Celebrities are often people who enjoy — or have at least come to enjoy — the spotlight. More often than not, they're also creative types, and they understand the value of appearing wholly unique in a crowd. What do you get when you combine all those traits? A lot of weird celebrity baby names.
Not all celebrities take the out-there approach, though. Anne Hathaway named her baby Jonathan, for example. And some stars opt for unique but not quite head-turning options, like Busy Philipps' daughter Birdie. But then there's the category of stars who go all in and come up with names for their kids that much of the general public might consider downright weird.
36. Heiress Harris
That's a tongue twister! But luckily, this little girl is the daughter of rapper T.I., so she can probably handle it.
35. Henry Wilberforce
We love Henry, but may the force be with the newest member of the Duggar-Seewald clan if any of his classmates ever find out his middle name. Hey, at least his first name isn't Spurgeon; that's his older brother.
34. Audio Science
No, it's not what Shannyn Sossamon majored in while at college; it's what she chose to name her baby.
33. Phyllon Gorré
Doutzen Kroes and her husband, DJ Sunnery James, have a son named Phyllon Gorré, which sounds a little bit more like a character on Star Trek than a little boy who roams Earth.
32. Ace Knute
Jessica Simpson's little boy is adorable, and the name Ace is pretty cute — but there's just something about that Ace-Knute combo that sounds like a supervillain.
31. Ode Mountain
What else would you expect from the passionate Hunger Games star Jena Malone? Malone welcomed her son with her boyfriend, photographer Ethan DeLorenzo, in 2016 and named the little guy Ode Mountain DeLorenzo Malone. Malone hasn't revealed the inspiration for her son's name yet, though we think it makes a great "ode" to nature.
30. Bronx Mowgli & Jagger Snow
Ashlee Simpson and her ex-husband, Pete Wentz, raised some eyebrows when they named their son Bronx Mowgli. Wentz wouldn't say much about his affinity for the NYC borough, but he did say that Mowgli came from The Jungle Book (obv).
"The Jungle Book was something that me and Ashlee bonded over. It's a cool name," he said. Well then.
The name of Ashlee Simpson's next son — with current husband Evan Ross — would follow suit. The couple welcomed their daughter in 2015 and gifted her with a very unique name that nodded to her musical roots (she's Diana Ross' granddaughter, after all): Jagger Snow.
29. Rocket Zot
Avatar star Sam Worthington's baby name choice for his first child with wife Lara Bingle Worthington came out of left field. In 2015, the couple named their baby boy Rocket Zot — just because they liked the way it sounded. Rocket was a fun first name the Worthingtons chose at random, and Zot was Bingle Worthington's late father's nickname.
28. Rainbow Aurora
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 girl Madison knew (and was jealous of) in school. Despite what the haters had to say, Madison stood behind her daughter's ultra-unique name choice.
27. North West
Everyone initially thought it was a joke when Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West named their daughter North West. But 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, named Saint West (not Easton West, as the internet had rumored it to be) in December of 2015. In January of 2018, the couple had a baby via surrogate, giving the newest bundle of joy the name Chicago West.
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26. Sno FilmOn Dot Com Cozart
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.
25. Elsie Otter
Zooey Deschanel is nothing if not quirky, and we wouldn't expect anything else from her choice in a baby name. Deschanel made the big name drop three months after giving birth to her daughter: She and her producer husband, Jacob Pechenik, named her Elsie Otter. Say the name a few times fast, and you might catch that it's a play on "sea otter," which Deschanel confirmed was the true inspiration for her daughter's offbeat name.
24. Apollo Bowie Flynn
Before David Bowie's death 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 America — or at least its pies are. 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 (so much for that "totally unique" angle).
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Paltrow said she liked how it sounded "wholesome" and "clean."
22. Rocket, Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo & Petal Blossom Rainbow
Leave it to a renowned chef to bring plant-based names to the table when naming his children. Jamie Oliver and his wife, Jools, named their son River Rocket (rocket is the common British word for arugula) and their daughters Poppy, Daisy and Petal. In fact, all of those plants are edible or have edible parts — if you count poppy seeds. Maybe the kids will grow up to be star chefs too?
Next: Rocket Ayer
21. Rocket Ayer
Another "Rocket" fan in the house: Producer, singer and The Voice judge Pharrell Williams and his wife gave their son the unusual name Rocket Ayer, and he explained to Oprah Winfrey the deep meaning behind the name.
