When a celebrity has a child, it’s splashed all over the news and the public revels in the birth or the adoption. We’re always so fascinated with a celebrity baby. Is it a boy or a girl? Who does he or she look like? Where was he born? And the biggest question of all: what’s his or her name?
People in the entertainment industry are famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) for giving their babies the most absurd of names. Whether it’s because they just simply want to be unique or they’re confident their kids won’t get bullied for having such a strange name because their parents are famous, we’ll never know. Like many parents, some celebs take to naming their children after other famous people that they respect and admire greatly. Here are some of the celebs who did just that when choosing names for their children.
11 Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
The world swooned when it was revealed that Reese Witherspoon was engaged to Ryan Phillippe, whom she co-starred with in the wildly popular teen flick, Cruel Intentions. Although the pair have two children, now almost teenagers, the marriage didn’t last. But they certainly did good in the names they chose for their offspring. Their daughter Ava was named after famous actress Ava Gardner and when their son was born, he was given the name Deacon after former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Deacon Phillippe, who also happens to be a distant relative.
10 Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Many eyebrows wagged when Mariah Carey married the much younger Nick Cannon, but the pair seemed genuinely in love, so we were inclined to believe that the relationship was the real deal. In 2011, the couple happily welcomed twins, a boy and a girl that Carey initially hinted would both have first names beginning with the letter “M.” True to her word, Carey and Cannon announced the names of their children on Carey’s official website as Moroccan Scott (their son) and Monroe (their daughter). Monroe was named after Marilyn Monroe, who has been an inspiration to Carey for the longest time.
9 Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s short-lived romance still lives on today in the form of their daughter, Frances Bean. The girl, now almost 23, was born in Los Angeles and named after Frances McKee, the guitarist of the group, The Vaselines. Her middle name Bean was bestowed on her because her dad mused that she looked like a kidney bean when Love was still pregnant with her and they saw her on the ultrasound monitor.
8 Celine Dion
For the longest time, Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil were trying to give their son, Rene-Charles a sibling. And after many years, Dion finally gave birth to twin boys, whom she calls her “miracle babies.” After mulling over thousands of names, she and her husband finally settled on names of significant persons who inspired them. One twin was named Eddy after Eddy Marnay, producer of Dion’s first five records. The other boy was called Nelson, as in Nelson Mandela. Dion had met Mandela two years prior to her sons’ births when she was on tour in South Africa.
7 Fergie and Josh Duhamel
They’re one of the most adorable couples in Hollywood and both quite successful in their respective fields: Fergie in the music industry and Josh Duhamel in movies and TV shows. The couple had been dating for a good amount of time before they decided to tie the knot in 2009. To their fans’ delight, they welcomed their first child in August 2013 and gave him a rocking name: Axl Jack. Fergie is a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses so it was a no-brainer to name her son after the band’s frontman, Axl Rose.
6 Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy
It seems like Kate Hudson has a penchant for rock band singers because her two children were sired by two different rock stars. Years after divorcing Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, she then had her second son with Muse lead singer Matthew Bellamy. Hudson and Bellamy named their son Bingham Hawn after family members. The boy’s middle name, Hawn is taken from his maternal grandmother who is of course, none other than actress and comedienne Goldie Hawn.
5 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
It saddened the world when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their “conscious uncoupling.” After all, they had been married for 10 years and had two adorable children together. If there was something that came out of the marriage, it was definitely the children. They named their daughter Apple Blythe Alison, her middle name Blythe being the name of Paltrow’s mother, actress Blythe Danner. Their son, on the other hand, was bestowed the name Moses Bruce Anthony. Moses and Bruce happen to be the names of Paltrow’s father, filmmaker Bruce Paltrow.
4 Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
They’re one of the friendliest divorced couples in Hollywood, with Bruce Willis even walking ex-wife Demi Moore down the aisle when she married Ashton Kutcher. The couple has stayed in great terms mostly for the sake of their three daughters, all of whom have the most unusual names. Oldest daughter Rumer Glenn was named after British novelist Rumer Godden. And her middle name Glenn is said to be from Moonlighting executive producer and Willis’ good friend, Glenn Gordon Caron. The couple’s youngest, Tallullah Belle, was given her first name because of Tallulah Bankhead, an American stage and screen actress.
3 Kelsey Grammer
He’s a renowned playboy who’s had six children with four different women. His daughter by make-up artist Barrie Buckner is now 23 and a real head-turner. She was named Kandace Greer Grammer, with her middle name taken from American screen legend Greer Garson. Today, she goes by the screen name Greer Grammer and is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps with her foray into show business. Recently, she was named Miss Golden Globe 2015, an honor given to children of celebrities.
2 Geri Halliwell
In true Hollywood form, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell decided to give her baby daughter one of the stranger celebrity baby names out there today: Bluebell Madonna. Why Bluebell, of all names, many have wondered exasperatedly? Apparently, Halliwell liked the fact that the bluebell is a rare flower, symbolizing something precious, just like her daughter. And the child’s second name Madonna is a tribute to the pop icon and the Blessed Virgin Mary, both of whom Halliwell greatly admires.
1 John Drew Barrymore
Her name has been ingrained in Hollywood way before she was born. Drew Barrymore is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore and both hail from the illustrious Barrymore clan, a long line of actors that spans five generations. The name Drew was her father’s middle name, her great-grandmother, Geordie Drew Barrymore’s maiden name, and her great-great-grandfather, John Drew’s last name. But despite being the granddaughter of John Barrymore and grandniece of Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore, the young Barrymore has certainly had her own accomplishments away from the shadow of her famous ancestors.