‘Belle’ best baby name 2011
By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
December 21, 2011, 1:28 pm

Belle has as beaten Sophia and Willow to be named best baby name of 2011.

The moniker topped the poll to find mum’s favourite celebrity baby name, beating off strong competition from other celeb tots, including Harper-Seven(Victoria Beckham), Madison (Mel B) and Delilah (Kimberley Stewart). 

The name Belle, which means ‘beautiful’ in French, is also one of Disney's best-loved characters from the story ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and mums love the name because it is ‘pretty, girly and elegant.’

Second favourite is Sophia, which was the 28th most popular baby name of 2010 and is the name given to the daughter of footballer Peter Crouch and model Abbey Clancy.  In third place is pop/rock singer Pink’s tot Willow Sage.

The Beckham’s Harper-Seven narrowly missed the top three, coming in fourth place.

For the boys, Flynn, son of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, came top of the poll.  Already a super-cute baby, he is sure to follow in his father’s footsteps and ‘bloom’ into a handsome young man. Mums commented that the name is both ‘cute for a baby, as well as romantic and dashing for when he grows up.’

Former-Baby Spice Emma Bunton’s son Tate, is the second most popular boys’ celebrity baby name and completing the top three is Harry - son of model Danielle Lloyd.

In total, over 101,000 votes were cast on the online poll, which was compiled by parenting club Bounty and sponsored by HomeAway.co.uk.

Lisa Penney, spokesmum for bounty.com said: “We all love to know what celebrities call their babies (even if we don’t like to admit it!) and our records show that what celebrity parents call their children can help to increase the popularity of the name.

“The top ranking names like BelleSophiaMadison and Flynn are the names which our mums can more easily identify with. The less popular, more unusual names such as Kahekili (Evangeline Lily) or Bear Blu (Alicia Silverstone) may not seem out of place in the celebrity kindergarten next to the likes of Suri, Apple, Zuma Nesta and Princess Tiaamii, but these names are certainly not the norm in the average school playground.” 

Other celebrity named babies that proved popular this year include Hero (Myleene Class) and Lyra (Sophie Dahl).

Towards the bottom of the top 20 and demonstrating mum’s least favourite celebrity boys and girls names of 2011 are Mariah Carey’s Moroccan and Jessica Alba’s daughter Haven.

1- Belle
2- Sophia
3- Willow
4- Harper-Seven
5- Madison
6- Delilah
7- Flynn
8- Hero
9- Lyra
10- Tate
11- Monroe
12- Harry
13- Polly
14- Bear Blu
15- Indio
16- Kahekili
17- Bingham
18- Arthur
19- Haven
20- Moroccan

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