You can always count on the rich and famous to come up with interesting, unique, and, yes, weird baby names for their children—and the celebrity baby names that have emerged this year are no exception. We’ve taken stock and gathered up the best celebrity baby boy and girl names of 2017 so far. Go on, take a peek; you just might find a few ideas for your own little nugget.
Singer Liam Payne and his girlfriend, singer Cheryl Tweedy, debated what to name their son before finally deciding on Bear. "I wanted a more traditional name and she wanted a name that was more unusual," Payne told Total Access. "And the reason she chose Bear in the end was because Bear is a name that when you leave a room, you won't forget. And I like that."
The Hills star Lauren Conrad went with a classic name for her first son with husband William Tell. While his legal name is William (a hat tip to his dad), the couple is calling him Liam, an Irish short form of William.
Total Divas star Brie Bella welcomed her daughter Birdie in May. She said on her YouTube channel that she and her husband, Daniel Bryan, decided on the name because they wanted something that started with a “B” to match their family’s names. When they came across the name Birdie, they both knew that was it.
Dancing with the Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy spent a lot of time selecting their son’s name, Murgatroyd revealed on her blog, All Things Fam & Glam. They wanted something short because Chmerkovskiy is “kind of a mouthful,” she wrote, and they decided on Shai, which means “gift” in Hebrew.
Born to Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., baby Lucille has a vintage name that conjures up images of legendary actress Lucille Ball. While Lucy is a fairly common name, Lucille is pretty rare these days.
Actress Zoe Saldana welcomed her third son, Zen, in February. Baby Zen, whose name means a calm state of meditation, joins big brothers Cy and Bowie.
Baby Slate was born to US soccer star Landon Donovan in June. Though Donovan didn’t reveal the meaning behind his son’s name, he got a lot of props on Twitter for its originality.
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Proud papa George Clooney told People that he and his wife Amal “didn’t want to have really dumb names” for their kids. Instead, they went for classic monikers. “We figured these kids are going to be looked at a lot and watched and [have their] every move sort of judged, and we wanted them to at least have a break with the names,” he said. “So we looked for some sort of normal names.”
Supernatural star Jared Padalecki welcomed his third child, Odette, in March. BTW, the French name means “wealthy”—and it’s adorable.
Amber Tamblyn and her husband David Cross revealed their baby daughter’s name in an Instagram post featuring a letter Hillary Clinton wrote to the baby. Marlow, which is an Old English name that means “driftwood,” is also the name of Sienna Miller’s daughter (with the addition of an “e” at the end).
Moonlight star Mahershala Ali and his wife Amatus had their first child together in February, a baby girl they named Bari. The name means “of Allah” in Arabic.
Baby boy Grey was born to actress Molly Sims in January, joining big siblings Scarlett and Brooks. The name has English origins and is definitely unique.
Published October 2017