Naming your baby might just be the hardest thing about having one, aside from you know, labor and actually having the baby. It’s always a heated debate though, many couples stress over the name. When one person picks a name they love, wouldn’t it be that the other person hates it, for whatever reason.
Luckily for my fiancée and me we picked our daughter’s name fairly quickly and easily, in a one hour car ride. Go figure! We had the usual back and forth of what about “blank” and one of us would go, no I don’t like that name because of “insert reason here”, or I knew someone back in the day with that name and I didn’t like them. Et cetera, Et cetera. Some couples though do not have such an easy time. It becomes a big to do.
Some people even go into picking baby names for their meaning or origin. As the name might tie in with their family heritage or where their family comes from, and some like to go with what’s popular or if a famous person has the same name. If you’re one of those people who like the popular names or knowing where a name comes from, then you are in luck because I’ll give you a list of 2015’s most popular (U.S.) baby names, their origins, and any famous people who might bear them.
Originally a Hebrew name (Avigayil), Abigail means “my father is joy.” Abigail became an English name during the time of the Protestant Reformation, when the Puritans came over from England. It did go out of fashion for a little while in the 17th century, but was happily revived in the 20th century.
As far as famous people named Abigial, we have Abigail Breslin who is best known for her role in Little Miss Sunshine, Abigail Spencer who is best known for her role in Cowboys & Alien, and Abigail Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, one of our founding fathers.
Amelia was a Germanic name meaning “work” or “industrious” the name became popular in England after the German House of Hanover came to perform for the British Throne. Most people know that the most famous woman to bear the name Amelia is of course Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean.
Originating in France, it was a French name meaning “blond ruler” or “elf ruler,” in America the name’s meaning is similar, “rules with elf wisdom.” It’s a form of old French Auberi, which derives from an old German name Alberich which mean “elf ruler.”
Today the name Aubrey can be found amongst the stars, with people such as Aubrey Plaza best known for her role on Parks and Recreation, and Aubrey O’Day who is a singer and songwriter.
Ava came from a German name; it is a shortened version of names beginning with Avi. The meaning of Ava is unknown. Ava Gardener bore this lovely name; she was an actress who performed in many movies during the late 40’s into the early 80’s. At one time she was married to Frank Sinatra, and before him, she was married to Mickey Rooney.
Another French name, Avery means “wise.” It was traditionally a last name derived from the name Alfred. While Avery is a popular girl’s name, most famous people bearing the name currently happen to be male. Avery Bradley is a member of the NBA and plays for the Celtics.
French names are certainly popular, and Charlotte is among them. It was the feminine counterpart to Charles. If you are an avid reader like I am, and you enjoy the classics, then you know a famous Charlotte. Charlotte Bronte, author of Jayne Eyre and Villette, is well known and still read today.
Originating from ancient Greek, Chloe is said to mean “green shoot.” Chloe became an English name during the time of the Protestant Reformation. The Puritans may have been stodgy, but at least they had good taste in names. Many famous ladies are graced with the beautiful name of Chloe. Chlöe Grace Mortez is one of those ladies, with many movies and some T.V. appearances under her belt.
Sometimes knowing the meaning behind a name can make that name more beautiful, and in my opinion, Ella is one of those names. Originating from the Greek language, Ella means “all” or “completely” and in some languages “fairy maiden.”
I knew a baby girl once named Ella and I feel she fit the last description completely. With big, strikingly blue eyes, the longest darkest lashes I had ever seen and a cute cherub like smile, Ella was too cute. She may not be famous yet, but maybe someday. As for real famous ladies who bear the name Ella, I can think of none other than Ella Fitzgerald. She was a beautiful songstress and her music will live on forever.
This name is famous in many ways, and it derives from the Greek Elisabet, which was a form of the Hebrew name Elisheva. The meaning of it is “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance.” A name borne of two queens, Elizabeth is truly a regal name; the first Queen Elizabeth from the 16th century and the currently reigning Queen Elizabeth II.
We must not forget the actresses who are named Elizabeth, there was Elizabeth Taylor and of course there is Elizabeth Olsen. An actress in her own right, Elizabeth has starred in some movies and is sister to the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Emily is an English name derived from the Latin name Emil, meaning “rival.” Many famous women have had and currently hold the name Emily. Of course there is Emily Bronte who wrote “Wuthering Heights,” and is sister to Charlotte Bronte. There is also Emily Dickenson, American poet. Let’s not forget our current famous Emily’s, such as Emily Blunt and Emily Browning, both actresses.
