Picking a baby name can be hard. You have to look at spellings, nickname potential, and make sure it's a name that is suiting and transitional, not just a name that is cute for a baby, but one that can represent an adult too! Let's face it, we're all looking for inspiration when it comes to what to name our future children.
Are you expecting a child? Thinking about your future children, or just obsessed with unique baby names? Us too! More unique baby names have been on the rise in recent years, and today we're breaking down some perfectly unique baby names with celebrity inspiration, and a few that may have missed the mark! Let's be honest, celebrities aren't going with your typical, traditional names, they want their kids to stand out, and so do we! Have you ever heard a celebrity baby name and wondered the inspiration behind it, or what it means? We've got you covered.
So whether you're expecting a bundle of joy of your own, or waiting to see what Chrissy Teigen will name her son this June, or you just cashed in on the bet you placed for what Will and Kate would name their baby boy, read on to see 20 celebrity baby names that are perfectly unique and 5 that may have missed the mark.
25 Perfectly Unique - Story, Literary And Lulling
Aaron Paul, famous for his role of Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, and wife, Lauren Paul, welcomed a newborn baby girl earlier this year. The pair met at Coachella a few years back and have been inspiring relationship goals on Instagram ever since, posting adorable couple shots and taking to the 'gram to announce their pregnancy. The two announced they were expecting via Aaron’s Instagram in September 2017 and welcomed their daughter in February. Aaron and Lauren named their daughter Story Annabelle Paul. The two have posted the sweetest captions on Instagram about becoming parents. Aaron posted, “Her name is Story and each breath she takes makes me weak. The sounds she makes when she stretches and yawns are what I live for. Her sneezing and hiccups make me feel warmth like I have never felt.”
We love the name Story! It’s obviously literary and we love that about it, as well as how unique and different it is. Story is beautiful and lulling, reminding us of bedtime stories and seems almost fairytale-esque. According to Nameberry, Annabelle means loving. Annabelle also could be a literary cue, as the name appears in an Edgar Allan Poe poem. Either way, we’re loving this happily ever after story!
24 Perfectly Unique - Stormi, Soft And Simple
Kylie Jenner made headlines this year with the arrival of her daughter, Stormi Webster. Tabloids speculated for months if the 20-year-old star was pregnant or not, and she finally took to Instagram to post a message to her fans, "I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you're used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. [My] pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how." Kylie then posted her name reveal a few days later, Stormi Webster.
The name took the internet by storm, obviously. According to Elle, fans tweeted about the baby's arrival. One user tweeted, "it's gonna be a stromi day in north chicago with a slight chance of reign tomorrow." This tweet plays on several of the Kardashian-Jenner baby names. We actually like the name! If you're not a Kardashian, we suggest Stormy, instead of Stormi, as it is a little less bold and gives it a prettier handwritten look. It's actually quite whimsical when spelled a little differently. We wonder what nickname potential the name will have, maybe she'll shorten it to MiMi, like Aunt Koko.
23 Perfectly Unique - Willow, Whimsy And Wonder
Pink and Carey Hart are now the parents of two children, but we’re looking at their first child for name inspiration today. Back in 2011, Pink and Carey welcomed their daughter into the world and named her Willow Hart. Pink said this to People about motherhood, “When you watch this bundle full of love and light that’s untarnished and untainted by heartache and any of the numerous things that change you, it’s very healing. It’s a miracle.” Willow got a lot of attention when Pink posted an Instagram featuring her daughter earlier this week. In the ‘gram Willow is holding a copy of People Magazine. Pink captioned the photo, “So how does it feel Willow to be the most beautiful person in the world?” … “UMM, does it mean I get an extra dessert this week?” How sweet!
Willow is such a pretty, serene name. It brings forward imagery of willow trees and nature. The name is whimsy and breezy. According to Nameberry, the name is growing in popularity, falling in under the top 100 names for girls! We love this name and the fact that willow trees grow and so do kids! Pink has gotten a lot of attention for how she’s helping her kids grow to be strong, just like trees do.
22 Perfectly Unique - Forrest Bradley, Woodsy And Natural
This year, third-time parents Jessie James Decker and husband, Eric Decker, welcomed their second son into the world. The couple took to Instagram to announce the arrival of their son earlier this month, Jessie James Decker captioned a hospital photo, “Forrest Bradley Decker born March 31st weighing 9lbs. We are so in love.” Baby Forrest joins siblings Vivianne Rose and Eric. According to People, the country singer said this about being a mom, “It may sound old-school of me, but being a mom comes first.” Jessie is all about being a mom and being real about it, the star took to Instagram this week to post a postpartum body update, and told other moms out there to enjoy time with their newborns and not to worry too much about getting their pre-pregnancy bodies back. Jessie says this will be her last newborn baby, as their family is now complete.
