September 9th, 2009
08:23 PM ET
Sparrow Jack Midnight Madden.
That's the name Nicole Richie and rocker Joel Madden have chosen for their baby boy, born Wednesday morning.
Sparrow? What, were Egret and Albatross taken?
Nicole-Joel are the latest celeb couple to adopt a strange name for their offspring. Contending for the oddest is Bronx Mowgli Wentz, born last year to Ashlee Simpson and rocker Pete Wentz. Okay, the kid does have the cool initials BMW.
Usher and his estranged wife Tameka Foster named their second child Naviyd. Superman-obsessed actor Nicolas Cage named his son Kal-el. Zuma Rock is the moniker Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale affixed to their child.
Comedian Penn Jillette has kids named Moxie Crimefighter and Zolten. Actor Jason Lee apparently rebelled against the ordinariness of his own name by dubbing his tot Pilot Inspektor.
In the produce section, there's Apple Martin, born to Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Peaches Geldof (Bob Geldof's daughter).
The list goes on... Rumer Willis. Scout Willis. Suri Cruise. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. And, of course, the Zappa kids, Diva, Moon Unit, Dweezil and Ahmet. Okay, Ahmet is not particularly unusual, at least in Muslim countries.
Why do celebrities feel a necessity to choose such peculiar names for their children? Is this a vanity thing?
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