Finding a name to fit your kid can be one of the hardest things a parent has to do. Choosing a name that won't be made fun of when the kid is a bit older is difficult and most parents try to go with semi-normal names for their children. Sometimes parents may name their children after something symbolic in their life. For some parents, however, it doesn't matter as much as it should. Surprisingly this is very popular in Hollywood. A lot of celebrities name their children after strange things and sometimes even name their children after a pun or joke.
Hollywood is a place where children can't have their privacy from the paparazzi most like their parents. Many celebrities try to keep their personal life separate from their career but ultimately fail due to paparazzi being at the ready to snap a picture of celebrities with their kids walking down the street unknowingly. Therefore many people have a skewed perspective of these celebrities and their children. This is one of the ways people discover that celebrities even have kids much less the strange names that come along with them.
Another reason for celebrities naming their kid's strange names is a popularity contest. They are trying to be the weird and wacky parent who named their kid something unbelievable for more press and popularity. This is where celebrity morals are skewed and overall the lifestyle of their kid will change. Unluckily for the kid, they will be stuck with their ridiculous name until they are old enough to change it. By then it may be too late.
15 Nicolas Cage Names His Kid After Superman
Nicolas Cage is a prominent name in Hollywood just because his last name can be used in so many memes. So when Nicolas Cage had a son and named him after Superman's real name Kal'el many people weren't surprised. Apparently, Nic Cage is a huge comic book fan and a big enough one to name his son after one of DC's best superheroes.
In an interview with People, Nicolas Cage discussed the process of naming his child Kal'el, "My wife wanted a unique name and originally I thought of the name Kyle and then she said, ‘No, something more unusual but beautiful.’ Then I remembered the old Superman comics and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton. So I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three. I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it." Many people are pretty receptive to Nic Cage naming his son after Superman because it's unique and beautiful. Plus it stands for something good. The part of it being American is a bit strange as Kal'el is the name given to Superman on Krypton (another planet) and when he came to America he was named Clark Kent.
14 Jason Lee's Son Is Called Pilot Inspektor
Jason Lee is just the type of celebrity to show up on this list. The smug smile on his face explains why he named his son Pilot Inspektor. However, the story is a bit more deep and meaningful than one might first realize. The star of My Name Is Earl, had an interview with Entertainment Weekly and told them he was naming his next child Pilot Inspektor. When asked why he had a decent reason, one decent enough that his wife even agreed with it.
Jason Lee is a huge fan of the Indie rock band Grandaddy and on their debut album in 2000, the first song on the album inspired Jason Lee's son's name. Here is his statement on the matter: "The opening track, 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot,' absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it. It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son." This seems like a great reason to name their kid since many parents name their kids off of their favorite albums or musicians which have a lot of symbolism in their lives. Let us just hope Pilot isn't bullied in school for his obscure name.
13 Gwyneth Names Her Kid Apple Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow has shared in the same decision as many other celebrities in naming their child after an object. For Gwyneth Paltrow, that object was an apple. This isn't by far the worst name on the list but the name does feel like it's trying too hard to be pretty. Apple Paltrow was Gwyneth Paltrow's first kid and she is now a teenager. Gwyneth doesn't share much about her daughter Apple Paltrow due to her being the child of her ex-husband. However, recently Gwyneth shared a rare picture of Apple Paltrow on her Instagram wishing her a happy 14th birthday.
Gwyneth commented on her daughter Apple by saying this in the caption of her birthday post, "Happy birthday, my darling girl. You make everyday feel like Christmas morning. You are the most vibrant, hilarious, twirling all over the place, beautiful (inside and out) young woman. You are an amazing thinker and an incredible songwriter. Thanks for still hanging out with me, even though you are 14." Overall it seems like Apple Paltrow has a good relationship with her mother despite her naming her Apple. Many say that she is going to grow up to resemble her mother more than her father so we'll likely have another Gwyneth Paltrow entering Hollywood soon.
12 Courtney Cox Named Her Kid Coco
The Friends star Courtney Cox has made her impact on Hollywood but in more ways than one. For one Courtney Cox named her daughter Coco which seems more like a dogs name than a human. Also, her last name is Cox which is a few too many C's for a name. The actress and her daughter Coco Cox have a decent relationship and they even spoke about their relationship in an interview with People. Courtney spoke about some strategies she's tried to use raising her daughter Coco.
Courtney speaks of her daughter's childhood being the complete opposite of what she wanted from her mom growing up. She says "I want her to tell me everything, and she doesn’t want to tell me anything, Exactly the opposite of the childhood I had. We bicker, let’s be honest, but we love each other, we laugh a lot, for sure.” Coco chimes in to give her opinions which are similar to her mom's. “I would also describe it as, well, I am a 13-year-old girl, you are a mom, so I love you, but of course we’re gonna get in fights. But we’re very close. Very close. I love you a lot.” It seems they have a typical mom-daughter relationship and it doesn't seem like Coco resents her mother for giving her her name.
