In the near-decade since a little show called Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuted on the E! channel, family matriarch Kris Jenner has become a grandmother to six. The most recent arrival is Dream Renee, daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna. Every pregnancy and birth has been detailed on the family鈥檚 shows and in the press, meaning that you probably recognize the next generation鈥檚 baby names, even if you鈥檙e not keeping up with the family.

We can鈥檛 explain it, but there鈥檚 an intensity to the Kardashian family baby-name watch that鈥檚 undeniable. We hope the names will be trendsetting, dramatic, extravagant and daring. Without fail, the family has delivered.

Dream鈥檚 middle name comes from mom, born Angela Renee White. The new baby joins five cousins with distinctively Kardashian baby names:

  • Eldest Kardashian grandchild, Mason Dash Disick, son of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, born 2009
  • Penelope Scotland, daughter of Kourtney and Scott, born 2012
  • North, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, born 2013
  • Reign Aston, son of Kourtney and Scott, born 2014
  • Saint, son of Kim and Kanye, born 2015

Kardashian birth announcements make headlines, but can we learn anything about baby names from reality TV鈥檚 royal family? Before you say no, let me try to convince you that there is wisdom to be gleaned from the family鈥檚 high profile name choices. Let鈥檚 look at nine baby-naming lessons from the Kardashian cousins.


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1. Short baby names can be long on style. So often we swoon over longer names and bonus middles, but the Kardashians remind us that a one-syllable name can pack a style punch. That鈥檚 true whether you prefer the spare classics 鈥 Claire and Jack and Jane 鈥 or love the bold choices made by this famous family.

2. Trends were made to be followed. When eldest daughter Kourtney welcomed her first child in 2009, Mason was already a Top 50 name. It鈥檚 since soared to Number 3 in the US. Daughter Penelope鈥檚 name is following a similar trajectory. The point: Popular baby names can still have plenty of appeal.

3. Reinventing family names works. With both Kim and Rob, rumors flew that they鈥檇 choose family names for their children. But it is Kourtney who creatively reinvented family names as middles 鈥 Dash, from KarDASHian for son Mason, and SCOTland, from Scott for her daughter.

4. Bucking family tradition works too. Despite coming from the most famous family to ever rock the letter K, none of the next generation shares the initial. Maybe Khloe, Kendall or Kylie will eventually use some of those great K names we suggested for Kim. It鈥檚 a good reminder that you鈥檙e never obligated to continue a naming tradition.

5. True unisex names can wear well. When we talk about unisex names, it tends to mean traditionally masculine names now used for girls. But with those bold word names 鈥 Reign, Dream, Saint, North 鈥 the Kardashians reminded us that it鈥檚 very possible to choose a name that works equally well for a son or a daughter.

6. That name that won鈥檛 go away? It might be The Name. When Kourtney named her youngest son Reign, she鈥檇 considered it for Mason five years earlier, and had Rain on her list for Penelope. Some parents prefer to start fresh with each pregnancy, but if one of those names keeps coming back? It might be the right choice.

7. Our favorite things can inspire. Kourtney鈥檚 youngest son is Reign Aston. It appears Reign鈥檚 middle comes directly from his dad鈥檚 automotive obsession. Not only does Scott collect cars, he has a particular affection for Aston Martin. Prefer to name a child after something more substantial than a luxury good? Favorite artists, philosophers, musicians, colors, plants, places and even ideals fit this category too.

8. There鈥檚 no shortage of modern word names. Girls have answered to Grace and Faith for generations. But now there鈥檚 a whole new category of modern meaningfuls, ones that the Pilgrims wouldn鈥檛 recognize. Word names like Dream and Saint seem different now, but some of them will likely filter into the mainstream in another generation or two 鈥 though others, like Reign, may always feel a little too royal for regular use.

9. Go big! If there鈥檚 any lesson to draw from reality show royalty, perhaps it is this: Big, bold baby names can work just as well as their more mainstream cousins 鈥 though they鈥檙e definitely not for everyone.

What鈥檚 your favorite Kardashian name? Tweet us @BritandCo!

This post was previously published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.

(Photos via @kimkardashian and Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)