Celebrities have been starting weird trends for generations, but it seems they have begun setting new naming trends that are particularly outrageous and off-the-wall when compared to traditional naming standards. Typically, celebrity baby names are unusual and already considered eccentric or different, but there are some that are truly one of a kind.
Names like Gravity, Pilot, Bear and Exton have emerged as usable names for boys and girls. These names are often androgynous, meaning they can be used for either gender. However, as the initial shock of the name declines, the name tends to become less and less popular over time unless the name is truly unique and interesting.
The reasons why celebrities name their children odd or unusual names may be mysterious, but most celebrities use the birth of their children as an opportunity to get into the spotlight, exercise their creative abilities or just express their gratitude and happiness for their newborn baby.
Whether celebrities are trying to break silly societal norms or live in the limelight for a while, celebrity baby names spread fast via the media. If you are in the public’s eye, having a child is never a private affair, so embracing the absurdity of stardom might be your preferred option. Some bizarre kids’ names even become commonplace as they gain popularity. Keep that in mind when you meet someone named Stormi later in life.
Luckily, though, most of the baby names in the list below have a decent selection of nicknames from which parents, and the children themselves, can choose if their real names are too much in the meantime.
Continue reading the names in the following list to learn more about some of the most outrageous celebrity baby names ever used and why the famous parents chose them. Find out if any celeb couples defend their baby’s name or if any couples regret their naming decisions.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced that their firstborn daughter’s name would be “Apple,” like the fruit. This could potentially be in reference to the famous idiom, “The apple of my eye,” but Paltrow claims she let Martin choose the name. Regardless, Apple seems to be enjoying her name and the extra attention it brings her.
According to the Huffington Post, parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their child “North” to represent their highest achievement as a couple. They have admitted that North West is a bit of a pun as a name for their daughter, but they wanted to explain that the name was meant to be more inspirational to the world rather than to refer to a direction (literally).
Various celebrities have been naming their children “Cash,” which can be construed as a name with materialistic connotations. However, when Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann named their new baby “Kash,” tensions grew among the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast. Apparently, celebrities like money enough to fight over who gets to use the money-inspired name for their newborns.
Shannyn Sossaman and Dallas Clayton named their son “Audio Science” in hopes that they could break traditional naming standards. By reading the dictionary a few times to find the perfect name for their precious baby boy and selecting an unlikely word to call their son, they definitely succeeded in making the world question what can be considered a name. Sossaman stated that “Sci” was an intended nickname for their bouncing, baby boy.
Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella have indignantly defended their daughter Rainbow’s name, claiming that they want their daughter to grow up proud of who she is and able to speak up for herself and others despite the hate she may receive for her name. Madison also revealed how she discovered the name when she was in school. A girl a few grades behind her had the name Rainbow, and she remembered liking it.
For their second child, Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein could not imagine using a traditional name. Silverstein suggested the name “Cricket Pearl,” and the happy parents immediately knew that their new daughter would fit right in with their oldest daughter Birdie Leigh. The couple said it took them some time to find the right name for her, though, since no other name sounded like it fit her.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette decided to name their daughter Coco, after Cox’s childhood nickname – not Coco Chanel, as many have speculated. Additionally, the name emphasized the first syllable of Cox’s name and made for a cute baby name, overall. While it is not the most unusual name on this list of outrageous celebrity baby names, it is certainly different than traditional baby names.
Diezel and Denim are the sons of singer-songwriters Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis. Although the parents have not publicly disclosed their reasoning for giving their sons such interesting names, it is clear that the bizarre names have left their mark on the family and the world. In fact, the name “Denim” has garnered other parents’ attention, and it has become a recognized name for girls and boys with a rustic vibe attached to it.
Parents may encourage their children to have dreams, but few would name their child “Dream.” Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian did just that. In truth, all the Kardashians are known to name their children weird names, and Dream is no exception. The short-lived couple claimed that Dream was named as such because she was a dream come true, but other reasons are unknown.
Yessica Kumala and Josh Holloway welcomed baby Java in 2009, confusing the world as to what the name could mean. The couple is still going strong and has a son together as well, so using outrageous baby names does not always cause celebrity drama, which is indicative of some of the other couples on this list. Nevertheless, the world can still hope that Java is not named after the Java coffee bean.