From One Direction and Mila Kunis to Audrina Partridge and Bristol Palin, the stars inspiring the latest hot baby names
14:44 GMT, 24 August 2012
16:11 GMT, 24 August 2012
Mila Kunis, Bristol Palin and two members of the boy band One Direction are among a host of famous figures to inspire the latest baby names.
The baby name website Nameberry has revealed that Harry And Niall, along with Mila, Bristol and Adele, are among the fastest-rising names inspired by celebrities.
Mila proved the most popular celebrity-inspired girl's name, leaping nearly 200 places since the site's last ranking.
Star power: Mila Kunis (left) and Bristol Palin (right) are among the celebrities inspiring new baby name trends
As for boys' names inspired by famous figures, Harry ranked high in both the U.S. and UK. But it is not thanks to the wayward young British Royal. Rather it is teenage heartthrob Harry Styles who is inspiring this particular spike in popularity.
Also making an appearance on the list was Audrina, thanks to the continuing fame of one-time The Hills star Audrina Partridge. Reality TV is no doubt also the reason Bristol Palin is setting trends as well.
The name Amelia is also a rising star, ranking at number 30 in the U.S. and number one in the UK. Nameberry says it is a result of the fame of UK X Factor contestant Amelia Lily Oliver.
Setting trends: One Direction boyband members Harry Styles (left) and Niall Horan (right)
Movies and the actors that star in them appears to be a key inspiration for boys' names, however. Logan makes the list thanks to Percy
Jackson star Logan Lerman, and the mutant Logan character played
by Hugh Jackman in Wolverine.
And Kellan has become popular following the rising star of Twilight actor Kellan Lutz. The name of his character, Emmett, has also been inspiring parents.
Some names have only local popularity
though. Jenson, it seems, is only making waves in the UK – it is at
number 69 thanks to racing car driver Jenson Button.
And Iker is only rising in the U.S. following the sporting success of World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Popular: Others on the rise are the first names of Audrina Partridge (left), Kellan Lutz (centre) and Adele (right)
Nameberry co-founder Pamela Redmond Satran
explained that celebrities' monikers have huge impact in
her ranking of the most popular names, and her latest ranking is no different.
'From the worlds of music, sports, and
reality TV along with films, these celebrity names are showing major
gains on the new popularity lists in both the U.S. and the UK,' she
'Many of these new celebrity names
are unusual, exotic, rarely heard before their famous bearers brought
them to our attention. And their current popularity can be attributed
directly to the stars who made them shine.'
REVEALED: THE MOST POPULAR CELEBRITY-INSPIRED BABY NAMES
By PAMELA REDMOND SATRAN
GIRLS' NAMESMILA Natalie Portman may have won the Oscar for Black Swan, but Mila
Kunis takes the prize for most influential name. This Eastern European
diminutive – the Ukraine-born actress’s real name is Milena – is the
fourth highest jumper the most recent popularity list, up nearly 200
places. Mila is pronounced with a long e sound, making it a logical
successor to the Top 10 Mia.
BRISTOL While Palin has been heard as a baby name, Bristol has emerged
as the hottest name out of the former Vice Presidential candidate’s
family. The place name, which debuted on the Top 1000 in 2009, moved up
over 100 places last year, to Number 434.AMELIA Amelia has risen to Number 30 on the US charts on the heels of
former first place sister names Emma and Emily, but in Britain it’s
exploded at Number 1 this year thanks to X Factor contestant turned hit
singer Amelia Lily Oliver.AUDRINA Audrina Partridge of The Hills launched her name onto the Top
1,000 in 2007. It’s now leapt up 365 places. Audrina is an elaboration
of the ancient saint’s name Audrey, which has also been enjoying greater
ADELE Singer Adele has turned her old French name, which
had disappeared from view for over 40 years, into a fresh new hit. Originally a short form of Adelaide, Adele jumped more than 250 places
in the most recent popularity count.ELLE There have been attractive film characters named Elle, in Legally
Blonde and Kill Bill, along with supermodel Elle Macpherson, but young
actress Elle Fanning is the one who made this French word for 'she' into a star.BOYS' NAMESHARRY You might be forgiven for guessing that the ginger-haired Prince
propelled the name Harry to the new Number 1 spot in Britain, but the
real inspiration is Harry Styles, Britain’s answer to Justin Bieber.
The X Factor contestant is a member of the boy band One Direction.
IKER Iker Really The unlikely Basque name, pronounced ee-keer, is
the second fastest-rising boys’ name in the U.S., up 267 places thanks
to World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
KELLAN Kellan Lutz has propelled not only his own unusual name but
both those of his Twilight character Emmett Cullen up the popularity
charts. The Irish Kellan, spelled Kellen in its native land and meaning
slender, is now Number 363 in the U.S.JENSON While Jenson has not yet cracked the Top 1,000 in the U.S., it’s
the Number 69 name in Great Britain, where Jenson Button is a champion
race car driver. This surname name means “son of Jens,” the
Scandinavian form of John – though some parents have been known to use
it to honor an ancestral Jenny or Jennifer.LOGAN Logan has been a Top 100 name for two decades now, but Percy
Jackson star Logan Lerman, along with the mutant Logan character played
by Hugh Jackman in Wolverine, are working together to keep the name
Logan in the limelight.
NIALL Irishman Niall Horan joins fellow One Direction band member
Harry Styles in having a name sure to influence a new generation of
babies. The ancient Irish Niall, name of a mythological hero, is
pronounced by Horan like the River Nile.