The 56 Best Celeb Baby Names of 2014
Celebrities, babies and baby names. These are a few of our favorite things. We love to scroll through a good list of baby names, but the names celebs come up with for their little ones are always way more interesting (and out there) than your average newborn. Hey little Hayden Panettiere, Kaya Evdokia. It’s always great to get baby-naming inspiration wherever you can. Below is a list of our favorite creative and clever names the famous folks of the world named their bundles of joy in 2014.
1. River Rose: Miss Independent, Kelly Clarkson, really went for a nature theme with her daughter’s name, and we are running with it. (Photo via @kellyclarkson)
2. Briar Rose: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen literally gave birth to Princess Aurora. Yes, Sleeping Beauty is real.
3. Avri Roel: Robert Downey, Jr and his wife Susan announced the birth of their daughter on Facebook. The little girl’s middle name is a combo of family member’s names. Keeping it all in the family; we like it. Plus this is a great idea when you’re trying to compromise.
4. Charlotte Clinton: Charlotte is a popular name for little ladies these days (we like to think it’s because of Sex and the City). The newest Clinton is bound for greatness. (Photo via @chelseaclinton)
5. Esmeralda Amada: We’re hoping Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling’s little emerald eventually stars in a remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as the gorgeous Gypsy.
6. Rose Dorothy: Pretty confident Scarlett Johansson’s daughter got her name because that’s her mom’s favorite shade of color-popping lipstick.
7. Frances Cole: The daughter of Jimmy Fallon and wife, Nancy, is also the abandoned first name of Judy Garland. Let’s hope this gal keeps it, because we think it is precious. (Photo via @fallontonight)
8. Wyatt Isabelle: The daughter of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher was given a typically masculine name, but we think if anyone can make the name a trend for the ladies it’s the guy who made trucker hats fashionable for a hot minute (seriously, what were we thinking?).
9. Summer Rain: Christina Aguilera gave her daughter a seasonal name; we’re gonna guess the hottest season of the year is her fave.
10. Jaxon Wyatt: The name of Kristin Cavallari’s son means “son of Jack,” but her husband’s name is Jay Cutler. We’re confused too. (Photo via @kristincavallari)
11. Konrad: Scott Foley plays a brave man on Scandal, so it only make sense he would give his son a name that fits that description.
12. Isabelle Amarachi: The fixer, Kerry Washington, named her daughter the French variation of Isabel. Pour us a large glass of Bordeaux wine so we can cheers to her.
13. Frankie: We aren’t surprised at all that Drew Barrymore gave her second daughter a retro, unisex name, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. (Photo via @drewbarrymore)
14. Ford Miller: The creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, named his son after one of America’s biggest car companies. Even if that part wasn’t intentional, we’re sure this Ford is also built tough.
15. Gabriella and Jacques: The newest royalty, Prince Albert II of Monaco’s twins, sock a pretty regal one-two punch when it comes to the name game.
16. Otis Alexander: Not only did Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis give their son this name, but so did Spiderman himself, Tobey Maguire. This name is screaming to be the lead of a summer blockbuster. (Photo via @oliviawilde)
17. Zhuri Nova: LeBron James gave his daughter this Swahili name meaning “beautiful.” How much should we bet that in addition to her looks, she’ll also be a killer basketball player?
18. London Rose: A geographic name was Carson Daly’s total request for his daughter.
19. Apollo Bowie Flynn: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s newest son definitely doesn’t have a problem (unless he runs into some hollaback girls). (Photo via @gwenstefani)
20. Viola Philomena: Here’s hoping Megan Hilty’s daughter gets some tips on How to Get Away With Murder while belting some show tunes (figuratively, of course).
21. Bodhi Ransom: The son of Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green (hey, David Silver) must have been an awakening for the couple because that’s just what his names means.
22. Hazel: We’re hoping the daughter of Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will be just as nutty (in an adorable way) as the couple is. (Photo via @johnkrasinski)
23. Harper Marie: Fingers crossed Jenna Fischer’s daughter becomes best friends with someone named Atticus.
24. Asa Charlotte: Justin Bartha’s daughter better be preparing to get her Ph.D. if she wants to live up to the meaning of her name.
