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How Celebrity Culture Influences Baby Name Choices

In some ways celebrity culture has always influenced the names that parents choose for their children.

Royal Names

Before the world of pop and reality TV the big thing was to name your child after a royal. Royals were the big celebrities a couple of hundred years ago and it was to them that the public looked for all the latest fashions and trends of the day. The name Adelaide became hugely popular during the reign of William IV as it was the name of his queen. The name Isabel has been popular for many hundreds of years thanks to Spanish royalty as has the name Astrid after various Belgian royals. The practise of naming your children after a member of the royal family has gone a little out of fashion but there is no doubt that when the newlyweds Prince William & the Duchess of Cambridge have children we will see a surge in the use of that name.

Vintage Celebrity Names

Naming your child after a celebrity really started with the Hollywood stars of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, James Dean and Will Rogers are all such examples. Nowadays these vintage celebrity names are going through a bit of a revival with names like Ava (after Ava Gardner) and Grace (after Grace Kelly) are extremely popular at the moment for little girls. Unfortunately names like Frank (after Frank Sinatre) and Roy (after Roy Rogers) do not seem to be having as much luck in being re-popularised.

Modern Celebrity Names

Celebrity culture has boomed over the last 20 years and we are looking to the stars more and more for name inspiration. Whenever a big name is pregnant there will always be numerous magazine articles trying to guess the babies sex and name. Recent celebrity baby names include Blue Ivy (Beyonce & JayZ), Maxi (Jessica Simpson), Luca (Hilary Duff) and Mabel (Bruce Willis). The Beckham’s introduced us to the concept of naming your child after a place (Brooklyn), the place where they were conceived no less! These names are all very cute and hopefully most parents will filter out the wild and crazy names from their list of options. Just think Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee), Buddy Bear (Jamie Oliver) and Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone).

This is just a quick glimpse at how celebrity culture has influenced and continues to influence the names that we choose for our children. 

Vicky works with http://www.babynames.co.uk/ & loves to write about the latest baby name trends and celeb baby names!

Raven Symone*

Birth Name: Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman
Nickname: Rae, Rave
Sex: Female
Profile id: American actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, dancer, television producer and model
Born on: December 10, 1985
Where: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.57 m)
Shoe Size: 8 ½
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Brown
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Popular films: Dr. Dolittle (1998), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), College Road Trip (2008), Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999), The Cheetah Girls (2003), Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), For One Night (2006), Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010)
Popular TV Shows: The Cosby Show (1989 – 1992), Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1993 – 1997), Kim Possible  (2002 – 2007), That’s So Raven (2003 – 2007), State of Georgia (2011)
Parents: Christopher B. Pearman (father); Lydia Pearman (née Gaulden) (mother)
Trivia:

  • Performed on Broadway at the age of five.
  • Scrabble is her favorite game.
  • The first song by Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott to be played on the radio was sung by her.

 For more information (may not be official sites)
Website: http://www.raven-symone.org (fan site)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissRavenSymone
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ravensymone
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/RavenSymone?ref=ts

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Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Birth Name: Amanda Lee Rogers
Sex: Female
Profile id: Australian-American actress
Born on: January 31, 1973
Where: Horsham, Victoria, Australia
Height: 5′ 7″ (1.70 m)
Body Shape/Measurement: 32A-25-33 (US); 70-62-72 (EU)
Shoe Size: 8
Dress size: 4 (US); 10 (EU)
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Popular films:  Scream 2 (1997), Stigmata (1999)
Popular TV Shows: Ally McBeal (1998 – 2002), Arrested Development (2003 – 2006)
Dated: Francesca Gregorini,
Spouse: Mel Metcalfe (1996 – 1999), Ellen Degeneres (2008 – present)
Parents: Barry Rogers (father), Margaret Rogers (mother)
Siblings: Michael (brother)
Trivia:

  • Shares a birthday with her grandmother, who was born in 1907.
  • Struggled with an eating disorder while filming Ally McBeal
  • In September 2010, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted Portia’s request to take the last name of her wife, Ellen DeGeneres. Portia is now legally known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

 For more information (may not be official sites)
Website: http://www.portiaderossifan.com (fan site)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/PortiadeRossi

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi