What’s in a name? Studies have shown that what a person is called can determine their entire future. From what sort of career we choose in life to the type of mate that we attract, there is a lot of pressure on parents to find just the right name for their babies. Inspiration can be found just about anywhere so we thought it would be fun to turn to our favourite stars in Hollywood.
Celebrities are known for giving their children unique names. While some of them are way too outlandish for everyday people, there are some celeb kids that have really beautiful monikers. Many celebs choose titles that have a special meaning to them. Others select their child’s name based on how cool it sounds. Whatever their motivation is, we can totally benefit from their creativity.
If you’re looking to give your son or daughter a name that will make them stand out in the crowd, then this list is for you. From names inspired by nature to titles taken from beloved Disney films, these celebs aren't afraid to give their little one a bold start to life. Please enjoy this list of 18 stunning celeb baby names we’re keen to copy.
Harlow is the beautiful name that Nicole Richie and her husband, Joel Madden, selected for their little girl. According to Made for Mums, the name was a bit of compromise for the couple.
"I wanted a hippy name but Joel wanted something biblical. Harlow's a cool name because it feels like a classic name at the same time," Nicole said.
Harlow is of English origin and it means “army.” It ranked #140 on the Unique Girls Names list and we think that this one is totally worth putting dibs on. There is a certain sophistication to it that will grow with your daughter.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose to give their daughter an old-fashioned name that has some serious retro credibility. They named their little one Inez. It’s the Spanish variation of the name Agnes and it means “pure.” This one ranked #16 in the Girl Names Unique To Georgia list. We think it’s so spunky.
There was some confusion with the press on how exactly to spell it but Blake set the record straight, saying: “I had a new baby, Inez, with a ‘z’ even though everyone says it’s with an ‘s.’ I don’t know why, please tell Wikipedia,” she told People.
16 Luna Simone
Another gorgeous celeb baby name is Luna Simone, which is what John Legend and Chrissy Teigen named their daughter. The name Luna is of Latin origin and it means “moon.” Simone is of French origin and it means “hearkening.”
So what inspired the couple to give their little girl this moniker? According to Glamour, Legend told E!’s Jason Kennedy on the red carpet at the BBMAs, “We named our first daughter Luna Simone Stephens, and every name we give to our kids will have a little bit of musical history to it,” he said. Of course, he was referencing the legendary civil rights activist and soul singer Nina Simone.
15 Onyx Solace
Looking for a spiritual name for your daughter? If so, then you’ll love the title that Alanis Morissette and her husband, Mario “Souleye” Treadway, settled on for their little girl. Morissette announced the arrival of Onyx Solace on IG and fans took notice of the unusual name.
Gem names are popular right now and Onyx is not often used, so your daughter would stand out in a crowd, for sure. Solace is a virtue name that is just as original. The two put together sound like a new age parent’s dream. It also gets extra points for being totally gender neutral.
Wyatt is the adorable name that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis named their first baby. It’s an English surname that means “brave in war.” It’s typically a boy’s name but we think it makes a spunky name for a little girl. According to Hello, Kutcher opened up on Conan O'Brien's talkshow and revealed how he and Kunis came up with the moniker.
"I just started listing off anything and everything I saw: 'sign, truck, wall, door,'" he said. "She [was] like, 'Shut up!' I said, 'If you don't accept my bad ideas, you'll never accept the good ones.' Then I was like, 'I've got a really dumb idea. What about Wyatt?' She goes, 'That's it.'"
13 Summer Rain
Christina Aguilera and her husband picked a name for their daughter that nature lovers will adore. They named her Summer Rain. How pretty is that? You’d be smart to add this one to your short list. So, what was Christina's reasoning behind selecting this lyrical moniker?
“The pop star wanted something different and unique for the baby's name," an insider told E! News. "She loves how Summer Rain Rutler flows together and thinks summer is an amazing time of the year. She has always been a more expressive person and a little bohemian who is inspired by words and daily life."
Kirra is the name that Audrina Patridge bestowed upon her little girl. We love this one because it’s so soft and feminine. It has Russian origins and is a female variation of the name Cyrus. Kirra means “throne” so it’s a name fit for a princess. This one will make your daughter feel like royalty.
It’s a distinctive moniker so she will be the only girl on the playground with this one. This title placed #377 on the popularity charts and was also cited on Nameberry’s list of Russian Girl Names. You’d be smart to snatch this one up before your friends do.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel named their little guy Silas. The moniker is of English, Latin origin meaning "wood, forest." It may sound like an old man's name but it actually has seen a lot of traction with the hipster crowd. It ranked #120 on Nameberry’s popularity charts and more and more parents are giving their kids this one.
Timberlake opened up to People about the inspiration behind the name and it has deep family roots. “I named [Silas] after my grandfather and my great-grandfather. My parents divorced when I was young, my grandfather was very much a father figure to me,” he explained.
10 Jagger Snow
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross gave their daughter a name that gives a wink to the rock band, The Rolling Stones. They named her Jagger. How cute is that? It makes total sense that the musical parents would name their little girl after the band’s lead singer, Mick Jagger. It’s of English origin and means "carter."