25. Titan Jewell: Kelly Rowland named her son this because she wanted a soldier, right? ;) (Photo via @kellyrowland)
26. Aman Tyler: Tyler Perry’s son will literally be a man one day. Good choice, Madea.
27. Lazer Lee Louis: Diplo must have been influenced by his electronic music project, Major Lazer, when naming his son.
28. Giovanna Marie: The pint-size Jersey Shore star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, kept the Italian name strong with her newest addition. Fist bump! (Photo via @snookinic)
29. Meilani Alexandra: Snooki’s bestie, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, also had a baby this year and also gave her a unique name. Double fist bump!
30. Alijah Mary: Clearly wanting to break from the normal spelling of Elijah, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett decided to switch it up when it came to naming their daughter.
31. Elizabella Dylan: Mixing Elizabeth and Isabella is quite charming, Alyssa Milano ;) (Photo via @milano_alyssa)
32. Stefan: Tennis player Novak Djorovic gave his son THE HOTTEST NAME IN NEW YORK (sorry, we had to).
33. Ava Grace: Stacy Keibler gave her daughter one of the most popular names for a baby, and we can’t blame her — it’s beautiful.
34. Bowie Lou: We hope the daughter of Rebecca Minkoff finds herself in a labyrinth of handbags. (Photo via @rebeccaminkoff)
35. Simcha Simi: The name given to Randi Zuckerberg’s son is quite a celebratory choice. Seriously.
36. Royal Reign: All hail the future queen of rap. At least that’s gotta be the reasoning behind the name of Lil Kim’s daughter.
37. Vale Guthrie: Savannah Guthrie must really love heading to the mountains when she isn’t on TODAY. Or she’s just a huge Colorado fan. (Photo via @savannahguthrie)
38. Finn: Keep your eyes out in about 20 years, because Owen Wilson’s son is bound to be crashing weddings.
39. Shepherd: With a name like that, Jared Padalecki is guaranteeing his son will be leading any pack he joins.
40. Future Zahir: We can see the future for Ciara and Future’s son; he’ll be topping the music charts. (Photo via @ciara)
41. Booker Jombe: This little guy, son of Thandie Newton, has got to be a natural bookworm, right?
42. Sid: We like it — a nickname as your son’s name. Here’s a pie for you Jason Biggs ;)
43. Tristan and Sasha: Here’s to hoping the new twins of Chris Hemsworth make a cameo in the next Thor or The Avengers. (Photo via @elsapatakyconfidential)
44. Sunday Molly: Now Mike Myers can spend a lazy Sunday with his daughter, Sunday.
45. Winston: Idris Elba’s son may have a future in politics if he’s anything like the UK Prime Minster with the same name.
46. Alena Rose: Kevin and Danielle Jonas gave their daughter a bright and shining name. We’re even more jealous we don’t have uncles like Nick and Joe, though. (Photo via @kevinjonas)
47. Fianna Francis: The daughter of Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips mixed Brianna and Fiona and came up with a fairly beautiful name.
48. Lyric Sonny Roads: Soleil Moon Frye’s son is headed straight to songwriting stardom with a name like that.
49. Sienna May Ivery: Love Italy? Especially the Tuscan city? Apparently so does Ellen Pompeo, as she named her daughter after the famous city. (Photo via @ellenpompeo)
50. Amoura Luna: The elegantly romantic name of Eric Benet’s daughter makes perfect sense for the R&B singer.
51. Georgia Marie: Kenan Thompson will always have his daughter on his mind with this name.
52. Declan: This little Fall Out Boy, the son of Patrick Stump, hopefully won’t be looking to take Revenge on his dad any time soon. (Photo via @falloutboy)
53. Saint Lazslo: Another Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz, had a son this year too. His name is pretty legendary.
54. Megaa Omari Grandberry: Omarion’s son’s name is MAJOR. Enough said. (Photo via @1omarion)
55. Charlton Valentine: Robbie Williams, the British singer, gave his son a romantic English name.
56. Ophelia: This little lady is going to be a lot of help for Dave Grohl (who knows, maybe she’ll be the new drummer).
We can’t wait to see what Blake Lively (and Ryan Reynolds), Carrie Underwood, Zoë Saldana, Nate Berkus, Shakira, Alicia Keys and other expectant celebs name their babies in 2015.
Which celebrity baby names were your favorites this year? Let us know in the comments.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com