08/01/2012 12:21 | By Lucy Mapstone, editor, MSN Celebrity

Best celebrity baby names

It's been a baby-filled 12 months in the showbiz world. Lots of celeb tots arrived and we certainly weren't disappointed with the new crop of baby names. The latest new arrival, a baby girl born to Beyonce and Jay-Z, has been given the name Ivy Blue Carter - and we absolutely love it!

Here's our run-down of the best baby names from 2011, why they're successful and what they mean...

Victoria and Harper Seven Beckham (© Rex)

Victoria carries Harper Seven, who has already mastered mummy's pout!

  • Harper Seven - daughter of David and Victoria Beckham

Victoria and David decided to name their fourth child, their first daughter, after Victoria's favourite author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird. The A-list pair even managed to help boost sales of the 60s novel by 123% shortly after the name of their little girl was announced - that's one powerful baby name! Literally speaking, Harper is a traditional English name and means 'harp player'. Her middle name Seven - after David's football shirt number - is predicted to cause a surge of number names in babies for the next year or so. And who said the Beckhams aren't trendsetters?

  • Harry James - son of Danielle Lloyd and Jamie O'Hara

We like the name given to Danielle Lloyd and footballer Jamie O'Hara's second baby boy. It's simple, classic and wildly un-showbiz. It may be very popular (it's currently the 3rd most popular boys name in the UK, according to babynames.co.uk) but it's a strong historical name. Of German roots, it means 'home ruler'. Harry James really is the antithesis to Apple Martin...

  • Arthur - son of Claudia Winkleman and Kris Thykier

It may seem an odd choice of a name for a baby born in 2011, reserved for old men and cartoon aardvarks, but we admire TV presenter Claudia's choice to call her son Arthur, or 'Art' for short. There's been a huge insurgence of older traditional names being re-used and Arthur, meaning 'bear-king' or 'stone', is one of the most weighty names with historical importance. We had a famous king with that name, after all.

  • Bingham - son of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy

    Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy (© Rex)

    Kate and Matt push baby Bingham in his fancy pram...

On 9 July actress Kate Hudson and Muse rocker Matt Bellamy welcomed their first child together into the world, a boy with a slightly original name - Bingham Hawn Bellamy, or Bing for short. Bingham is Matt's mum's maiden name and Bing Russell was Kurt Russell's dad (Kurt is Kate's stepfather) so there are plenty of family connections.

  • Agnes Lark - daughter of Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany

Bringing back vintage name Agnes was a majorly successful move by thespian couple Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. The name, derived from the Greek word for 'purity', goes nicely with the middle name Lark, a songbird.

  • Sophia Ruby - daughter of Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch

Abbey Clancy and her footballer husband Peter Crouch named their first child, born in March, Sophia Ruby, shunning the typical showbiz inclination towards weird and wonderful names. Sophia means 'wisdom' and is of Greek origin and, aside from Ruby being a nice colour and a pretty gemstone; it's the 7th most popular girls name in the UK at the moment. Does this mean Abbey and Peter's little girl will grow up to be wise and popular? We're sure they're hoping so.

  • Cleo - daughter of David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman

Actor David Schwimmer must have been feeling so proud when he named his baby daughter, born in May, Cleo - the name translates to mean 'father's glory'. We're glad he and his wife Zoe stuck with Cleo, however, and didn't opt for the whole Cleopatra. That's a huge name to live up to.

  • Flynn Christopher - son of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

    Miranda Kerr and Flynn Christopher (© PA)

    Baby Flynn, held by mother Miranda, is already a poser for cameras!

Not only do we adore baby Flynn and his gorgeous parents (we can't stop poring over pictures of the happy family) but we love his name too. Flynn is a popular Gaelic name meaning 'son of the red-haired one'. Neither Miranda nor Orlando has red hair, but it's a nice name anyway! His second name, Christopher, is in memory of Miranda's first boyfriend Christopher Middlebrook, who passed away after they had been together for two years when they were teenagers. The model explained: "After [Christopher] died, I wrote him a letter that said I hoped to name my first child after him in some way. I told Orlando and he was the one who said he'd be happy to do that. Orlando's a good guy."

  • Belle - daughter of Holly Willoughby and Dan Baldwin

Holly Willoughby and her husband Dan Baldwin welcomed their second child into the world in April, a daughter named Belle. We all know that Belle is one of Disney's most-loved characters from Beauty and the Beast, the name literally translating to mean 'beauty' in French. And with a mummy like gorgeous Holly, we're sure she will be beautiful.

  • Tate - daughter of Emma Bunton and Jade Jones

Aside from slightly reminding us of some famous art galleries, the name Tate has a substantial meaning. Deriving from the Middle East (although some sources claim it's of English origin) it's believed to mean 'cheerful' and, with a mum like former Spice Girl Emma, we're sure he'll have lots of cheer in his life.

And the prize for the top weird celebrity baby name of 2011 goes to Alicia Silverstone for naming her son Bear Blu.

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