We love the name Forrest. The name is classic, yet cute. According to Nameberry, Forrest is an English name that means “dweller in the woods.” The name isn’t super popular, which is another reason we’ve added it to our list, we think this one will increase in popularity soon, so you better snatch it up while you can!
21 May Have Missed The Mark - Strummer, A Naming Wonder?
Julia Stiles, famous for her roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, The Prince & Me, and The Bourne movies, and husband, Peter Cook, recently welcomed their first child, baby boy, Strummer Newcomb Cook. According to People, "The 36-year-old actress' son made his debut about a month after his parents tied the knot in what Stiles jokingly described as a 'shotgun wedding' on Instagram." The new mom is loving motherhood and took to Instagram to thank doctors and nurses upon his arrival, calling him an "utter joy."
The name Strummer doesn't seem to stick with us. It sounds like drummer, and the word strum is a verb for playing the guitar, so we're thinking it has some rockstar roots. According to Baby Name Science, it is a "very unique male name." Although we tend to like more unique names, this one just sounds like a noise, and less like a name. We're wondering if there's any nickname potential here, maybe just "Strum" for short, but even then, we're left wondering what the name really represents. We're sure he won't share the name with any kindergarten classmates and that might be a plus, but will he grow up to be a rockstar? Only time will tell for this little one.
20 Perfectly Unique - Ada James, Southern And Songful
Thomas Rhett, famous country singer and wife, Lauren Akins are relationship goals. Thomas Rhett recently released a new studio album, Life Changes, which is basically a fourteen song track love letter to his wife, who he met in second grade. The stars made headlines last year when they announced Lauren was pregnant with their first child and that they were adopting a baby too! Lauren captioned an Instagram photo in tribute to her family of four, "Well, life definitely changes. And my husband definitely knows how to crush an album. Gosh babe I could not be more happy to be doing life with you - especially through all of these crazy awesome #lifechanges."
We love this simple, sweet, Southern-sounding name! Ada James sounds songful, which is perfect being that her daddy is a country singer. You'll see a few others with the middle name James on our list, and we're loving the trend, especially for little girls; Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have a daughter named James as well, although they did use it for a first name. According to Nameberry, Ada means noble and James supplanter, or noble follower, and that's exactly what describes us when it comes to Thomas Rhett's music!
19 Perfectly Unique - Gunner, Warring And Willful
We all remember Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt from The Hills. In the past few years The Hills stars Heidi Montag, Kristin Cavallari, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port, and Audrina Patridge have all had babies, but don't be counting on too many play dates, as most of the cast didn't stay in touch. Today, we're looking at Heidi and Spencer's bundle of joy, Gunner Stone Pratt; he already his has his own Instagram account by the way! When it came to choosing a name, Us Weekly reported that Spencer said this about his newborn son, "He'll probably be a pitcher, so when Gunner steps to the mound, he's going to be gunning those throws down home plate. If he wants to be a skier, he's going to be gunning down those moguls. It just applies to a lot of sports."
While we don't necessarily agree that you should name your child based on sports references, we do love this name. Gunner is warring and willing; the name evokes power, as does middle name Stone. One thing is for sure, Heidi and Spencer sure have come along way since sitting in Spencer's car while Heidi emotionally revealed, "I took a pregnancy test." Only for it to be a test for him. Ah, MTV, please bring back The Hills.
18 Perfectly Unique - Willa Gray, Graceful And Fateful
Remember we said Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins adopted a baby too?! Well her name is on our list as well. Willa Gray is another beautiful, unique, songful name, and we love it! Thomas Rhett sings about his and wife, Lauren's, life changes on a track from his new album, "I remember the day I told my Daddy and Mama you're gonna have a grandkid, yep from Uganda, that's right, we're adopting and she is the cutest little girl that you've ever seen." According to People, "Lauren first met the 18-month-old, aptly nicknamed "Blessing" in her home country, in 2016 when Lauren visited Uganda with 147 Million Orphans. At the time, the couple had been trying to conceive without success and had just begun to discuss adoption." Thomas Rhett said this about a photo of Lauren and his future daughter, "Lauren has this amazing glow about her and it just felt like she was already our daughter in a weird way, I just blurted out, 'We should bring her home.'"
