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Baby names inspired by famous people born in July

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Famous July birthdays to inspire your baby name search

July defines summer. We celebrate the Fourth of July, travel to the beach, host family picnics and take in some all-American baseball. Many a famous folk were born in this seventh month, and we rounded them up to inspire your baby name selection.

Famous July-born gals

These famous women, one for each day of the month, run the gamut from sports and politics to entertainment and beyond. Consider both their first names and surnames for your short list.

July 1, 1967:  Pamela Anderson, Playboy Playmate and Baywatch babe

July 2, 1986:  Lindsay Lohan, Disney star gone wild

July 3, 1941:  Gloria Allred, high-profile attorney for women's rights

July 4, 1998:  Malia Obama, elder daughter of President Barack and Michelle Obama

July 5, 1985:  Megan Rapinoe, former member of the U.S. women's national soccer team

July 6, 1931:  Della Reese, jazz singer and Touched by an Angel actress

July 7, 1980:  Michelle Kwan, Olympic figure skating gold medalist

July 8, 1951:  Anjelica Huston, Oscar-winning star of Prizzi's Honor

July 9, 1964:  Courtney Love, widow of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain

July 10, 1980:  Jessica Simpson, pop star, reality TV star and fashion designer

July 11, 1975:  Nadya Suleman, notorious welfare mom of 14 known as "Octomom"

July 12, 1951: Cheryl Ladd, TV actress of Charlie's Angels fame

July 13, 1927:  Simone Veil, French survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

July 14, 1960:  Jane Lynch, best known as Glee's Sue Sylvester

July 15, 1946:  Linda Ronstadt, the "First Lady of Rock"

July 16, 1963:  Phoebe Cates, topless star of Fast Times at Ridgemont High

July 17, 1935:  Diahann Carroll, African American star of Julia and Dynasty

July 18, 1982:  Priyanka Chopra, Miss World's 2000 pageant winner and Bollywood actress

July 19, 1860:  Lizzie Borden, young woman accused (and acquitted) of murdering her parents with a hatchet

July 19, 1966:  Nancy Carell, TV actress and wife of Steve Carell

July 20, 1938:  Natalie Wood, Hollywood starlet who played West Side Story's Maria

July 21, 1968:  Brandi Chastain, professional soccer player who stripped off her jersey in the 1999 World Cup

July 22, 1934:  Louise Fletcher, best known as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

July 23, 1973:  Monica Lewinsky, infamous White House intern who had a fling with President Clinton

July 24, 1951:  Lynda Carter, portrayed TV's Wonder Woman

July 25, 1978:  Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby

July 26, 1909:  Vivian Vance, remembered as Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy

July 27, 1944:  Bobbie Gentry, "Ode to Billie Joe" songstress

July 28, 1929:  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, widow of President John F. Kennedy

July 29, 1905:  Clara Bow, silent film star known as the "It Girl"

July 30, 1956:  Delta Burke, former beauty queen who played Designing Women's Suzanne Sugarbaker

July 31, 1951:  Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis champion

Famous July-born guys

There's no denying that this fabulous assortment of well-known men provides some fantastic baby name ideas.

July 1, 1961:  Carl Lewis, Olympic track and field gold medalist

July 2, 1908:  Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice

July 3, 1962:  Tom Cruise, movie star of Risky Business, Top Gun and Mission: Impossible fame

July 4, 1927:  Neil Simon, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

July 5, 1950:  Huey Lewis, frontman for 80s band Huey Lewis and the News

July 6, 1925:  Merv Griffin, media mogul who created Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune

July 7, 1940:  Ringo Starr, drummer for The Beatles

July 8, 1961:  Toby Keith, country music singer and founder of the Mad Dog Nashville label

July 9, 1956:  Tom Hanks, Academy Award-winning film star

July 10, 1956:  Nikola Tesla, Austrian scientist who invented the electrical motor

July 11, 1920:  Yul Brynner, Russian-born actor and star of The King and I

July 12, 1895:  Oscar Hammerstein II, one half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hammerstein

July 131942:  Harrison Ford, action movie actor of Indiana Jones fame

July 14, 1918:  Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film director

July 15, 1606:  Rembrandt van Rijn, brilliant Dutch painter

July 16, 1971:  Corey Feldman, teen star of Gremlins and Goonies

July 17, 1763:  John Jacob Astor, first American multimillionaire

July 18, 1937:  Hunter S. Thompson, drugged-up journalist who penned Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

July 19, 1834:  Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter

July 20, 1822:  Gregor Mendel, Czech Republic research scientist and founder of modern genetics

July 21, 1920:  Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist and mentor to Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma

July 22, 1940:  Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! quiz show host

July 23, 1989:  Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter

July 24, 1969:  Michael Richards, best known as Seinfeld's Cosmo Kramer

July 25, 1967:  Matt LeBlanc, played the airhead Joey Tribbiani on Friends

July 26, 1928:  Stanley Kubrick, acclaimed director of 2001: A Space Odyssey

July 27, 1667:  Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and inventor of calculus

July 28, 1945:  Jim Davis, Garfield cartoonist

July 29, 1833:  Benito Mussolini, fascist Italian dictator during WWII

July 30, 1947:  Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Mr. Universe, actor and governor of California

July 31, 1919:  Curt Gowdy, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster

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