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Nameberry's First Celebrity Babies: Where Are They Now?

Posted: 07/02/2012 11:06 am

Way back before celebrity baby bumps and the Brangelina brood, before Bronx Mowgli and Blue Ivy, we put together the first-ever collection of celebrity baby names in our 1988 book Beyond Jennifer & Jason. These "starbaby" names had the power to launch trends and inspire namesakes, we theorized, and we'd be hearing them far into the future.

The future has arrived, and those original celebrity babies have grown up and made names for themselves. Here, a look at some of the starbabies whose names were included in our original lists and what they're doing now.

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  • Bijou Lilly

    The daughter of Genevieve Waite and John Phillips has done it all, as actress, model and singer. She has also shown an affinity for some fellow starbabies, having had relationships with Elijah Blue Allman and Sean Lennon. Her pretty jewel-like name was inspired by the song "My Petite <a href="" target="_hplink">Bijou</a>" by <a href=",_Hendricks_%26_Ross" target="_hplink">Lambert, Hendricks & Ross</a>.

  • Bryce Dallas

    Parents Ron and Cheryl Howard famously gave their children middle names related to the locales where they were conceived--ergo Dallas. Bryce has gone on to earn a Golden Globe nomination and accolades for her role in "The Help." She now has two starbabies of her own--Theodore Norman (Theo) and Beatrice Jean.

  • Chastity Sun, now Chaz Salvatore

    Now a high profile transgender man, the only child of singers Sonny and Cher is a writer and musician and LGBT activist, and has been the subject of the documentary "Becoming Chaz", and was a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." His original name Chastity was the title of a film his parents had made before they used it as a baby name.

  • Chloe

    The daughter of actress Candice Bergen and the late French New Wave film director Louis Malle is a writer who started her journalistic career in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and has recently been appointed social editor at <em>Vogue</em> magazine. The name <a href="" target="_hplink">Chloe</a> has taken a remarkable leap since Mlle. Malle was born in 1985, from Number 564 to the Top 10.

  • Destiny Hope, now Miley Ray

    Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter was given the aspirational name <a href="" target="_hplink">Destiny</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">Hope</a> because her parents felt she was destined to accomplish great things; <a href="" target="_hplink">Miley</a> is a shortening of her baby nickname of Smiley. After Cyrus became a star on Hannah Montana, the name Miley became the fastest-rising in country.

  • Elijah Blue

    The son of Cher and Greg Allman has had a career as singer and guitarist; he is now focused on the visual arts. <a href="" target="_hplink">Elijah</a> was a highly unusual biblical choice at the time he was named, and ahead-of-its-time middle name <a href="" target="_hplink">Blue</a> has recently rocketed to starbaby stardom as the first name of Beyonce and Jay-Z's infant daughter.

  • John Buffalo

    The son of Norman Mailer and Norris Church has followed some of his father's pursuits--and then added some of his own, as author, playwright, journalist, producer and actor--and has also been selected as one of <em>People</em> magazine's sexiest men alive. <a href="" target="_hplink">John</a> pioneered the animal name trend, carried on by such later celebrity kids as Wolf Van Halen and Alicia Silverstone's Bear.

  • Kate Garry

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Kate</a> Garry Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, has inherited her mom's sunny persona and acting talent, for which she's received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Kate as a short form used on its own as a first is gaining increased attention thanks to the new wife of Britain's Prince William. Hudson's own next-generation starbabies are sons Ryder Russell and Bingham Hawn.

  • Lily Jane

    Although she's only 23, musician Phil Collins's daughter <a href="" target="_hplink">Lily</a> has been a model, writer and TV personality, in addition to having a promising movie career that includes playing Snow White in the live action film "Mirror, Mirror." Another notable Lily is the actress daughter of Jill Clayburgh and playwright David Rabe, Lily Rabe, who received a Tony award nomination for her Shakespearean role of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice" opposite Al Pacino. In the late 80s, Lily was in the bottom half of the Top 1000; today it's Number 15.

  • Mamie Gummer

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Mamie</a> Gummer, the look-alike daughter of Meryl Streep and sculptor Donald Gummer has a burgeoning theatrical and movie career. Her younger sister Grace Jane, who also bears a strong family resemblance, is an actor as well, as is brother Henry. Third sister Louisa (Mom was born Mary Louise) may also be joining the family business. Nickname Mamie was in the Top 100 a century ago and, while it hasn't registered on the charts since in the mid-1960s, it's in step with today's name fashions.

  • Maximilian Paul Diarmuid

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Max</a> Irons is a third generation actor, son of Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack and grandson of actor Cyril Cusack. After his good looks drew attention to him during his modeling career, Max won the leading male role in the film "Red Riding Hood." His second middle name is anglicized as Dermot, an up-and-coming Irish name in the US. Max was one of the most popular starbaby names in our early books, with Dustin Hoffman, Henry Winkler, Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein, and Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving all having sons named Max.

  • Satchel Ronan, now Ronan Seamus

    The son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen is the highest academic achiever of the group, a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from college at 15, entered Yale Law School at 16, then went on to become Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's special advisor for global youth issues. <a href="" target="_hplink">Ronan</a>'s name was changed to <a href="" target="_hplink">Seamus</a> after his parents split following the revelation that his father was dating Ronan's adopted sister Soon-Yi Previn, and then was changed again because everyone mispronounced it as "seemus," his mother explained.

  • Stella Nina

    One starbaby who followed her own path is <a href="" target="_hplink">Stella</a> McCartney, second oldest child of Paul and Linda and a super-successful clothing designer and force in the fashion world, most recently designing the uniforms for the British Olympic teams. She's also the mother of four creatively named kids: Miller Alasdhair James, Bailey Linda Olwyn, Beckett Robert Lee, and Reiley Dilys Stella. Scraping the bottom of the Top 1000 in the 1980s, Stella is now a Top 100 name.

  • Zoe Isabella

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Zoe</a> Kravitz, the actress-singer-model offspring of trendsetters Lisa Bonet and singer-songwriter-actor Lenny Kravitz, was one of only 238 American babies named Zoe in 1988, the year of her birth; now it's Number 31. Middle name <a href="" target="_hplink">Isabella</a>, last year's Number 1 name, incredibly enough did not even rank in the Top 1000 at that time.


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