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Power comes in all shapes and sizes. The youngest celebrity can sometimes have more clout than the wealthiest entrepreneur. No matter who holds the reins, their names, while not always unique, are always influential. Is one of these high profile first or last names right for your baby? Look through our list of powerful names to find the perfect baby boy name or baby girl name.

child holding globePowerful artists and entertainers

It should come as no surprise that the largest category on this list belongs to entertainers. They are the people who we know the most about. But power doesn’t just come from having a pretty face that attracts the paparazzi – many of these individuals are known for their behind-the-scenes efforts as well.  Perhaps your will find the right baby boy name or baby girl name in this A-list group:

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – actors, activists and ambitious parents of six
Chris Rock – fearless comedian who reveals the truth about racism, sex, marriage and politics
George Clooney – prolific actor, activist and throwback Hollywood heartthrob
Herbie Hancock – Grammy-award-winning composer and pianist
Joel & Ethan Coen – brothers and Oscar-winning filmmakers of No Country for Old Men
Judd Apatow – writer, producer and director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Lorne Michaels – creator, producer and straight-man of Saturday Night Live
Mehmet Oz – heart surgeon, author and little buddy of Oprah
Miley Cyrus – singer, actress and tween idol
Oprah Winfrey – talk-show host, philanthropist and book lover
Robert Downey, Jr. – accomplished actor, star of Iron Man and Tropic Thunder
Ryan Seacrest – multi-talented host, producer and DJ who must have to sleep standing up
Simon Cowell – cranky but lovable music producer, executive and judge of American Idol
Suze Orman – CNBC Money Lady, author, financial guru and motivational speaker
Takashi Murakami – prolific contemporary Japanese visual artist, inventor of the Superflat style
Tyler Perry – actor and filmmaker who has redefined Hollywood for the urban consumer

Powerful Writers

The written word is making a comeback. If you haven’t heard of the following authors, or at least know about the works they’ve written, it’s time to visit a bookstore (bonus: some of their characters’ names are worth stealing for your baby, too)!

Elizabeth Gilbert – made the most of her divorce by authoring best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love
J.K. RowlingHarry Potter author, has singlehandedly revitalized a love of reading worldwide
Khaled Hosseini – author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stephenie Meyers – mega-hit Twilight saga author, recreated the perfect man in the form of… a vampire
Tom Stoppard – epic playwright of The Coast of Utopia and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Powerful Politician Baby Names

Democrat, republican or independent, however your political leanings go, these are some of the names that have made their mark on today’s American government.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – governor of California and former terminator 
Barack Obama – President of the United States, promoter of hope and change
Bill and Hillary Clinton – president, governor, senator, secretary of state…
Jimmy Carter – former president, promoter of peace and prolific author
Michael Bloomberg – unstoppable New York City mayor
Theodore Kennedy – better known as Ted, little brother of JFK, senator for life                                                                                                           

Powerful Entrepreneurs

Mark Zuckerberg – creator of the Facebook phenomenon
Nancy Brinker – sister of Susan G. Komen and founder of the breast cancer foundation
Rem Koolhaas – distinctive Dutch-born architect and urbanist
Richard Branson – English industrialist, billionaire and the name behind the Virgin brand
Rupert Murdoch – the world’s most influential newspaper publisher
Steve Jobs – CEO of Apple and, oh, a college dropout
Warren Buffett – investor, philanthropist, billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Zaha Hadid – female British Iraqi deconstructive architect

Think about the people that strike you as the most powerful. Are they athletes like Andre Agassi or David Beckham? Journalists like Anderson Cooper or Katie Couric? Or maybe power to you is the name of your grandfather or a favorite teacher – whatever name defines power for you will give your son or daughter a great head start on this big wide world.

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