Stars are always starting new trends, and the names they choose for their children are no exception. In honor of some of 2014’s latest A-list infants, we took a look at the popularity of 20 names in the country shared with this year’s celebrity offspring, and Parents magazine’s In Name Only blog joined us. Scarlett Johansson’s daughter Rose is this list’s blockbuster, with 399,967 people in the U.S. sharing the name – with the most residing in the appropriately nicknamed Garden State, New Jersey.
What’s In a Name?
Here are some of the top name trends that are in vogue in 2014:
- Old Hollywood: Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, and Emily Blunt all chose names for their children that peaked in popularity before the 1920s – Rose, Otis, and Hazel, respectively.
- 12 And Under: Over 90% of people named Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari’s son), Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson’s daughter), Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye’s son), and Ava (Stacy Keibler’s daughter), are under the age of 12, showing that these famous tots will be in good company in their school years.
- Uniquely Unisex: River and Frankie, the names of Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore’s daughters, are increasing in popularity from their primarily male origins. Females named Frankie (33%) are rapidly catching up to their male counterparts (67%).
Much like Prince George, whose name has increased in popularity since his birth last year, we expect that many of these names may also see a surge in popularity in the years to come. Some of these names, like Ava, are already in the Top 10, while Alyssa Milano’s daughter, Elizabella, has the most unique name on the list, with only seven people in the country sharing it.
The list also breaks down the states where the most people with these names are living. Interestingly enough, Kerry Washington, star of the political thriller Scandal, named her daughter Isabelle – a name most popular in Washington, D.C.!
Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies
- Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
- Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
- Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
- Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
- Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
- Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
- Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
- Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
- Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
- Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
- Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
- Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
- River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
- Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
- Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
- Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
- Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
- Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
- Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
- Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most