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Celebrity Baby Names 2010: Most Talked About Names of the Year

Remember when "Apple" was considered a crazy celebrity baby name? Six years later, it sounds almost quaint. American baby names get more creative all the time, and Hollywood has led the charge with a flood of eye-catching names.

Some of the celebrity choices are stylish, some push the envelope, and some may make you shake your head in wonder. But they all get us talking. Here is
NameCandy.com's list of the 11 celebrity baby names that generated the most chatter this year.

Cash - John Rich of country music duo Big & Rich is a father who clearly loves puns. (He's Rich, the other guy's big, get it?) In that spirit, he named his newborn son Cash. Yes, Cash Rich. Read more about Cash

Draco - We had no idea the girl next door was a Death Eater. Danica McKellar, who gained fame playing Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, is now the author of an acclaimed series of math books for girls...and mom to baby Draco. Read more about Draco

Harper - Settle down, ladies! We know you love this name. A few years ago Laura Wattenberg of BabyNameWizard.com called Harper a "nearly-perfect" name. It's the female equivalent of Sawyer, a tradesman name with literary flair. Harper has gained a following among celebrity parents with five celebrity baby Harpers born since 2008.  Neil Patrick Harris and Tiffani Thiessen both chose Harper for their daughters this year.

Billie Beatrice - A gorgeous couple chooses a gorgeous baby name.  Name Enthusiasts loved this choice of name by Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart.  Billie's a southern-infused jazz-age charmer, while middle name Beatrice lends formality. Read more about Billie Beatrice

Cosima - Creative doesn't have to mean new. Like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner with Seraphina, two of this year's new celebrity moms reached into the past for a Saint's name that has never ranked on any U.S. popularity charts. Claudia Schiffer and Sofia Coppola both welcomed baby Cosimas.

 Sundance - File under Things That Make You Go Huh? Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh named her baby boy Sundance, a unique baby name choice under any circumstance.  But what really had us scratching our heads was that Sundance was such a stylistic departure from the name Walsh had given her older son – Joseph Michael. Walsh later explained that her husband was a huge fan of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and they wanted their sons to be as close as Butch and Sundance.

Buddy Bear - Well, it’s not Butch! Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver joined older siblings Poppy Honey Rosie, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Daisy Boo Pamela. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver indicates the baby naming genius in his family is wife Jools. Read more about Buddy Bear

Egypt - Place names are the rage and this year saw new celebrity babies named London, Dakota, India and Hudson.  But Alicia Keys’ baby boy Egypt was the baby place name that drew the most attention. Opinion was split on this name. Read more about Egypt

Amadeus - OK, we admit it. Almost no one talked about this name this year. But honestly, why not? If Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis Becker isn’t worth some chatter, we don’t know what is.  Amadeus takes your artistic namesake names (think Beckett and Harper) to new heights. And we loved the commenter who noted that the child could just go by his initials and be known as Abel. Well done, Boris Becker!

Nelson & Eddy - She took a good long time deciding on just the right names for her newborn twins. In the end Celine Dion and husband Rene Anglil decided on names drawn from inspirational figures in their lives – Nelson Mandela and Eddy Marnay.  But as a sibling set Nelson and Eddy taken as a unit reminds us more of 1930s singing sensation Nelson Eddy. Read more about Nelson & Eddy

Be sure to check in at BabyNameWizard.com tomorrow when we reveal the 2010 Name of the Year.

--J.B.

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December 7, 2010 12:55 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Jamie Oliver's oldest daughter is "Poppy Honey Rosie", not "Poppy Daisy Honey".

December 7, 2010 3:21 PM
By Courtney (not verified)

please some of those place names aren't exactly a new fad for example the first major celeb to name their son or daughter Dakota was Melaine Griffith in 1988 nor is India just look at the female lead in the books/film Mr & Mrs Bridge. of course the leads in the film were played by beloved oscar winning married stars Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward who was nominated for her 4th best actress oscar for her work. it was the last film on the big screen in witch they appeared together

December 7, 2010 4:54 PM
By Eloise (not verified)

Some of these names, like Harper, Amadeus, and Bille Beatrice, are sweetly, realistically eccentric, but other names like Buddy Bear, Draco, and Cash are just going to bring those kids down in life. I don't understand the celebrity "crazy name" fad. Eccentric names are awesome and fun and make kids individual and special, but weird, silly or stupid ones just make them feel dumb.

December 8, 2010 7:40 PM
By Mc (not verified)

I have a friend who had a baby last year and she named him Benedict Amadeus. I love it!

January 4, 2011 1:05 PM
By L Donaghy (not verified)

Weird and unusual? Just what every kid doesn't want to be... kids want to fit in and be accepted, not unique and different. Parents want unique, but kids DO NOT! They like it when they meet other kids with the same name. Stop naming children with stupid names, your child will be his/her own person/individual no matter what. That's all.

September 1, 2014 7:28 AM
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