From Miley to Stella: The once quirky celebrity baby names that have become mainstream trends today

From Miley to Stella: The once quirky celebrity baby names that have become mainstream trends today



14:56 GMT, 29 June 2012

Celebrities have long been giving their offspring weird, and sometimes wonderful, monikers but how they have influenced trends in the long term has now been made clear.

In 1988, Nameberry published Beyond Jennifer & Jason, a book that recorded the edgy and then original first and middle names of the children of some of Hollywood's brightest stars.

And now the celebrity baby name specialists are looking back to see how Miley, Stella and Zoe have risen in the ranks of popularity.

Miley Cryrus

Stella McCartney

Influential: According to Nameberry, when Miley Cyrus shot to fame, so to did the name Miley, while Stella has gone from bottom of the top 1000 when Stella McCartney was born, to one of the top 100 most popular names

One of the quirkiest and lesser known of these is Miley.

Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, the teen pop sensation and 'starbaby' was given the name Destiny Hope at birth but affectionately dubbed Miley on account of her smiley demeanour as an infant.

As the pint-size singer and actress shot to fame on Hannah Montana, the name Miley became the fastest-rising in the country according to Nameberry.

In contrast, when Kate Garry Hudson was born in 1979 the name was not particular ground-breaking.

Mamie Gummer

Kate Hudson

Trending: Mamie Gummer enjoys a name that was very popular a century ago and is returning to prominence now while Kate Hudson's name is more popular than ever thanks to the popularity of the Duchess of Cornwall

Lily Collins

Zoe Kravitz

Starbabies: Phil Collins' daughter Lily's name comes in and out of fashion and right now enjoys 15th place in the list of most popular while Zoe Isabella Kravitz's name was groundbreaking when she was born in 1988

But thanks to the world's love affair with the Duchess of Cornwall, the moniker has returned as a viable contender for most popular.

Prominent 'starbaby', Mamie Gummer, was born to parents Meryl Streep and Donald Gummer as Mary Willa.

Nicknamed Mamie, a top 100 name a century ago, the theatre and film actress whose career is gaining more traction yearly, is inspiring young parents with newborns to revisit the old-fashioned appellation.

Another pretty girl's name doing well these days is Stella which when Paul McCartney and wife Linda chose it for their daughter, barely made it into the top 1000.

Chaz Bono

Elijah Blue Allman

Let's hear it for the boys: Chaz Bono was born Destiny Sun and while his Nameberry says his personal bravery is admirable, his name is decreasing in popularity, while Elijah Blue Alllman pre-dated Blue Ivy Carter by years

Now a hugely successful fashion designer, Stella McCartney's first name enjoys a position in the top 100 most commonly chosen baby names.

At the time of her birth to rock-chic couple Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Zoe Isabella was only one of 238 babies in America to be given the moniker that year. Her middle name didn't even place in the top 1000.

Now, however, Zoe is the 31st most popular name and Isabella won first place.

And for the boys' team, Elijah Blue Allman sparked a trend for a name that has seen a huge resurgence of attention with the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy.

When the singer and artist was born to Cher and Greg Allman, the biblical moniker was an unusual choice for the time.

Miley Cyrus – born Destiny Hope and nicknamed Miley because she was so smiley, Miley became America's fastest rising name in popularity when she shot to fame in Hannah Montana
Kate Garry Hudson – Though not exactly groundbreaking in 1979, the traditional name is enjoying a resurgence thanks to the Duchess of Cornwall
Mamie Gummer – Though her birth certificate reads Mary Willa, Meryl Streep's daughter's nickname was very common a century ago and is very much in line with the trends of today
Stella McCartney – Stella barely made it into the top 1000 when Sir Paul McCartney and wife Linda chose it for their daughter but these days features in the 100 favourite baby names list
Zoe Isabella Kravitz – In 1988 Zoe was one of only 238 babies in America named Zoe but now it is the country's 31st most popular name while Isabella took last year's number one spot
Lily Collins – Phil Collins' daughter's name has been in and out of fashion for years though right now it ranks particularly highly at number 15
Elijah Blue Allman – This biblical moniker was unusual at the time Cher gave birth to her son and since Jay-Z and Beyonce named their daughter Blue Ivy, Blue has enjoyed a revival Chaz Bono – born Chastity Sun, Chaz has won huge admiration for his brave and public gender reassignment though the name has fallen in popularity 25per cent in the last two years
John Buffalo – Voted one of People magazine's sexiest men alive, Norman Mailer's son also pioneered the animal name trend, carried on by Wolf Van Halen and Alicia Silverstone’s Bear
Max Irons – son of Brit actor Jeremy, the Red Riding Hood star's name was one of the most popular starbaby names in Nameberry's early books
Ronan Seamus – Famously named Satchel Ronan by parents Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Rhodes scholar Ronan’s name was changed to Seamus and then changed again