Milo Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari 1 of 20Origin: Latin; Meaning: soldier
Who could forget the adorable tabby cat and pug from The Adventures of Milo and Otis? Maybe Alyssa Milano’s baby boy (born August 31) will develop a similar friendship with Tobey Maguire’s 2-year-old son, Otis. That’s a Hollywood play date that needs to happen!
Baby Milo has his first photo shoot!
Flynn Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr 2 of 20Origin: Irish; Meaning: son of a red-haired man
While the popularity of Finn as a baby name is skyrocketing due to the Glee character, we’re fans of this variation that adds a little bit of Irish and a whole lot of cute. Flynn Bloom was born on January 6th, and Miranda told Chelsea Handler of Chelsea Lately that he’s already dancing around to
hip hop music.
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Weston Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk 3 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: Western town
Jenna gave her son a name that can either dress up or dress down. For formal occasions, like graduations or future careers, Weston Lee sounds very distinguished, while friends and family can call him the short and sweet version, Wes.
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Bear Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki 4 of 20Origin: American; Meaning: bear-like
We admit that the full name of Alicia Silverstone’s newest addition, Bear Blu, is a little too cutesy for our taste, but the name Bear by itself brings to mind both cuddly teddy bears and the daring boldness of Man vs. Wild’s Bear Grylls — a combination that’s hard to resist!
Bear is already diaper-free?!
Arthur Selma Blair and Jason Bleick 5 of 20Origin: Celtic; Meaning: bear, stone
This name has the heroic quality of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table while also reminding us of the beloved bespectacled aardvark from the PBS kids show Arthur. It’s the best of both worlds for Selma Blair’s first son, born July 25th.
Selma Blair to design post-pregnancy collection
Penelope Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond 6 of 20Origin: Greek; Meaning: weaver
Born August 10th, this little girl has a lot to live up to with a hilarious mom and big sis, Alice, who is already following in mom’s comedic footsteps. At least she’s starting out with a cool name that’s not too out there.
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Hattie Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott 7 of 20Origin: German; Meaning: home ruler
This adorable name has started making a comeback with the help of the character on NBC’s Parenthood who shares the name and now also Tori Spelling’s second daughter, born on
Tori Spelling shares her family values: What every family should know
Gemma Kristin Davis 8 of 20Origin: Latin; Meaning: gem, jewel
Kristin Davis told People about how thankful she was to adopt her daughter, Gemma Rose, this fall: “Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed." The little girl (as well as her name) is absolutely beautiful — a true gem!
More on how Kristin Davis says adoption changed her life
Willow Pink and Carey Hart 9 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: graceful wooden tree
We didn’t expect such a whimsical name coming from rocker Pink and her motocross racing hubby, Carey Hart, but when the pair announced the birth of their daughter on June 2nd, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the name they chose!
How many siblings is Pink planning for Willow?
Joni Zac and Shelly Brown 10 of 20Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: God is gracious
Another old school name was revived by Hollywood when country singer Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, named their fourth daughter Joni on February 2nd — a throwback to legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell and also to the character Joanie from the 1970s sitcom Happy Days.
More on Zac Brown’s brood of daughters
Bingham Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy 11 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: crib
Bing, the nickname for Kate Hudson’s 5-month-old son, reminds us of Google’s not-as-cool search engine cousin of the same name. It’s slightly better if we consider that Kate may have been inspired by Jane’s love interest, Mr. Bingham, from Pride and Prejudice, but only slightly.
Did Kate Hudson smoke and drink during her pregnancy?
Spike Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale 12 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: long, heavy nail
Just to spite Mike Myers for giving him this name, little 2-month-old Spike Myers will probably grow up to be the most sensitive boy in Hollywood.
5 things you probably don’t know about Mike Myers’ wife, Kelly Tisdale
Diesel Jennie Finch and Casey Daigel 13 of 20Origin: German; Meaning: dimunitive form of Mathias
Speaking of over-masculine names … do you really want to name your baby after fuel? Olympian softball player Jennie Finch and former major leaguer Casey Daigel were actually the second celebrity pair to do this when their baby was born on June 19th. Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis also named their son Diezel in 2003.
Jennie Finch and other celeb moms who ran in this year's New York Marathon
Boone Eric and Katherine Church 14 of 20Origin: Old French, Latin; Meaning: good
Yeah, we all loved Boone from Lost, too, but we think that name should live and die on that island. Why? Not only does it rhyme with “goon,” there will probably be at least some mispronunciations of “Boonie.” At least the son of country singer Eric Church, born in September of this year, has the country roots to back up his unique name of Boone McCoy.
More details on the birth of Boone McCoy Church
Colt John and Joan Rich 15 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: frisky
Son of a gun! Yet another country baby on our worst list, Colt Rich was born on September 29th. Naming his kids after guns (colt 45s) and money, country singer John Rich seems determined to pack his boys with as much testosterone as possible. At least little Colt can take solace in the fact that he doesn’t have his big brother’s name — Cash Rich.
John Rich talks about how his son inspires him
Cleo David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman 16 of 20Origin: Greek; Meaning: glory
We wish we could love this name David Schwimmer chose for his daughter, born last May, but somehow we just can’t get those Miss Cleo TV ads for psychic readings out of our heads! That said, we still think they make a beautiful family, and hopefully by the time little Cleo grows up, no one will even remember those old infomericals.
More first photos of newborn Cleo
Monroe (and Moroccan) Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon 17 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: mouth of the river Roe
The names Moroccan and Monroe by themselves aren’t terrible (though perhaps a little questionable), but the nicknames Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have given their April-born twins, “Roc” and “Roe,” are a little tacky.
Mariah Carey reveals her plans for more kids
Clover Neal McDonough 18 of 20Origin: English; Meaning: meadow flower
The McDonoughs chose this name for their daughter (born August 15th) after their son suggested it. It also represents a four-leaf clover since she was the McDonough’s fourth child. It’s a heart-warming story and adorable as a nickname for a young kid, but somehow we can’t imagine a grown woman introducing herself in professional situations as Clover.
More details on the McDonoughs’ newest addition!
Genesis Viola Davis and Julian Tennon 19 of 20Origin: Greek; Meaning: beginning, birth
As a book in the Bible or the Phil Collins band, Genesis isn’t a half-bad name, but for a baby girl, eh, we’re not convinced. Still, the star from The Help couldn’t be more thrilled about her new adopted daughter. She gushed to Access Hollywood: “She’s awesome. I mean, I know every parent says their child is awesome, but she’s awesome.”
Viola Davis opens up about adoption
Indiana Ethan Hawke and Ryan Shawhughes 20 of 20Origin: American; Meaning: land of Indians
Love it or hate it, the popularity of the Indiana Jones series has this name forever seared in many minds as a boy’s name, especially with a last name like Hawke. What’s more, Indiana got his own name from a dog. Even if there’s no gender confusion, it’s probably time to start preparing this 4-month-old for a lifetime of movie references from the series.
See more photos of baby Indiana!