11 David Duchovny's Youngest Son Is Called KYD
David Duchovny is best known for his role in X-Files and has had quite a history with his family. He's had several spouses and different kids with each. However, each of these kids have semi-normal names all except for the last kid on the list. David Duchovny decided to go a little bit out of his safe zone and named his last sone KYD. Nobody knows what KYD stands for, if it does at all. KYD bares the most resemblance to his dad out of all of David's children.
It's said that KYD isn't a huge fan of his first name and decides to introduce himself as Miller. This is likely because he didn't want to try to explain what KYD stood for every time he introduced himself. It doesn't look like he resents his dad David for his name because they are often seen going to basketball games together, which is a favorite pass time for both of them. Now that David Duchovny is getting older and older it's likely that he won't have any more kids to give strange names too. Here's hoping that KYD sticks to Miller for the bulk of his life.
10 Sage MoonBlood Is The Son Of Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most notable names in Hollywood mainly for his roles in action movies. He's a self-made actor, director, and writer. These skills were also passed down to his son Sage Stallone. At first glimpse Sage doesn't have the weirdest name, in fact, Sage is a fairly common name. When it comes to his middle name that is where things get kind of weird. For some reason, Sylvester Stallone decided to name his son Sage Moonblood Stallone. Moon is strange enough but to add the blood part to that seems even stranger.
The Stallone family would see tragedy when Sage Moonblood Stallone passed away in 2011. Many suspected that his death was substance related but others think it was simply due to a heart attack. Much like his father he loved Hollywood. He was an actor first appearing as Rocky's son in Rocky V. Soon after he was directing his own films and even writing as well. Sage Moonblood passed away before his time and we wonder what more he could have done for the film industry. He will always be remembered for his impact on Hollywood and his strange middle name.
9 Steven Spielberg Named His Daughter Destry Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known to be one of Hollywood's greatest directors in history. He's made countless classics including Jaws, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, and many more. He is also the proud father of two daughters, and named one of them Destry. This seems like a strange choice for a name. It's not the most strange on this list by any means but it is still a strange choice nonetheless. The word Destry originated as a name from a film known as Destry Rides Again.
It seems like this is the most likely of places for Steven Spielberg to get his inspiration for his daughter's name as he is a film director himself. The name seems to be rooted in Western culture, specifically the era of the wild wild west. It is known that Steven Spielberg is a fan of the wild wild west and he even produced a mini-series during the era called Into the West. Many could argue that Indiana Jones is a new age western considering that Indiana Jones himself wears a cowboy hat and uses a whip. Whatever the reason we're sure that Destry Spielberg lives up to her name and wears it proudly.
8 Angelina Jolie Named Her Son Maddox Jolie-Pitt
Angelina Jolie is known to adopt children in less fortunate countries and show them a great lavish lifestyle. She did this first when she adopted her first son Maddox from Cambodia in 2002. She adopted Maddox just after she split with Billy Bob Thornton. Later Brad Pitt also adopted Maddox after Jolie and Pitt were married. Since then Angelina Jolie has opened Cambodia's Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation which focuses on helping children with things like education.
Maddox is now 16 years old and has a mouthful of a name. His full name is Maddox Chavin Jolie-Pitt. That is definitely one of the strangest names in celebrity history. Maddox isn't that strange a name but when combined with the mess that is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's last name and can become a bit of a mouthful. Since adopting Maddox he's already started to produce things with his mother and often speaks fondly of working with her. He speaks about how easy it is to be in a production with her. We expect great things from Maddox as he grows up in Hollywood. In fact, Maddox already has a credit as an executive producer and he's not even legally able to drive yet.
7 Bono's Weird Naming Convention
As a stage name, Bono is already pretty strange but he decided to take his strange naming conventions off stage and implement them into his personal life. When one of his daughters was born he decided to name her Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson. Memphis Eve is supposed to be her first name, Sunny Day is supposed to be her middle name, and Hewson, of course, is her last name. This one is just as much a mouthful as Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, if not more of a mouthful. Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson has decided to go by Eve Hewson professionally to save everyone a lot of time.
Eve Hewson is a professional actress and has starred in several films. She even starred in a Steven Spielberg produced TV Series. It's speculated that part of her name comes from the fact that she was born at 7 am on 7 July, as "eve" is the middle of the word "seven". That seems like a bit complicated for naming your child, but it also seems like something Bono would notice and see the symbolism in. Whatever the case let's hope that Eve Hewson never has to say her full name or they may be there for a few hours.
6 Forest Whitaker Names His Son After The Ocean
Forest Whitaker is a strange person in general. He always plays a similar character in all of his roles and overall he seems a bit off. This became even truer when he decided to name his son after the ocean. That's right Forest Whitaker named his son Ocean Whitaker. It seems like the Whitaker family has a theme of naming their children after different aspects of nature. We speculate that Ocean's child will be named Desert Whitaker. Ocean Whitaker is 28 years old and has decided not to show his face too much in the limelight.
