I'm intermittently amused and dismayed at the names celebs saddle their children with. I don't know if they think they are being clever or creative but I suspect what they are really saying is, "We're so rich and beautiful we could name our child Doggie Poo and you'd still think we are amazing."
Let's start a list of names that annoy and amuse us.
Some are too obviously awful but the list won't be complete without them:
Apple Martin (What was Gwen thinking, and can't Chris say no to her on anything?)
Shiloh Nouvel Pitt (Uh, Angelina, Shiloh is a name of a place, not a name of a kid. And Nouvel? Were you referring to some New Year's celebration you had with Brad? So weird.)
Scout Willis (Demi and Bruce, Scout is a dog name. And what's up with Rumer and Tallulah?)
Your turn. . .
- Fifi Trixibelle Geldof
- Shanda Lear (daughter of LearJet founder)
- Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf Lee
- Kal-El Cage
I'm sure I'm missing a bunch more, but these are some of the really bad ones I remember...
Can we go back to Zappa? Didn't he name a kid, "Moon Unit?"
Heidi Klum & Seal have two boys:
Henry GŁnther Ademola Dashtu Samuel
Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel
That just seems like an excessive amount of names per child.
While not a celebrity, a friend with the last name Case, named his firstborn son Justin.
Not a celebrity but my mother knew a family with the last name Doone. They named one of their daughters Lorna. There was supposedly another family named Lear who named their daugher Crystal Shanda. (I believe the first one - not so sure about the second.)
This has nothing to do with celebrities, just stupid parents - I'm not sure if it made the news here the way it did in Britain while I was there but a judge in New Zealand had taken a child into state custody so that her name could be legally changed against the parent's wishes. The child, who had been calling herself K, had been named Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Those parents should be shot (as should the parents who chose some of the other names as described in the stories linked below).
Not celebrity but there's a professor at Duke whose name is Warren Warren... I mean c'mon did they put ANY thought into it? That's almost as bad as George Foreman naming all of his kids George (I think his daughter is Gorgina or something)
I'm either dating myself here or, Frank Zappa doesn't qualify (to most) as a celebrity but, seriously...
Moon Unit and Dweezil?
Combined with Zappa?
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."- Mark Twain
We named our second son Cameron Wade. Does this make me a bad mother?
For top to bottom weirdness, the entire Zappa clan:
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan
John Cougar Mellencamp (you wouldn't expect normal from a guy who can't figure out his own name!)
David Bowie (blame on the drugs)
Duncan Zowie Heywood Jones
Jermaine Jackson (and you thought only Michael was wacko)
Matt Lauer (isn't near famous enough to be this odd)
and my personal favorites:
Penn Jillette (half of Penn and Teller) named his daughter:
Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette
and his son?
Last edited by Windsor; 08-22-2008 at 01:17 PM.
I knew a girl named Crystal Leer. She went by Christie. Everyone always said her middle name was Shanda. I never asked.
Will Ferrell's sons are named Magnus and Matius. I thought this was odd until I found out his wife is Swedish, as in from Sweden. Those are Swedish names so it seems less bizarre.
I do somehow think it's a good thing Prince never had children, at least as far as names go.
Nicole Kidman just named her daughter Sunday. She was born on a Tuesday.
Somebody, I think it might have been Jane Pauley, named her twin daughters Dustin and Gabrielle. Nothing really wrong with those names but they are twins and I just think those names do not go together. (Note I'm not saying I advocate Jimmy/Timmy or Susan/Sarah type twin names, but I do think they should sound good together.)
One son went to preschool with a set of brothers names Zeus and Gallileo. It's not only celebrities that have problems. Sometimes it's just living in Cambridge, Mass that does it.