Celebrity parents are infamous for choosing offbeat baby names for their children. Some baby names like Shiloh, chosen by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, take hold while others like Moxie Crimefighter never appeal to us, mere mortals. Celebrity baby names are often unusual but that does not mean that they are off-limits. Famous folks have been trendsetters for baby appellations forever and often, they can even alter the baby name popularity charts and send a baby name skyrocketing to the top.
If you’re in need of baby name inspiration, turn to the stars for help! We did just that and looked at a variety of names chosen by famous parents in recent years to present you with some worthy options. These colorful choices come from all sorts of naming traditions, languages, and vary in tone from sounding absolutely stern to lighthearted and breezy. This means you will find all kinds of names on this celebrity baby name list from the offbeat to rediscovered timeless classics. Let’s take a look at some awesome names that could work for your family!
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Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy chose the strange name Bingham for their son who goes by Bing for short. The only reference we know for the name is the late crooner Bing Crosby. Bingham is a British surname-name that means “homestead hollow.” As in, a property near a hollow. This name has never been widely popular in the US, but that could surely change!
Steven Spielberg chose the name Destry for his daughter born in 1996. It’s a gender-neutral name that’s of French origins and means “warhorse.” Destry was once popular in the 1960s for baby boys thanks to a TV western series that aired at the time. Since then, the name has not appeared on the top 1000 baby names list. It’s one of the celebrity baby names that’s poised for a comeback!
Moms are following Reese Witherspoon‘s lead after she named her son Tennessee James after the iconic playwright Tennessee Williams. Tennessee, the state, gets its name from a Cherokee town that means “meeting place.” An evocative choice for sure, we find Tennessee energetic and enduring.
Forest Whitaker is a fearless baby-namer! He has a son named Ocean and a daughter named Sonnet. We think he’s got a talent for discovering amazing words to turn into names. Sonnet comes from Italian roots that mean “little song.” We think this name is perfect for poetry-loving parents who want to turn to prose for inspiration.
Ocean King PenaVega is the son of actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. Ocean is a delightful natural, water name that could bring a little brightness to your child’s moniker. Ocean has yet to become as widespread as similar names Brooke and River, but we think it will be very trendy soon enough. This marks the second time we’ve brought up the name Ocean on this list which makes it one of the truly trendy celebrity baby names today.
Memphis has Greek and Coptic origins that mean “enduring” and “beautiful.” Memphis is a much more common appellation for boys than girls, but it was given to at least one notable celebrity child. Bono and Ali Hewson chose the name Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson after her birth in 1991. Memphis makes the top 1000 most popular names for boys but not girls today.
As promised, Brad and Angelina’s baby’s name, Shiloh, makes the list. This attractive Hebrew name means “tranquil.” The name was virtually unheard of in the US until the celebrity couple helped garner attention for it. Today, Shiloh is a top 500 name which makes it one of the most popular celebrity baby names for everyday parents.
Suri, a once unknown, exotic appellation, made headlines after it was chosen by Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise for their daughter in 2007. Popular in a number of naming traditions, Suri means “the sun” in Sanskrit, “rose” in Persian. Most notably, it’s a form of the Hebrew name Sara which means “princess.”
Esmeralda has been climbing the top 1000 list since the 1950s and it enjoyed its most popular year ever in the US last year. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling named their first daughter Esmeralda. The name is popular with Hispanic parents and non-Spanish speakers alike. The name has Spanish and Portuguese origins meaning “emerald.”
Robert Downey, Jr., and Susan Downey chose the name Exton for their baby boy. Exton has English and Celtic origins and means “town on the River Exe” or simply “near the water.” Exton is a highly unusual pick and not one of the most celebrity baby names on this list. We hope that changes because Exton is a very handsome option.
We turn to Kate Winslet for the first time, but not the last, as she chose Blaze as a middle name for her son. Actor Jennifer Gareis and Bobby Ghassemieh chose it as the first name for their son born in 2010. Blaze is given about twenty times more often to baby boys than girls, but it is still a unisex option. Blaze means “fire” and we expect to light a fire to the top 1000 baby names in the US in coming years!
Titan has emerged as a top 1000 baby name over the last several years. Singer Kelly Rowland & Tim Weatherspoon named one of their sons Titan Jewell after his birth in 2014. Titan has roots in Greek mythology as immortal giants called Titans. Titan means “defender.” It’s one of the celebrity baby names that was already trending but will likely continue to grow in popularity thanks to Rowland.
Nicole Richie and another Joel Madden named their son Sparrow James Midnight. However, they are not the only celebs to choose it. Singer Tony Lucca named his daughter Sparrow Jane. We love a good bird baby name so this one is most welcome on the list. This name is not remotely popular in the US today, which means it’s still one of the celebrity baby names that’s obscure.
We look to Busy Philipps for the first time on this list for inspiration as she has named her daughter Cricket Pearl. Cricket is a distinct nature baby name that parents have not fully adopted yet, but that could certainly change in the coming years. We think this appellation would be a winner for a little boy or a little girl.
