Sunday, September 30, 2007

by Clara Ogden from
Trendy or traditional? All-American or exotic? For baby-naming inspiration, take a cue from Hollywood's hottest moms and dads.
Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin)
A beaming Gwyneth told Oprah: "Apples are so sweet, and they're wholesome and biblical...and clean!...I just thought, 'Perfect!'"
Why you love this name: It's earthy and innocent but unconventional too.
What it says about you: You're a New Age hippie who'd rather run barefoot in a field than climb the corporate ladder. You favor names that are spiritual, warm, and breezy, often taking inspiration from nature.
Coco (Courteney Cox and David Arquette)
The Friends actress and her wacky hubby keep the inspiration behind their daughter's stylish moniker hush-hush, but a close pal tells Star magazine she's named after Coco Chanel. Another source mused to People magazine: "Courteney's family calls her Cece. Maybe that had something to do with it."
Why you love this name: It's worldly, glamorous, and tres chic.
What it says about you: You're a class act with a strong sense of individual style who loves to be a step ahead of the game. You draw inspiration from romantic literary heroes and old-school Hollywood actors like Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, and Cary Grant.
Sam (Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards)
Tired of the Hollywood baby-naming hoopla, Charlie and Denise gave their daughter a classic unisex name. "Some of those celebrity names are way out there...It might be cool for a parent to introduce Binocular Jones when he's 6 months old, but in school, it's sort of a curse," Charlie told People magazine.
Why you love this name: Giving your baby a gender-neutral name is hip and cool without being too zany.
What it says about you: You're curious, independent, and outgoing. You like modern, contemporary names.
Marco (Jill Hennessy and Paolo Mastropietro)
"He needed an Italian name, and no one is going to mess it up...with a name like Marco, he'll be able to score some chicks in college," Jill said when her son was born.
Why you love this name: It's sophisticated, strong, and exudes confidence.
What it says about you: You're an adventurer with a flair for the exotic, and ethnic roots are important to you. Foreign names have an impact that you believe will make your child stand out.
Brooklyn (Victoria and David Beckham)
According to People magazine, the flashy duo conceived their son while visiting New York, so it's their way of paying tribute.
Why you love this name: It's symbolic of an important time and place in your life.
What it says about you: You're a true romantic who loves adventure and exploration.
Whether you've actually traveled the globe or experienced it through literature and movies, choosing a place name is meaningful because it connects your child with your favorite part of the world.
James Wilke (Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick)
Sources say they named their tyke after Matthew's late father—James—and Sarah's favorite 19th-century British author, Wilkie Collins.
Why you love this name: Classic, traditional, and conservative, this timeless moniker has a sense of history—King James, James Madison, James Joyce.
What it says about you: You're pragmatic and have a strong work ethic. Honesty, self-respect, and loyalty are your benchmarks. You're attracted to respectable, old-fashioned names.
Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the February 2005 issue of Parents magazine.

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