The best, worst, weirdest, wildest celebrity baby namesIt was quite a year for celebrity baby names, but then again, you could say that for every recent year. Some stars this year mined old-fashioned sources of inspiration, while others went wild with inventions of their own. Here, the Nameberry Awards for the best, the worst, the weirdest, and the wildest celebrity baby names of 2011.
By: Nameberry.com, INFORUM
It was quite a year for celebrity baby names, but then again, you could say that for every recent year. Some stars this year mined old-fashioned sources of inspiration, while others went wild with inventions of their own. Here, the Nameberry Awards for the best, the worst, the weirdest, and the wildest celebrity baby names of 2011.
The Nelson Eddy Memorial Award goes to... REX HARRISON, son of Niki Taylor.
Rather than being tributes to bygone stars, these seem to be lucky – or unlucky – accidents. Celine Dion appears to have inadvertently saluted stiff 1930’s operetta star Nelson Eddy with the combined names of her twin boys, while Niki Taylor (possibly unknowingly) paid tribute to Rex Harrison, the star of “My Fair Lady.”
Newest celebrity gender bender: ARLO, daughter of Johnny Knoxville and son of Toni Collette
Knoxville and Collette picked this conventionally male (but unconventional) name for different gender children in the same year. Other gender boundary breakers: Martha Stewart’s granddaughter Jude, Mariah Carey’s daughter Monroe, and quarterback Peyton Manning’s little girl Mosley Thompson.
Most mini-me name: SPIKE, son of Mike Myers
Mike and Spike? Really? Spike may be a rhyming tribute to his dad, yes, but also – we have to say – more often the name of a snarling bulldog or a Dead End Kid.
Best alliterative sibling set: HAVEN GARNER, daughter of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, and baby sister to Honor Marie.
Two compatible five letter H-names, both unusual and meaningful.
Celebrity baby names most likely to be imitated” ARABELLA and FLYNN
Most likely to find widespread popularity for girls is Arabella, the sweet and romantic name of Ivanka Trump’s baby daughter, and for boys it’s the lively Irish surname Flynn, chosen by Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom for their son. Why? Both are distinctive choices related to stylish favorites Isabella and Finn.
Best roots-inspired choice: PENELOPE ATHENA, daughter of Tina Fey.
The “30 Rock” star looked back to her Greek cultural heritage for both the first and middle names of her second daughter Penelope Athena; first born Alice has the middle name Zenobia, which is Fey’s mother’s name.
Weird starbaby name most likely to become a cute kid name: BINGHAM (Bing) HAWN, son of Kate Hudson
We weren’t so sure at first when we heard this name, but when we learned of all the warm family connections involved, and that he’ll be called by that winning nickname Bing, we were sold.
Weird starbaby name most likely to remain a weird starbaby name: ALEPH, son of Natalie Portman
This name, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is true to Natalie’s Israeli heritage, but – sorry is just not a very good trans-cultural traveler.
Celebrity baby most likely to beautify her name: AGNES LARK, daughter of Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany
This star couple has taken a lacy but stiff old-lady name and de-starched it by adding a sprightly bird name as a middle. Plus, let’s be honest, the kid is sure to be gorgeous, which will do much for Agnes’s somewhat harsh image.
Softest name chosen by hardest rocker: WILLOW SAGE, daughter of Pink
This sweet and gentle nature combo came as a pleasant surprise to fans who might have expected something a little harder-edge, especially after Pink connected it to a tree from her childhood, saying how the willow is her favorite because “it can bend and withstand anything.”
Name not to try east of Yellowstone National Park: BEAR BLU – son of Alicia Silverstone
Grrrr. Fierce names are in. Watch out!
Middle name least likely to be appreciated in adolescence: MIRABELLA BUNNY, daughter of Bryan Adams
Our bet is that she’ll change Bunny to Beatrice or Rose as soon as she’s legally allowed.
Most bizarre name inspiration: MOROCCAN SCOTT, son of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Yes, it was room decor that inspired the name of Monroe’s twin brother – specifically the Moroccan-inspired decor of the top tier of Carey’s New York apartment, the so-called Moroccan Room in which Cannon proposed. At least Mike Tyson named his son Morocco.
Baddest-ass family name: WAYLON ALBERT, nicknamed BLACKJACK, son of Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings
This child is actually the third in a line of Waylon A. Jenningses: first there was outlaw singer grandpa Waylon Arnold, then dad Waylon Albright, nicknamed Shooter, and now little Blackjack, nee Waylon Albert.
Celebrity baby names most anticipated in 2012: BABY BOY AFFLECK and BABY BEYONCE and JAY-Z
After two beautifully named little girls, Violet Ann and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, we can’t wait to hear the name that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck will pick for their first son. And creative as well as creatively-named titans Beyonce and Jay-Z have a lot of name to live up to on their maiden baby-naming voyage. We’re already proclaiming 2012 another banner celebrity baby name year.
Nameberry is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.” See more at http://nameberry.com. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.