Son of director Robert Rodriguez, Rogue Rodriquez, has one of the most unique celebrity baby names. Rogue, a character from X-Men, proves a great name that means “rascal.” Rogue will not be for everyone, as evident in the US top 1000 baby names in which this name has never ranked.
Bear debuted in the US top 1000 for the first time last year. However, it only barely made it onto the list. That means there is still plenty of room for Bear to grow. Bear typically goes to little boys as it did for Alicia Silverstone‘s son Bear Blu Jarecki and Kate Winslet‘s Bear Blaze Winslet.
Say “Hello” to Busy again! Busy Philipps named her other baby Birdie (after First Lady Lady Bird Johnson), as did soap star Maura West. Birdie was last popular as a given name in the US in 1948. This name has typically gone to baby girls but we think it works as a unisex baby name owing to its natural meaning. We would love for this adorable name to make comeback.
Blue is a popular unisex baby name among many celebrity parents. Blue Ivy is of course the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s talented daughter. Blue is a color name that is often used as a middle name as well. Adele‘s middle name is Blue. Elijah Blue Allman is the son of Cher. Needless to say, this name is wildly popular among celebs but has not completely caught on with the rest of the population.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis caused a splash when they named their now-grown firstborn after novelist Rumer Godden. Rumer Glenn Willis might have received the attractive name in 1988 but few others can say the same. This is still one of the very rare celebrity baby names. Rumer comes from an English surname that means “fame.”
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied named their son Aleph. The ancient name refers to the origins of the universe in the Kabbalah. It also refers to the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Aleph has Hebrew origins and means “chief” or “number one.” It’s one of the rare celebrity baby names in the US.
Sunday is one of those celebrity baby names that sounds attractively vintage yet completely approachable. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban thought so as they named their daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban for their baby girl born in 2008. Mike Myers followed suit 6 years later giving the name to one of his daughters.
Son of actor Jason Lee received the name Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf Lee after his birth in 2003. Pilot is an occupational name for an individual who takes the steering wheel. Pilot works well as a baby name for boys and girls and would be an offbeat option for adventurous parents. Pilot is definitely one of the most colorful celebrity baby names on this list.
Lyra is a musical baby name that comes from Greek and means “lyre.” It was a very appropriate choice for Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn (as well as Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum). Lyra has long been a popular baby name for girls in England, and it finally debuted in the top 1000 here in the US in 2015. Sheeran chose the middle name Antarctica, but you most certainly do not.
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden turned heads after they named their daughter Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden after her birth in 2020. This most novel of celebrity baby names comes from Latin origins and means “root.” Raddix seems “rad” for both boys and girls to us!
Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund announced the birth of their son early this year. They chose the name Rhodes Robert and we think Rhodes was a wise choice. Rhodes is a posh baby name with Greek origins that means “where roses grow.” It has never appeared in the US top 1000 most popular baby names, making it a distinct option!
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Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell named her daughter Bluebell Madonna which is one of the most over-the-top celebrity baby names. Geri’s daughter was born in 2006 and was joined by her half-brother Montague in 2017. Bluebell refers to the spring flower.
Actors Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen share a daughter named Briar Rose. It’s a bit of a thorny pick but we think it stands out amid these other unique celebrity baby names.
Singer Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo have two kids together: Gio Grace and Dusty Rose. While we’re not crazy about the name Gio Grace, their other kid’s name, Dusty Rose sounds like she was named after a romantic shade of pink.
Rappers Cardi B and Offset named their baby born in 2018, Kulture Kiari. Offset’s legal name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus. We absolutely love the name Kiari and imagine Kulture will be showing up on more and more birth certificates in the coming years.
Magician Penn Jillette and wife Emily Zolten named their daughter Moxie CrimeFighter. Her name will make you think she’s a character from a comic book, but she is indeed a real, 14-year-old individual. Of the strange celebrity baby names on this list, Moxie took the most guts to land on. Moxie means “force of character.”
Actor Sam Worthington and model Lara Worthington are proud parents of a 4-year-old they named Rocket Zot. We searched for the definition of the word, “zot” and found no acceptable meanings. The couple is from Australia so perhaps it’s an Aussie thing? That child has one of the most unique celebrity baby names! Rocket!
Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee have a daughter named Satchel. There has got to be a story behind this unique name. Could it be inspired by Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige who was an American professional baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball? We imagine many of these celebrity baby names would make perfect sense if the parents explained them.
Before Gwen Stefani met current partner Blake Shelton, she was in a relationship with rocker Gavin Rossdale. Gwen and Gavin named one of their children Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. Zuma was born in 2008. Zuma is a name of Arabic origin and means “peace.”
Director Kevin Smith and actor Jennifer Schwalbach Smith named their daughter after a comic book character. Kevin and Jennifer are parents to 20-year-old Harley Quinn Smith who’s an actor and musician. A name like Harley Quinn is made for showbusiness which makes it one of the quintessential celebrity baby names. Harley is an English name that means “hare meadow.”
