This week saw the arrival of the eagerly awaited celeb babies from Beyonce and JayZ and Binky and JP (of Made in Chelsea fame) but, with (as yet) no names announced, here at Chatoffee we thought we’d take a look at some of the weird and wonderful baby names celebs like to give their off-spring. Maybe you’ll even find a name that you just have to have for your new arrival!
There has been a recent trend of animal names for babies born in 2016/2017 with Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne naming their baby boy Bear and Jonathan Rhys Meyers choosing to name his son Wolf (Zooey Deschanel also favoured the name, calling her son Charlie Wolf). Paul Watson (Greenpeace co-founder and womaniser) and his wife Yana chose to name their son, born in September 2016, Tiger.
Musicians are often the inspiration for baby names and following the death of iconic pop star David Bowie in January 2016, there have been various incarnations of the name: in April 2017, American tv stars, Dane De Haan and Anna Wood called their first child Bowie Rose. Plus size model Tess Holliday and husband Nick also chose Bowie for their son in 2016 and Jackson Rathbone (of Twilight fame) and wife Sheila opted for Presley Bowie for their daughter, born in May 2016.
Nature has also had an influence on celebrity baby names in recent times – Jeff Goldblum named his new son River; Jamie & Jools Oliver’s son was named River Rocket; Holly Madison (Vegas Diaries author) named her second child, a son, Forest, and Megan Fox chose Journey River for her third son.
However, some celebrities have decided that they would prefer to give their child a more traditional name (and some might say less ridicule throughout their life). George Clooney and wife Amal gave birth to twins on 7 June 2017 and chose to call them Ella and Alexander. Other celebrities that have gone down the more traditional route include: Towie’s Amy Child’s who called her daughter Polly; Russell Brand who named his daughter Mabel; Jimmy Kimmel who opted for William and Geri Halliwell and husband Christian Horner who called their son Montague.
Nameberry.com have predicted that religious names will be popular this year; with Janet Jackson’s first son (born on 3 Jan 2017) being named Eissa which is Arabic for Jesus. The prediction is that we will see more children named after a God – could we soon be hearing the announcement of Thor and Hera Carter?
Other more unusual names we’ve heard recently, that don’t seem to fit in any particular category, are ‘Story’ (Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg’s son), ‘Winner’ (Nya Lee’s baby girl), ‘Atlee Bay’ (Bristol Palin’s daughter) and ‘Golden’ (Nick Cannon and Brittany Bell’s son).
If you want to know what us ordinary folk are choosing to call our babies then here are the top 5 names of 2017 so far (as collated by motherandbaby.co.uk):
If you’re interested in the origin of names then why not take a look at our ‘What’s in a name‘ article.