking for a wholesome name for their first baby—and that's how they settled on Apple. "It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me—you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical," Gwyneth said on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds gave their daughter the new hot crossover name du jour, the usually boys' only James. But there's a good reason for their pick: "It's a family name, and I liked having a boy's name so I thought I'd pass it along," Lively shared on Good Morning America.
Pink and hubby Carey Hart loved the meaning behind their daughter's nature-themed name, Willow Sage. "It is the most flexible tree and nothing can break it—no wind, no elements. It can bend and withstand anything. I love that sentiment and I want that for her," Pink explained in an interview with Hello! magazine.
It was a dog that inspired the name Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler picked for their third child, daughter Saylor James. "We picked out this baby girl's name when I was pregnant with our first," Cavallari told Cricket's Circle. "I met a woman and her dog, and I loved her dog's name. Funny enough, it was the name she had picked out if she had a girl, but she had boys, so she used it for her dog instead."
Nicolas Cage's son's name was inspired by his favorite superhero's original name—Kal-El. "I remembered the old Superman comics, and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton," he told People. "So, I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique, and American—and that's all three."
While Kim Kardashian and Kanye West still haven't shared the inspiration behind their second child's name, Saint, mom Kris Jenner gave the scoop on how they picked their oldest daughter North's name. "North means highest power and [Kim] says that North is their highest point together," Jenner said on The View.
For Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll, there were two sentimental reasons behind the name Bear Blaze. "A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear, and he was everyone's shoulder to cry on, he was a big bear hug. He was just this great figure in my life, and I just always remembered him." As for Blaze, that's where things get really interesting. "My husband and I met in a house fire. The house burned down and we survived. But we wanted something of the fire, and so Blaze was the name that we came up with," Winslet said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard based their second daughter's name, Delta, on a joke. "Our first daughter's name is Lincoln, which is very masculine," Shepard said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "So, a friend of mine teasingly texted me: 'Oh, great! What's this one gonna be? Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?' I was reading this text out loud to Kristen. And I said, 'Oh, Louis Steve said what if we named her Delta?' Delta! Delta Bell Sheppard! That's it!'"
Henry Hager and Jenna Bush Hager always go through their family trees for baby names, but not always in ways you expect. Oldest daughter Mila was given a name that mushed together the first letters of their mothers' names, while younger daughter Poppy is actually given a name inspired by Jenna's grandfather (AKA former President George H.W. Bush), Poppy. "We are proud to name her after a man we so adore," husband Henry told TODAY.
Nick and Vanessa Lachey had an intriguing story behind their choice of Brooklyn for their daughter's name—she was conceived in New York City. However, the actual borough wasn't involved. "It was not in Brooklyn, per se, but we felt the Upper West Side didn't have a good ring to it and we wanted to pay an homage to New York," Lachey told People.
Tamera Mowry-Housley told the story of daughter Ariah's name on her website: "Before [my husband] and I were even married we stumbled across a shop named Araya. I stopped and immediately told him I loved the name and wanted that to be my future daughter's name. It was and is such a beautiful name. The only catch was that I wanted to spell her name phonetically, so people wouldn't mess it up and call her a-RAY-ya."
Olivia Wilde went old-school when it came to naming her son with Jason Suedekis. "He was named after Otis Redding. I've just always been a huge fan. I was a 10-year-old kid with posters of Otis Redding on my wall," she told People.
Alicia Keys has a deep, personal connection to her son's name: "I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown," Keys told Complex magazine. "I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs, and the pyramids. It was powerful. It was very Cleopatra. When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, 'Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn't that be amazing as a name?' Once he said that, I was like, 'Yes.'"
When it came to picking a baby name, Kelly Rowland let her hubby Tim Weatherspoon do it! "Tim said that's what he wanted the name to be, she told E! News. "I actually told him to name the baby. I gave him the complete responsibility because I did everything else! I pushed the baby, I carried the baby, I'm dressing the baby, I'm changing the baby. Everything else! So yeah, I'm like, 'You name the baby!'"