We love Willa Gray's name. According to Nameberry, Willa means "resolute protection." We love the songful sound of the name and the subtle variation of Willow, which reminds us of weeping willow trees in Georgia, where mom and dad are from.
17 Perfectly Unique - Tennessee James, Geographical And Classic
Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillippe, has been getting a lot of attention lately, whether for her modeling career or her crazy resemblance to her mom. Today, we're focusing on Reese's lesser known son, Tennessee James Toth. We like the idea of geographical names, as long as they're not the cliched London or Paris, and this one pays homage to Reese's Southern routes. People reports "When asked about the meaning behind her son and dog's similar geographical names (her German shepherd is called Nashville), Witherspoon - who was raised in Tennessee - joked, 'You think I want to go home? You think I miss it?'" Between her dog and son, Reese has got Nashville, Tennessee right in her backyard playing!
Again, we like the soulful feeling of a place for a name, there's something about Tennessee that feels so Reese. We also like the similarities in mom and son's end of names. Reese is responsible for the name's current revival. According to Nameberry, middle name James in on the rise too. James is currently the fifth most popular name for boys. We think James is too simple for a first name, but are loving it as a middle name, especially with all of the celebrity attention! James as a middle name shows up multiple times on our list of the perfectly unique celebrity baby names!
16 May Have Missed The Mark - Bear, Too Much To Bare?
Okay, this one may have missed the mark. Liam Payne is a former member of famous band One Direction and recently his life changed direction when he welcomed a bundle of joy into the world, with girlfriend Chery, a singer as well. The first time parents decided to name their baby boy Bear, and we don't know how to feel about it. Bear sounds cute, and we like the idea of calling a baby Baby Bear, but not as an actual legal name, but maybe as more of a cutesy nickname before the baby arrives. According to The Sun, Liam said this about his son's name, "The reason she chose Bear, in the end, was that Bear is a name that when you leave a room you won't forget. And I like that. When I look at him he is Bear. To be honest, at first I wasn't having it, I didn't understand it and I wasn't sure. Now I look at him and he is bear. It's mad." We're kind of siding with dad here; we're really just not having it!
According to Nameberry, "Bear is a boy's name of English origin...Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape." Again, we think this could be a cute nickname for someone named Bernard as a baby, but overall we just can't imagine meeting a grown man named Bear. Can you?
15 Perfectly Unique - True, Truly Beautiful Name, But An Irony Too?
This April, Khloe Kardashian made headlines when she gave birth to a baby girl; the internet, and world for that matter, knew she had wanted to be a mom for basically ever and her wish finally came true. Khloe had captioned an Instagram pregnancy announcement, "My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering." Fans gushed over this happy time in Khloe's life, until news broke that her baby's daddy, Tristan Thompson, may have been unfaithful this whole time; video footage surfaced of him with multiple women late last year. Khloe has kept hush since having her baby, only posting a shot of a room full of pink balloons, but no pictures of her bundle of joy, her baby girl, named True. We like the idea of this name but prefer the variation Truly, as a more whimsical alternative.
Twitter was quick to point out the irony of the Kardashian name choice, especially considering the fact that Tristan has been very untruthful with True's mama. According to Elite Daily, fans took to Twitter to say things like "True Thompson sounds like Khloe Kardashian got sick of answering questions about Tristan Thompson's cheating and just decided, 'My daughter's name is the answer. It's True'" (@OriginalFresca). One user tweeted this gem, "You can't name ur child what u want ur man to be!!!!!!!!" (@mRiah). Khloe has yet to show the world pictures of her new bundle of joy, we just hope mama and baby are true to each other.
14 Perfectly Unique - Iver, Unique And Sweet
How cute is this baby?! Like seriously, we can't. Model Coco Rocha recently took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her son, Iver Eames Conran. According to People, Coco is married to James Conran and this is their second child together; they also have a three-year-old daughter, Ioni James. Ioni James and Iver Eames? How cute! We're really liking baby names that start with vowels, as they tend to be unique and interesting, and Coco definitely picked two interesting names for her kids, and ones that match too!
Iver is not only a place in England but also the "surname" to famous American indie band Bon Iver. According to Slate, Bon Iver picked the name as a loose spelling of the French phrase "bon hiver," or good winter. We're not sure if the model is a fan of the band, but we do find it interesting that the name is really quite rare, and yet sounds so beautiful. Middle name, Eames, on the other hand, is a little more common. According to Nameberry, Eames means "son of the uncle" and is of English and Irish origin. We're loving this name and especially how similar brother, Iver Eames, and sister, Ioni James, names are!
