What's in a name? A whole heck of a lot! Let's take a peek at some of the most memorable names of the year.
This was a big year for celebrity babies, from reality royalty to real royalty. Check out our picks for the most memorable pop culture names of the year.
Girls' Names That Got Us Talking
North was the baby name pick for reality star Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kanye West. While the directional name provided fodder for late night comedians, I foresee a lot of Norths, Souths, Easts and Wests in the near future.
If you're looking for an offbeat place name, you couldn't do much better than the one chosen by Star Wars creator George Lucas and Mellody Hobson--they named their daughter Everest, as in the tallest mountain in the world.
Arya was the girl's name that made the biggest gains last year, thanks to the spunky and brave tomboy on Game of Thrones. Expect it and soundalike Aria to rise even further on the charts next year.
Luna, which means moon, has been on a steady climb ever since J.K. Rowling put it in the Harry Potter series--and it's likely to only get hotter after A-list pair Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem picked it for their daughter.
Word names were red hot among the celebrity crowd. Comedian Tracy Morgan and his fiancee Megan Wolliver picked the word Maven for their daughter (perhaps a variant on the upswing of Mavis), while actress Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein welcomed charming Cricket Pearl to join their daughter Birdie. But the most offbeat word name belongs to the daughter of former Playboy playmate Holly Madison--she chose Rainbow Aurora.
Lincoln has been on the rise for boys, in homage to one of the country's most revered presidents, but Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard brought it over to the girly side for their daughter.
Meanwhile comedian Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen Fallon, skipped the formal name and went right with the winning Winnie for their daughter. (If you like Winnie but want something more formal, try Winona or Winifred.)
And last--but certainly not least--gorgeous star pair Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum joined the "Ev" name trend by picking the name Everly for their daughter.
Boys' Names That Got Us Talking
George is the name of the most talked-about new arrival of the year--the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will likely be the king of England someday. The royals' chosen baby name is one of the most prominent in British royal history, and has become red-hot across the pond.
We're hearing "aces" all around! First Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson chose Ace Knute for their son, then Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez picked the Spanish variant of Matthew, Maceo, for theirs, which echoes that same winning suit.
Guns 'n' Roses frontman Axl Rose may have faded into a strange semi-obscurity, but his name has found a new generation of admirers, thanks to power couple Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who picked it for their A-list offspring.
Vince Vaughn resurrected an old-fashioned name, Vernon, for his son, to give him the same initials.
Hugh Grant and Chinese model/actress Tinglan Hong chose a cheerful name for their son--Felix Chang means happy and free. Meanwhile, Cutter Dykstra and Jamie-Lynn Sigler gave their handsome son a name that means just that--Beau.
It may not be a top 1000 name yet, but Stark has two pop-culture juggernauts to recommend it--Marvel Comics' Iron Man Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.), and the sexier sister to Lord of the Rings, HBO's fan fave Game of Thrones.
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