When David Bowie named his son Zowie in the 70s, many wondered why a celebrity would burden their child with a relatively outrageous name. How tame Zowie Bowie sounds in today’s celebrity world!
Giving a child a crazy name seems to be almost part and parcel of parenting when you’re a celebrity, doesn’t it? As a friend would say, celebrities have more money than sense… or should that be sense of humour?
When it comes to celebrity baby names, it’s true that there are some who opt for the relatively mundane. Actress Anne Hathaway, for example, recently named her baby Jonathan. But, sadly, for every Jonathan, there’s an Egypt (Alicia Keys), a Blanket (Michael Jackson) and a Sparrow James Midnight (Nicole Richie). MM takes a look at some of the more…eh, ‘unusual’ baby monikers.
Jools and Jamie Oliver
Poppy Honey Rosie. Daisy Boo Pamela. Petal Blossom Rainbow. Buddy Bear Maurice. River Rocket. One word. Why?
The Last King of Scotland actor has a son – Ocean – and a daughter – True. ‘I want those names to be their destiny,’ he said recently, ‘for my daughter to be honest and my son to be expansive.’ The playground should be fun…
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
Fifi Trixibelle. Peaches Honeyblossom. Little Pixie. See above….
(Paula wasn’t done with the names even when she and Geldof divorced. Her fourth child – her daughter with Aussie singer, Michael Hutchence – was to be named Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily!)
Katie Price and Peter Andre
There was some thought that went into daughter Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther’s name. Katie had always wanted to call her daughter Princess, but Peter wanted to name her after both his mum and Katie. As a result, Thea and Amy were merged to create the rather colourful Tiaamii.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Ever wonder why the American actress and British coldplay singer named their daughter Apple? Paltrow explained it on the Oprah show. Here are her exact words.
‘Right, well, um, basically it was because when we were first pregnant, her daddy 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….’ Nope, me neither.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
The Oprah show was also the venue for actress Nicole Kidman to explain why she and hubby Keith Urban had named their daughter Sunday. Sunday Roast no less. No, I’m kidding, it’s Sunday Rose (although, in light of some of the other names on these pages, it could have been!). Anyway, Kidman told Oprah that they’d named their daughter after a day of the week because ‘Sunday, that’s our favourite day. Because I think there’s something to do with Sundays where, if you’re lonely, Sundays are a very lonely day. And, if you’re happy and you’ve got your family and the things around you, then Sunday’s a beautiful day. So our baby’s called Sunday.’
So that’s clear then…