Need girls' names inspiration? These celebrity offspring can help. Warning: contains gorgeous baby photos...
Girls’ names: so many options, yet so hard to make a decision. Trying to find the perfect moniker for your daughter can be a major challenge. For one thing, you often find that in the months before you give birth, everyone around you is popping out babies at the same time and stealing all your favourite girls’ names. It’s completely unreasonable of them, and yet weirdly there are no laws to stop it happening.
Then there’s the possibility that while you might like the name Polly, your partner knew a really annoying Polly at school and won’t even consider it – or while he thinks the baby should be named after his mum, you’ve always loved more unusual girls’ names.
So as in all things, why not let Hollywood help? In the world of celebrity, there’s one born every minute, and the beauty of celebs is that they don’t feel restricted by ‘traditional’ girls’ names – fame has given them the confidence to just pick a word and turn it into a name, thus paving the way for us to use it later. The added bonus is that you’re unlikely to bump into Eva Mendes at the creche and be forced to reveal that you stole her idea.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a diverse list of celebrity baby girls’ names to provide you with some much-needed inspiration. And if you still can’t find the perfect name – well, at least our gallery includes some pretty adorable celebrity baby pictures.
Name: Max Zuckerberg
Parents: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Born: December 2015
What to know: Mark Zuckerberg shared the name of his daughter, as well as an announcement that he and Priscilla will be giving away 99% of their shares, on Facebook (of course).
Name: Elsie Otter
Parents: Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik
Born: July 2015
What to know: Zooey and Jacob revealed the name of their little bundle of job at a premiere in New York City, telling reporters their daughter’s name was ‘Elsie Otter… like the sea animal. Sea otter.’ Well, we’d really love to know where that one came from.
Parents: Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford
Born: September 2015
What to know: Mum Carey kept her pregnancy with Evelyn almost a complete secret, never confirming that her and her musician husband were expecting. However, Carey confirmed the happy news when she appeared on The Graham Norton Show in October 2015 revealing that she was born three weeks earlier. However, it wasn’t until the Suffragette premiere in New York that Mulligan confirmed that their little bundle of joy had been named Evelyn.
Parents: Keira Knightley and James Righton
Born: 25 May 2015
What to know: Mum Keira kept Edie’s name a secret for three whole months, finally revealing it in August this year.
Parents: Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood
Born: 9 September 2015
What to know: This lil munchkin is the second baby for Fearne and Jesse, who are already mum and dad to two-year-old son Rex. Honey’s middle name Krissy is after her dad’s late mother Krissy Findlay, who passed away in 2015.
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Parents: Supermodel Coco Rocha and artist James Conran
Born: 28 March 2015
What to know: The name Ioni comes from the Old Norse word for an island, or the Old Greek word meaning violet. James might seem a surprising choice for a girl, but it’s actually popular among celebs – Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds recently named their daughter James Reynolds.
Parents: Model Molly Sims and husband Scott Stuber
Born: 27 March 2015
What to know: Scarlett is an English name, and would once have been a surname for someone who dyed fabric. So far in 2015, it’s the 27th most popular baby girl name in America.
Parents: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Born: 19 December 2014
What to know: Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. Shepard told an interviewer that it was suggested to them as a joke, but Bell immediately loved it.
Parents: Hayden Panettiere and boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko
Born: 9 December 2014
What to know: Kaya means ‘my elder sister’ and connotes wisdom. Evdokia is an old Greek name meaning ‘pleasure’.
Parents: Talk show host Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Fallon
Born: 3 December 2014
What to know: Frances (as opposed to Francis, which is a boys’ name) is of Latin origin and means ‘free’. Amanda Peet and Kate Spade also have baby girls called Frances; Fallon affectionately calls his daughter Franny.
Parents: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Born: 1 October 2014
What to know: Like James, Wyatt is traditionally a boys’ name – in 2013, 16 baby girls in the US were given the name Wyatt, compared to nearly 8500 boys. In an interview after his daughter’s birth, Kutcher explained ‘I had to get the creative juices going … and I got name tourettes. I just started listing off anything and everything I saw: “sign, truck, wall, door…” … Then I was like, “I’ve got a really dumb idea. What about Wyatt?” [Mila] goes, “That’s it.”‘
Parents: Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Born: 12 September 2014
What to know: When asked about the name, Mendes said, ‘Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and we just think it’s a beautiful name. Amada was my grandmother’s name. It means “beloved” in Spanish.’
Parents: Scarlett Johansson and journalist Romain Dauriac
Born: 4 September 2014
What to know: Scarlett chose the name Dorothy after her grandmother – it means ‘gift of God’, and gives us cute nicknames like Dot and Dolly.
Parents: Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler
Born: 16 August 2014
What to know: Summer has been a girls’ name since the 1970s, and Aguilera definitely seems to have been influenced by its hippie vibe. She told People magazine: ‘Summer is a time of spreading warmth and light, while rain washes away … replenishes and brings new life to allow growth and new beginnings.’
Parents: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
Born: 12 June 2014
What to know: Rose is Clarkson’s mother’s maiden name, whereas she and her husband just thought River was ‘kind of cool’. Before the baby was born, Clarkson told Ellen Degeneres: ‘Honestly, the name we’ve picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name. You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. But it’s not like … “Blue Jazz.” It’s not going to be a weird name.’
Parents: Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Born: 22 April 2014
What to know: Frankie Barrymore Kopelman came along after her big sister Olive, and her parents said they struggled to think of another name. ‘It’s hard because we love the name Olive, but what goes with Olive?’ Barrymore said in an interview. ‘Every [name] started sounding like a colour or a food. Hazel’s a great name. No, that’s two shades of green. And I love the name Pepper so much, but we were like, “Olive and Pepper. Like that’s two things you find in a pantry.” … [Frankie] was just a name that came to my husband and I a few months before she was born, and we were sort of like, “I think this is it.”‘
Parents: Kerry Washington and American footballer Nnamdi Asomugha
Born: 21 April 2014
What to know: Isabelle is a variant on Elisabeth, while Amarachi is an Igbo girls’ name meaning ‘God’s grace’.
Parents: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Born: 16 February 2014
What to know: Hazel is an English name, originally referring to the hazelnut tree. Blunt said in an interview that she and her husband chose it because they ‘both really like old lady names’.
Parents: Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle and Jason Bell
Born: 10 February 2014
What to know: There don’t seem to be many examples of Anaiyas before this gorgeous baby, but the name is a variant of Anaya, which is of Hebrew origin.
Parents: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Born: 15 June 2013
What to know: When Kimye called their baby North, some laughed – but grandma Kris Jenner stepped in to explain the reasoning: ‘I love the name North… The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power, and she says that North is their highest point together and I thought that was really sweet.’ The family also call her Nori.
Parents: Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge
Born: September 2012
What to know: Marlowe is a unisex name, originally meaning ‘driftwood’, while Ottoline has the fierce meaning ‘prospers in battle’. Layng is usually a surname.
Parents: Kings of Leon front man Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge
Born: 21 June 2012
What to know: Dixie is a term sometimes used for the American South, which maybe explains its appeal for Nashville-born Caleb Followill. Pearl was a popular name in the late 19th century and is enjoying a rise in popularity now – it’s also been chosen as a baby name by Bridesmaids’ Maya Rudolph and her director husband Paul Thomas Anderson.
Daddy and daughter walk hand in hand as they take a sunny stroll around a glistening swimming pool on holiday. Bliss.