One of the only (or perhaps THE only) bright spots in the news cycle these days is the roster of ever-bizarre baby names celebrities keep coming up with. We can count on the stars for their creativity. From strange 2020 star spawn Lyra Antarctica, Buddy Dessert, X Æ A-12, and Raddix Madden way back to the likes of Moon Unit Zappa, Hollywood baby names are ahead of the curve for sure.
After all, choosing a name for your child can be a thrill, especially if you get creative with it (although we do advise steering clear of naming your babies Covid and Corona. Yikes). But it can also be overwhelming. I mean, this name will follow your little for the rest of their life. Plus, when it comes to names, everyone seems to have an opinion.
The good news? Baby names are constantly changing and evolving, which means you have a lot of options out there. And luckily for us normals, celebs tend to be major pioneers in choosing truly out-there baby names people love to make fun of — plus unusual names that are just super-cool and avant-garde.
And hey, there’s no shame in getting some baby-name inspo from Celebland and stashing it away for your own kids (whether they’re currently gestating or just imagined in your distant future). If you started considering fruit names after Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple or ran through all the colors of the rainbow when Beyoncé named her daughter Blue, we won’t judge.
For every beyond-weird celebrity baby name out there, there’s another one that’s just wacky and cool and beautiful enough, we might even pick it for our own kids. You decide which is which, ahead.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2016.