24 July 2008

What's in a Name?

I've often wondered why celebrities feel pressured to name their children after fruits and vegetables and days of the week and inanimate objects. What is life going to be like for little Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter) or Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee's son)? Or Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone's kid)? At least those kids are in good company - their peers include Ocean, Blanket, Blue Angel, Moxie Crimefighter, Jermajesty, Moon Unit and Diva Thin Muffin.

Finally a judge in New Zealand is asking the exact same question. He recently went so far as to make a 9-year-old girl there a ward of the court so that her name could be changed - from "Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii".

Other names blocked by New Zealand officials include "Fish and Chips" and "Sex Fruit".

I'm all for freedom of speech, but some of these names could be classified as child abuse. For example, anyone want to take a guess as to what Rob Morrow (of Numb3rs) named his child?


Trophy Life said...

i do not have a guess. i can only imagine, but i will wait in anticipation until you announce it.

are you SERIOUS about Diva Thin Muffin? come ON!!

one of my ex-boyfriend's said, when Gwyneth named Apple, "but isn't it so phonetically pleasing?" - uh, no, but she is daughter to Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, so you could call her Tree Bark and kids will still love her!!

Sad Panda said...

I think celebrities have a complex where they give their kids names that are unusual and weird to set their kids apart. Because celebrities are treated as above the law and special by the general public, and they want their kids to be recognized as special as well.

B. said...

Stars are crazy from all the public pressure

TLC said...

OK, here it is: Rob Morrow named his daughter....

Tu Morrow.

No joke.

i hate celebrity baby names. you're famous already, which means your kid is going to be damaged somehow so why give them a horrible name? so you can pay for even more therapy.


Rockit J Squirrel said...

I wanna name my son R.K. the III so I can call him tre... Smurf won't let me :(

wrestling kitties said...

celebrities are idiots.

Mickey D. said...

I think Rob Morrow's baby name choice is a lovely tribute to "Annie". I see nothing wrong with that.

Shaun said...

Celebs are weird! What's wrong with normal names? I understand that you want your kid to be original, but come on! Don't they realize that names don't make a person? Personality does! I wish all these kids good luck. Maybe they'll all change their names to "Amanda"

Two Pretzels said...

Celebrities strive to be different, to find their "niche" that helps them stand out and makes them famous. It's only natural that they want the same thing for their kids. So, they name them questionable names.

You can't blame 'em, really. It's who they are.

But is Apple too far? Sure, it's different.

Diva Thin Muffin? Get a life.

I know my name isn't too different (Kylee), but it was unique growing up. I always loved being the only Kylee in class and thanked goodness I didn't have to attach the first letter of my last name to my identity. (Like Stepanie H., Stephanie M. and Stephanie P. had to do.)

All I'm saying is, I think I understand the motivation...

It's a tight rope, I agree.

(Don't you think there's some level of "topping the last name" whenever a new celebrity baby is born? Again, get a life.)