Bizarre celebrity baby names always grab the headlines (and make my job as a baby naming expert more fun), but there are plenty of stars who pick some pretty darned good names for their kiddos. Here are a few of my favorites:
Actress Mariska Hargitay picked this pretty name that means “night rain” for her daughter.
Talk about a sentimental choice—Amy Adams was born in Aviano, Italy, and named her daughter after the town.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard picked this fun, Southern-vibe name for baby #2.
This nature-themed name isn’t just popular with The Fault in Our Stars readers—both Julia Roberts and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski fell in love with it.
Jessica Alba chose this offbeat virtue name in lieu of the typical Hope and Faith.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky paired the exotic place name with the classic floral pick.
Shakespeare inspired Dave Grohl’s baby name choice (and I’m liking Saint in the middle spot).
These word names were a perfect pairing for the daughter of Jack Osbourne.
It won’t work for everyone, but it’s a melodic, country-singer-style name for the daughter of Kelly Clarkson.
Ben Affleck and Jen Garner gave their youngest daughter this name, which means angelic.
Chris Rock’s daughter bears this Arabic name that means flower.
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett went with the name of one of Adam and Eve’s sons for their boy.
Nick and Vanessa Lachey were the most famous of a few celebrity couples who picked this place name—associated with a neighborhood in London, the famed Orioles ballpark, and a city in New Jersey.
Cate Blanchett chose this stylish name for her son. It’s most famous for Dashiell Hammett, the author who created hardboiled detective Sam Spade and the detective duo Nick and Nora Charles.
This Old Testament baby name has been red hot since the turn of the 21st century, and the fact that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka chose it for their son hasn’t hurt, either.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale picked this regal name for their eldest son.
Knox Leon, Pax Thien, Maddox Chivan
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt selected some pretty stylish names (all ending in X!) for the boys in their brood.
This Latin name meaning “great” has become an up-and-coming boys’ name, thanks to celebrities like Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks.
Charming Milo means merciful—and it’s been a popular name pick for a slew of celebs, including Alyssa Milano, and Liv Tyler, and Royston Langdon.
Reese Witherspoon gave this Southern state moniker, associated with playwright Tennessee Williams, for her son.
Photo: Vanessa Lachey via Instagram