Why is it that most celebrities are unable to call their offspring with popular and simple, yet functional names such as James or Olivia? Why do they have to call their children something totally off the wall such as Blanket or Apple? Do they not realize that their children often grow up and change their parents name for them?
The trend for strange celebrity baby names first started in the 1960's when Frank Zappa named his children Moon Unit and Diva Thin Muffin (not to mention Dweezil and Ahmet) as well as David and Angie Bowie naming their child Zowie Bowie. A precedent was set by this and from this point celebrities have decided to call their children whatever takes their fancy at the time.
Trends in celebrity baby names fall into two separate distinctions: those wanting something different and those going for the traditional options.
The latest trend is for the traditional options, as can be seen with the birth of Knox Léon & Vivienne Marcheline, the son and daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as well as twins Marion and Tabitha Brodick, the surrogate daughters of Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Brodick. Holly Willoughby and her husband Dan Baldwin also called their son a traditional name in Harry James Baldwin. Paz Vega and husband Orson Salazar also recently welcomed the birth of their daughter Ava. Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott called both their children traditional names in Liam and Stella. Other common names are Madelaine, Charlie, Henry, Levi and Daisy. There is also a trend for celebrities to shorten some of the longer names e.g., Lola and Max.
There seems to be a downturn in calling children over the top names such as Princess Tiaamii, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, Willow Camille Reign or Sage Moonblood! Just recently, Jamie and Jools Oliver called their third child Petal Blossom Rainbow! She is sister to Daisy Boo and Poppy Honey... Are these names fair on the child when they grow up and have to go to school? Names are for life and it seems that celebrities are just massaging their already inflated ego by calling their children such ridiculous names. Who honestly believes these names in their entirety are used everyday. They will have been shortened to something easier to say and does that not defeat the purpose? Why not just name them that to begin with?
There are also the downright ridiculous names such as Jermajesty, the son of Jermaine Jackson, not to mention Tu Morrow and Moxie Crimefighter as well as Pilot Inspektor and Audio Science.
For responsible parents (and even most celebrities are responsible) it makes sense for their children to be growing up in a settled environment, and this means not leaving them open to being bullied at school because of their ridiculous and over the top name. Let's hope for everyone's sake that the trend towards traditional names will continue.
About the author:
Alan Murray runs Baby-Names.tv, a site with helpful articles on pregnancy, child birth and parenting.