Kate Winslet defends baby name, tells world to deal with it
January 3rd, 2014
04:02 PM ET

Kate Winslet defends baby name, tells world to deal with it

Feel free to judge all you want when it comes to the name Kate Winslet has chosen for her recently born son, Bear.

The actress, 38, assures Glamour magazine's U.K. edition that she's more than comfortable with her decision to give Bear her last name instead of the surname of his father, Ned Rocknroll.

"People might judge all they like, but I'm a f*****g grown-up," she told the magazine.

The "Labor Day" star has two other children, 10-year-old Joe and 13-year-old Mia, from prior marriages, and each kid bears Winslet's name. So with her third baby with her third husband, the Oscar winner saw no reason to suddenly switch things up - even if Ned's moniker is particularly unique last name.

"It was always going to have my name," Winslet tells Glamour U.K., adding that the couple didn't even really discuss it. "Mia and Joe have it as part of their name, so it would be weird if this baby didn't. Of course we're not going to call it RocknRoll."

Calling their son Bear, on the other hand, seemed to have made more sense. Before becoming, through vows at least, Mrs. Rocknroll in 2011, Winslet was married to director Sam Mendes and then Jim Threapleton, respectively.

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  1. Adam

    There's no doubt in my mind that nearly two decades from now, a lot of children of celebrities will be having their names legally changed

    January 6, 2014 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. William

    Shame on her. I think a name like Moon Unit would be far more appropriate.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. John N Florida

    No Kate, The WORLD won't have to deal with it.
    Your child will have to deal with it hours every day when Mum isn't around and his friends are making fun of him.
    So SELFISH and immature.

    January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susie

      What are you on? Firstly, Bear is a seriously cool name, and secondly, why can't her child have her surname? Yes, traditionally the child takes the father's surname, but the world evolves not because of the traditionalists. She's retaliating against those who have judged her for being different. As for the child, having Winslet as a surname as opposed to RocknRoll is a win.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shana k

    If she and Ned had a lauqh, that's all that matters.....riqht Miss Winslet?

    January 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Wizard of OZ

    I heard that she is going to have 2 more and name them Lion and Tiger.

    January 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bear

    Mom, I hate you. Never have another kid...ever

    January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bb

    Alicia Silverstone's son is also named Bear. What's the big deal? Its not like she named her kid something horrible like Rapeist or Lucifer or something. Just because he's not named Bob or something completely dull? This isn't 1950 anymore and this isnt N. Korea , with an acceptable list of government mandated names. To each there own. Of course i may be biased, my Pomeranian is named Bear too.

    January 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • burkhartonline

      Well... it's better than the names Frank Zappa gave his kids.

      January 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    I remember this nutjob in my church when I was a kid who named his 3 daughters: Ford, Chevy and Dodge. I kid you not.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • annica

      I too remember a family of 3 girls..in order of birth , April, May , June. We are running out of normal names we have to make up some new ones. Have at it. Poor little people.

      January 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rock

      Those must be lazy kids since neither of those 3 run for long

      January 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • @shana k

      Bears are more carnivore than herbivore. Omnivore might be a better descriptive.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelina

      Oh my! My daughter knew a girl at church whose family named her "Nestle", and their last name was "Fudge". I kid you not! Now that is crazy!

      January 9, 2014 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo Momma

      Keelie= WIN!!! (coffee on screen here)

      January 21, 2014 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pensimmon

    Who cares? Aren't there more important things to spend you energy on? Let anyone call their kids what they like. It's a free country. If the kid doesn't like it, he/she can pick a nickname or use a second name. It doesn't matter one iota.

    January 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    lol @ "I'm a f*****g grown-up." Yes Kate, that was a very grown-up reply. Classy too. How typically Hollywood.

    Anyway......as idiotic of a name as "Bear" is, I've heard worse. Musicians seem esp prone to this idiocy, with Zappa being the most obvious. Yes use the name of your child as the butt of a joke, brilliant idea. And didn't Grace Slick (does anyone even remember her) name her kid "God?" Funny. hahahaha. Good grief – what morons.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vi

    What these egocentric "artistes" don't realize is that naming one's child is not an exercise in narcissistic flights of fancy. It's a pity that they are unable to consider what these absurd names can do to hurt their children.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rod C. Venger

    I knew a guy named Bear once, but it was his nickname during the early 70's, not his given name, not in English anyway. His given name was "Urso" in Portuguese, since that's what he was. Still, it's not appropriate as a real first name. Celebs are doing their kids a disservice.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • FQMiami

      Urso and Ursula are foreign language variants of the word "bear".

