Stars often help set the baby naming trends (see what the Kardashians did for white-hot boy name Mason). Or they provide names that are so offbeat we can't help but say, "Huh?" Here is our rundown of the most intriguing celebrity baby name choices of 2012.
Tennessee JamesReese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth named their son after her home state--and gave him the more classic James as a middle name, in case Tennessee feels too offbeat for whatever profession he chooses. But does anyone else expect this kid's going to be called TJ?
Sky Cole Actress Elizabeth Berkley and husband Greg Lauren took up the nature name trend by choosing this celestial name for their son. But it was a little brave of them to give Sky to their son--though the name is unisex, lately it's been seen more often for little girls. Cole is a cool name that's been in the top 100 for the past 20 years.
Emet Kuli We're still not quite sure where singer Lisa Loeb and husband Roey Hershkovitz found these two names--we're kind of digging the unusual spelling of Emmett, but Kuli seems destined for baby name obscurity.
Keeva Jane Actors Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof continued their streak of choosing offbeat names for their offspring, by choosing new name Keeva (a variant on Akiva, a Hebrew name that means "protected") and a more traditional middle name to go with it--Jane, which has become one of this generation's go-to middle names (along the lines of Marie, Lynn and Ann for kids born in the 1970s and 1980s).
Maxwell Drew Jessica Simpson and fianc? Eric Johnson went for a set of traditionally boyish names for their new daughter, though not without reason--the names were the surnames of their own mothers. The jury's still out on whether this'll work for a girl, as most critics worry about the unfortunate "Maxi" nickname.
Finn Davey Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's fourth child carries a cool name that means "fair-haired," and it is destined to be on the rise, thanks to their influence (and fan fave Finn Hudson from Glee). Davey is a personal homage to his mom, as Tori's middle name is Davey.
Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence The record for the longest celebrity baby name in 2012 (or, frankly, ever) went to Uma Thurman and fianc? Arpad Busson, who gave their daughter five names in addition to a hyphenated last name, for 19 full syllables. Although we could see the names Rosalind or even Florence making a comeback as part of the old-is-new baby name trend, this may be the first (and last) time we hear of Altalune.