While anyone can pick a quirky name for their baby, when celebrities do it everyone is fascinated. Spanning topics like places, plants, planets, mythology, and family names, celebrity children names aren’t much different from those in everyday life. Here are celebrity couples who gave their children quirky names.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West
Kanye and Kim have had three children in the five years. Their first daughter, North was born in 2013. They named her North because North means highest power, and together she was their highest point. Saint, their son, came along in in 2015. His name came along because the family viewed him as a blessing in light of how difficult Kim’s pregnancy with him was. Due to the pregnancy complications with Saint, Kanye and Kim used a surrogate for their third child, Chicago. Chicago is named for Kanye’s birthplace, Chicago, Illinois.
Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
Kate Winslet’s third child, but her first with husband Ned Rocknroll, is named Bear Blaze. His middle name came about because on the day his parents met, they survived a house fire together. His first name is one chosen by Kate’s first two children, after a friend of the family. Perhaps it’s no surprise at all that someone who changed his named to Ned Rocknroll (he was born Edward Abel Smith and is billionaire Richard Branson’s nephew) would give his son an unusual name.
Nicholas Cage and Alice Kim
While there are many children’s names based on nature, locations, or family names, Nicholas Cage and Alice Kim had a different inspiration: Superman. Nicholas and Alice welcomed their son, Kal-El, in 2005. Kal-El is the name that Superman is given upon his birth on Krypton. They wanted a name that was exotic with a good connotation, and they feel like that was achieved with Kal-El.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and ex-husband Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, have two children together. They caused quite a stir when they named their daughter Apple in 2004. “It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and clean! And I just thought, perfect!” Paltrow told Oprah. Keeping with the biblical theme, Paltrow and Martin named their second child Moses in 2006. “Moses” is also the name of a Coldplay song Martin wrote for his wife.
Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten
In 2005, Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten welcomed their first child, Moxie Crimefighter Jillette. Moxie was chosen because the word started out as the name for the first American soft drink, and later came to mean a force of nature, determination or nerve. They came to Crimefighter as a middle name because her mother, Emily, doesn’t have a middle name and thinks they are unnecessary, so it was a joke. Their son was born in 2006, Zolten Penn Jillette. His first name is his mother’s maiden name, but is also a common Hungarian name. Zolten’s middle name is from his father’s first name.
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, film producer Susan Downey, have two children together. Robert also has an older son from a previous relationship. Robert and Susan welcomed their first child Exton Elias Downey in 2012. Exton was derived from Susan’s great uncle’s self-given middle name. In 2014 their second child, Avri Roel Downey was born. Her first name was simply a name they liked, while her middle name was a conglomeration of Robert and Susan’s parent’s names.
Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein
Actress Busy Philipps and her screenwriter husband Marc Silverstein (who both worked on the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty) wanted their daughters to have names that would make them feel pretty as well. Apparently, they are fans of animal names. Their first daughter, Birdie Leigh Silverstein, was born in 2008. Cricket Pearl Silverstein followed in 2013.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
Pop star Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush, have three children together. Kingston James MacGregor Rossdale was the first son born to the couple in 2006. He is named after the location, Kingston, Jamaica, where Gwen’s band No Doubt recorded their Rock Steady album. The couple’s second son, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale was also named after a location: Zuma Beach in California. Zuma Beach is where Gavin had an epiphany that began his music career. Their third child, Apollo Bowie Flynn, marked a departure from location-based names. Apollo is named after the Greek god of music, light, prophecy, and sun. His middle names are from Gavin and Gwen’s mother’s maiden names.
Jamie Oliver and Juliette Norton
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his wife, model Juliette Norton, have five children together, all of them have very interesting names. Jamie and Juliette are very fond of nature, and that is reflected in each of their children’s names. Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver is their first daughter, born in 2002. Their second daughter, Daisy Boo Pamela Oliver followed shortly after in 2003. Their next daughter, Petal Blossom Rainbow Oliver came several years later in 2009, and shares her name with the “My Little Pony” character Petal Blossom.
In 2010, their first son was born and was named Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver. Their second son, River Rocket Blue Dallas Oliver recently came into the world in 2016. By the time their second child was born, Jamie and Juliette were receiving criticism on their children’s names. Juliette said in an interview, “I hate people’s opinions on names. Whatever you call your baby is your decision.”
Rob Morrow and Debbon Ayer
Actors Rob Morrow and Debbon Ayer had their only daughter in 2001. This is the only couple in the list that gave their child a pun-based name: Tu Simone Ayer Morrow. Without the middle names, it becomes Tu Morrow (tomorrow).