What is it with celebrities and baby names? While the rest of us gravitate towards classics like Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Isabella, Sophia, and Emma, famous actresses, musicians, and sports figures tend a bit more toward the (how to put it delicately?) unusual.
Case in point: The British soccer star who just named his son Trendy. The Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani has explained that, yes, it had something to do with "'trending topics' on Twitter," but mostly it was because his wife works in the fashion industry. (Please, no one tell him that by their very definition his kid's name will soon go out of style -- if, in fact, it was ever in style.)
But little Trendy Zakuani is hardly alone on the weird baby name front. This year alone has brought a bumper crop of cute celeb-spawned kids with peculiar names.
Here are the 10 weirdest celebrity baby names for 2011 (so far):
1. Bear Blu Jarecki: Clueless star Alicia Silverstone named her son, born in May, a name that's adorable ... for a dog or a favorite stuffed animal.
2. Diesel Dean Daigle: Did Olympic softball star Jennie Finch and her husband, Casey Daigle, name their son, born in June, after an engine or a brand of jeans? Were they inspired by celebrity offspring like singer Toni Braxton's Diezel or Frank Zappa's Dweezil? Or were they just looking for a name that would fit right in with their elder son's moniker, Ace Shane?
3. Phyllon Joy Gorre: You might have guessed that the name Dutch Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her DJ husband Sunnery James gave their adorable son, born in January, was, if peculiar here, common the Netherlands. Nope, pronounced "Fillen," as in "fill in the blanks," it's actually just the male version of the name ... Phyllis.
4 and 5. Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon: As if it weren't questionable enough that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon named one of their twins, born in April, after the Moroccan-themed décor in their New York City apartment, they have nicknamed them (wait for it) Roc & Roe. No, seriously!
6. Aleph Portman-Millepied: Yes, the name of Natalie Portman and dancer fiance Benjamin Millepied gave their son, born in June, is Aleph, which is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. To be fair, though, Portman was born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, so at least she has a genuine cultural claim to the name.
7. Kase Townes Murray: The singer Jewel and her professional bull-rider husband, Ty Murray, gave their son, born in July, the name Kase -- that's presumably pronounced "Casey." Not one for the creative spelling, myself.
8. Bingham Hawn Bellamy: Actress Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Matt Bellamy named their son, born in July, after relatives, which is sweet, but I dunno, I'm not feeling "Bingham."
9. Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley: Nothing specifically wrong with the names Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly Agai selected for their son, born in January -- it's the sheer number of names that's alarming. Anything over three or four names just seems like overkill.
10. Journey Jameson Gomez: Admittedly, with a father named Taboo (of the Black Eyed Peas), I guess this little boy, born in April, could have had an even weirder moniker. His name continues a family J theme: brothers Jimmy Jalen and Joshua, mom Jaymie, and dad (real name) Jaime.
What do you think of these celebrity baby names?
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