Choosing a name for a child is a huge responsibility. Someone may wish to choose a traditional family name or might want to avoid anything to do with family altogether. Some names are chosen because they are trendy and others are rejected for exactly the same reason.
There can also be a trend where the name, in particular, isn't reused but the reasons for the choice of name is the trend. For example, when David and Victoria Beckham named their son Brooklyn and said it was because that was where he was conceived. Suddenly the world was full of children with place names.
The same thing happened when the use of surnames as forenames became trendy. There have always been a handful of Claytons or Reagans about but all of a sudden we have Taylors, Peytons, Jacksons, and Becketts.
If you are a low key kind of person a traditional name could be the perfect fit for you and if you are outgoing your child might end up with something to reflect your personality.
However, some celebrities take the duty of naming their child as an opportunity to have fun, show hoe creative they are or to be just downright pretentious. This list will show you just what we mean.
Actor Nicolas Cage was born in California as Nicolas Coppola, and before you ask, yes he is related to Francis Ford Coppola, Francis is his uncle. Nicholas changed his name to Cage in honor of his all-time favorite Marvel Character, Luke Cage so you might think he would want to call his son Luke.
You thought wrong, the star of such movies as Face Off, Lord Of War, and Con Air decided to bestow the name Kal-El upon his son. For those of you who are not familiar with the world of comic books, or graphic novels depending on how you feel about them, Kal-El is the name of the superhero Superboy in DC comics. Written in 1945, these stories following the fledgling Superman in his preteen and teenage years.
The daughter of Actress Gwyneth “I’m just like you, only infinitely richer” Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris “All our songs sound the same” Martin has a unique name, Apple.
The little girl was named after the crunchy fruit not because she was conceived under an apple tree, after drinking some heavily alcoholic cider or even a tasty, passion inducing apple pie she was named Apple because, well, I’ll let Gwyneth explain:
"Right, well, um, basically it was because when we were first pregnant, her daddy said, if it's, basically one day he just said if it's a girl I think her name should be Apple. And I just, it sounded so sweet, and it conjures such a lovely picture for me, you know apples are so sweet, and they're wholesome, and it's biblical, and it's just, they're so, and I just thought it sounded so lovely and ..." Looks like she doesn't know why she picked the name either.
Of his seven children, only the youngest, Destry Spielberg has had the privilege of a peculiar name. Destry was the title character in a 1954 classic movie of the same name about a town drunk made sheriff who hires Destry, the gunslinger as his deputy. It is considered a classic western by many people and was followed by Destry Rides Again.
It was floated that the name came from GI Joe and that Destry was the feminine version of Destro which is a much more entertaining story from behind the name. Sadly this is untrue but would make this a genuinely kick-ass name for your daughter if it was.
Some sources claim that this is an American name meaning “Horsekeeper, ” but it is, in fact, the English variation of a French surname.
You might see these names and think they belonged to the children of hippy dippy parents, but the father of these two boys could not be much further from that. Sylvester Stallone named his two oldest children Sage Moonblood and Seargeoh, and I for one wouldn’t pass judgment on these names because, you know, Stallone is still big and scary.
Sadly for the family, Sage Youngblood, who appeared in one of his father's movies and had begun a career in directing films, died of an undiagnosed heart disease when he was just 34 years old.
Seargeoh lives out of the limelight. Diagnosed with autism when he was six years old, Stallones youngest son is protected from publicity.
Strangely enough all three of Stallone's daughters have reasonably pedestrian names. Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet are his children with his second wife, Jennifer Flavin.
Someone like Sam Worthington doesn’t immediately strike you as the kind of famous guy who would pick an unusual name for his children.
The star of Hacksaw Ridge, Avatar, and Terminator Salvation and his wife, model, and fashion designer Lara Bingle have welcomed two sons in two years. Worthington, who was born in England but raised in Australia married Bingle, a native of Australia in 2014.
Their first son was named Rocket because it was a fun first name that they liked the sound of. Little Rocket received the middle name Zot because it was the nickname of Lara Bingle's late father.
There has been no information released about young Racer's name. Then again he was only born a few months ago, so there is plenty of time to find out if there is a cute story behind it.
14 Memphis Eve Sunny Day
Is Memphis Eve a holiday exclusively celebrated in the south of the states and that is why I have never heard of it? Or is it Memphis day and Memphis Eve is the night you hang your stockings from the balcony in the hope you’ll wake in the morning, and they'll be stuffed full of beads?
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson gave their daughter the middle name Eve because she was born at 7 am on the 7th July and “Eve” is the middle of seven.
