The most popular baby names in the US today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie鈥檚 Harlow, Gwen聽Stefani鈥檚 Kingston聽and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have risen in the ranks聽thanks to the famous families. High-profile birth announcements can take an already-rising name and put it on every parent鈥檚 shortlist, like Channing Tatum鈥檚 Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone鈥檚 new favorite.聽As the year draws to a close, we鈥檙e taking聽a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond.


1. Charlotte:聽The biggest story of 2015 was the birth of Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Just days after聽Charlotte鈥檚 birth was announced, we learned that the name had cracked the US Top Ten. It鈥檚 a classic choice, not a trendy one, and聽it鈥檚 still a name to watch in 2016.

2. Josey:聽Naya Rivera calling her baby boy Josey was good news for parents who have long lamented the boy-names-on-girls trend. In 2015, we declared that parents were reclaiming many of those names for boys, with choices from Sasha to Lyric appearing on birth certificates for the sons of the famous.

3. Poppy:聽Jenna Bush Hager named her new daughter Poppy this year, as did Nate Berkus. There鈥檚 evidence that vintage flower names are in vogue, with more parents considering antique lovelies like Marigold and Magnolia.聽New favorite Poppy聽has been big in the UK for years and is now catching on in the US as well.

4. Calvin:聽Both Grimm鈥檚 Claire Coffee and Bones鈥 Emily Deschanel named their sons Calvin this year. A new wave of 鈥渙ld man鈥 names is making a comeback, and Calvin could be the hottest of them all.

5. Edith:聽Cate Blanchett鈥檚 Edith is evidence of another new trend. Sometimes a letter is hot, but in this case it鈥檚 two: the digraph 鈥渢h.鈥 Fast-rising Theodore, Theo聽and Thea have all been heard on celebrity birth announcements. But some of the most stylish names put the 鈥渢h鈥 in the middle or the end, like Blanchett鈥檚 Edith.

6. Saint:聽If Charlotte was the baby name of early 2015, Saint West is the story of the winter. Kim and Kanye鈥檚 choice echoes a trend we predicted for 2015: defining names. More recent arrivals with names that are equally grand are聽Lily Cole鈥檚 Wylde and Kimora Lee鈥檚聽Wolfe.

7. Sparrow:聽O-ending names for girls have been catching on ever since Will and Jada welcomed Willow way back in 2000. 2015 was their year, with girls named Sparrow (daughter of Eivin and Eve Kilcher) and Harlow Monroe (Kimberly Caldwell鈥檚 daughter).

8. Edie:聽This year, we changed our lives by uncluttering 鈥 not just our closets, but our baby names too. Simple, even spare choices like聽Keira Knightley鈥檚 Edie and Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker鈥檚 Hank skipped the formal in favor of short, straightforward names meant for everyday use. Other names in this category include Max, Art, Ozzie聽and Cy.

9. Love:聽Terence Howard鈥檚 Qirin Love was one of the 鈥渨ord鈥 middle names that are all the rage. We鈥檝e also seen such unexpected choices as聽Snow, Moon, Ocean, Sky, Rein, Blue, Red聽and Day used for celebrity babies in 2015.

10. Luna:聽The hottest direction in naming is up, whether that鈥檚 celestial entities, like Leonor Varela鈥檚 Luna, or ways to get there, like Sam聽Worthington and Lara Bingle鈥檚 Rocket. Criminal Minds鈥 AJ Cook is mom to Phoenix Sky.

11. Charlie:聽Jeff Goldblum鈥檚 Charlie Ocean pulls together all of the 2016 trends. Charlie is a post-gender name, used in almost equal numbers for boys and girls. Dave and Odette Annable named their daughter Charlie Mae earlier this year. It鈥檚 a simplified name, like Edie and Hank, free of clutter. And, after a year that saw terrorism ravage Paris, it expresses support for France:聽#jesuischarlie! We鈥檙e sure to hear more of upbeat, unisex Charlie in 2016.

What was your favorite 2015 celebrity baby name? Tweet us @britandco and let us know!

This post was previously published on Nameberry.聽

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