20 Musicians Whose Fame Inspired Baby Names

#20 ZAYN Malik

2,000
Babies named for Zayn Malik

Malik was part of the band One Direction that formed out of members of the reality TV series X Factor. In 2011, One Direction released their first album which topped the charts in 16 countries. They would release albums in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well with all reaching the top of the charts. His first solo album was released in 2016.

Zayn Zayn Malik

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#19 ARETHA Franklin

3,000
Babies named for Aretha Franklin

Franklin's first hits to make the Billboard Hot 100 were a part of her 1961 album. Her signature song Respect was released in 1967. That same year, she released two more top ten singles: Baby I Love You and (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman. In 1968, she released two top selling albums that included many of her hit singles and was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Aretha Aretha Franklin

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#18 ADELE

3,000
Babies named for Adele

In 2008, Adele released her first album that sold over 3 million copies in the US. The next year, she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her second album, released in 2011, won her a total of six Grammy Awards. It remained at the top of the charts longer than any album since 1985. She released the theme to the James Bond film Skyfall in 2012. In 2015, She won additional Grammy Awards and continued to set new records with the release of her third album.

Adele Adele

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#17 JEWEL

4,000
Babies named for Jewel

Jewel's first album, which was released in 1995, was named Pieces of You and became one of the best selling debut albums of all time by selling over 12 million copies. The album contained three singles that were featured on the Billboard Hot 100. Her second album also featured a single to make it into the Billboard Hot 100.

Jewel Jewel

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#16 ARIANA Grande

5,000
Babies named for Ariana Grande

Grande released her first album in 2013 with the lead single that made it in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Her second album was released in 2014 at number one in the US. It included singles that kept her in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 100 for 34 weeks.

Ariana Ariana Grande

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#15 RIHANNA

5,000
Babies named for Rihanna

Rihanna released her first album in 2005 and second in 2006. Both entered into the Billboard Top 10. Her third album featured the single Umbrella which would win her first Grammy Award. She would go on to make four consecutive albums that were all certified platinum by selling over 1 million copies.

Rihanna Rihanna

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#14 BRITNEY Spears

6,000
Babies named for Britney Spears

The name Britney follows the same trend as the more popular spelling Brittany with a peak in the late 80s. However, Spears generated new interest in this less popular spelling of a common name a decade later. Her first two albums Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops! I did it again (2000) featured singles that broke international sales records. Her first earned her the award of best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.

Britney Britney Spears

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#13 CELINE Dion

7,000
Babies named for Celine Dion

Dion is a Canadian and has released a number of French and English albums. Her 1996 and 1997 albums both sold over 10 million times. During the same time period, she released many hit singles including My Heart Will Go On which was featured in the movie Titanic. At the peak of her success in 1999, she took a hiatus from signing to start a family and be with her husband who was diagnosed with cancer.

Celine Celine Dion

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#12 ASHANTI

10,000
Babies named for Ashanti

Ashanti is best known for her self-titled debut album released in 2002. It won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album and featured the hit song Foolish. She has since released several other albums and has sold over 15 million records during her career.

Ashanti Ashanti

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#11 MILEY Cyrus

11,000
Babies named for Miley Cyrus

Cyrus is the daughter of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She became well known as a Disney star in the TV series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her albums (2007 and 2008) helped to propel her career forward. However, with the release of her EP, she started to break from her teen idol roots to show a more mature image. The new image and her sexually explicity behavior created a controversy that peaked in 2013. She was a positive influence on baby names during her teen idol years, but the popularity declined as she pushed her more mature image.

Miley Miley Cyrus

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#10 SHANIA Twain

14,000
Babies named for Shania Twain

Twain is the best-selling female artist in country music history. Her second album, The Woman in Me (1995), brought her widespread success. Her third album, Come on Over (1997), is the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act. Her fourth album, Up! (2001), continued the streak of albums being certified Diamond by selling more than 10 million copies each. Each of her albums spawned a number of hit singles.