Goodness only knows why the poor girl was lumbered with the full name of Memphis Eve Sunny Day. Perhaps it was a sunny day when she was born? If so it is probably lucky for her it wasn’t shitty weather the day she was born.
Her siblings, Jordan, Elijah, and John somehow escaped Bono and Ali’s bizarre name choices.
13 Blue Angel
Obviously, The Edge had to tango with an unusual name for his daughter too. Maybe it is a band requirement, at least one person in each band member's family must qualify for a list of ridiculous or unusual celebrity baby names.
Again, only one child in the family has an unusual name, leaving them to think “why me?”
Angel would have been unusual but apparently not unique enough because they had to stick Blue at the front.
The Edge, who probably bemoans the fact he is actually called David, has never been forthcoming with the reason for his daughter's name. Is he a fan of the 1930’s movie starring Marlene Dietrich Blue Angel? Or maybe he is a big fan of the US Navy Fight Demonstration Squadron, a band featuring Cyndi Lauper or a nightclub in Liverpool? We may never know.
Another child named Rocket? How likely is that? At least Rocket Rodriguez has siblings with Similarly singular names. One of them is even called Racer which makes us wonder if Sam Worthington is a secret stalker and plans to name his next child Rouge in honor of the filmmaker.
This set of siblings also has one who must feel left out. After calling the first three kids Rocket, Racer, and Rogue, Mr. Rodriguez must have saved all of his creativity for his movies because his last child was named the relatively pedestrian Rhiannon.
There is little information available about why the director of From Dusk Til Dawn, Machete and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D chose these names. It might just be that he has a peculiar thing for alliteration.
11 Rainbow Aurora
Holly Madison from The Girls Next Door is known for her glitz, glamor, and panache. The model, showgirl, TV personality and New York Times best-selling author who had a long-running relationship with Hugh Hefner while she was a Playboy bunny, gave this name to her baby daughter who was born in 2013.
Married to the CEO of Insomniac Events, Pasquale Rotella, Madison gave this reason for their daughter's unusual name. Holly knew a girl at school called Rainbow and said she was always jealous of her beautiful name, so when their daughter was born, it felt like the perfect choice. Aurora is, for those of you who haven’t had to sit through every Disney princess movie at least 47 times, the name of Sleeping Beauty.
Three years after her birth, Rainbow Aurora was joined by a little brother Forest Leonardo Antonio.
10 Tu Morrow
Ron Morrow, famous for his roles in Northern Exposure and Numb3rs is married to Debbon Ayer actress and owner of a pun name her parents apparently thought was funny. Morrow declared that when their daughter was born in 2001, it was a no-brainer to continue the tradition and give her a pun name, too. Hence Tu Morrow.
It might seem cute now, but I am better by the time the poor girl reaches adulthood she will be sick of people reading her name and doing a double take.
Imagine sitting in the Doctor's waiting room. You are waiting to be called, and the receptionist says something about tomorrow. Do you get up? Is she calling you or planning the next day? The world must be a very confusing place, and she ultimately has her grandparents to blame for starting the whole thing off with her mom.
9 Pilot Inspektor
Jason Lee, actor, comedian, producer, skateboarder, sometimes photographer and all round eclectic guy has four children. The first of his brood, a son with his then-fiancee, actress Beth Riesgraf was named Pilot Inspektor.
Dad says the inspiration for the name came from the song "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" by indie rock band Grandaddy.
It is hard to believe anyone called Pilot Inspektor is lucky to have that name but considering a later track on the Grandaddy album with “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot” is called "Chartsengrafs" it appears the kid might have had a lucky escape.
Pilots two younger brothers Casper and Sonny will be breathing a sigh of relief when they get older as will little sister Alberta. At least that is the most name like Canadian province; she might have been called Saskatchewan or even Northwest Territories.
8 Phyllon Joy Gorr
Victoria’s Secret Model and L'Oréal Paris spokesperson Doutzen Kroes and her DJ husband Sunnery James named their first child Phyllon Gorr. At first glance, you might think that the name may be a traditional Dutch one, but it is as unusual in Kroes native Netherlands as it is on this side of the Atlantic.
There is very little evidence to show this has been used as a name more than a handful of times but the female version, Phyllis was very popular in the 1930’s. Derived from the Greek word for leaf, or foliage Phyllon comes from the same root word we use to get chlorophyll.
In Greek mythology, Phyllis was a woman who was very unhappy in love who died and turned into an almond tree.
Phyllis little sister didn’t get off lightly either; she is called Myllena Mae Gorr.
