30 weird celebrity baby names that will make you raise an eyebrow
With new celebrity babies comes new celebrity baby names, many of which make pop culture fanatics stop and scratch their heads. Ranging from Apple to Zolten, this list of monikers grows and grows ... as does their popularity with not-so-famous parents.
Eric Apler, founder of Name Your Tune, a company that produces custom music CDs for children using the children's own names in the songs, shares that once popular celebrities have babies, those celebrity baby names pop up more often. And it's not just the names of celebrity babies that parents find inspiration in. "We've seen parents look for inspiration from a favorite band (Zeppelin) to singer (Marley) to celebrity (Hilton)," he says. "From Willow and Maddox, the proof is that these names are becoming popular."
"A name that has not been popular can suddenly start climbing the charts after a celebrity uses it," shares Amanda Barden, author of "Baby Names Made Easy." "The name Kingston didn't make the Social Security Top 1,000 Names until 2006, the year Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale used it for their son. Last year it was number 161."
Here are 30 celebrity baby names that may or may not take off in the near future.
- Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin)
Apple was a famously unexpected choice from this duo, who have since "consciously un-coupled."
- Audio (Shannyn Sossamon)
She may regret this name when he's in his toddler phase with no volume knob.
- Birdie (Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein)
This name has a bit of an old-fashioned flare.
- Blue Ivy (Beyonce and Jay-Z)
This name needs no introduction, much like Blue's uber-famous parents.
- Bronx (Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz)
Because Brooklyn is so last decade.
- Coco (Courtney Cox and David Arquette)
Sure, this name seems like a great idea for a baby. But for a teenager screaming about her curfew? No, thank you.
- Cosimo (Marissa Ribisi and Beck)
If your name is already "Beck," the only logical choice for your son's name is "Cosimo," right?
- Cricket (Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein)
Looks like this celebrity couple are repeat offenders with weird baby names.
- Denim (Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis)
The good news? This is a unisex name. The bad news? Jeans.
- Doone (Amanda Beard and Sacha Brown)
This girl's name must be a family moniker.
- Dream (Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna)
Too bad their infamous relationship is anything but.
- Everest (George Lucas and Mellody Hobson)
If your dad is George Lucas, you're bound to have an epic name. Like the name of the tallest mountain on the planet.
- Future (Ciara and Future)
The irony of naming your child "Future" when your own name is "Future."
- Honor (Jessica Alba and Cash Warren)
Choosing your child's name by the qualities you'd like them to posses is a good move.
- Huckleberry (Bear Grylls)
It was all they ate on their dropped-in-the-middle-of-the-woods-by-helicopter babymoon.
- Indiana (Casey Affleck)
Of all the states, the second-most famous Affleck went with Indiana.
- Java (Josh Holloway)
Yes, please. Mommy will have a double shot.
- Journey (Jenna Jamison and Tito Ortiz)
She's certainly been on one to become a mother.
- Kash (Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann)
Switching out the "C" for a "K" is a rookie "let's make this name unique" move.
- Lourdes (Madonna)
She was giving her kids weird names even before it was popular.
- Maple (Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka)
As in syrup? As in the leaf?
- Moroccan (Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon)
The weirdest thing about this celebrity baby's name? His middle name is Scott.
- North (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
It was the biggest "This has to be a joke" baby name moment of a generation.
- Pilot (Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf)
His middle name, Inspektor, is really the star of the show.
- Puma (Erykah Badu)
Bonus points for giving her a name that will help her fend off suitors as she grows up.
- Rainbow (Holly Madison)
This name couldn't be more cliche if it tried.
- Racer (Robert Rodriguez)
This should be great for his first driver's license.
- Saint (Kim Kardashian & Kanye West)
My dad's Yeezus. Nuf said.
- Story (Jenna Elfman)
It's hard to pinpoint why this name is weird, but it really stands out.
- Sunday (Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban)
Oddly enough, this name is popular for celebrity parents. Mike Myers also has a daughter named Sunday.
- Usher (Usher)
It was weird for Dad and it's weird for his baby.
- Zolten (Penn and Emily Jillette)
But, really ... what else do two magicians name their kid?
Katie Kavulla lives in the Seattle-area with her three kids. She is managing editor of Savvy Sassy Moms, an online style magazine, that covers celebrity kid style and trends. You can also find her on Instagram.