The Meaning Behind Celebrity Baby Names

Jessica Simpson named her daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson. Quite the name for a baby girl, right? Well, there's a reason behind the name. Find out why she picked a boy's name for her first daughter.

Jessica Simpson baby name Maxwell Drew JohnsonSinger Jessica Simpson finally gave birth to a daughter on Tuesday! The 9 lb. 13 oz. baby girl — named Maxwell Drew Johnson — is named for fiance Eric Johnson's middle name (Maxwell) and her mom's maiden name.

"Eric and I are elated to announce the birth of our baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson," Simpson announced on her official website. "We are grateful for all the love, support and prayers we have received. This has been the greatest experience of our lives!!"

The web has exploded with opinions on the name Maxwell Drew — some love it, some really, really, really hate it.

"Jessica Simpson should have named her daughter Maggie," one tweeter wrote, referring to the cartoon baby on The Simpsons.

We actually really love the name, though we've always liked names that range outside the ordinary. It got us thinking, though: Which other celebrity baby names have special meanings?

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Blue Ivy Carter

Beyoncé and Jay-Z haven't explained exactly why they named their first daughter Blue Ivy Carter, but there has been plenty of speculation. Some think it's an homage to Jay-Z's beloved Yankees — he raps "You should know I bleed blue," in his song "Empire State of Mind." People also reported that Ivy is derived from the Roman numbers IV, or four. The number has a special significance for the couple.

Of course, others put a more sinister connotation on the name, claiming it is in honor of the couple's purported ties to the Illuminati. "I.V.Y. = Illuminati's Very Youngest B.L.U.E. = Born Living Under Evil. Blue Ivy spelt backwords [sic] (Eulb Yvi) = Latin for 'Lucifers Daughter,'" wrote Twitter user Katt Williams Parody after her birth.

Moroccan and Monroe Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's two bundles of joy — otherwise known as dembabies — just celebrated their first birthday. The pair — Moroccan Scott and Monroe — both hold special significance to the couple. Moroccan comes from the top level of Carey's NYC apartment, The Moroccan Room. Monroe comes from Marilyn Monroe — and she doesn't have a middle name because Carey doesn't have one.

"I'm in the happiest place I've ever been in my life. I never had more amazing things happening. I am humbled by God's Favor!!" Cannon tweeted after his kids' birth.

Joshua Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek went simple and old school when it came to naming his second child with wife Kimberly, Joshua. The name is said to have special family significance to the couple.

"It’s easy to find happiness when your child is laughing," Kimberley Van Der Beek wrote in her blog. "But when you can find it after a day of colic, teething and no time to shave your legs, that’s when you know you’re in for an enjoyable journey of love and appreciation."

The former Dawson's Creek actor is pretty happy to be a dad times two as well.

"If you could bottle up and distribute this feeling, I swear there’d be no more war. #fatherhood," he tweeted. Awww!

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What is your favorite weird celebrity baby name?


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Comments on "Jessica Simpson's baby name: Why Maxwell Drew?"

Tonya September 27, 2012 | 7:13 PM

I think the ugliest name on here is Blue Ivy Carter. I dont know who would name their kid a crayon color. Oh yeah people with the money. The prettiest is Maxwell Drew. I love it. It is kind of feminine. If she got famous and put out a clothing line. That name will sell. Its unique and she will probably be one of those "I dont care what you think of me" kids. Love ya Jessica!!

Mae June 25, 2012 | 1:41 PM

That name is so stupid for a girl. If you call your kid Maxi you should just go ahead and tell all the kids in the first grade to call her female hygiene product.

Kris June 12, 2012 | 7:59 PM

Seriously? Maxwell Drew Simpson.. A girl? Jess - that girl is going to get picked on! Sorry! Even if its different for a girl.. that's NOT a girl's name.

MCP62 May 03, 2012 | 7:17 PM

Um, she should have saved Maxwell Drew for a boy and gone for a feminine name with meaning for her daughter, but then again, she isn't the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree......

Emma May 02, 2012 | 10:27 AM

I totally agree Holly! That name does not equate a girly girl! She will always be mistaken for a boy before people even meet her if they only see her name! Maybe Jess should have take notes from Dawson... Joshua is masculine, timeless, and there's no horrible nicknames :)

holly May 02, 2012 | 9:19 AM

Jessica said that she wants a girly girl and not a tomboy,well with a name like Maxwell Drew Johnson it sounds like she has another football player on her hands. I love Jess, but that name really has to go.

Emma May 02, 2012 | 7:21 AM

I think it's great when parents choose a name with meaning behind it. But, choosing a person's name for their entire life is a daunting responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Maxwell is fine, but I read that they will call her Maxi - as in "Maxi Pad." It will happen, kids are worse than ever these days with teasing and bullying!

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