Remember that time one of the most famous celebs of the moment named her kid after a fruit? Yes, Apple was quite a (ahem…) pick back in 2004, and with Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter now 14 years old, the trend of famous folks giving their children some…. creative names certainly has not vanished.
It’s going strong, actually, and with many babies welcomed to famous actors, musicians, and personality parents this year, there is plenty of entertainment in store while perusing a list of the names given to Hollywood’s next generation.
And hey, there also may be plenty of inspiration to be found. Whether or not moms and dads thinking about names for their own babies favor the boldly creative or prefer to stick with something much more traditional.
The wilder ones — a handful of which aren’t even on the charts — can be found way up at the top here. Then, count down to the very most popular monikers celebrities chose for their kiddos this year, including one that was the second-most popular for girls of last year.
Yes, whether to have a good chuckle, just stay up on the latest celeb family news, or get some ideas for expected little bundles, check it out: ranking celeb baby names of 2018 from most to least popular.
The name Leafer is not even on charts NameBerry.com.
The gal I recall as being the lady tattoo artist of reality TV some years ago, who is now known for her makeup biz, Kat Von D, had a baby boy with Leafer Seyer, and named him Leafar Von D Reyes.
As reported at Mother.ly, she shared a photo of her hubs holding the baby, and explained that they wanted to take some time apart from that Internet life for a while:
"I want to take the next 40 days [4th trimester] to focus on the baby and our amazing relationship transitioning into amazing parenthood."
This couple and news of their offspring have a way of being pretty unavoidable, I’ve noticed, but in case you hadn’t heard, Chicago is the little sister of North and Saint, aka the third baby of Kim K and Kanye.
It comes from a Native American word for wild garlic, notes NameBerry.com, where it’s not even on the popularity charts — yet.
They say it has almost never been used as a first name.
Chicago Noel West may change that trend, don’t you think? She was born via a gestational surrogate on January 15, as is reported at Mother.ly.
Yeah, Kulture is not on the name popularity charts. Surprised?
But when rappers Cardi B and Offset had a daughter this year, it is what they picked, along with the middle name Kiari, which is Offset’s birth name, says NameBerry.com.
The birth was announced on social media on July 10: A photo of Cardi B, says Vogue.com, was accompanied by the caption "Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18.”
Ten hours before the announcement, she’d hinted that things were happening, by including "Set it Off Then," in her “story.”
Khloe Kardashian chose “True” for her baby girl, and it was also used by Forest Whitaker earlier on for his daughter, as is included at NameBerry.com, where it’s also not even included on the popularity charts.
True Thompson was born to the 33-year-old sister of Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame, her first child, and the father is Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as was reported at EOnline.com.
The pregnancy wasn’t officially announced by the star until she was about 6 months along, at which point she described it as her “greatest dream realized.”
And then there’s a THIRD Kardashian-Jenner family baby to add to this little list: There was Kim’s Chicago, Khloe’s True, and also Kylie Jenner (and Travis Scott’s) baby Stormi Webster. That name isn’t on the charts at NameBerry.com, but it’s listed at number 5,474 at TheBump.com, which includes that the girl’s name is a variation of the name Stormy, of course, which is Old English.
Stormi has no middle name, says TMZ.com, sourcing the child’s birth certificate. She was born at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles on February 1.
Way down at number 5,296 in popularity, according to TheBump.com, is the name Rani, which is Hindi and Sanskrit, and means "queen; she is singing,” according to NameBerry.com.
On October 2, Rani Rose was born to Kate Hudson and her partner, Danny Fujikawa, and the actress announced the birth a day later on social media, by saying, “She’s here.”
"We have decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after her grandfather, Ron Fujikawa,” the mom said, according to Mother.ly. “Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor."
Far from the top 100 is the name Marvel, which is down at number 4,805, according to TheBump.com.
It can be used for either a girl or a boy, and it has Spanish and Latin origins. It means "miracle to marvel at; wonderful, extraordinary,” and is related to the names Maravilla and Marvell.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy called his daughter by it, as was reported at AOL.com.
“So excited to introduce Marvel Jane Wentz. Feeling so grateful that she’s here... annnnd she’s already ready to take over the world…” he shared to his feed.