13 Perfectly Unique - Luna, Out Of This World
The world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Chrissy Teigen and Jon Legend's second child, a baby boy due in the near future. We're not sure what his name is going to be, and neither do the expecting couple; according to People, Chrissy told Ellen, "Boy names are really tough. I don't even think he'll have a middle name because we can't even think of a first name." We're obviously curious what they'll go with this June, but we do already know that we love the name Luna, which they chose for their first child a couple of years ago! According to Refinery 29 Luna's name was, at least partially, inspired by song. Luna Simone Stephens is theorized to be partially named after singer, Nina Simone, who Jon looks up to.
Luna obviously means moon and we like that the name is spacey and cool. What you might not know is that, according to Nameberry, the name is actually of Italian origin, interesting considering Jon and Chrissy fell in love in Italy. Chrissy told People, "We say we fell in love there because it was such a beautiful place and the timing was perfect for us to take our relationship to the next level." We're wondering if the name's Italian origin played a part in the pair picking it for their first child and can't wait to hear the name reveal for their second!
12 Perfectly Unique - Chicago, Family Of Five, Kim K And Newest Bundle Of Joy Chi
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had their third child earlier this year, via surrogate. The third baby arrived in January and was followed by cousins Stormi and True. Kim named her new baby Chicago. According to Bustle, the name was a tribute from Kim to Kanye. Kanye grew up in Chicago and started his career there; he still loves the city. According to Bustle, "It wasn't likely they were going to start picking any old name out of a baby book now. 'Chicago' was likely a name choice no one saw coming. That's partly what makes it great. It's totally different and interesting."
Kim also doesn't plan on using the full form "Chicago," but rather is going to call her daughter "Chi." Auntie, Khloe Kardashian, and Kim straightened out the confusion about the pronunciation of Chi on Twitter. According to People Kim "[retweeted] a post that read, 'And to everyone who thinks it's literally pronounced as CHI. No. It's 'Shy.''" Khloe backed up the fan's tweet posting a similar clue of the pronunciation on her Twitter account. Chi is sweet and simple, chic and shy, and we like the idea of all one syllable names that unite the West family of five.
11 May Have Missed The Mark - Sonny, Sunny Disposition?
Whitney Port, known for her time on The Hills, took to Instagram last summer to announce the arrival of a baby boy. She captioned the photo, "Sorry I've been MIA for like a week! I lost my phone. Just kidding!! I made a human! Sonny Sanford Rosenman was born on 7/27/17!! Everyone is so happy and healthy and we are home now." We're so happy for Whitney, as she always was one of our favorite of Lauren's friends on The Hills, but we're thinking this name may have missed the mark!
Whitney told People, "I have to give all the credit to Timmy. He heard it in a Paul Simon song called 'Obvious Child.' There's a lyric in it about a little boy named Sonny. We just have always loved that song. So he was in the car and heard it and came home and told me about it, and I was like, 'Oh my God.' I heard Sunny for a girl, but I don't really know any little boys named Sonny with an 'O.' So it was just the cutest little name, and now he's such a Sonny."
We love the story of how the name came into fruition and that the name is so meaningful to the couple, but we're wondering if Sonny will spend his whole life living with jokes about his famous mom growing up in "sunny" California, or asked about his "sunny" disposition.
10 Perfectly Unique - Emory, Creative And Imaginative
Hillary Scott, of Lady Antebellum, recently had twins! She named her new girls Emory JoAnn and Betsy Mack and they join older sister Eisele Kaye.
Today, we're looking at the name Emory, which we love, it's got everything we look for in a perfect celebrity baby name: it starts with a vowel, it's an untraditional spelling, and we love the sound! According to Nameberry, Emory is an off spelling for Emery, which is a German name meaning "industrious." The name has become popular recently, ranking in the top 150! We love that the name is creative and we especially love when twins names have similar endings, notice how Scott named them both names that end in "y."
What's the best part about having twins you may be asking? Well, according to People, Scott said this about the pair, "The first night after they were born [I told Chris], 'It's pretty cool we don't have to share. You can have one, and I can hold one.' We can each hold a baby all the time." The good news is, when it comes to the twins, neither parent ever has to say "need you now." We couldn't be happier for Hillary and love the name Emory for a girl or boy!
