September 9th, 2009
08:23 PM ET

Celebs and their weird baby names

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?

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Brianna

    Do people know that they are sending they kids to school with these names...... and kids these days are really mean.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rose

    Suri- Is the little girl from the newest transformers t.v. show. I like the name though. I think different is def. good.

    September 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Caitlin

    Naming your child something unique isn't selfish. I encourage any form of self-expression. A child who is raised to not fit into the mold of every other Thomas, Matthew, and Christopher will be his own person. I don't want my child to be average or ordinary or blend in with everyone else.

    Why do people flip out over crazy names? Are you worried your kid will be ~*~BULLIED~*~? Or be considered ~*~WEIRD~*~? Well get over it! I'm not concerned with fitting in and I feel that's an admirable quality I wish to pass on to my kids.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tracey

    Jack Sparrow?

    September 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jen

    strange names definitely arent zeroized to celebs. a girl that went to my high school gave her daughter a name that is spelled ABCDE (pronounced AB-CITY) now think of the torture that little girl is going to go through in school. theyll nickname her alphabet soup. i feel bad for her.
    but the strangest celeb child name is definitely pilot inspektor. come on now....reallllyyyY?

    September 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jan

    I think they fake us out and call the kid by some other name.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Different

    And there's the Soap Opera star, Ingo and his wife named their son Peanut

    September 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kim

    Sparrow Jack? As in the reverse of Jack Sparrow, of Pirates of the Caribbean? SERIOUSLY? WHAT IS WRONG with celebrities?

    September 10, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, giving strange names to kids isn't limited to celebrities - we are just more familiar with them.

    Considering the fact that there are millions of names available that are recognizably names, parents giving their children weird ones are just setting those same children up for unmerciful teasing, and years of embarassment. I agree with LBW, Moon Unit was pretty bad, but there certainly have been some just as strange.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. LBW

    Moon Unit was the strangest.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. c

    amen! Bronx Mowgli Wentz, what the heck? bronx might have been ok, but come on he isnt the jungle book, i dont care how much their parents love disney movies( as the reason rumored how he got his middle name) ...
    apple...uh yeah...zuma...gwen must have been still feeling effects of pain meds is the only other explanation for these weird names.
    glad their parents are uber rich, they are probably gonna need therapy...good luck kiddos.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. fredocorleone

    i like different names..they're much better than billy, jane, kate and bob (no offence)

    September 10, 2009 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    It's selfishly feeding their own need for attention. They seem to want to stand out in any way they can, only now it seem to have become an obnoxious cliche.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |

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