Baby Names Inspired by Notable Famous People

Throughout history and in the present day, various celebrities and famous people have used their status and financial might to do good things. From campaigning to improve climate change, towards political activism, working to end poverty and providing much needed financial aid to global charities to name a few. There are also people who become more famous after they’ve passed away from the legacy they leave behind.

We can look at these notable famous people as a source of inspiration when it comes to choosing the perfect baby name…

Baby Boys Names Inspired by Notable Famous People


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, climate change and disaster relief. He also sits on the board of the National Resources Defense Council, and produced the documentary ‘The 11th Hour,’ which talks about the state of the environment.

Leonardo is a Spanish name and translates to mean ‘Lion-bold’.


Inspired by John Lennon, peace activist and co-founder of the world-famous 1960’s pop band, the Beatles. John Lennon was known for his, often controversial, political and peace activism, his criticism of the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration.

Lennon is a Gaelic name which translates to mean ‘Lover’.


Responsible for the creation of Disney, Walt Disney holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards, with a total of 22. His business empire was based on his natural creativity and outstanding imagination.

Walt is a form of Walter, meaning ‘powerful warrior’.


Actor Keanu Reeves (famous for his role as Neo in the “Matrix” trilogy) is a supporter of PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and Stand Up to Cancer. In addition, he set up his own private cancer foundation to fund children’s hospitals. He was reported to have helped a crew member on set too, whose family member had been badly injured, making it difficult for them to make mortgage payments. Keanu is said to have taken over the payments to help them. He’s an all-around kind and caring person, who works to support a variety of important causes.

Keanu is a Hawaiian name meaning ‘the cool breeze’.


Alongside his acting work, Orlando Bloom is also the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and recently joined the fight against the Ebola breakout, regularly visiting Liberia.

Orlando is an Italian baby boy’s name, and means ‘heroic’.

Baby Girls Names Inspired by Notable Famous People


Actress Angelina Jolie is known for her humanitarian work. Over the years she’s donated millions to various causes. It’s reported that Angelina and husband Brad Pitt give the $14 million that they earned for the release of the first photos of their twins Knox and Vivienne to fund the Maddox-Pitt Foundation.

Angelina is a Greek baby name, meaning ‘angel’.


The Mexican self-portrait and surrealist artist Frida Kahlo is an iconic woman in modern history. Khalo was politically active and was married to a fellow communist and artist, Diego Rivera.

Frida is a Scandinavian name meaning ‘peace’. In Arabic its spelt ‘Farida’ meaning ‘unique, matchless, precious pearl’.


Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, singer and American civil rights activist and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. During her life, she published seven autobiographies, several books of poetry, three books of essays and was credited to various films, television programmes and plays. She also received dozens of awards and more than 5 honorary degrees.

Maya is a Hindu name meaning ‘illusion’.


Actress Charlize Theron founded the Charlize Theron African Outreach Project, to help keep African youth safe from HIV and AIDS. She supports community-based organizations’, and aims to empower them through grant giving, networking and putting their work in the spotlight.

Charlize is of French origin and means ‘small beauty’.


After an earthquake devastated much of the Hati, supermodel Gisele Bundchen donated $1.5 million to relief efforts.

Gisele is a French name meaning ‘bright pledge’.

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