Latest Baby Trend: Two First Names

As if naming your child one name wasn’t hard enough, parents are now giving their offspring two first names!

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According to recent research by the Sunday Telegraph, more than 1200 girls born in the UK were given double-barelled names last year, five times more than the amount that was registered in 2000. What’s interesting, however, is that while boys’ names have also seen a similar trend, only 328 baby boys were given two first names in 2014.

The trend, which is thought to be influenced by celebrity mums, is a bid to make them sound unique, reports the Daily Mail, because apparently adding a hyphen to a first name adds an air of originality. While this is certainly up for debate, Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter) and Lila-Grace Moss (Kate Moss’ child) are far better ‘unique’ celebrity baby names than North West or Apple Martin.

Among popular girl names found by the Telegraph included Lily-May and Amelia-Rose, with Rose found to be the most popular name to be used in conjunction with a hyphen. American inspired variations included Dakota-Rose and Destiny-Rose.

Now, before you go in search of two names to bestow upon your child, etiquette experts warn that there’s a danger of the kid coming across as less prestigious down the track. “I think it will start to be seen as a bit downmarket,” Siobhan Freegard of parenting network, Channel Mum, told the Daily Mail.

Regardless, a name is still no guarantee of how a child will turn out in the long term. So ladies, don’t sweat it – seriously!

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Celebrity Trend: Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Celebs are infamous for giving their kids some, er, creative names. Just as the world was recovering from Apple (of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) and Suri (Cruise… duh), along came Blue Ivy Carter and North West.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are the latest celebs to welcome a beautiful daughter – Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher. Wyatt is the latest in a trend of unisex, or gender-neutral, baby names.

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Earlier this year, Drew Barrymore gave birth to a girl named Frankie. (It should be noted that Frankie’s mom is also the owner of a gender-neutral name!) I don’t know about you, but when I think Frankie, I immediately think Valli.

Harper has also been a popular name in recent years, used by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, David and Victoria Beckham, and Bill Hader. The name is popular as a girl’s name, like To Kill A Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, but can also be worn by a boy, for example, Paul Simon’s son.

This year, Kelly Clarkson gave birth to a daughter she called River – a name more famously given to men (i.e. River Phoenix). Speaking of Kelly, we know a surfer (hint: surname Slater) who also goes by this common girl’s name.

Bowie is an oddly popular choice in 2014, as the middle name of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son, Apollo Bowie, and designer Rebecca Minkoff’s daughter, Bowie Lou. We can only assume it is derived from the surname of everyone’s favorite androgynous pop god, David Bowie.

What are you favorite unisex names?

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Celebrity Baby Names

When a celebrity is pregnant I’m always excited to see what weird and wonderful name their child will be graced with.  And there have been some corkers.  Sometimes it’s almost as if words have been randomly drawn from a lucky dip.  So here are some of my favourite strangest celebrity baby names:

Pilot Inspektor

This unusual name is care of Jason Lee, the star of My Name Is Earl.  He chose this name for this son because of a song he heard by the band Grandaddy (named He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot).

Buddy Bear, Daisy Boo, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Poppy Honey

These are the children of Jamie and Jools Oliver.  I suppose it’s no surprise that someone who is so creative in the kitchen could also be so creative with baby names.


This name belongs to the daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.  She revealed that she named her daughter Apple because they are wholesome and sweet.

Bluebell Madonna

Geri Halliwell named her daughter after the precious, rare flower which seemed to fit her daughter perfectly, as well as the famous singer who she loves.

Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Muffin

These bizarre names are courtesy of the late musician Frank Zappa and although they sound strange to us, his wife assured everyone that they do have some significance to their family.  Funnily enough, when Moon Unit was a musician she released an aptly titled song ‘My Mother Is A Space Cadet.’

Audio Science

Shannyn Sossamon, the actress well known for her role in ‘A Knight’s Tale’ said her and her partner wanted to name their child a word that was special to them, not a name, so they spent hours reading the dictionary trying to find something they liked.

Fifi-Trixibelle, Little Pixie, Peaches Honeyblossom and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily

These names sound like they have come from a fantasy movie but actually belong to the daughters of the late Paula Yates.

Bear Blu

Unfortunately Alicia Silverstone’s son received honours for being one of the worst celebrity baby names in 2011, along with Mariah Carey who named her son Moroccan.

Moxie Crimefighter

This unusual name is thanks to Penn Jillette (more famously known as Penn in Penn and Teller).  Moxie was chosen because it’s unique and “it stands for old fashioned spunk and energy”.  Sadly, this child was given the middle name of Crimefighter as a joke.

Harlow Winter Kate and Sparrow James Midnight

These cute names are courtesy of their famous parents Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.  Even though the name Sparrow has been used for girls in the past, it’s now becoming popular for boys because of Pirates of the Caribbean’s’ Captain Jack Sparrow.

Zuma Nesta Rock

Although his parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have never explained the meaning of his name it is thought that Zuma is named after a beach in Malibu that has significance for her husband and Nesta comes from Bob Marley’s original name – Nesta Robert Marley.

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By Karyn Miller

Kate Winslet Names Her Son: What Do You Think of the Name?

Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll have released the name of their 17-day-old son…and in true celebrity style, let’s just say it’s a little out there.

The couple have named their baby boy Bear, but sadly he will not be known as Bear Rocknroll, instead Bear Winslet as he is taking the actress’ last name.

Bear was born on 7th December and joins older brother Joe Alfie, 10, and sister Mia Honey 13, from Winslet’s previous marriages.

Meanwhile in other celebrity baby news, Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman have named their son, born on 22nd December, Kaius Jagger Berman, and will call him Kai.

What do you think of both celebrity baby names?

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