9 Perfectly Unique - North, Daddy's Little Girl For Sure
North West is the first child of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West and the world lost it when Kim and Kanye announced their baby's name. From airline jokes to weather fronts, North wasn't a fan favorite, but we actually kind of like it. According to E! News Kim said this about deciding on their first child's name, "I remember this is actually where we decided, finally, on North as a name for our baby girl. It was a rumor in the press and we'd never really considered it seriously, at all, but Kanye and I were having lunch right over there at that table about a year ago and Pharrell came over to us and said 'Oh, my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.'" Kim later added, "I guess at that point it sort of stuck." We're glad it did; now Kim and Kanye are parents to three: North, Saint, and Chicago.
According to Nameberry, North was actually considered an up and coming boy's name, until Kim and Kanye used the name for their first daughter. We love the sound of this one. It's strong, yet humble, and encompasses the idea of a true north, but also is sure to make a great username for the 'gram.
8 Perfectly Unique - August, Summery And Warm
We know it's only spring, but we can't help but love this perfect summer baby name! Mark Zuckerberg took to Instagram to welcome his newborn daughter last August, captioning a post, "Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August." August joins an older sister, Maxima.
According to Time, "The name August is a form of the name Augustus, which has Latin origins, according to Baby Center. The name signifies reverence, or holding someone in high regard. Typically, August is a more common baby name for boys than girls...Zuckerberg and Chan's choice is similar to the name they gave their first daughter. Maxima, who goes by Max, was born in 2015 and got her name from a variation on the Latin name Maximus."
Zuckerberg posted on Facebook about his growing family and how inspired he is by the women in his life, "I grew up with three sisters and they taught me to learn from smart, strong women. They weren't just my sisters but some of my best friends. They've gone on to write books, excel at performance, music, sports, cooking and their careers. They showed me how to compete and still laugh together afterwards." We love that Zuckerberg is choosing names considered more masculine for his strong little girls!
7 Perfectly Unique - Liam James, Lovely And Pure
Lauren Conrad took to Instagram in July of last year to announce the arrival of her first baby, a boy. She captioned a cute photo of her family, "He's here! We're so excited to welcome Liam James Tell into the world!" We're excited too! LC has come a long way since her Laguna Beach days; we watched her date Stephen, Brody, and Jason and we feel like a long lost best friend just found her happily ever after and we couldn't be happier for the new mom! Let us tell you all about the name!
Lauren's son's name is Liam James Tell and we're kind of obsessed with this whole middle name James thing already, but anyway, the name is actually so perfect. According to E! News, "The proud parents' son's name is simply a shortened version of William. Additionally, many on social media have pointed out that Liam is actually a perfect combination of both of his parents' names. As for the middle name, James is Lauren's father's name. Looks like they're keeping things in the family." We love that the name Liam comes from dad's name William, but could also be considered the celebrity couple name of Lauren Conrad and husband, William Tell: Liam!
6 May Have Missed The Mark - Boomer, Baby Boom?
Our next name that may have missed the mark comes from Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson, who welcomed their first child almost two years ago. They chose the name Boomer for their first son and we have to admit, we're a little disappointed with this one. Did his inspiration come from the boom of an Olympic splash in the pool, or was it inspired otherwise?
Well, according to Cosmopolitan Phelps said this about the name, "We heard the name, and we didn't want, like, a normal name. And I brought it up to Nicole and she was like, 'Oh, that sounds kinda cool.' Boomer, like boom boom - we didn't know either. We had no second option - once we picked that, we were like, 'Yeah.' I mean, he's definitely gonna be the cool kid." Son, Boomer, is definitely already kind of the cool kid, becoming an internet sensation because of his resemblance to dad. For their second son, born in February, they went with another "B" name, Beckett. Beckett and Boomer may or may not end up being the coolest kids in school, but we bet they'll at least be able to stay afloat. Sorry Phelps, but Boomer may have missed the mark!
5 Perfectly Unique - Mabel, Lovable And Able
Topher Grace, famous for his role in That 70's Show, and girlfriend, Ashley Hinshaw, recently welcomed a baby girl into the world and they named her Mabel Jane Grace. We love this name!
According to Nameberry, Mabel means lovable and is a "saucy Victorian favorite searching for its place in modern life." Ironically Jane means "God is gracious," and the baby's last name is Grace. Dad is no stranger to a unique name, having chosen to shorten his name, Christopher, to just Topher.
