Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album <i>19</i> in 2008. </p>
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Celebrity-inspired baby names of 2012

Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album 19 in 2008.

The name is of German origin and means "noble, kind". See names similar to Adele here.

  • Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album <i>19</i> in 2008. </p>
The name is of German origin and means "noble, kind". See names similar to Adele <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/adele" target="_blank">here</a>.
  • The UK's <i>X Factor</i> produced more than a singing star with its winner, Amelia Lily Oliver, last year: it lead to the name Amelia jumping from the UK's number five in 2010 to number one in 2011. Over in the US, it's the 30th most popular girl's name. 
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Amelia means "industrious" and is of Latin origin. Find similar names <a href="hhttp://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/amelia” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Audrina Patridge first came into the public eye in 2006, when she appeared on reality show <i>The Hills</i>. Her name entered the top 1000 list the following year and has continued to rise in popularity as the model/actress has appeared in further TV shows and ads. <p/>
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Audrina is of English origin and means "nobility, strength". Find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/audrina” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Apart from her role in her mother Sarah's run for political office, Bristol Palin came into public consciousness as a teen abstinence spokeperson following her own teen pregnancy, then appeared on the 2010 series of <i>Dancing with the Stars</i>. Her own reality show followed. The name Bristol first appeared on the American top 1000 list in 2009, and now sits at number 434.
  • Elle Fanning - the 14-year-old sister of fellow actress Dakota - has risen to fame in the films <i>Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere,</i> and <i>We Bought a Zoo</i>. Although also the name of an Aussie supermodel and lead characters in hit films <i>Kill Bill</i> and <i>Legally Blonde</i>, it's thought this young actress is at the root of the name's surge in the popularity rankings. <p/> 
Of French origin, the name means "woman, girl, she"; find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/elle
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  • In 2006, the name Kellan was almost unheard of in the US; six years later, after Kellan Lutz rose to fame in the <i>Twilight</i> movies, it's number 363 on the top 1000 list. The name Emmett - the character he plays in the series - has also had a large increase in popularity. <p/><p>  
Kellan means "powerful" and is Celtic Gaelic origin; find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/kellan” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • In 2010, the name Harry was number five in the UK. A year later, it was number one. What - or who - was the reason for the jump? Not Prince Harry, but One Direction's Harry Styles. The band came third in 2010's <i>The X Factor UK</i>, causing a sudden shift towards the shortened version of Harold.
  • In 2010 Iker Casillas was the captain of the Spain's soccer team when it won the World Cup, simultaneously starting a new naming trend in the US. The name Iker - which is of Spanish origin and means "visits, visitation" - was the second-fastest rising name in America from 2010-2011, jumping 267 places.
  • The name hasn't even made the top 1000 list in the US yet, but Jenson is a hit in the UK, where Jenson Button rose to fame as a Formula One driver. It's now the 69th most popular name in Great Britain.
  • Although Logan has been in the top 100 lists for a few years now, <i>Percy Jackson</i> actor Logan Lerman has made it even more popular with new parents in the US and UK. The fact that Hugh Jackman's <i>Wolverine</i> character is also called Logan has also given the moniker a boost. <p/><p/> 
The name Logan is Celtic Gaelic in origin and means "small cove". Find names like it <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/logan” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Mila Kunis rose to fame in TV's <i>That '70s Show</i>, then as the voice of <i>Family Guy</i>'s Meg, but it wasn't until she starred in 2010's Oscar-nominated <i>Black Swan</i> that parents caught on to using her name for their own daughters. Mila is short for 'Milena', which means "gracious" in her native Ukraine. The name rose almost 200 places in the past lists.
  • Followers of naming trends believe that Niall is due for a rise in popularity following Niall Horan's fame in boy band One Direction. </p>
The name is of Celtic Gaelic origin; find others like it <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/niall" target="_blank">here</a>.

British singer Adele is nearing her due date – and creating a stir at betting agencies as the big day draws near.

Although bookies missed out on more than half the pregnancy, as the 24-year-old kept the news quiet for the first six months, betting agencies seem to be making up for lost time, offering a range of ‘novelty betting’ options for the baby’s name.

The Someone Like You singer and her partner, Simon Konecki, 36, haven’t announced the baby’s sex, so the list of names offered by Irish betting company Paddy Power contains both boy and girl names. The majority are traditional names which can be found in the current top 100 names in Britain and Wales, but a few others have made their way into the list.

So what has the lowest odds? The top runner is Penny at 12/1. Penny is Adele’s mother’s name, and the women have a strong bond as Penny raised her daughter alone.

Next on the list is Blue at 16/1. Adele’s full name is actually Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, and her estranged dad used to call her Blue, but would she give her child the same name as fellow singer Beyonce’s daughter?

Other names of note on the Paddy Power list include Bob and Dylan at 18/1. Adele has spoken about her love of Bob Dylan’s music, and has said that her cover of Make You Feel My Love is her favourite song on her album 19.  Meanwhile, Rumour, at 25/1, echoes her song Rumour Has It from album 21.

Last on the list, at the long odds of 475/1, are Oddjob and Moneypenny – presumably a nod to announcement that Adele has recorded the theme song of the new James Bond movie, Skyfall.  

Adele's own name has seen a rise in popularity since the multi-award winning blues singer came into the spotlight; it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album 19 in 2008. (See more celebrity-inspired baby names of 2012 in our gallery.)

Adele's baby name list by Paddy Power

  • Penny - 12/1
  • Blue - 16/1
  • Bob, Dylan - 18/1
  • Laurie, James, Jamie, Rain - 20/1
  • Will, Olivia, Lily, Sarah, Harry, Oliver, Rumour - 25/1
  • Samuel - 33/1
  • Lucy, Jack, Austin, Joshua, Sophie, Alfie, Ivy, Stella, Daniel - 40/1
  • Evie, Chloe, Thomas, Poppy, Grammy, Grace, Amelia, Isabella, Damien, Emily, Ava, Mia, Ruby, Jonathan, Jessica, Charlie - 50/1
  • Daisy, Rue, Gabrielle, George, Vesper, Ella, Jacob, Ethan, Joseph - 80/1
  • Jinx, Solitaire, Bon - 90/1
  • Lucas, Oscar, Maisie, Charlotte, Freya, Mark, Adkins, Noah - 100/1
  • Oddjob, Moneypenny - 475/1

What do you think will make it onto the list? Have any ideas of your own? Join the baby names discussion in the Essential Baby forum.