Many people look to celebrities for inspiration when it comes to style, attitude and, yes, even baby names.
When a name is chosen for a celebrity baby, chances are it will skyrocket at least a few places in the name charts for the next few years as people look to popular culture for name ideas. There are always a few unusual and out there names, as well as good old traditional baby names in the celebrity mix bag of babies names, and 2014 was no exception.
Here are a few of the cutest names of celebrity babies born in 2014:
Award winning actress Thandie Newton chose the name Booker for her son, Booker James, born in March 2014. Booker means ‘scribe’ and is the perfect name for future writers. This noble sounding name was originally an English surname, but is now accepted as a first name for boys.
#2: Briar Rose
This is technically two names, but they go together so beautifully. Rachel Bilson (of The O.C. fame) and Hayden Christensen (from Star Wars) chose this gorgeous name for their daughter, Briar Rose, born in October 2014. Briar Rose is the name of Sleeping Beauty in the popular Disney film and the original Brothers Grimm folklore.
Hollywood stars Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes chose this beautiful name for their daughter, Esmeralda Amanda, born in September 2014. Spanish in origin, Esmeralda means ‘emerald’ and is a popular name in Spain. The name featured in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-dame, and Esmeralda was a popular character in the Disney adaptation of this story.
Drew Barrymore welcome her second daughter, Frankie, in April 2014. Frankie is a modern take on the traditional name Frances, and is certainly a great choice for little girls. This is a unisex name, making it a great choice for Drew who herself has an androgynous name. Frankie means ‘free man’ and originated from Latin.
Award winning actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski chose this name for their daughter, Hazel, in February 2014. This English name means ‘the hazelnut tree’ and is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. Once seen as an old-fashioned name, Hazel is now making its way back up the name charts. Hazel is the name of the main character in the popular book, and now film, The Fault in Our Stars.
Lost actor Josh Holloway and his wife Yessica Kumala chose the name Hunter for their second child, a baby boy, born early 2014. Originating from the English language, this name means ‘one who hunts’ and is considered to be a name that represents masculinity and strength, as well as the beauty of nature. The name has long been associated with famous writer Hunter S Thompson.
World famous supermodel Natalia Vodianova chose this name for her fourth child. Her son, Maxim, was welcomed into the world in May 2014 weighing an impressive 9lb 2. The name Maxim comes from the Latin and means ‘greatest’, making it the perfect name for her son.
Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, welcomed his third child (and third daughter), Ophelia in August 2015. Ophelia comes from Latin and means ‘help’. It has long been associated with the tragic character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This beautiful is due a come back, and is expected to grow in popularity over the coming years.
Another beautiful name for another gorgeous celebrity baby. Actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis chose the name Otis for their son who was born in early 2015. Olivia reportedly chose the name because is a lifelong fan of Otis Redding, making this a pretty cool baby name. The name Otis means ‘wealthy’ and originated from Germany.
Scarlett Johansson chose this name for her daughter, Rose Dorothy, born in September 2014. The name Rose originates from the Latin for the flower of the same name, and means simply ‘rose’ or ‘a flower’. This once old-fashioned name is now making a comeback, and is popular both as a first and middle name for little girls. Rose is the baby name of choice for a number of celebrities including Ewan McGregor, Jon Stewart, and Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.