Topher and Ashley were married in 2016 and Ashley opened up to Us Weekly about married life, "It's crazy! I mean, it's good. It's actually a little bit more different than I thought it would be. Because we lived together beforehand, so I didn't really think that anything was going to change, but it does. It feels a little extra special. It's weird! I have to be honest, I haven't been called Mrs. very many times, so I'm still getting used to it. When someone says, 'Mrs. Grace,' I look around for his mother." Ashley needs to pay attention because now there's a new Miss Grace in the family!
4 Perfectly Unique - Bronson, Brawny And Strong
Here we have another Laguna Beach cast-member with a newborn baby! Talan Torriero welcomed a baby boy with wife Danielle late last year. Talan has taken to Instagram to show the world his partying days are over and that he's settled down; he posted a throwback picture of him and Danielle with the caption "The moment I knew I lover her 8 years ago. I met her 8 years ago today - happy birthday." The happy couple also took to the 'gram to announce they were expecting. Upon arrival, they named their bundle of joy Bronson Leonardo Torriero.
This is another perfectly unique name; we love the first and middle names here! According to Nameberry, Bronson means "son of brown-haired one." It's an English name and is actually not super popular on the charts... yet! We love this name, as it sounds brawny and strong, and we're ignoring the fact that some might shorten it to "Bro," which we can still hear Talan saying on Laguna Beach. Leo obviously comes from lion, which is part of why this name feels so fierce. Obviously, dad also has a unique name, Talan isn't super common and neither is Bronson!
3 Perfectly Unique - Ember, Enchanting Flame Of A Name
Our next unique name comes from couple Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, from TLC's Little People, Big World. They welcomed an adorable baby last fall and we love everything about the Pinterest vibe of these photos and of course, their daughter's name! They named their baby girl Ember Jean Roloff. According to Us Weekly, the couple said this about their daughter's arrival, "She's beautiful. We are feeling so thankful and blessed that God has entrusted us with this little life. We are excited for the journey of parenthood that lies ahead. Welcome to our family Ember, may you be a glowing, fierce, and radiant light in this world." How sweet! We love that the couple obviously wanted this name to have meaning, and Ember definitely lights up this list of perfectly unique baby names.
Ember is definitely a name that carries warmth and we love that about it! We're hoping she has reddish brown hair like mom to really take advantage of the fiery name! According to Nameberry, Ember is a variation of name Amber; they report "Unlike Amber, which is in decline, this name still has a bit of glow left." We couldn't agree more, we love this warm name, and mom was definitely glowing welcoming her into the world!
2 Perfectly Unique - Odie, Oddity And Individuality
Next up, we've got Odie! While the name may seem like an oddity, we're loving all of the individuality. Ashley Williams, known for her role on How I Met Your Mother, and husband, Neal Dodson, welcomed their second son last summer and we really love this unique name! The couple named their second son Odie Sal Dodson, he joins a big brother, Gus. According to People, "The new baby boy's first name comes from a great-grandfather of Dodson's. His middle name is a nod to the protagonist of the children's books Blueberries For Sal and One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey, both of which were favorites of Williams' mother, Linda, and Dodson's monther, Jane.
Odie joins big brother Gus, and we're loving these adorable names! It's super sweet that a children's book inspired Odie's middle name, and we love the sentimental touch. Names with meaning definitely make them seem more perfect! According to Nameberry, the name is considered "vintage," and a variation of Odell, meaning "of the valley." We can't help but wonder if literary inspiration played a role in Ashley and Neal's naming scheme, we're wondering if first son Gus was a reference to Cinderella, probably not, but we can dream!
1 May Have Missed The Mark - Saint, Too Much Name?
We've seen a few Kardashian baby names on our list and for the most part, we actually kind of like their unique naming schemes, from Stormi to True, and Chicago too, but one we just can't seem to get behind is the name of Kim and Kanye's only son: Saint West. According to Glamour, "Kim and Kanye selected Saint because it refers to her son as a 'blessing,' especially 'because she had such a difficult pregnancy.' Not only did Kim and Kanye experience difficulty conceiving their second child, but Kim also had to undergo a painful procedure in her third trimester to turn the baby out of a breech position." We get that Kim and Kanye were thankful that all turned out well, but Saint just seems a bit too much. Between Kim's Saint and Kourtney's Reign, we're seeing a theme for Kardashian boys' names.
According to Nameberry, "Saint as a descriptive word name was first chosen by rocker Pete Wentz for his younger son...and now Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have catapulted the name into the celebrity stratosphere by choosing it for their baby boy." There's no doubt about it, the name will definitely be on the rise, but this is one that may have missed the mark for us.
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