If you need something positive to focus on as 2016 draws to a close, focus on all the babies. This year, dozens of celebrities welcomed brand new babies and shared their cute photos and names with the world. Celebrity parents are notorious for choosing some pretty off-the-wall names (we’re looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow), but this year there was actually a ton of cool and inspiring choices.
Whether you’re pregnant and searching for the perfect name, or you just like reading about baby names and planning for the hypothetical children you might not actually have, celebrities are the best place to look for names that are totally different, under-used, gorgeous, and creative. Here, 16 celebrity baby names from 2016 that new parents should totally steal.
1. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis
Olivia Wilde welcome her second baby with husband Jason Sudeikis this year. The little girl was born on International Women’s Day and got not one, but two gorgeously old-fashioned names. According to Nameberry, Daisy is the 183rd most popular name and Josephine sits at 131, making these two unique choices that pair perfectly with her older brother’s name, Otis.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds recently announced their new baby’s name. It’s Ines (pronounced Ih-nez), and it’s believed to be of Portuguese origins. The Lively-Reynolds family clan is notoriously private with their children, but it seems they decided to break with their tradition of keeping their kids under wraps and go public after bringing Ines and older sister James to Reynolds’ Walk Of Fame induction ceremony earlier this month.
3. Luna Simone Stephens
Would a name list even be complete without mentioning Chrissy Teigen’s little girl? Luna Simone was born in April and graced with this gorgeous moniker, which is sometimes shortened to “Lulu” for added adorableness. Teigen caused controversy when she opened about her struggles with infertility and her decision to implant a female embryo during IVF, but even the haters have to love this gorgeous baby name and the sweet little kid it belongs to.
4. Dimitri Portwood Kutcher
A few months ago, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their second baby, Dimitri Portwood. The name is a total throwback and hasn’t been popular in the U.S. in more than a decade, but it’ll probably see a spike thanks to these famous parents. Dimitri isn’t the first time Kutcher and Kunis have chosen a unique baby name. In 2014, the pair welcomed daughter Wyatt Isabelle.
5. Caleb Kelechi
Kerry Washington isn’t known for talking about her kids in public, but this October she shared her new son’s name right after he was born. She chose Caleb, which according to Nameberry means “devotion to God.” The little boy’s middle name, Kelechi, is a Nigerian name.
6. Remington (Remy) Alexander Blackstock
Kelly Clarkson had her second baby this year, a son named Remington Alexander. The singer, who’s already mom to daughter River Rose, is known for her stately and unique baby name choices. On Instagram, she frequently refers to Remington as Remy. Remington actually means “place on the river bank,” making it the perfect name to pair with his older sister.
7. Aiya Rose Keegan
Andrew Keegan was a heartthrob in our teen years, but now he’s a producer, activist, and father. This year, his wife gave birth to daughter Aiya Rose Keegan. Aiya is a Hebrew name that means “bird” and seriously, how gorgeous is this baby name? It’s not a very popular baby name, but it’s so pretty it definitely should be.
8. Ashe Olsen Meyers
Seth Meyers became a dad for the first time this year with the birth of his son, Ashe Olsen. The Late Night host later joked that he wasn’t actually trying to name his son after Ashley Olsen. Instead, the sweet name is a combination of his wife’s maiden name (Ashe) and his mother’s maiden name.
9. Emilia Van Der Beek
Awww, Dawson is a daddy. James Van Der Beek welcomed his fourth child this year, and the second daughter of his family. He celebrated the birth on Instagram with a post revealing her name, Emilia. Amelia is one of the most popular baby names of 2016, but this unique spelling helps set the name apart and make it special.
10. Journey River Green
Megan Fox gave birth to her third son, Journey River, in 2016. The new baby joins older brothers Bodhi and Noah, making them three of the best-named little boys in Hollywood. Fox told Jimmy Kimmel the baby’s name came from the fact that he took them on a literal journey. “This baby wanted me to live somewhere else,” she explained. “We’re moving to a whole different place in Los Angeles because I feel like that’s where this baby wants to be raised.”
11. Jolie Ray Caussin
Country singer Jana Kramer had her first baby this year. She gave birth to a little girl named Jolie, which literally means “pretty” in French. Judging by the adorable photos the new mom posts on Instagram, the name totally fits.
12. Amada Lee Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes surprised everyone this year when they welcomed their second child and no one even knew they were expecting. They chose Amada Lee for her name, which is an interesting choice since it’s also their first child’s middle name. Mendes gave birth to daughter Esmeralda Amada in 2014. The name is Spanish and means “loved” — something these two kids definitely are.
13. Iris Mary Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne and his wife, Hannah, met daughter Iris Mary right before Father’s Day this year. She’s the first child for both parents, and has an old-fashioned name that’s seen quite a comeback in recent years. Jude Law, Judd Apatow, and Eddie Murphy all have daughters named Iris.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski sure know how to name babies. This year baby Violet joined their family, following their other daughter, Hazel, who was born in 2014. The famously private couple didn’t announce a middle name or reveal what they’ve chosen for their daughters’ last names, but we’re guessing they’re a hyphenated Blunt-Krasinksy family, just because it sounds cool.
15. Cleo James
This is me totally in love. Cleo and I like to spend our mornings snuggling on the couch. Sometimes we watch TV, but she usually falls asleep. She's reminds me everyday that no matter what's going on in the world, life is precious and we should all find more time to love each other. @el_peego #cleojames
Catfish host Nev Schulman became a dad for the first time in October. He and Laura Perlongo named their daughter Cleo James, which is an alternate version of Cleopatra and means “power.” Since the baby’s birth, Schulman has posted several adorable snaps on Instagram that show little Cleo has definitely exercised her powers in making Schulman into one of the world’s cutest and most loving celebrity dads.
16. Lula Rose Gardener
Liv Tyler welcomed her second baby this year, a little girl named Lula Rose. Lula was a top name in the 1880s, but it’s seeing a resurgence thanks to celebs like Tyler and Bryan Adams, who also has a daughter with the name. It’s the perfect blend of pretty and unique.