Shortly after musicians Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz married, they gave birth to a son and named him Bronx Mowgli Wentz. Ashlee and Pete are no longer together, but the name lives on. Bronx Mowgli sounds like the name of a movie! If you like the name Brooklyn, consider its cousin, Bronx.
Irish musician Bob Geldof and his wife Paula Yates gave birth to Fifi Trixibelle Geldof in 1983. Trixiebell is one of the strangest of the celebrity baby names! Fifi is considered a diminutive form of Josephine in Spanish and French, meaning “Jehovah increases.”
Actor Jena Malone from The Hunger Games and her ex Ethan DeLorenzo named their son Ode Mountain DeLorenzo Malone. Jena has never offered an explanation of the strange name, but she doesn’t really need to. An Ode is a “lyric poem” in English.
Actor Uma Thurman gave birth to Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence in 2012. The name is… somewhat of a mouthful. Apparently, Uma and her boyfriend, Arpad Busson couldn’t agree on a name for their daughter, so they gave her five. “We couldn’t quite agree on the name, so we call her Luna,” Uma told Jimmy Fallon shortly after giving birth. Rosalind originated in German and means “beautiful rose.”
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Juliette Norton have five children. All of their kids were given absolutely over-the-top celebrity baby names. The kids range in ages from 3 to 17-years-old. Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice, and River Rocket Blue Dallas are the children’s names. We like Poppy, which has Latin origins and means “red flower.”
Models Stormi Bree and Lucky Blue Smith have pretty interesting names, to begin with. Stormi Bree sounds like a cheese hurricane! It should come as no surprise that the couple opted for one of the wildest celebrity baby names with Gravity Blue Smith. The word gravity comes from Latin and means “heavy.”
The Good Wife actor Jess Weixler and husband Hamish Brocklebank welcomed their baby, Beatrice Danger Brocklebank, in 2019. Their daughter’s middle name is literally Danger. Danger is one of the coolest celebrity baby names, we must admit. Beatrice is an antique treasure of a name that means “bringer of happiness.”
Strange man and X Files star David Duchovny and ex-wife, fictional president, Téa Leoni, have a 17-year-old son together named Kyd Miller Duchovny. Kyd sounds just like “kid.” The name, Kyd comes from old English and means “baby goat.” We suppose Kyd is one of the most whimsical celebrity baby names.
Musicians Alani Morissette and partner Mario Souleye Treadway named their baby for a season. The couple named their son, with strange celebrity baby names, of course! Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway is their son’s name. “Winter’s Mercy” sounds like the name of a novel.
You can take this one to the banks! Actor Hilary Duff and musician Matthew Koma have a 1-year-old daughter that they named Banks Violet Bair. Banks not only name financial institutions! Banks is an established English topographical surname that means “from the river’s edge.” Banks could be one of the celebrity baby names that really takes off in the coming years.
Star Wars creator George Lucas and wife Mellody Hobson welcomed their son in 2013. The now 6-year-old is named Everest Hobson Lucas. Everest? Did they name their son after the world’s highest mountain? If not the mountain, perhaps it was the surveyor, Sir George Everest. The surname comes from English origin and means “dweller on the Eure River.”
Rapper T.I. and wife Tameka Cottle have a 3-year-old daughter named Heiress Diana Harris. When a teacher goes to call the roll they will say, “Heiress Harris.” We truly hope this young girl grows up to be more than an heir and that she takes over the whole world. May her celebrity baby names set her up for grandeur! Heiress means “beneficiary of the family estate.”
Adventurous TV personality Bear Grylls and his wife Shara Grylls have three children together. Two of the three kids have unfortunate names. Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls & Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls are names we do not encounter every day. Bear likes to call Huckleberry, “Huckles” for short. Huckles! Huckleberry means “sweet berry.”
We touch base with Gwen Stefani once more! She and ex Gavin Rossdale share Apollo Bowie Flynn who was born in 2014. Apollo was a sun god in Greek mythology. David Bowie’s “Starman” also concerned itself with celestial beings. Stefani and Rossdale were definitely not afraid to “let all the children boogie” when they chose these celebrity baby names for their son.
Australian actor Rachel Griffiths named her son Banjo Patrick, which was a choice. While banjo, the name of an instrument closely associated with American folk music, might not spring to mind as a name for an Aussie child but, Banjo is a common aboriginal name Down Under. We think Banjo is pulling it off!
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Actor of stage and screen Ving Rhames named his daughter Reign Beau when she was born in 2000. This creative name allows you to name a child Rainbow without actually naming them Rainbow. The name Reign means “little king.” The name has been trending since 2016 for both boys and girls!
There you go! Nobody does it like the rich and famous do! We hope you discovered some possible appellations for your baby on the way with these evocative celebrity baby names. Celebrity parents have always been trendsetters when it comes to baby names. We think that the 50 names on this list reflect the forward-thinking nature of celebrity baby names that parents should adopt. If you don’t want your son being the seventh Liam in his class or your daughter the tenth Sophia, consider these unique names that stand out for all the right reasons.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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