Celebrities can come up with some crazy names for their kids. (ahem: Jermajesty, Pilot Inspektor, Moxie CrimeFighter….) But sometimes the fabulously famous strike the perfect chord between ridiculous and just right…and even start a crazy baby naming trend. Here are some of our favorite celebubaby names.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe’s choice of Ava for their daughter caused a huge spike in popularity for this classic, pretty name. It’s a variant of Eve, the first woman in the Bible, and means “life.”
Check out Reese and Ava’s classic mother-and-daughter style!
Cristina Aguilera chose popular and Where the Wild Things Are-immortalized Max for her son’s first name, and the more obscure (but equally cool) Hebrew name Liron for his middle. Nice job, Xtina!
Julia Roberts’s hubby Danny Moder chose the yesteryear-sounding name Hazel for their daughter, and the name promptly moved up over 300 spaces on the Top 1000 Baby Names list. Middle name Patricia is a tribute to Danny’s mother. We love how the Moders took two names popular in different time periods, dusted them off and made them vibrant again!
All three of Julia’s kids are gorgeous…just like Mom!
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli’s choice of Fiona Eve for their third daughter is because it flows perfectly with big sisters’ names Luca Bella and Lola Ray. It’s important that sibs’ names sound good together!
We’re suckers for strong, classic boy names. And you can’t get more classic than Jack when it comes to naming your son. (And you can’t get much hotter than Dennis Quaid when it comes to celebrity dads over 50!)
Dennis also has young twins named Thomas and Zoe–they’re adorable!
Eulala may be the name of a 4th Century saint, but Marcia Gay Harden’s daughter’s name sounds totally modern (and primed for a comeback.) The one-syllable middle name Grace totally complements the longer, romantic first name.
Chris Noth must have been starry-eyed with fatherhood when he picked the out-of-this-world constellation name Orion for his little guy, but it really works. And Dad’s name (Christopher) as middle is a nice touch too.
When hot Hugh Jackman named his son Oscar, it brought this strong, Victorian era name back from grouch-land! Middle name Maximillian is a great pairing with it because it’s from the same time period (as in, the two names complement each other “to the max.”)
Michelle Williams and Australian Heath Leger might have named their daughter Matilda after Waltzing Matilda, the popular Austalian folk song. And the Melodic, one-syllabled Rose is always a lovely pairing with a longer first name.
Michelle Williams is not only a great actress–she’s got great downtown style.
Britney and ex-hubby K-Fed sure made some mistakes (who hasn’t?) but the name Sean sure wasn’t one of them. Sean, the Hebrew and Gaelic version of John, is a strong, traditional name that pairs well with trendier Preston. (Britney took the same traditional + trendy naming tactic with second son Jayden James.)
Salma Hayek’s daughter Valentina wasn’t born on Valentine’s Day (she’s a September baby), but she sure is a sweetheart. We love the combination of the name with the similarly-Latin origin Paloma, which means “dove” in Salma’s mother tongue, Spanish.
Rod Stewart is a rock star dad to seven kids, so he’s had a little practice naming babies. And classic sounding Alastair and Wallace are both a little bit obscure (so they’re not heard all over the place) and work nicely together.
We’re fans of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s fresh pick of the old-fashioned name Violet for their oldest daughter. Jen and Ben sure like the floral names for their girls–Violet’s little sister Seraphina‘s middle name is Rose.
We applaud 90210 alum Tori Spelling’s following of the Celtic naming trend when she chose Liam for her son’s first name. We also dig the practice of honoring family with baby names, and Tori chose Aaron in memory of her late father.
Whether you fan or pan Tori, you’ve got to hand it to her: she dresses her kids SO CUTE!
Rosie O’Donnell says she was inspired by her favorite character in The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood when she named her daughter Vivienne (nickname: Vivi.) But what we’re inspired by is Rosie’s giving her daughter the middle name Rose. Naming a child after a parent does not have to be exclusively for the men–mothers can be namesakes and daughters can be “Juniors” too!
Mary Louise Parker and Billy Crudup may not have worked out as a couple, but they chose a winning first name of William for their son. Its dignified and there’s lots of nicknames to choose from: Will, Billy, Bill, even Liam. Middle name Atticus is straight from the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of greatest books ever written.
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