12 Celebrity Baby Names And the Origin Stories Behind Them
If you’re hoping to give your future child a unique name but nervous about how life will unfold as a Shiloh, look no further than celebrities for a shot of courage. After all, naming your kid Birdie requires very little chutzpah compared with going with Golden. Plus, it’s probably pretty sweet to be the only Sir in the sandbox.
Parents: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Origin Story: The consciously uncoupled pair were reportedly inspired to give their firstborn this fresh name thanks to Martin’s North American booking agent, Marty Diamond. He has a daughter named Apple, and according to People, the couple asked if they could give their child the same first name if they ended up having a girl.
2. Robinson True
Parents: ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder
Origin Story: “He goes by True,” Ponder said in a statement. “He was named after Jackie and David…two men of courage who weren’t/aren’t afraid to hold to their convictions and take the road less traveled.”
3. Shiloh Nouvel
Parents: Brangelina (RIP)
Origin Story: According to the Associated Press, Shiloh—a Hebrew name—translates to “Messiah” or “Peaceful One.” Born via C-section in Namibia, she joined a family that already included Maddox and Zahara. With the middle name Nouvel, her full moniker roughly translates to “New Messiah.” High expectations much?
4. Rumi and Sir
Parents: Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Origin Story: Born after big sister Blue Ivy, these twins had a tough act to follow. "Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter," Jay-Z explained. Her brother was named post-delivery, when he made his personality apparent. "Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
5. Revel James Makai
Parents: Matthew Morrison and wife Renee Puente
Origin Story: “We wanted to revel in our child and we were like, Revel, that is just so cool and we will call him Rev for short,” Morrison told People, adding that he and his wife had decided on an “M” name if they had a girl and an “R” one for a boy, wanting to choose something “unique” but not too “weird.”
6. North and Saint
Origin Story: Naming their daughter North started out (appropriately) as a tabloid rumor. But when the moniker gained buzz, along with the approval of Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour, “Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed,” Kardashian told British GQ. “I guess at that point it sort of stuck." Momager Kris Jenner went on to clarify: "North means highest power and [Kim] says that North is their highest point together." As for the highest power’s baby brother, according to E! News, “Saint was picked since it's akin to saying he is ‘a blessing,’ especially because [Kim] had such a difficult pregnancy."
Parents: Nick Cannon and former Miss Arizona U.S.A Brittany Bell
Origin Story: After calling his twins (with Mariah Carey) Moroccan and Monroe, the America’s Got Talent host has proven himself a gold-medal baby namer. The baby’s nickname? “Go Go,” of course.
Parents: Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego Saldana
Origin Story: After having twins Cy Adorio and Bowie Ezio, the Guardians of the Galaxy star and her husband welcomed a third son, Zen (whose name will be self-explanatory to any mothers of sons). Saldana made the announcement on Instagram, adding, “#threeboys…oh boy.”
9. Lincoln and Delta
Parents: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Origin Story: The Frozen and Parenthood stars had planned to name their first child Lincoln when they felt a distinct “boy vibe” during Bell's pregnancy. Later, Bell told Jay Leno, “We got lazy when we found out she was a girl and said 'Hey, why not Lincoln?' As for their second child, Delta, the name (like North) sort of started out in jest. "It was a joke because our first daughter's name is Lincoln, which is very masculine," Shepard revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "So, a friend of mine teasingly texted me: 'Oh, great! What's this one gonna be? Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?' I was reading this text out loud to Kristen. And I said, 'Oh, Louis Steve said what if we named her Delta? Delta! Delta Bell Shepard! That's it!' And that's it!"