From Inaaya to Radhya and Taimur: Celeb baby names that ruled 2017

While some celeb bubs arrived amidst great pomp and show, a few arrived silently creating a pleasant surprise stir.

2017 was quite an eventful year. With so many celebs welcoming their bundles of joy, it was a year that kept paparazzi on their tenterhooks.

While some celeb bubs arrived amidst great pomp and show, a few arrived silently creating a pleasant surprise stir. But also this time around we had quite a few thoughtful and unique celeb baby names that garnered a lot of attention, from media and otherwise.

Here’s looking at some of the best celeb baby names of 2017.


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Little Taimur Ali Khan was the most awaited Bollywood baby arrival this year. The baby created a furore across social media soon as his name was announced.

Poor Taimur and his parents were unnecessarily trolled by many who found the historical reference to the name objectionable.

But the absolute cuddle-worthy little Khan proved that cuteness can overcome all objections. Today he enjoys the reputation of being the most loved celeb baby in India. Coming to his name, Taimur means ‘Iron,’ in Arabic. A 14th-century Turco-Mongol ruler who conquered many places.

Taimur became a top trend on Twitter within an hour after he was born.

2. Inaaya

New parents Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemmu bring their little girl home

New parents Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemmu bring their little girl home

Inaaya Naumi Kemmu arrived in style earlier this year. Parents Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu announced the arrival of their baby girl and shared her beautiful name.

The parents thoughtfully chose the name ‘Inaaya,’ that has an Arabic origin and means a ‘Gift from God.’ The name also means ‘One to Behold.’

Since the little one arrived on the auspicious occasion of ‘Navmi,’ the parents chose her middle name as ‘Naumi.’ Navmi is the last day of navratri and the day in which the Goddess slayed Mahishasuraa.

3. Radhya

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Esha Deol and husband Bharat Takhtani welcomed their baby girl and fondly named her Radhya. The name has an emotional meaning for the family.

‘Radhya’ has been derived from Goddess Radha. The name has a special significance for the family also because Esha’s mum Hema Malini is an MP from Mathura and Radha is a name held dearly by them.

4. Yash and Roohi

Taimur with Karan Johar's twins Yash and Roohi

Taimur with Karan Johar’s twins Yash and Roohi

Karan Johar’s twins Yash and Roohi were the surprise entry in this years’ celeb babies list. But as quietly as they may have arrived, the babies have managed to captivate the country.

While Karan chose the names for deeply emotional reasons and he named his son after his dad Yash. He also chose to name his daughter Roohi as it is the name of her mother ‘Hiroo’ spelt backwards.

Yash is a Sanskrit name and it means fame. Roohi is a name that finds its origin in many languages including Arabic, Welsh and is a popular name in both Hindu and Muslim communities. It means something originating from the spirit or a spiritual woman.

5. Arthur

Celina Jaitly with her twin boys and husband

Former actress Celina Jaitley who is now based in Dubai announced the arrival of their baby Arthur Jaitley Haag earlier this year. Though this lovely news came with a sombre one as the other twin could not survive. But the parents were grateful that they could bring home baby brother Arthur to their older twins Viraaj and Winston.

The parents chose a historic name Arthur that has a historical significance. The name is derived from Celtic elements. It is also the name of the central character in arthurian legend and is remembered as the name of the powerful king. The name became particularly popular during the medieval ages in England.

6. Zack

Lisa Haydon with son Zack

Lisa Haydon welcomed baby boy Zack Lalwani this year. The yummy mummy who is been seen in just the prime shape she was in before her delivery also has been championing the cause of breastfeeding babies.

Her son Zack derives his name from Hebrew language. It translates into: ‘The Lord has Remembered.’

7. Kavish


Karan Mehra talks about his baby boy, Kavish

TV actor Karan Mehra who rose to fame as Naitik was blessed with a baby boy too this year. He and his wife Nish Rawal chose the name Kavish for their baby.

Kavish is an Indian origin name and has a beautiful meaning. It means ‘King of the Poets,’ and is also the other name for Lord Ganesha.

8. Soham

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TV actress Deepika Singh of Diya Aur Baati fame had a bonny baby boy this year and chose an equally beautiful name for him.

The parents called his Soham and as lyrical as the name sounds it also has a lovely meaning. Soham means that ‘God is within’ or ‘God’s divinity is everywhere.’

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