The celebrity factor was already a major influence on baby names when Nameberry was born in 2008, but over the past decade the celebrity culture has exploded even further and become even more impactful on names. The names of celebs, the names they name their children, the names of the characters they play, all have the power to transform the perception of unusual appellations and to put a high polish on dusty relics. And they can also shock us with some of their most outrageous picks. Let’s take a look at the coolest and craziest starbaby names of the decade.
10 COOLEST STARBABY NAMES of the decade
To some degree, the cool quotient is in the eye of the beholder, but these ten are our absolute faves. We love their combos of first and middles, the pairings of lost vintage names like and , and with contrastingly contemporary middles. And we appreciate a good backstory—like Gregson paying tribute to mom by referencing the title of one of her iconic films.
( & Bettany, 2011)
( Kazan & , 2018)
( , 2014)
CLEMENTYNE ( Gregson , 2012)
( Gruffudd, 2013)
( , 2012)
( Teigen & , 2016)
( Bateman, 2012)
SOLACE ( Morissette, 2016)
( McElhone 2008)
10 CRAZIEST STARBABY NAMES of the decade
set the bar in 2008, may have topped it by giving her daughter 15 syllables worth of name.
( , 2009)
( , 2012)
BOOMER ( , 2016)
( & Wentz, 2008)
CHOSEN ( , 2015)
PEANUT (Indo Rademacher, 2008)
ZOT ( Worthington, 2015)
( , 2012)
SIR ( & -Z, 2017)
( Kardashian & , 2015)– runners up are and Chicago
10 MOST INFLUENTIAL STARBABIES of the decade
There are a ton of stars whose name choices have influenced baby namers over the decade, but these seem to have been the most impactful.
( Silverstone, 2011) This seemed like a wild choice seven years ago– certainly didn’t rank in 2008; it’s now at #218 on NB, seen as more teddy bear than menace.
( & -Z, 2012) Both names have been influential; more as a middle, rising to #108 from 299 in 2008.
( & , 2008) The Hollywood Age glamour girl surname entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2009 at 902, it is now #390.
( & 2011), has jumped from #53 in 2011 to #11, thanks to the Beckhams and a couple of other celebs
( Kardashian & Disick, 2009) was #35 in 2008, is now up at #7))
( Clarkson, 2014) was not used for girls in 2008, now it’s at #274
( & 2015, followed by K. in 2016). Was at #351 in 2008, currently 24.
BARRYMORE ( Barrymore, 2014) precipitated a return to the Top 1000 of this nickname name for girls in 2015, after 41 years in hiding.
(girl) ( Lively and 2014) Though not influential as a first, this gender bender has caught on like wildfire as a girls’ middle.
( and , 2008) This family ancestral name entered the list in 2009, is now #232. (Twin ’s name has also taken off.)
BEST TWIN COMBOS of the decade
From the simple alliterative and to the imaginatively matched and , these parents of twins found a perfect balance.
& ( Romijn & O’, 2008)
& ( & Burka, 2010)
& ( Champion, 2008)
& ( & , 2008)
& ( , 2011)
& ( , 2008)
& ( Paquin & Moyer, 2012)
& ( Hemsworth & Pataky, 2014)
& ( Shahi & Howey, 2015)
& ( Ackles & , 2016)
MOST INFLUENTIAL CELEBS of the decade
Celebs as well as their babies lend starpower to their own monikers.
–was #623 in 2008, when most Americans couldn’t pronounce it, to #103 now.
— was #679 in 2000, 222 in 2008, and is 157 in 2017.
DiCaprio— entered the Top 100 in 2016, while his nickname went from #228 in 2008 to #61 in 2017.
Neeson— jumped from #75 in 2008 to current top place for boys.
Kundis— was #558 ten years ago, is #30 now.
Witherspoon— entered the girl list at #886 in 2000, is 171 now thanks to her high profile.
Johansson – jumped from #942 in 2000 to 211 in 2008 to #18 now.
—The British boy band One Direction singer’s unique spelling was unheard of in 2008, entered the list in 2013, is now #341.
—Thanks largely to the portrayer of on Game of Thrones, vintage nickname , unranked in 2008, returned in 2014, and is currently #524.
—Despite its pronunciation challenge this Irish name entered the US Top 1000 in 2016.
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