popular celeb baby names

It's a joke for a reason: You have no idea how many people you don't like until it's time to pick a baby name.

How many expecting moms and dads have ruled out perfectly good names because they just so happened to be shared by a childhood bully, or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, or any random person that just happens to jog a bad memory? On the flip side, some parents pick names because they're linked to someone they admire or discover a name they never would have heard of before when a celebrity makes it trendy.

The 10 baby names on this list have seen big swings upward or downward in popularity in recent years—and we have some guesses as to why.

1. Donald

It's a simple fact that President Donald Trump is a hugely polarizing figure. There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground between those who love him and those who disagree with him. Statistics from the Social Security Administration (SSA), which tracks the names of all babies born in the U.S. in any given year, show that you won't be likely to meet many little Donalds running around anytime soon. When Trump took office in 2017, his name was at spot 485 on the SSA's top 1000 list. Since then, it's dropped even further, clocking in at 553 in 2019. In his real estate tycoon days, the president was nicknamed "The Donald," and it's pretty likely to be the main association with the name for many years to come.

2. Melania

While the President's first name started to drop in popularity once he took office, his wife's got a brief boost. First Lady Melania's name—which comes from the Greek and means "black," according to Nameberry—cracked the top 1000 for the first time in 2017. It fell off the list completely by the next year, however, and hasn't returned since.

3. Paris

Politics obviously aren't the only thing that can turn people off certain names. It seems tabloid notoriety can, too. Paris Hilton's first name has been on a fairly steady decline in popularity since her heyday. Back in the early 2000s, when Paris was an "It Girl," her name climbed as high as 157 in the top 1000 names for girls. A decade and a half later, it's dropped nearly 150 spots. Paris also appeared on the list of boy names, just once, back in 2000.

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4. Mason

Speaking of tabloid notoriety, we can't talk celebrity baby names without mentioning the Kardashian/Jenner clan. The crew is responsible for tons of unique monikers. North, Saint, Chicago, Psalm, Stormi and True could potentially never meet another kiddo with the same first name, but that's definitely not true for Kourtney's eldest son Mason. It was already a fairly popular name the year he was born, making the chart at number 34 in 2009. By the next year, though, moms and dads apparently trying to keep up with the Kardashians propelled the name to the 12th spot. The year after that, the name cracked the top 10 and hasn't left since.

5. Karen

The year 2020 isn't over yet, but if you've been on social media at all, you know that we may as well call this "The Year of the Karen." It's not about a famous person, but instead about a seemingly endless series of infamous women caught doing outrageous (and often entitled and racist) things on camera. Twenty years ago, Karen was hovering around the top 150 baby names. In the past two decades, it's dropped a whopping 500 spots. With all the viral "Karen" videos we've seen going around this year, we'd bet on there being another massive drop when this year's done.

6. Meghan

Back in 2013, when Meghan Markle was starring on Suits and Prince Harry was the most eligible bachelor in the British Army, the name Meghan had just dropped off the charts in popularity. It stayed off the list for the next few years, before climbing back on in 2018—the same year the pair had their royal wedding. While it's not an overwhelmingly popular name (sitting in the 700s), there's a decent chance it's linked directly to the Duchess, since the more common spelling of "Megan" hasn't gotten the same bump in usage.

7. Luna

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were a power couple before they had kids, but they've definitely turned into two of the internet's favorite parents since welcoming daughter Luna in 2016. Her adorable name has been steadily rising through the popularity ranks since the early 2000s, but since Luna Stephens (not Legend!) was born, it's climbed as high as the top 20.

8. Miles

We can't forget John and Chrissy's other little love, baby boy Miles. The name's been growing in popularity since 2000, so the famous mom and dad may have been following the trend instead of setting it. But with Miles a regular presence on his parents' social media, we wouldn't be surprised to see this cute name keeping on climbing the charts in years to come.

9. River

Kelly Clarkson is another famous mama who seized on a not-so-common name and brought it into the mainstream. She gave birth to a baby girl in 2014, giving her the gorgeous name River Rose. The name's been climbing for the past decade and doesn't show signs of slowing—especially since it's rising in popularity for both girls and boys.

10. Willow

Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith welcomed daughter Willow in 2000. Since then, her sweet first name has been on a non-stop climb to the top of the charts. In 2019, it made the top 50 for the first time ever. Singer Pink nabbed the name for her daughter, too, welcoming Willow Sage in 2011.


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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Wooden doll stroller

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Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


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