"In the same way that the Indians name their children, like, behind a force or an animal or an element, we named him after a man-made machine that was meant to go up. Meant to ascend. And metaphorically, it was because of, you know, Stevie Wonder’s 'Rocket Love,' Elton John’s 'Rocket Man' and Herbie Hancock’s 'Rockit.' All of my favorite musicians. And [Rocket's] middle name is not Man. It’s Ayer, after Roy Ayers.”
20. Sage Moonblood & Seargeoh
When you hear the names of this pair, you can't help but get stuck on Sage Moonblood. What does that even mean? But look past it, and see Seargeoh... then picture dad Sylvester Stallone pronouncing it. It just fits.
Back in the time of the Romans, the Aurelii were an elite group of families. Aurelius was the male singular version of the name, and it's also the name of the youngest son of Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson.
18. Blue Angel
Some people name their children after family members; others name them for biblical figures. But U2's The Edge and Aislinn O'Sullivan? They went for Blue Angel. Sounds like a clothing line, doesn't it?
17. Bluebell Madonna
Back in the late '90s, the Spice Girls were known for their shrinking hemlines and get-up-and-move music. These days, though, many of the Spice Girls have taken on a new role: mom.
Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) is no exception, and her daughter's name, Bluebell Madonna, pays homage to both beautiful flowers and music.
16. Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches & Pixie
File this one under "What were they thinking?" Bob Geldof and Paula Yates named their firstborn daughter Fifi Trixibelle. (Can't help but wonder if a boy would have been Fido.)
Meanwhile, their other daughters were named Peaches Honeyblossom and Pixie. The late Paula Yates went on to have one more daughter, this one with (also late) INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. The child is known as Tiger, which is a whole lot simpler to remember than her given name: Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
Somewhere between destiny, vestry and destroy is Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw's daughter Destry.
14. Diezel Ky
Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis' other son is named Denim Cole. Wonder if the family is a fan of Diesel Denim?
13. Blue Ivy
There have been several rumors as to why Beyoncé and Jay-Z named their daughter Blue Ivy (Illuminati, anyone?), but we know both singers have a fondness for the color blue (remember when Jay-Z rapped, "My favorite hue is Jay-Z blue?"). As far as her middle name, Ivy stands for the Roman numeral IV, or four, which is Beyoncé's birthday (Sept. 4), Jay-Z's birthday (Dec. 4) and their anniversary date (April 4).
12. Zola Ivy
Speaking of Ivies, parents Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell created another name that flows nicely, although it's an unexpected combination. Eddie Murphy's other kids include Bella Zahra, Shayne Audra, Brea and Angel Iris Murphy Brown (the last was with Spice Girl Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice).
11. Tallulah, Scout & Rumer
You can't bring one of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's children into this list without the other two. The couple, who divorced in 2000, named their kids Tallulah, Scout and Rumer.
Next: Ocean, Sonnet & True
10. Ocean, Sonnet & True
There is something poetic (literally) about Forest Whitaker's kids' names: Ocean, True and particularly Sonnet.
9. Shiloh Nouvel
Parents of six Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a cache of unusual names, but their biological daughter Shiloh Nouvel takes the cake in the clan (siblings include Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Knox and Vivienne).
8. Seven Sirius, Puma Sabti & Mars Merkaba
Naming a baby really is "sirius" business. When André Benjamin and Erykah Badu named their son, they took that to heart with Seven Sirius. Badu has since given birth to two more kids, Puma and Mars.
Babies are so cute, you just want to scoop them up and carry them under your arm, right? Maybe that's why Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee named their child Satchel?
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni went literal, naming their kid "Kyd."
5. Moxie CrimeFighter & Zolten
Illusionist Penn Jillette isn't fooling anyone with his kids' unusual names: Moxie CrimeFighter and Zolten. You're building an army of superheroes, aren't you, Penn?
4. Pilot Inspektor
Sometimes, if you want to choose an unusual first name, it's nice to balance it with a more traditional middle name. Of course, Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf didn't get that memo when they named Pilot Inspektor.
Superman has a fan in Nicolas Cage, who named his son Kal-El, which is the first name of the Man of Steel.
Yep, this name is pronounced like "Your Majesty," but with a J. This comes from Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza.
1. Moon Unit, Dweezil & Diva Muffin
You can't have a list of unusual celebrity baby names without mentioning the kids of Frank Zappa: Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Muffin. The man is a pioneer in the naming division, for sure.