It’s at number 2,442, and is a girl name with Old English origins, notes TheBump.com.
Ivey is what Jamie Lynn Spears chose for her latest little one, as was reported at People.com.
The 27-year-old singer (and little sister to that other Spears singer), was featured in PEOPLE and quoted as saying, “I would say that being a mom is being a mom: It doesn’t matter if you’re in your teens or not, there should be no excuse to not be a great mother.”
Ivey Joan, born on April 11, is the celeb’s first child with husband Jamie Watson. Her daughter Maddie Briann as 9 1/2 and was born when she was 17.
Oskar with a K is in the number 2,262 position on the popularity charts, and the boy’s name of Old English origin means “spear of the gods,” says TheBump.com.
Oskar Michael was chosen by interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, who had their second child via surrogate on March 26 in Los Angeles, according to People.com.
Berkus’s former partner was Fernando Gengoechea, who passed away in the Sri Lanken tsunami of 2004, the same site says. Oskar was his middle name, and so it is given as a tribute.
Dana, as a name for a little boy, is at number 1,392 in popularity, according to TheBump.com, and it means “from Denmark.”
Jordin Sparks, age 28 and famous because of American Idol, had her first child, and her husband’s first name became the name of their little boy, too. Dana Isaiah is the dad, and the son came along on Wednesday, May 2, according to UsMagazine.com.
He goes by DJ, though. “He’s here & we couldn’t be more in love!!! Go DJ!” the famous mom captioned her social media post.
Now we’re getting up into the top 1,000, so you may want to listen closely.
Billy is at number 835 as a boy name, and it is, of course, a diminutive of William, as is noted at NameBerry.com. It is English in origin, and it means “resolute protection.”
And it was chosen by none other than John Stamos for his first, born on April 10, who was named after Stamos’s own father.
Known for his role as an onscreen uncle in Full House and recent role in Fuller House, Stamos posted the announcement to social media, says People.com, and captioned it “From now on, the best part of me will always be my wife and my son. Welcome Billy Stamos (named after my father) #NotJustanUncleAnymore #Overjoyed”
Being a mom to little girls, I know of a famous Disney cartoon Tiana of late, and we haven’t even seen the movie yet.
Tiana is at number 658 in popularity according to NameBerry.com, and the girl name has Slavic origins and means “fairy queen.”
It’s what The Rock chose for his new baby, Tiana Gia, with a wordy and adorable post to social media. His third daughter came along this year, and AOL.com included the social media post he used to make his big announcement.
For me and many of my generation, Forrest will always, ALWAYS be that guy saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates…” and saying “Jen-nay” in that sweetly simple voice.
But for Jessie James Decker and NFL star hubs Eric Decker, it’s their newly born son.
Forrest is English and means “dweller near the woods,” says NameBerry.com, which has the name ranked at number 596 in popularity.
Forrest Bradley Decker, the couple’s third child, was born on March 31, and a social media announcement shared the big news, says People.com.
Where for art thou, Romeo?
Why, in current times rather than the Bard’s era, not all that high but at least up in the top 1,000 on the popularity charts at number 358.
The lovely name Romeo is of course usually given to males and it means — wait for it — "pilgrim to Rome, Roman.” Well, how about that? Whoda thunk it?
Hilaria Baldwin posts all sorts of stuff about her family and mom life, and her boy with Alec Baldwin made it into that spotlight, as well: Romeo Alejandro David (via People.com). What a name!
I am a parent to two toddlers when I’m not playing “writer,” and so when I hear the name Gideon, I just cannot think of anything else but that baby goose from the storybooks so appropriate for the early years.
The Hebrew name, coming in at number 304 in popularity according to NameBerry.com, is given to boys and means “hewer” or “having a stump for a hand”… Um, OK!
So there’s that.
Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and her husband, Austin Forsyth, became parents when they had Gideon Martyn Forsyth together back on February 23 of this year, according to People.com. After wondering for quite some time, I now learn that Counting On is the reason I keep hearing the name Duggar all over the Internet. Huh.
