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Celebrity Names For Babies: The Newest, Hottest Inspirations

Posted: 08/24/2012 12:38 pm

Celebrity names -- from Ava Gardner to Angelina Jolie and Miles Davis to Michael Jordan -- have influenced the names of babies over recent years.

But now there's a brand new generation of stars whose names are proving inspirational to parents.

From the worlds of music, sports and reality TV along with films, celebrity names are showing major gains on the new popularity lists in both the US and the UK.

Many of these new celebrity names are unusual, exotic and rarely heard before their famous bearers brought them to our attention, and their current popularity can be attributed directly to the stars who made them shine.

The newest, hottest celebrity names today are:

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  • Mila

    Natalie Portman may have won the Oscar for "Black Swan," but Mila Kunis takes the prize for most influential name. This Eastern European diminutive -- the Ukraine-born actress' real name is Milena -- is the fourth highest jumper the most recent popularity list, up nearly 200 places. <a href="" target="_hplink">Mila</a> is pronounced with a long "e" sound, making it a logical successor to the Top 10's Mia.

  • Harry

    You might be forgiven for guessing that the ginger-haired Prince <a href="" target="_hplink">Harry</a> propelled the name to the new Number 1 spot in Great Britain, but the real inspiration is Harry Styles, Britain's answer to Justin Bieber. The "X Factor" contestant is a member of the boy band One Direction.

  • Bristol

    While Palin has been heard as a baby name, <a href="" target="_hplink">Bristol</a> has emerged as the hottest name out of the former Vice Presidential candidate's family. The place name, which debuted on the Top 1,000 in 2009, moved up over 100 places last year, to 434.

  • Iker

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Iker</a>? Really? The unlikely Basque name, pronounced "ee-keer," is the second fastest-rising boy's name in the US, up 267 places thanks to World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

  • Amelia

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Amelia</a> has risen to Number 30 on the US charts on the heels of former first place sister names Emma and Emily, but in Britain it's exploded at Number 1 this year thanks to "X Factor" contestant-turned-hit singer Amelia Lily Oliver.

  • Kellan

    Kellan Lutz has propelled not only his own unusual name but both those of his "Twilight" character Emmett Cullen up the popularity charts. The Irish <a href="" target="_hplink">Kellan</a>, spelled "Kellen" in its native land and meaning slender, is now Number 363 in the US.

  • Audrina

    Audrina Patridge of "The Hills" launched her name onto the Top 1,000 in 2007, but now it's up 365 places. <a href="" target="_hplink">Audrina</a> is an elaboration of the ancient saint's name Audrey, which has also been enjoying greater popularity.

  • Jenson

    While <a href="" target="_hplink">Jenson</a> has not yet cracked the Top 1,000 in the US, it's Number 69 in Great Britain, where Jenson Button is a champion race car driver. This surname name means "son of Jens," the Scandinavian form of John -- though some parents have been known to use it to honor an ancestral Jenny or Jennifer.

  • Adele

    Singing sensation <a href="" target="_hplink">Adele</a> has turned her old French name, which had disappeared from view for over 40 years, into a fresh new hit. Originally a short form of Adelaide, Adele jumped more than 250 places in the most recent popularity count.

  • Logan

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Logan</a> has been a Top 100 name for two decades now, but "Percy Jackson" star Logan Lerman, along with the mutant Logan character played by Hugh Jackman in "Wolverine," are working together to keep the name Logan in the limelight.

  • Elle

    There have been attractive film characters named <a href="" target="_hplink">Elle</a>, in "Legally Blonde" and "Kill Bill", along with supermodel Elle Macpherson, but young actress Elle Fanning is the one who made this French word for "she" - one of the most feminine of names -- into a baby-worthy star.

  • Niall

    Irishman <a href="" target="_hplink">Niall</a> Horan joins fellow One Direction band member Harry Styles in having a name sure to influence a new generation of babies. The ancient Irish Niall, the name of a mythological hero, is pronounced by Horan like the River Nile.


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