Why celebrities chose THOSE baby names

Find out what baby names celebrity parents have chosen, the reason why and their meanings... From Victoria Beckham's literature-inspired choice, to Natalie Portman's religious reasons!

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  • Victoria Beckham

    After the much-anticipated announcement there was to be a fourth baby Beckham, it was game on for guessing what baby names Victoria and David Beckham had in mind for their baby girl. With previous predictions of Posh and Becks choosing Justine the Beckhams decided on Harper Seven.

    Many eyebrows were raised with this baby name - so what does it mean?

    David revealed that Harper was inspired by Victoria's favourite book: "To Kill A Mockingbird is Victoria's favourite book. It's a very strong, passionate book and the author is Harper Lee, and that is where Harper is from."

    Talking about where Seven comes from, David explained, "Seven symbolises spiritual perfection, the seven wonders of the world, the seven colours of the rainbow and in many cultures, it's a lucky number."

    If you're looking for baby name inspiration, check out our baby names finder.

  • Kate Hudson

    Days after Kate Hudson gave birth to her second son, her first with fiance Matt Bellamy, everyone was left to guess what baby names Kate had in mind for her baby boy. With her first son named Ryder, would she opt for something classic or quirky the second time around?

    Four days later, the Muse singer tweeted their baby name choice: "So happy! Just had a baby, Bingham 'Bing' Hawn Bellamy."

    And it wasn't a random name choice either: "For those wondering, Bingham is my mum's maiden name and Bing Russell was Kurt's dad. Family connections all round!"

    Find out the top 100 UK boys' baby names.

  • Claudia Winkleman

    When TV presenter Claudia Winkleman gave birth to her third baby recently, we wondered what the bubbly celeb mum would name her second son.

    Claudia announced she had decided on the traditional baby names route of - Arthur. Baby Arthur joins her other children Kris, Jake and Matilda. Claudia obviously likes a touch of the classic baby names and not the matching initial tactic of quirky baby names others have taken.

    Do you like the sound of Claudia's newborn son's name? Find out what the name Arthur means.

  • Natalie Portman

    Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman gave birth to her first son recently, but decided to keep mum about her baby's name for weeks.

    When Natalie finally announced her baby son's name, we learnt the name has a sentimental, religious meaning behind it. Natalie chose Aleph, which is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It's believed that Natalie's Jewish religion played a part in choosing Aleph's baby name.

    Find out what other fab baby names begin with 'A'.

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  • Pink

    When singer Pink gave birth to her first baby and named her Willow Sage, we were all wondering what the inspiration was behind the eco-sounding name.

    Pink explained, "I grew up near one [willow tree]. It is the most flexible tree and nothing can break it – no wind, no elements. It can bend and withstand anything. I love that sentiment and I want that for her."

    If you like Pink's baby name choice, check out the official meaning of the baby name Willow.

  • Mariah Carey

    Singer Mariah Carey teased us throughout her whole pregnancy, from the pregnancy secrecy to the revealing of her twins' baby names.

    When Mariah finally revealed the names, we were struck at how unusual they were!

    Twin boy and girl Moroccan and Monroe are apparently named after Mariah's love of actress Marilyn Monroe and Moroccan after her and hubby, Nick Cannon's favourite room in their LA mansion.

    If you fancy doing a Mariah, find out what the name Monroe means.

  • Jennifer Connelly

    Actress Jennifer Connelly gave birth to her third child, her first daughter, and named her Agnes Lark Bettany.

    As far as baby names go, Agnes is different but not as unusual as some celebrity monikers!

    Although Jennifer and Paul Bettany haven't revealed the reasons behind their baby name choice, Agnes is Greek for 'pure' and Lark is American for 'pretty'. Sounds like the perfect combination to us!

  • Holly Willoughby

    When TV presenter Holly Willoughby went incognito after giving birth to her second baby, a daughter, we were desperate to hear her baby's name. After calling her first baby, a son, Harry, we wondered if the TV favourite would stick to traditional baby names.

    Holly opted for Belle, which means 'beautiful' in French - and as far as baby names go, Belle is a pretty normal name for a celebrity mum like Holly!

    And yes, Holly's baby has been nicknamed Mini Baby Belle!

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  • Myleene Klass

    When Myleene Klass introduced her second baby girl Hero Harper on Twitter, she also explained the meaning behind her baby name choice.

    Myleene decided to call her 3-week-old daughter Hero, a name that she and fiancé Graham Quinn love from the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing.

    Hero is definitely an unusual one, as far as celebrity baby names go!

    We wonder if Victoria Beckham pinched the Harper idea from Myleene?!

    For more baby girl name inspiration, check out our baby names finder.



  • Emma Bunton

    After naming her first baby Beau, we were certain former Spice Girl Emma Bunton would opt for something just as cool on the baby names front the second time around.

    We weren't wrong, as when Emma's second son was born in May, she and her fiance Jade Jones named their second boy Tate.

    Find out what the name Tate means.

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