Ten Best Celebrity Baby Names
This is our fourth annual list of the top ten celebrity baby names of the year, created in conjunction with the web's most authoritative and extensive tracker of celebrity baby names, the Celebrity Baby Names Blog.
If celebs just chose names like Michael or Emily, the rest of us wouldn't care very much. But they don't. Celebrities go out of their way to come up with baby names that are supercool. In the process, they choose names that are often fascinating, usually exotic, and sometimes absolutely off-the-wall!
So for the year 2009, what wild and wacky names did celebrities conjure up? What were the ten best celebrity names of the year? As in years past, we were not disappointed. Celebrities from the worlds of movies, television, sports, and music came up with some incredible baby names, and choosing the ten best was no easy task. Once again, in selecting our top ten, we looked for names that are different, unique, exotic, imaginative, and completely wacky. We found all of that, and more.
With no further ado, our selections for the Ten Best Celebrity Baby Names of 2009.
- 1. Sparrow James Midnight
There is always at least one celebrity baby name each year that people love to hate, and this year, Sparrow James Midnight was the one. Actress and singer Nicole Richie, and husband Joel Madden came up with this wildly unique name for their son, born in September. It's a worthy follow up to the name of their first child, daughter Harlow Winter Kate.
- 2. Petal Blossom Rainbow
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools are no strangers to exotic baby names. With two daughters named Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo, what could they possibly come up with to keep the tradition going? Petal Blossom Rainbow, that's what. Little Petal was born in April, and confirms the Olivers as trendsetters in the world of celebrity baby names.
- 3. Mars Merkaba
Singer Erykah Badu caused quite a stir when rumors were rampant that her daughter, born in Brooklyn in February, was going to be named Twitty Milk. Some bloggers called it too early. It wasn't Twitty Milk. Badu, and longtime boyfriend Jay Electronica, named their daughter Mars Merkaba. But they did Tweet about it.
- 4. Mason Dash
It's a dashing name. It sounds like a name right out of the 1920s -- unique, memorable, and just a hint of rogueish -- but in a cool way. Reality T.V. star Kourtney Kardashian, and boyfriend Scott Disick came up with this one for their son born in December.
- 5. Atlas
Who shrugged? Certainly not Anne Heche, when she and boyfriend James Tupper had to come up with a baby name to hold its own with the name of Heche's first child, Homer. Heche and Tupper rose to the occasion. What better name to match the ancient Greek poet Homer than the ancient mythological figure Atlas? Heche's second son, Atlas, was born in March. (But not on the Ides of March, luckily).
- 6. Bandit Lee
Celebrity rocker babies often end up with some of the wildest baby names, and Bandit Lee, daughter of Lyn-Z and Gerard Way is a case in point. Bandit Lee is the daughter of two bands -- Lyn-Z's Mindless Self Indulgence and Gerard Way's My Chemical Romance. Little Bandit arrived in June. Let's just hope she doesn't run into Penn Jillette's daughter, Moxie Crimefighter, anytime soon.
- 7. Gunner
Speaking of badass rocker celebrity baby names, how about Gunner? This little guy, who arrived in August, would probably get along just fine with Bandit Lee. Gunner is the second son for Killer's frontman Brandon Flowers, and his wife Tana. In explaining the unusual name, Flowers said that they wanted something that held up against the name Flowers.
- 8. Louisanna Ray
This is one of those clever trick names -- at first you think it's "Louisiana", but then you do a second take, and realize it's spelled differently. Maybe it's a combination name, Louis plus Anna? Is it a boy or a girl? It's a girl's name, of course. The first child for actress Leelee Sobieski, and her fiance, fashion designer Adam Kimmel. Louisanna arrived in December.
- 9. Seraphina Rose Elizabeth
OK, so this isn't one of those wild and crazy celebrity names we all love (or hate, as the case may be). But it's such a beautiful, classic set of names, we couldn't resist adding it to the list. And it didn't hurt that mom and dad are Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Seraphina was born in January, and judging by reader responses, most of you loved the name.
- 10. Bardot Vita
Last, but certainly not least, in this year's round of the best celebrity baby names, is Bardot Vita, an exotic and unusual name with echoes of Brigitte Bardot. This little Bardot was born in August, and is the second child and first daughter for Bones star David Boreanaz and his wife, actress and former model Jaime Bergman.
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