It found a place on Nameberry’s Cool, Unique Unisex Names. A family insider spoke with E! News about how the couple settled on the name. "The couple had their minds set on this name for a long time," the insider said. "They wanted something fun and different."
The Kardashian ladies are known for giving their children uncommon names. Yet, Kourtney opted for a classic moniker for her second baby. She and Scott Disick named their daughter Penelope. It’s a name of Greek origin meaning "weaver." It ranked #24 on Nameberry’s popularity chart.
If you’re wondering how Kourtney and Scott decided on this one, no one would know better than her mom, Kris Jenner. The momager told E! News that they simply thought the name Penelope was cute at the time. We think that they were totally right and this one is an adorable moniker for any little girl.
8 River Rose
Another celeb who gave their daughter a beautiful name is Kelly Clarkson. Her little girl’s name is River Rose. It just sounds so lovely rolling off the tongue. This one is earthy and girly all at once. Clarkson revealed to People her inspiration for the moniker.
“We live on a river, so it really wasn’t that creative,” she said. “We were outside on our balcony, and we both looked at each other and were like, ‘What about River? That’s kind of cool.’”
And how did they pick the name Rose? “It’s my mother’s maiden name,” she added. “And I love alliteration.”
Kate Hudson named her son Ryder. It’s one of those neo-hippie names that will never go out of style. According to People, Kate and her ex-husband, Chris Robinson, were inspired by a Black Crows song.
"I was eight months pregnant and every night he ended his show with a song called "Ride,'" Hudson said. "Ryder would go insane in my stomach every time... I made a joke and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we called him Ride.’ We’re Grateful Dead fans and ‘I Know You Rider’ is one of our favorite songs. I just went ‘Ryder,’ that sounds great and it feels like him."
6 Willow Sage
P!nk and her husband, Carey Hart, named their daughter Willow Sage. It’s an enchanting moniker that can be traced back to one of P!nk’s childhood memories of a tree that was near her home.
"[Willow is] the most flexible tree in nature and nothing can break it - no wind, no elements," she told People. "It can bend and withstand anything. I love that sentiment. I want that for her." What about Sage? "Sage is cleansing and sacred. And it sounded great together. It doesn’t hurt that her last name is Hart - flexible cleansed heart."
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott named their daughter Stormi and we think that it has some serious sass. It’s sweet and kind of tough at the same time. Kylie sat down for an interview with The Evening Standard and opened up about the inspiration behind the moniker.
“I really don’t know how we thought of Storm,” she shared. “Her dad insisted it was him, but I feel like it was me. And that kind of just stuck with us. And then I didn’t really like just Storm — I didn’t feel like that was her name. So then it became Stormi.”
Journey River is the name that Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green named their third son. This one has a total hipster vibe to it. We also give it extra cool points for being a unisex name. According to Nameberry, it’s been added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys.
It has a spiritual sensibility and also could be classified as a nature-inspired title. We think that it’s a cool name for a boy and you should claim it before everyone else catches on. With a name like this, your son is sure to be a guru in his own right.
5 Briar Rose
Back when Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen were still together, they named their daughter Briar Rose. It may sound familiar to you because this dreamy name was used in a classic fairytale. We think that this one is so charming. According to Bustle, Christensen told People the inside scoop on how he and Rachel chose the name.
"There is a Disney reference there," he confessed. "The original Sleeping Beauty was called Briar Rose." He went on to say that Rachel really loved it. "We both love all things Disney, but Rachel especially was very keen on the name."
When it comes to picking feisty names for little girls, Busy Philipps totally has a gift. She and her husband, Marc Silverstein, named their second daughter Cricket. How spunky is that? Phillips was asked on The Today Show why she chose this one for her daughter and she gave a totally logical reason.
“Since I grew up with a nickname — Busy being short for Elizabeth — when my husband and I started to have our babies, we decided that if wanted to call our kids something, we would just name them that thing that we wanted to call them,” she said.
Halle Berry chose a totally elegant name for her little girl. The actress named her daughter Nahla. It’s an Arabic name that means “honeybee.” We think this one is distinctive without being too outlandish. It would be a lovely moniker so be sure to circle this one.
According to People, Berry opened up to Access Hollywood about how challenging it was for her to figure out exactly what to name the baby. “We didn’t have a name picked out until just before we left the hospital,” she said. “For us, it was hard to name the most important person in our life until we met her.”
Drew Barrymore opted for a vintage feel and named her daughter Olive. It’s a name of English origin meaning "olive tree." Olive is ranked #256 on the popularity charts but we think it’s poised to gain even more traction. It’s just too cute to pass up.
According to The Daily Mail, Barrymore discussed the moniker when she was a guest on The Ellen Show.
"I never would have guessed that would have been the name," she said. "But I was reading a book with my husband. I was three months pregnant and they said your baby is the size of an olive, and that was it. We never looked back."
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony chose the name Emme for their daughter. It’s a unique name that just sounds so short and sweet. The name is of American origin and means “universal.” This one is often added to lists like Nameberry’s Nicknames for Baby Girls.
It found a place on the charts in the late ’90s and has been steadily rising ever since. We think that it has a classic feeling to it that could totally be “on trend” if more parents caught on. As of now, it ranks #5546 so your little girl will be unique, for sure.