Friday, September 18, 2009

What's in a Name? Insane Celebrity Baby-Naming

Sometimes being trendy can get out of hand.

The latest is a couple in China who have applied to name their newborn son "@", the ubiquitous internet symbol used in email addresses. According to the couple, the "a" and "t" can be pronounced to mean "love him". I suppose that means every time you send or receive an email, the kid is getting lots of net love.

But this trend towards freaky names has been growing recently. I mean, years ago we had Frank Zappa naming his kids Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Muffin. But that's Zappa. And there was David Bowie's son, called Zowie Bowie (who now goes by the name Duncan Jones).

There was quite a fuss made when Gwenyth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin of Coldplay named their daughter Apple. But being named after a refreshing, crunchy and nutritious fruit is nothing compared to other celebrity kids' names.

Check out these celeb kids's names:

Fifi Trixibelle (Paula Yates and Bob Geldof)
Peaches Honeyblossom (Paula Yates and Bob Geldof)
Heavenly Hirani Tiger Lily (Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence)
River, Rain and Leaf (Arlyn and John Phoenix)
Satchel (Mia Farrow and Woody Allen)
Brooklyn (Victoria/David Beckham)
Phoenix Chi (Mel C and Jimmy Gulzar)
Banjo (Patrick and Rachel Griffiths)
Cosima (Nigella Lawson)
Daisy Boo (Jamie Oliver)
Racer, Rebel, Rocket (Robert Rodriguez)
Audio Science (Shannyn Sossamon)
Kal-El (Nicholas Cage)

Okay,so why do celebrities go out of their way to find ridiculous names for their kids? Rollo thinks that they are simply exercising their enormous egos and don't think twice about saddling their kids with strange monikers, because as celebrities, they think they're pretty special and unique and so people will say "how clever and interesting".

I wonder if little Audio Science will appreciate how clever and special his mom was, or if he will be too busy trying to endure the teasing from other kids to notice.