Shania Shania Twain

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#9 NORAH Jones

17,000
Babies named for Norah Jones

Jones was named the top jazz artist of the 2000s decade by Billboard. Her debut album sold over 27 million copies and earned five Grammy Awards. All four albums released during the decade sold more than a million copies.

Norah Norah Jones

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#8 LAURYN Hill

18,000
Babies named for Lauryn Hill

Hill had early performances on screen with roles in As the World Turns and Sister Act 2. She was a member of the Fugees which released albums in 1994 and 1996. Her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in 1998. The album debuted at number one in the US. Shortly after, Hill dropped out of the public eye citing the pressures of fame and dissatisfaction with the music industry.

Lauryn Lauryn Hill

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#7 SHEENA Easton

19,000
Babies named for Sheena Easton

Easton release the single Morning Train (9 to 5) in 1981 and topped the US Hot 100 - a rare feat for a UK solo artist. She released 15 singles from 1981 to 1991 that would reach the US Top 40. Hits include We've Got Tonight, For Your Eyes Only, Strut, and U Got the Look.

Sheena Sheena Easton

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#6 WILLOW Smith

24,000
Babies named for Willow Smith

Smith is the son of faimed actor Will Smith. During the late 90s and 2000s, the entire family influenced baby names as Will had many successful blockbuster films that featured family members. Willow's brother, father, and mother also had an influence on baby names. She starred alongside her father in I Am Legend (2007) and later starred in Kit Kittredge (2008). She is known for her hit singles Whip My Hair and 21st Century Girl, the former reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her album was released in 2015.

Willow Willow Smith

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#5 SELENA

33,000
Babies named for Selena

Selena was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the 20th century and has been called the "Tejano Madonna" for her clothing choices. After her breakthrough album in 1992, she released a new album every year until her death in 1995 when she was shot and killed. Her birthday was declared Selena Day in Texas by the governor at the time (George W. Bush). In 1997, the film Selena starring Jennifer Lopez was released and told the story of her life and career.

Selena Selena

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#4 MYA

50,000
Babies named for Mýa

Mya released her first album in 1998 which included the top ten single It's All About Me. Her second album was released in 2000 and was a worldwide success. She won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Lady Marmalade alongside Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Lil Kim. Her single My Love is Like... Wo was featured on her third album in 2003.

Mya Mýa

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#3 AALIYAH

79,000
Babies named for Aaliyah

Aaliyah's debut album was released in 1994 and sold three million copies in the US. Her second album was released in 1996 and was equally successful. Her first appearance in a major film was in 2000 in Romeo Must Die. She died during a plane crash in 2001 which was also the same year as the release of her third album. The following year (2002), millions of fans gathered for a candlelight vigil in Times Square. That same year, she won numerous music awards and her second movie Queen of the Damned was released.

Aaliyah Aaliyah

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#2 WHITNEY Houston

80,000
Babies named for Whitney Houston

Houston was given the title most awarded female act of all time by Guiness World Records and is one of the best selling music artists of all time. Her self-titled debut album, released in 1985, set the record for best-selling debut album by a woman and was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second album debuted at number one in 1987. She made her first acting appearance in The Bodyguard in 1992. The accompanying single I Will Always Love You became the best-selling single by a woman in history.

Whitney Whitney Houston

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#1 MARIAH Carey

98,000
Babies named for Mariah Carey

Carey's debut album entitled Vision of Love produced four singles that topped the US charts. She was honored as the world's best selling record artist of the 90s. She suffered a breakdown in 2001 which was followed by poor reception of her film Glitter and its soundtrack. While unfortunate, her career decline makes her especially interesting because she created both a dramatic increase as well as a dramatic decrease in babies named Mariah. Fortunately, her career rebounded in 2005 when her album The Emancipation of Mimi topped the charts.

Mariah Mariah Carey

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