      January 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DC guy

    But, really, who cares? Get a life people!

    There are a lot of "stars" in life, teachers, first responders, service men and women, appearing in a film is really not much to make you important or in some way an example. Most are people not real or in any way intelligent "only playing that part on screen". Proven every day in the press, drugs, car crashes, lives in ruin, I guess we all like watching that car crash, sad.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. MrsFudd

    She may be grown up chronologically, but judging by her maturity level, I'd say she's around junior high level. Mature adults do not name their children stupid names like "Bear". This poor boy will be hounded for years and teased because of his mother's ridiculous choice for a name. Parents today just don't think ahead and think of what it will be like for their kids to be stuck with monikers like "Bear" or "Fifi Trixibelle" or "Moxie Crimefighter" or "Bear Blu" or "Midnight James Sparrow' or other stupid Hollywood baby names.

    January 5, 2014 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TrekMom

      Instead of chastising the parent for not conforming to perceived rules when it comes to naming their child, perhaps we could teach our own children not to make fun of others names, looks, disabilities, etc.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • FQMiami

      Bear Bryant and Bear Grylls seem to have done just fine being called by the name "bear".

      January 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingot

      Yogi Jones had tremendous success with the Hanna-Barbera company after changing his last name to Bear.

      January 6, 2014 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Numnuts

    Well everyone, please 'bear' with her stupidity

    January 5, 2014 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Giorgio

      Imagine if the girls becomes obese.... It will be sooo cool to introduce herself as Bear...Are they calling her Teddy until she grows up?? What a demented b***ch...

      January 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Giorgio

      It's her SON – a boy, not a girl – you demented b***h...

      January 6, 2014 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. stone

    Nobody cares

    January 5, 2014 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  17. JimfromBham

    What about naming the kid "Bear With It"?

    BTW – the article apparently was edited to death. The final paragraph begins with a topic sentence which states that "Calling their son Bear....seems to have made more sense.", but then the rest of the paragraph deals with prior marriages. Also, it is difficult to imagine if the photographer could have selected a less flattering camera angle.

    January 5, 2014 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sonja

    Why is naming a kid Bear any worse than naming it Wolf? Or Leo, for Lion?

    January 5, 2014 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JGN

      Couldn't agree more. My nephew's name is Chance and when paired with his last name it seemed a recipe for disaster but he was always so well liked from the first year that it never occurred to anyone to tease him. He BECAME his name and it carried it's own cache because of that. I'm sure it will be the same with Bear.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Puja

      Or Tiffany, Silver, Diamond, Ruby....

      Maturity is not defined by age. Its the the Media going after silly things like the babies name.

      January 14, 2014 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. Kate

    She's a f....ing what? oh yes sorry she's a grown up- forgot that part- she's all grown up- nice one Kate- glad you reminded us-

    January 5, 2014 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  20. Janky

    @ Guest: Alicia Silverstone named her boy Bear Blu, so it's hardly original. My nephew has a dog named Bear. Bear is an okay name for a dog, but not for a human being.

    January 5, 2014 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  21. EJ

    Bear is a whole lot better than some ghettofied name like Marquantavious and Daquantay

    January 5, 2014 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      But the names are original. You have to give credit for originality. Bear? Sheeeeeit.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • I Hate Mustard

      I agree. Those made-up names sound so stupid. Though I did like Lafawnduh (in Napoleon Dynamite). There's a difference between choosing uncommon names (I have a son named Dashiell), and choosing weird names. I think Bear is a better name than Apple or North. I knew a family that named their daughter Jill Winter Knight! And they actually called her Jilly! How cruel is that?

      January 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. agentxyz

    I like moose better

    January 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RCDC

    I need a hug from her to check if she's grown up.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ty Rex

    I'm a dinosaur - RAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWRRRRRRR!!!!!

