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Unique baby names from pop culture

From the popularity of cool vampire names to the fascination with reality TV and unusual names from movies, check out our pick of unique baby girl and baby boy names from pop culture.

The most recent list of top baby names from the Social Security Administration shows the influence of pop culture on baby naming trends. Twilight’s Bella (or Isabella) and Jacob are at the top of the list and, thanks to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the name Knox is quickly climbing the charts.

Vampire baby names

Edward and Bella from Twilight

Jacob and Bella are not the only vampire names that are climbing the baby name charts. Cullen, the last name of vampire Edward Cullen, is becoming a popular name for boys, as is Emmett and Jasper, the names of other vampires in the popular saga. The name Damon is a cool name for boys and is taken from Ian Somerhalder’s character on The Vampire Diaries.

Want more vampire names? Check out our picks below:

  • Esme
  • Alice
  • Armand
  • Eric
  • Godric
  • Jasper
  • Carlisle
  • Sasha
  • Carmen
  • Eleazer

Baby names from TV

Bentley and Maci

It is hard to deny the influence of reality TV on baby name trends, as the names Bentley and Maci (like Teen Mom Maci Bookout and her son Bentley) are the fastest climbing baby names. Check out more unique baby names from TV shows below:

Baby names from movies

Legally Blonde

Another place to get inspired and find some unique baby names is through movies, both classic and new. Whether it is a character you love or an actor or actress you have come to admire, these names may mean characteristics or skills you hope your child to acquire. Here are some cool names from movies:

  • Ariel: Footloose
  • Summer: 500 Days of Summer
  • Juno: Movie Juno
  • Tiana: The Princess and the Frog
  • Bodhi: Point Break
  • Elle: Legally Blonde
  • Maximus: Gladiator
  • Neo: The Matrix
  • Gatsby: The Great Gatsby

Celebrity baby names

Angelina Jolie and Maddox

Celebrities seem to be trend-setters when it comes to baby names. Expect to see more number names, thanks to Victoria Beckham’s daughter Harper Seven. Old-fashioned baby names have made a huge comeback, with celebrity baby names like Gideon (Neil Patrick Harris), Harlow (Nicole Richie) and Beatrice (Paul McCartney).

Names with the letter “x” have a cool and edgy sound to them, making them a top choice for celebrities. Jodie Sweetin named her daughter Beatrix and Will Ferrell has a son named Axel, while January Jones named her son Xander. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have several x names, including Dax, Pax, Maddox and Knox.

Check out these other memorable celebrity baby names:

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Photo credit: Summit Entertainment, Marc Platt Productions,, Anthony Dixon / WENN

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