On Ocean's IMDB page there isn't much listed and it's obvious he didn't stick with acting like his dad did. Not much information is provided for Ocean Whitaker and that is likely because his father Forest Whitaker likes to keep his personal life behind closed doors. There aren't many pictures of Ocean on the internet and he has mostly kept away from the limelight in general. Forest Whitaker also has a daughter who is just as much kept behind closed doors. Forest Whitaker continues to act in his older age and he most likely won't be having any more kids.
5 Michael Jackson's Son Is Named Blanket?
Michael Jackson is one of the most known names and faces in Hollywood. Therefore anyone who is related to him can most likely be picked out of a crowd. Michael Jackson had a lot of kids but the one with the weirdest name has to be his latest kid. Born in 2002 Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II was the last son of Michael Jackson before his passing. Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II's mother is unknown as she was a surrogate. At the age of 7 Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II lost his father and he then went into the care of his grandmother.
It's unknown of the origin of the name "Blanket" and why Michael wanted to call his son that. It seems like a weird addition to an already mouthful of a name. It's said that Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II is having the hardest time with his father's death as he still battles with it today. He is now enrolled in a private school in LA where he is still being looked after by his grandmother. Many people still wonder why Michael Jackson named his son something so extravagant. Perhaps it was because he had large plans for his son in show business.
4 Shannyn Sossamon Named Her Kid Audio Science
Shannyn Sossamon is an American actress who decided to name her son Audio Science. Perhaps one of the strangest names on this list because this name makes no sense. Shannyn Sossamon has an explanation for her choice and defends her child's name Audio Science. In an interview, she said, "We wanted a word not a name, so my boyfriend read through the dictionary three or four times. We were going to call him Science, but thought it might get shortened to Sci, as in SIMON."
It's pretty common for parents to want to be different with naming their children. Many parents will use Shannyn Sossamon's tactic and search in the dictionary for a random word that sounds decent for a name. However, unlike many other parents, Shannyn Sossamon decided on something that has no meaning and that is completely random. Hopefully, their kid will go by Simon when he is introduced into school life and for the rest of his life. Audio Science sounds like a podcast name, not a child's name. We wouldn't be surprised if Audio Science changed his name when he is old enough to, because who wouldn't?
3 Moon Unit and Diva Thin Muffin
Many parents on this list only have one of their kids named after something weird or ridiculous. Sadly for Frank Zappa's kids, this wasn't the case. He decided to name all of his kids after strange things that made no senses. Many people will point towards Frank Zappa's kid Moon Unit when looking at weird baby names. This name is strange but there is one even stranger and it comes from the same family. That's right Frank Zappa had the gall to name one of his kid's Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.
This name is beyond strange and doesn't make much sense. Gilbert Cruz from Time describes Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen by saying, "That's, respectively, a light insult, a description, a food and a misspelling of the word pigeon." It is likely that anyone who knows Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen doesn't call her by her full name or any of those names at all. Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen most likely tells people to pick from the four strange names her father gave her and tells them to call her that. Whatever the case it's likely she had a tough time growing up in school when substitute teachers were reading role.
2 Penn Jillette Had Some Fun With His Child's Name
Penn and Teller are household names in the genre of magic. They still have tricks that people are trying to figure out today. Aside from doing magic full-time, they are overall goofballs and pranksters. This is proved when Penn Jillette decided to have a little fun with his child's name. Penn decided to name her daughter Moxie Crimefighter. The first name isn't that strange, it's definitely unique but sounds pretty. The middle name, however, is where Penn loses a lot of people as to why he would name his daughter that. Likely it's because it's her middle name and many people go their whole lives without revealing their middle name.
In an interview with New York Times Penn had this to say, "Moxie is a name that was created by an American for the first national soft drink and then went on to mean chutzpah, and that's nice. It's only the losers named Dave that think having an unusual name is bad, and who cares what they think. They're named Dave." This statement goes to show just how awesome Penn Jillette is and how he will teach his daughter with the middle name of Crimefighter not to worry about what people think and live your best life.
1 The Ultimate Pun
Rob Morrow decided to get very clever when naming his daughter who was born in 2001. With his last name being Morrow Rob Morrow, he decided to name his daughter Tu Morrow. This is a pun that reads "tomorrow" when saying her full name. This is the ultimate dad joke and is always accessible since it's his daughter's name. We wouldn't expect anything less from Rob Morrow. Rob Morrow calls the naming convention a tradition as his wife is named Debbon Ayre which spells out debonaire.
Tu works as a name because it is simple and stylish. We can just hope that she isn't asked to reveal her full name because most people would end up laughing or face palming. Tu Morrow has attempted to follow her dad into the acting scene in Hollywood and was an extra on the set of The Fosters. Other than that one instance there isn't much information on Tu Marrow. We all wonder if when Tu Marrow has a kid, she'll continue the tradition of naming her children after puns to make full words.