Sometimes celebrities do things that make you think, “Oh, they’re just like us,” like heading to the shops in baggy clothing or stuffing their faces with cheap burgers.
But then they give their newborn children names that sound as though they belong in a science fiction book and suddenly you’re like, “Nevermind.”
Khloe Kardashian recently gave birth and decided to name her daughter True Thompson – a name that was popular “back in the day” but doesn’t really get much traction in 2018 (at least, pre-Kardashian birth). Of course, Khloe isn’t the first celebrity to choose a less than conventional name for her child – her siblings have chosen North, Saint, Chicago, Reign, Stormi, and Dream.
If you’ve heard enough about the Kardashians, here are a bunch of unusual celebrity kids names you may have forgotten.
Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale
Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, had three children together, all of whom have long names. It’s their middle child’s name, though, that sticks out the most. In a 2009 interview, Gwen explained that Zuma came from Zuma Beach in California. The other name choices weren’t explained, but Nesta is Bob Marley’s given name, and Rock is likely due to the pair’s affinity for the genre.
If you’re curious, Gwen and Gavin’s oldest and youngest children’s names are Kingston James McGregor Rossdale and Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, respectively.
Bronx Mowgli Wentz
Before their split, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz had a son, Bronz Mowgli Wentz. Bronz is an obvious reference to the New York borough while Mowgli is the name of the main character from The Jungle Book. After their split, both moved on to other partners, with Ashlee having a second son, Jagger Snow Ross, and Pete having Saint Lazslo Wentz.
Audio Science Clayton
The American actress had a son with children’s book author Dallas Clayton and chose the name Audio Science Clayton. On the choice of name, Shannyn said, “We wanted a word not a name, so my boyfriend read through the dictionary three or four times … We were going to call him Science, but thought it might get shortened to Sci, as in SIMON.”
We think actor Rob Morrow had a little too much fun with this rather dad-ish joke of a name. Although our pun-loving hearts find it hard to hate this name, Rob has said in the past that Tu is not the only odd name in the family, referencing his wife’s name – Debbon Ayer. “She is debonaire!”
My Name Is Earl actor Jason Lee decided to name his son Pilot Inspektor after the song “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot” by the band, Grandaddy. If we’re being honest, we’re mostly annoyed by the choice of spelling of “Inspektor.”
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Penn Jilette – of Penn and Teller – decided with his wife, EZ (Emily Zolten) to name their daughter Moxie CrimeFighter. Sounds like a superhero, right? Penn said, “I think it’s pretty cruel to give a kid a name that others are going to have. I think it’s very important to have a unique name within any group you’re likely to be in.
“I love the name Moxie, I love that’s it’s a purely American word, and those are rare, and I love that it stands for old fashioned spunk and energy. EZ pushed for her middle name, “CrimeFighter” because EZ doesn’t have a middle name and thinks middle names are stupid. So, it’s just a joke. When she gets pulled over by the police she can show her license and say, ‘We’re on the same side, officer, my middle name is CrimeFighter.’”
Kal-El Coppola Cage
Nicholas Cage’s love of Superman was clearly a strong influence in the naming of his son. He explained that the choice came from his then-wife, Alice Kim, wanting a name that sounded unique. When he considered the name Kyleand, she said she wanted something more “unusual but beautiful.” He said in an interview, “then I remembered the old Superman comics and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton. So I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three. I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it.”
Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl
Cougar Town and Freaks and Geeks star, Busy Philipps, had two children with Marc Silverstein, a screenwriter, and chose the odd but cute names Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl. They definitely sound like sweet nicknames.
Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice, and River Rocket Blue Dallas
You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking Jamie Oliver was a secret hippy who spent some time at Woodstock (too stereotypical?) The celebrity chef and wife Juliette Norton have five lovely children with rather unusual names that, again, sound like sweet nicknames.
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Apple Blythe Alison Martin
Apple will always be the OG unusual celeb baby name in our minds. On the choice of name, Gwyneth Paltrow told Oprah, “It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, ‘Perfect!’.”
Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Diva Thin Muffin Zappa
Rock legend Frank Zappa had some very unusual names for his children, so much so that when his son Dweezil was born, the hospital reportedly refused to allow him to have Dweezil on the birth certificate, and so the name Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa was used instead.
Sparrow James Midnight
Joel Madden and Nicole Richie’s son’s name might seem odd but we kind of like it. As Linda Rosenkrantz of NameBerry told PEOPLE, in comparison to his sister – Harlow Winter Kate – the names “have “a perfect almost twin-like symmetry, one being ultra-feminine and the other very masculine.”
Bear Blaze Winslet
Apparently, Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll (yep) chose the name Bear Blaze because the pair met in a house fire. “The house burned down and we survived … but we wanted something of the fire and so Blaze was the name that we came up with. Bear Blaze,” Kate explained to Ellen DeGeneres.
Bear Grey Payne
The son of ex-One Direction member Liam Payne and singer Cheryl Cole had an unusual choice of name as “Cheryl wanted a very interesting name, when he leaves a room people wouldn’t forget it. Which I think is it definitely does that,” Liam explained. “I actually wanted, Arthur. I think you sound like a bit of a tank -…Arthur Payne. He’s not a guy you’d mess around with. I don’t think Bear is, either though.”
Lazer Lee Louis Pentz
It’s not really a surprise that Diplo decided to name his son Lazer, seeing as he is a member of Major Lazer.
Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twin son and daughter were named after the top floor of Mariah’s New York City apartment as it was Moroccon-inspired, while Monroe comes from Marilyn Monroe, of course.
Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Carter
Did you really think we’d leave Queen Bey off this list? Jay-Z told Rap Radar that Rumi came about because the pair are big fans of the Persian poet, Rumi. For Sir, the rapper said, “Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.” Blue Ivy was derived from a snippet of Rebecca Solnit’s 2005 book, A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
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