Of German origin, Emma is the short form of names that began with ermen, meaning “whole” or “universal.” Emma is a good name for famous ladies, especially actresses. There is Emma Stone, Emma Roberts, Emma Thompson, and of course Emma Watson. All big name actresses, maybe it’s a lucky name?
The first English origin name on the list, Evelyn derived from an English surname that transformed into the given name, Aveline. Unfortunately, not many famous ladies bear the name Evelyn. I could only find two ladies with the name Evelyn myself, my mother not included, though she would beg to differ.
The first being Evelyn Keyes, an actress who is best known for her role in Gone with the Wind. Sadly, the second famous Evelyn is Evelyn McHale, a suicide victim from the late 40’s, who was made famous by Life Magazine for publishing a photo of her after her demise as a “Photo of the Week.”
Another English origin name, derived as part of the virtue names created by the Puritans. If you watch YouTube like an introverted hermit, as I do sometimes, then you know Grace Helbig. She is a pretty famous YouTube star, and if you haven’t watched any of her stuff, then go ahead, we will be here when you get back. Another famous lady to bear the name Grace was Grace Kelly, a famous actress from the 50’s.
Let’s move on down the list of English origin names to Harper. Originally a last name, Harper meant “harp player,” and is an Anglicized from the German name Härpfer. It is also said that Harper is a Scottish family name, and is generally associated with the clan Buchannan.
The only famous people I could find with the given name of Harper is, Harper Lee, an American novelist famous for To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Simon, a singer and songwriter, and last but not least Harper Williams, a basketball player.
Isabella, which is a variant on the name Elizabeth, is a Hebrew name meaning “devoted to God.” As far as famous Isabella’s go, there is Isabella Rosellini, a famous actress. If we are talking fictional people there is Isabella Swan, from the infamous Twilight series.
Madison was originally an English surname, meaning “son of Matthew,” and has become a popular given name in the United States. Madison Brengle, an American tennis player, is one famous bearer of the lovely name. There is also Madison Pettis, an actress who is borne unto the name. I myself knew a Madison growing up; we are still friends today, though sadly neither of us is famous.
Mia is a truly diverse name is comes from many different origins. It has roots in Hebrew, Latin, and Scandinavian origins. A beautiful name, it’s no wonder many famous ladies get to call it their own, ladies such as Mia Farrow. Let’s not forget Mia Tyler, Steven Tyler’s daughter, as well as Mia Hamm, the American soccer player.
Natalie may be one of my all time favorite names on this list. It derives from the Latin name, Natalia which means “Christmas Day.” Many women bear this wonderful name, women such as Natalie Cole and of course Natalie Portman.
Olivia is a beautiful name, so is it any wonder it’s so popular? The English name has been around since the 13th century and is derived from the Latin oliva or olive. A name like Olivia, popular and that has been around seemingly forever, is bound to wind up famous. There are many famous women named Olivia, such as Olivia Wilde and Olivia Munn; two American actresses whose names are almost as popular as they are.
Do you know anyone named Sophia and think, man they are a wise soul? That is probably because the name is originally derived from the Greek word for “wisdom.” Sofia is the Spanish version of the same name. Personally I find Sophia, however you choose to spell it, a lovely name.
Apparently so did the mother’s of these famous ladies who bear the name Sophia/Sofia, such as Sofia Vergara. I love saying her last name too, Vergara! How about Sophia Peabody-Hawthorne, an American painter; there is even quite a bit of royalty with the name Sophia/Sofia.
Another strong and beautiful name, Victoria is the Latin word for “victory” or “conquer.” It’s also considered the feminine form of the name Victor. Many of us dream of what it would be like to be famous, and sometimes what it would be like to be with famous men or ladies.
I think I can speak for most of us hetero ladies when I say, I would love to switch places with Victoria Beckham for a day, Posh Spice, way to go girl!
This name has so many variations of itself and is popular not just in the U.S. it seems. Zoey is the Greek word for “life,” and with the famous actress who bears this name I think the meaning is spot on. I am talking about Zooey Deschanel, who is a vivacious and lively woman, making us laugh with her cute and quirky characters.
So if you were in the market for a baby girl name, or are just curious about what was big for girl names in 2015, I hope this has helped. If not, well, you are on the internet. Take some ideas from here and go! Google my pretties! I myself have looked up names specifically based on what nationality it comes from. It’s fun to see all the different names and their meanings; I even looked up my daughter’s name and was happy to see it meant “clear, bright, and famous.”