    January 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bear Winslet


    January 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Shelby

    Gotta love how accurate the info is on these "news sites": "Before becoming, through vows at least, Mrs. Rocknroll in 2011, Winslet was married to director Sam Mendes and then Jim Threapleton, respectively." WRONG. She was married first to Jim Threapleton and had Mia, and THEN to Sam Mendes and had Joe.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. I. Dunne Noe

    Bear Winslet?

    She should have let the kid be named Bear Rocknroll.

    What kind of parents would name their kid Bear Rocknroll? Awesome ones, that's who!

    January 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Clete

    I like the statement about her being a f.....ing grown-up. That has yet to be proven.

    January 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dubin is done....


      January 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Why? I love her brutal honesty. And I think it's cool she named her kid Bear. Just because no one else has named their kid that name in particular, it's her business, because after all, yes, she's a grown-up. What, do all grownups name their kids Jane and Brianna and Jeffrey? Whatever...I think what's weird is that the world seems to think that they have the right to comment and judge the baby names that celebrities choose, like it's open to public debate as being acceptable or not.

      January 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mr My Way

    You people need a hobby. HOw about concerning yourself with the misery in South Sudan. Could you find it on a map? Ever hear of it?

    January 4, 2014 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ebonics_hater / aka SoKKKman

      Our resident white supremacist troll.

      January 4, 2014 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JGN

      Yet you seem to have somehow found your way to this story and thus to comment on it. Hmmm.

      January 5, 2014 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. how sick

    I came here to post a comment. But you all are a bunch of freaking trolls. Forget it. I'm going back to tji.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  31. Her choice, her consequences.

    Why shouldn't she give the kid her surname...she did all the work...and so many Women keep Their surname for professional reasons.

    January 4, 2014 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • JAG

      I agree. Why on earth in the 21st century do we continue to critique a woman who either keeps her last name and/or gives it to her children. Why do we assume fathers should have a monopoly on names?
      It's a personal choice. With thousands sharing most last names anyway I always thought the obsession more of an absurdity.

      January 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • One out of ten

      Women should give her baby her last name. With the high percentage of divorce women get to keep her kids any way.,. The kid grows up .... Gets confused suffer from scars & mental illness because he was raised by mom. He estranged that mother & breaks her heart but who cares a dam about this? It one out of every ten family!

      January 14, 2014 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. Joe

    What I want to know is why such a talented actress continues wh0ring herself out to successively richer and richer husbands....

    January 4, 2014 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Why does that matter so much to you, Joe?

      What do you have to gain from that knowledge, or lose from the fact that she's "wh0ring herself out?" What do you have at stake here?

      January 4, 2014 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ginger

    It's an idiotic name. She may be an "F'in grown-up", but her kid will hate it for it later.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  34. lyn

    Boy this chick gets around..........

    January 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jeff Roem

    Actually, I'm de baby daddy, not dat other dude.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Tony

    And you lot are all so perfect of course! It's her life not yours so keep your big traps shut!

    January 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bmsvds

    Married 3 times but still legally goes by Winslet? This should tell these guys something. Also the Winslet surname for all of these kids? Should tell these guys something more. We see who wears the pants, don't we, and how committed she is to these relationships.

    January 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fai

      What a ridiculous comment. How often do you have to clean the bubble that you live in? Do you know how many (non-famous) women marry and keep their maiden names? Hundreds of thousands. Whether it's for professional reasons or simply choice, it has nothing to do with one's commitment to a relationship. I have a friend who chose to keep her maiden name simply because she was the only child and, being a female, was the last in her "line" (for lack of a better word) and she wanted to preserve the name. How selfish and thoughtless, right? Definitely a cause for concern in any relationship that should send any sane man packing!. Winslet was married to Sam Mendes for 7 whole years, so I can see your concern with her loyalty there too.

      Please exit your bubble once in a while to get a clear view of the world and the people in it. You'll be much better for it.

      January 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Barbara Bush

    Darn right. Use your name for the kiddo.
    Still stuck in a hospital room.
    Food here is for the birds. Yuk!
    I want a Big Mac combo.

    January 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ben

    Just like father's day at SoKKKman's trailer park in KC.

    January 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Agrav8td

    Wow, 3 kids with 3 different guys...Father's Day must be getting a little confusing in the Winslet household...

    January 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      She was married to each of them. That's better than the typical southerner.

      January 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |

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