7 Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily
The three daughters of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Little Pixie And Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, got the winning tickets to the girl's name lottery in this family. Their maternal half-sister, the daughter of Paula Yates and Micheal Hutchence, is called Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof. Now that’s a name that is never going to fit on a passport application form if ever I saw one.
Fifi was the name of one of Bob Geldof's aunts, and Paula Yates liked the idea of a southern belle, but nobody knows where the Trixi part came in. There was no explanation for the other names, but Peaches carried on the family tradition by naming her two sons Astala Dylan Willow Geldof-Cohen and Phaedra Bloom Forever Geldof-Cohen. Sadly Peaches, like her mother before her, died of a heroin overdose and her husband is left to raise their sons.
6 Ode Mountain
Jean Malone and her fiance, photographer Ethan DeLorenzo welcomed a son who they named Ode Mountain DeLorenzo Malone.
The name Ode is a medieval English version of the boy's name Odo which in turn came from Otto meaning “wealth” or “fortune.” Having said that they could have chosen it for its use as a word for a lyrical poem.
As for mountain, well, that’s a big pointy pile of rock no matter what way you look at it.
Malone, who acted in the Hunger Games movies, Donnie Darko, Into the Wild, and The Neon Demon as well as being a successful recording artist and photographer has never spoken about her son's name. Let’s just all hold our breath and see if they have another child to bestow an odd name upon.
5 True Isabella Summer
Forest Whitaker won the Academy Award for Best Actor in recognition of his incredible performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He might not be winning any awards for naming his kids though.
The explanation for his son's name, Ocean, and his daughters name True was, in his words:
"I want those names to be their destiny, for my daughter to be honest and my son to be expansive. I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly growing."
How that fits in with Sonnet we are not quite sure. Perhaps he wants her to become an epic lyrical type, maybe DJ Sonnet?
It is lucky that one of his daughters hadn’t ended up with the name Ocean instead of their brother. She might have become expansive, full of plastic garbage and smelling like fish.
4 Petal Blossom Rainbow
Giving your child an unusual name, so they don’t have to live their life being known as Sophie B to distinguish them from all of the other kids with the same name is understandable. To give your child a ridiculously out there name is a very celebrity thing to do. To give five children names like this is borderline child abuse and definitely full on pretentious.
It screams of trying too hard to be alternative and quirky and “mockney” British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has done just that. He and his wife Jules gave their children the gift of a lifetime of embarrassment
Perhaps Mr. Oliver could cook up something that will prevent all five of his kids being forever trying to squeeze their ridiculous names on a tiny line on every single form they ever encounter...
3 Audio Science
Admittedly I had to look-up who Shannyn Sossamon was; hers is not a household name that jumps out at you. She appeared in A Knight's Tale, 40 Days and 40 Nights and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Sossamon took a break from acting when she fell pregnant with her son. Upon welcoming the little fella into the world, she and her then boyfriend children's book illustrator Dallas Clayton bestowed upon him the bizarre name Audio Science.
Apart from sounding like a class in a dodgy online college, this name makes even less sense than most of the others on this list which is why we had to include it.
Can you imagine the kind of double takes this kid is going to have to put up with? What about when he goes for a job interview? This child has a lifetime of misery to look forward to.
2 Diva Thin Muffin
Using the logic that many supposedly sedate, mainstream, run of the mill types seem to name their kids something ridiculous you would be forgiven for imagining that someone like Frank Zappa might call his children Josh or Sophie or something similar. You’d be wrong.
Not to speak badly of the dead, but why oh why would you do this to your children Frank? There is no explanation available for the name Moon Unit and Diva was given the first name because Zappa said “because of the loud quality of her voice. She's audible at 300 yards.”
The girls got off lightly. The boys were named after, in Ahmet's case, an imaginary person the band would talk to, and in Dweezil's case, his name was Zappa's nickname for his wife's twisty little toe.
1 Moxie Crimefighter
In a 2007 interview magician, Penn Jillette told the world why he and his wife EZ (Emily Zolten) had named their daughter Moxie Crimefighter. Jillette said he had often felt sorry for kids at school who shared the same first name and had to be called by their full name all of the time to distinguish them.
Moxie was chosen by dad because: “I love that’s it’s a purely American word, and those are rare, and I love that it stands for old fashioned spunk and energy.”
Mom was responsible for Crimefighter because: “EZ doesn’t have a middle name and thinks middle names are stupid. So, it’s just a joke. When she gets pulled over by the police, she can show her license and say, ‘We’re on the same side, officer, my middle name is CrimeFighter.”
Sources: Craked.com, SheKnows.com, Ranker.com, TheHollywoodGossip.com, Parents.com, ETonline.com, HuffingtonPost.com