Celebrities are just like us, they say, except when it comes to naming their babies. Maybe it's that whole thing about being in the spotlight that puts the pressure on celebs to come up with off-the-wall names for their kiddos that are beyond unique. Or maybe celebrity parents-to-be just want to give us something to talk about. Regardless of their motivation, you'll have to agree that most celebrity baby names make for excellent entertainment.
"Unusual" doesn't even begin to describe it. We devoured lists of stars and their babies to come up with the 29 most unexpected (and often criticized) celebrity baby name announcements.
Holly Madison of The Girls Next Door is known for her glitz and glamour, and she used the same panache when naming her baby girl in 2013. As Madison tells it, adorable little Rainbow Aurora was named after a sporty girl she knew (and was jealous of) in school. Despite what the haters had to say, Madison stood behind her daughter's ultra-unique name choice.
Everyone initially thought it was a joke when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter the direction-inspired name North West. As it turns out, both Pharrell and Vogue's Anna Wintour encouraged the name.
"It was a rumor in the press, and we'd never really considered it seriously at all, but Kanye and I were having lunch right over there at that table about a year ago, and Pharrell [Williams] came over to us and said, 'Oh my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.' I said, 'No, we're not. That's just a rumor,'" she told GQ. "Then a little while later, Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us, 'North is a genius name.' Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck."
Kimye continued their baby name "winning" streak when they introduced their second son to the world in December 2015, named Saint West (not Easton West, as the Internet rumored it to be).
As hard as this little guy's name is to decipher, no, we are not making this up. Rapper Chief Keef, who also goes by the names Keith Cozart and "Sosa," opted to name his newborn son this mouthful — Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart — to promote his album release in September 2015. We are going to look on the bright side with this one and celebrate the fact that young Sno has plenty of nicknames to choose from.
Zooey Deschanel is nothing if not quirky, and we wouldn't expect anything less from her choice in a baby name. Deschanel made the big name drop three months after giving birth to her daughter, named Elsie Otter, with her producer husband, Jacob Pechenik. Say the name a few times fast, and you might catch that it's a play on the words "sea otter," which Deschanel confirmed was the true inspiration for her daughter's offbeat name.
Far before David Bowie's passing in 2016, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale got a jump on paying homage to the rock legend, naming their third son Apollo Bowie Flynn in 2014. However, the tribute may have been entirely accidental, as Rossdale tweeted that Bowie and Flynn were actually the couple's mothers' maiden names. Chalk that one up to a clever coincidence.
It's the forbidden fruit, it'll keep the doctor away, and it's the epitome of Americanism. But Apple is also the name of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's first daughter. They got the idea from one of Martin's bandmates, who also has a child named Apple.
In an interview with Oprah, Paltrow said she liked how it sounded "wholesome" and "clean."
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