14 Eccentric Celebrity Baby Names

Cynthia Dermody | Jan 29, 2010 Pregnancy

  • Coco


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    Five year old daughter of actors Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Kinda glamorous if you associate the name with legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel but not so much if your first thought is of a chimp.

  • Mars Merkaba


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    One year old daughter of singer Eryka Badu and her rapper SO Jay Electronica. The singer did not explain the origin of the name, but one definition of merkaba indicates it's a "divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masers to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms." That makes it a little clearer since you probably need a vehicle like that to travel to the planet Mars ... ah, or something?

  • Jermajesty


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    Those wacky Jacksons. It's the name of the 9 year old son of Jermaine, the oldest Jackson brother, and his second wife, younger-brother Randy's ex-girlfriend, Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza. This slot was a toss up between this kid or the names Michael gave to his youngest son ... in the next slide.

  • Prince Michael II (aka Blanket)


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    The 7 year old so-called biological son of the late Michael Jackson and an unknown surrogate. Remember, he was the kid that Jackson dangled over the balcony outside his hotel room in Berlin. His daddy had placed a baby blanket over his head at the time of the famous dangling, thus, Blanket.

  • Kal-El


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    Like Superman? Nicholas Cage evidently does, because he gave his son, now 4, the superhero's birth name. The actor was once chosen to play Superman in a Tim Burton film about the hero's demise, but the film never made it to production.

  • Apple


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    Five year old daughter of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay rocker Chris Martin. Paltrow told Oprah: "It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me. I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean!" Cute indeed, but perhaps she should have chosen a less popular kid snack. Can you imagine saying, "Apple, eat your apple," or even worse, "Apple, eat yourself"?

  • Sunday Rose


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    One and a half year old daughter of actress Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban. A pretty but unusual name, inspired by Australian artist Sidney Nolan's muse, Sunday Reed. She was a prominant patron of the arts at the turn of the century. Rose was the name of Urban's grandmother.

  • Hud


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    Teenaged son of singer John Mellencamp and supermodel wife Elaine Irwin, and brother of Speck Wildhorse (which deserves a whole other entry). Hud is named after the Paul Newman character in the 1963 movie of the same name. Hud's character is described as "a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth." Yep, that's a name I'd want to give to my sweet little baby boy.

  • Pilot Inspektor


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    Six year old son of former skateboarding champion and My Name is Earl star Jason Lee and former girlfriend actress Beth Riesgraf. The couple came up with the unusual name after listening to the song " He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" by the indie rock back Grandaddy. I know I'm repeating myself here, but ... "dumb" ... "simple" ... would you want that? Really?

  • Ikhyd Edgar Arular


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    One year old son of performing artist M.I.A. and environmentalist Benjamin Bronfman. Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam gave birth to her son just days after performing at the Grammy Awards. At first the Hollywood rumor mill reported M.I.A. had named the boy "Ickitt," but thank goodness that turned out not to be true. The name they picked out (which is pretty much pronounced "Ickitt") is so much nicer, dontcha think?

  • Bronx Mowgli


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    One year old son of Ashlee Simpson and musician Pete Wentz. Not only is "Bronx" eccentric but it's too hard to say without the "The" in front of it. It's kinda like ... Hills or .... Caribbean ... It just doesn't work.

  • Zuma Nesta Rock


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    Year and a half old son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. According to The Insider, the couple chose the first part of the name after their favorite Malibu beach, where Rossdale one day had an epiphany that he would be a famous rocker. "Nesta" was Bob Marley's real first name and "Rock" is not entirely clear, but it may be derived from Rocksteady, a musical genre that was popular in Jamaica in the 60s. Anyway, with a name and lineage like that, that kid's destined to be onstage.

  • Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo ...


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    The  name goes on, I just stopped typing because you get the point. It's the one year old son of Jason Mamoa and Lisa Bonet, who obviously doesn't care for common names because she legally changed hers to Lilakoi Moon. I just feel bad for the poor kid when he goes to kindergarten and has to learn to sign his papers, and his teacher trying to call him over for snack.

  • Any Frank Zappa Child


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    Dweezil Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa and their band Zappa plays Zappa won a Grammy last year. 


    Moon Unit

    Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen

    Take your pick (er, that's me talking, not a Zappa name).

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