The lovely and traditional name Annie, often given to girls, has English origins and the meaning "grace.” Or maybe “rustic.” NameBerry.com also has the name fairly high(ish) in popularity as far as the ole charts go, at number 297.
Jillian Harris and Justin Pasutto welcome a baby called Annie on October 1 — their second child, according to Mother.ly, and their first baby girl.
This all came via something they shared to social media. They were out for a date night, going golfing, actually, when things got going, and then baby made four!
What a name! Genevieve!
And this French name means “tribe woman.: It’s way high up there, actually, at number 184 in popularity, according to NameBerry.com, so not in the top hundo or anything, but still.
The name was chosen by Kate Upton and Justin Verlander for their daughter, who was introduced to the world (the Internet) on November 10. She was actually born a few days earlier on November 7. The papa of the family shared the news to his followers, saying, “You stole my [heart emoji]…” according to Mother.ly.
It’s short. It’s kind of a classic. And the German, English, and Aboriginal name Max means “greatest,” so I guess the goodness, er, greatness is baked right in.
Lauren Bush and her hubs David Lauren (yeah, that’s Ralph Lauren’s son, according to WMagazine.com) must have thought it was sort of great, too, because they chose it for their son, their second and the younger brother to James Lauren, who came along in 2015.
Max was born April 19, says WMagazine.com.
These names that end with S’s… I don’t know… something to do with the grammar nerd in this writerly mama just couldn’t ever do it to her own offspring…
But not everyone feels that way. In fact, the boy name miles is not too far off from the top 100, coming in at number 110 according to NameBerry.com.
It’s English and Latin, and it means “soldier” or “merciful.”
And this is the name chosen by parents Chrissy Teigen and John Legend for their second little one: Miles Theodore Stephens, according to People.com.
The female name Gianna is in the top 100 at number 91 for the last complete year of 2017, as is included on the site NameBerry.com.
And actress Karla Souza, age 32, surprised her fans and followers that she had actually had her first baby, a girl named Gianna. She married her hubs Marshall Trenkmann in 2014, and the rest, well… the rest is history.
Now we’re definitely getting into names I’ve heard given to little ones born recently to people I’ve encountered out and about in the real world. It’s the top 100, parental people, so get ready for some good ones.
Jace is up at number 87, according to NameBerry.com, and Jana Kramer, a country singer, and NFL player Mike Caussin had their own baby Jace (Joseph Caussin) this year. They already had a little girl called Jolie, too.
This “rainbow baby,” was celebrated on the mother’s podcast.
I like names that have color associations. Can’t really tell ya why, but I do. So there. And other people are feelin’ it too, I guess because Violet (the Latin girl name that means “purple” is way high up there at number 48 in popularity, according to the site NameBerry.com. And hey, it’s a flower name, to boot!
The sweet name was chosen by Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma for their daugher’s middle name, actually, whose full name is Banks Violet Bair, according to Mother.ly. Banks isn’t on the charts at NameBerry.com, and may be pretty much a H. Duff original, actually.
’Tis a biblical name, to be sure, and the Hebrew name means “salvation of the lord,” as is included at the site NameBerry.com, which has Isaiah way up at number 47 in the rankings.
Catherine and Sean Lowe of Bachelor fame (my, this non-cable-watching writer is learning a lot today!) had their second baby this year, another boy, according to Today.com, and Isaiah Hendrix is the moniker they chose for him, as they shared to social media, along with the caption “Thank you Lord.”
The sweet and short name Mia was all the way up at number 6 in popularity for 2017, according to the site NameBerry.com. It has Italian and Scandinavian origins, and it means “mine” or “bitter” explains the same names site as is included above.
This cute name with a harsh bight to it was chosen by singer Robin Thicke and his partner April Love Geary this year for their daughter, their first together according to People.com, who was born back in February.
Olivia is the very most popular celeb name of our fun li’l list today! Elizabeth smart, described as an author and activist at Mother.ly, shared the big news that she and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, were expecting. Their third child was born in November, and the mom shared a selfie to her followers with the caption "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"
So there you have it! From the obscure and invented to the trendy as can be, those are the names that famous folks chose for their children in 2018.