Penelope Cruz Gives Baby Normal Name, Gwyneth Gasps!

baby feetYesterday, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz announced the name of their son: Leo Encinas Cruz.

Leo. I like it. Normal, but not common. Easy to pronounce. Won't get him totally picked on at school. Bravo, Javier and Penelope, bravo. Thank you for giving your kid a normal name -- despite your celeb status and apparent free card to name your kid something weird.

Can we say the days of Moon Unit, Peanut Kai, and (sigh, Gwyneth!) Apple are gone? I know new parents, no matter the celeb status, get caught up in the joys of the new bambino and I know we are all sleep-deprived, but really, there's just no excuse for Pilot Inspektor.

Recent celeb births have given me hope that some sort of common sense has returned to the naming of famous offspring. Dare we speak the words "celeb baby normal name trend"?


Just this week, we welcomed Max (born to Cynthia Nixon and her partner Christine Marinoni). Another February baby: Tom Hanks' granddaughter, who was named Olivia Jane. Faith Margaret was the choice for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

In past months, we've seen Zachary (for Sir Elton John and his partner), Gideon and Harper (for Neil Patrick Harris and his partner). Sandra Bullock named her son Louis. Craig Ferguson and his wife named their new bundle of joy Liam.

See ... that's a lot. A lot means a trend. A trend of normal names. Nothing totally wonkadoo. Regular, basic names.

Mariah, Natalie, Pink -- please. I'm on my knees. Keep this trend going!

Do you care what celebs name their babies?


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