Name Your Kid After These Cool Celebs

Often, it seems like celebrities have it all: fame, fortune, and everything that's the best of the best and the finest of the finest. Some stars even have cooler names than the rest of us, whether it's their real, parent-given title or a moniker they've chosen to take on as a stage name. It might not seem fair that when you grew up as one of the five Laurens or seven Alisons in your elementary school, these stars were already standing out from the pack, but hey, that's Hollywood — and if you want to bring these stars' cool names closer to home in some way, there are plenty of great baby names inspired by celebrities you can totally give your kid.

These names range from ones that are old school to totally creative to filled with literary references, and they all would make great names for a kid born in 2016. Even if you don't have a baby, or are not planning to have one anytime soon, feel free to suggest them to your expectant relatives or friends — they'll definitely appreciate the favor. The following are 11 of the most interesting baby names inspired by celebrities, any of which would make a baby born this year one of the coolest, trendiest kids around.

1. Mekhi, From Mekhi Phifer

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This name means "who is like God?" A baby with this name is bound to turn into someone great.

2. Moon, From Moon Zappa

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With a name as cool as this and a father as cool as Frank Zappa, Moon Zappa was destined to become a fascinating author and actor.

3. Channing, From Channing Tatum

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Does anything sound classier than the name "Channing?" Tatum is pretty talented, so maybe that sort of talent will rub off on your baby.

4. Jordana, From Jordana Brewster

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I happen to be quite partial to this name as a Jordana myself, and can assure you that it is a name meant for queens — and a derivative of the Jordan river.

5. Pharrell, From Pharrell Williams


Pharrell has been around forever, and one has to wonder if his staying power is related to his unique name.

6. Rihanna, From Rihanna


Rihanna's name is so wonderfully badass and unique that it can completely stand alone.

7. Keanu, From Keanu Reeves

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How many Keanus have you met? This name, meaning "cool breeze," will certainly give your child the chill, unshaken vibe of Reeves himself.

8. Lupita, From Lupita Nyong'o

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Has there ever been a human more graceful than Lupita Nyong'o? With a name like Lupita, your daughter will exude such class and wisdom.

9. Zayn, From Zayn Malik

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Not only is Zayn Malik super handsome, but his name literally means "beautiful" in Arabic. This name could be great for your future kid.

10. Keaton, From Diane Keaton

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Why not change it up and use somebody's last name as a first name? There are lots of famous Keatons to pay homage to, including Birdman's Michael Keaton, Buster Keaton, and of course, the great Diane Keaton.

11. Apolo, From Apolo Ohno

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Or you can go straight "Apollo" and have a Greek God-inspired child on your hands. Either way, Apolo is a unique name.

It's really difficult to choose the perfect name for your child, thanks to the millions of potential monikers out there. So why not just pick some baby names inspired by celebrities? Perhaps with a name inspired by one of them, your kid will follow in these stars' impressive footsteps.