Our Favorite Baby Names of 2011


1. Bear
Alicia Silverstone and husband Christoper Jarecki welcomed baby Bear Blu into the world this year. And while the middle name isn’t so wonderful, the name Bear is bold, strong and full of power. Much like the animal and Man V. Wild star Bear Grylls, you don’t mess with this name.

2. Gale
Yes, this is another Hunger Games triology name and no, I won’t apologize for it. Perhaps it’s this names closeness to nature—a gale force wind. Or the character’s benevolent strength, or perhaps it’s because it’s one of the few times, a boy name can appropriate a girl name (Gail/Gayle), but this name has sticking power.

3. Weston
Jenna Fischer could have named her baby Pants, and we’d probably love it too. That’s how awesome she is. But fortunately, the star of The Office chose a great name for her son, Weston. A strong name, with the cool nickname of Wes. Good job, Jenna Fischer.

4. Milo
Alyssa Milano named her baby boy Milo Thomas and while her recent work in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked leaves much to be desired, her baby name is just fabulous.

5. Theodore
Speaking of Alvin and the Chipmunks, while the movies make most parents want to run screaming to the nearest exit, the name Theodore is a classic. Let’s hope that this name makes a comeback, sans the high-squeaky voices.

6. Bingham
Born to Matthew Bellamy and Kate Hudson, baby Bingham is sure to be a looker and with that name to-boot, he’ll have to go into show business.  Although the nickname Bing is shared with a search engine, which is not a point in the names favor. But I’m sure baby Bingham will muddle through somehow.

7. Waylon
Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings named their baby boy Waylon, and family heritage aside, this name is just plain awesome. Definitely the perfect name for any future rocker. Also, baby Waylon has a big sister named Alabama. These kids are already too cool.

8. Felix
30 Rock star Elizabeth Banks and her husband Max Handleman welcomed baby boy Felix into the world this year. The child is their first and is already blessed with an name that is unique without being weird or trendy

9. Wolfgang
Okay, so Wolfgang (Wolfie) Novogratz is 12 years old. But an article about the Novogratz family and their unique baby names went viral this year and caused quite a stir. Robert and Cortney Novogratz of Sixx Design are known for their designs on 9 by Design on Bravo are parents to seven children—Wolfgang, Tallulah, Bellamy, Breaker, Five and Holleder.

10.  Abraham
Between Delilah and Abraham, it looks like Biblical names are on the rebound. Ziggy Marley, welcomed a son in February of 2011 and named him Abraham.  Baby Abe has two brothers—Judah and Gideon. These names are big, Biblical and beautiful. Here’s hoping the Marley’s have more babies just so they can name them.

About the Author:
Lyz Lenz is a writer, a mom and a midwesterner. Although, not in that order. She lives in Iowa and on the web at LyzLenz.com