Celebrities often get a pass when it comes to the names they are allowed when it comes to their children. Celebrity kids are often hounded just as much (or more) than their parents since the world seems utterly fascinated at who they resemble, what they're wearing, and their growing personalities. These children are instantly thrust into the spotlight from the moment they're conceived and some celebrity parents feel that giving them an ordinary name isn't right for their status. It's actually quite common for people entering the celebrity world to change their names to make them more befitting of their new status. Bruno Mars was actually born Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez and Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian.
While it does seem reasonable for celebrities to try and give their children a standout name, some of the choices that they've picked have been a little too far out there. Giving them unique names may be great for a life in the entertainment industry, but it definitely doesn't set them up well for a regular job working alongside others in business. It can also be a sore spot for the kids, as they grow up constantly hating their name. Michael Jackson didn't exactly do his son any favors by naming him "Blanket," and some of the other celebrities didn't do much better. Check out our list of the 20 celeb parents that should be put behind bars for naming their kids and see if you agree with some of these off-the-wall choices.
20 Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin And Their Love Of Fruit
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were married in 2003, people thought of them as a bit of an odd couple. Martin was the lead singer for Coldplay and many people thought of him as a rock star. Yet, Gwyneth Paltrow didn't exactly strike people as a rock star since she was a serious Hollywood actress.
As the pair continued on with their careers, they also became a power couple in the entertainment industry.
They were often photographed hobnobbing with other A-list celebrity couples and were known to be quite close to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. They ultimately started a family together and people couldn't wait to hear the name of they were going to give their first and second child. While Moses wasn't really that peculiar, Apple definitely seemed to get the short end of the stick.
19 Ashlee Simpson And Pete Wentz Love The Jungle Book
When Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson became a couple, people could instantly see why these two would be attracted to one another. Ashlee Simpson had made a name for herself as the rebellious younger sister of Jessica Simpson and her debut studio album was a huge hit for fans of the rock and pop genre. Pete Wentz was a prominent member of the hit rock group Fall Out Boy, and the pair seemed like the perfect hipster couple.
Yet, the name they chose for their son, Bronx Mowgli, was met with a few quizzical looks.
While the first name being the city in New York might not be traumatic enough for the boy, the Mowgli name definitely put it over the edge. Wentz came out publicly to say that the Mowgli name came from The Jungle Book story that both he and Ashlee bonded over.
18 Courteney Cox And David Arquette Wanted Something Simple
When Courteney Cox first started making it onto the big screen, she received acclaim for her role in the Scream film series. In the films, her character was very much attracted to David Arquette's character. It seemed a little odd in the films since their characters were so different and it definitely seemed odd on the red carpet as well. He was seen as a funny guy that had an over-the-top personality and people couldn't see what this former Monica character from Friends could see in him. Yet, their marriage lasted an impressive 14 years and the two ultimately had a child together.
Yet, more criticism came their way once people learned that they named their daughter Coco.
This isn't exactly the most common name for a child and people usually reference some sort of monkey when they first hear it.
17 Busy Philipps And Marc Silverstein Are Animal Lovers
Busy Philipps is one of those actresses that seems to have avoided the overpowering glare and scrutiny of the media because she's had a hugely successful career but doesn't seem to be hounded by the paparazzi as some of her other fellow actors. Yet, that may be in part due to the fact that she's been happily married to the acclaimed screenwriter, Marc Silverstein, since 2007. The couple isn’t making huge headlines over their tumultuous wedding or the scandals they're trying to dodge.
Yet, they are making headlines regarding the ludicrous names they have chosen for their children. One of their daughters is named Birdie and the other is named Cricket.
The fact that there are some birds that think of crickets as their favorite treat to eat is damaging enough but the fact that it's a little girl that is named after a bug seems to be the worst of it.
16 Toni Braxton And Keri Lewis Stuck With The Letter "D"
When Toni Braxton released her debut studio album in 1993, people were instantly hooked to her buttery tone and soulful lyrics. She had a string of number one hits and became a favorite for heartbreak songs, perfect for singing along in the car. Braxton married the music producer and songwriter, Keri Lewis, in 2001 and the two ultimately had two children together. While their marriage dissolved after 12 years, there was quite a bit of time where she looked like she got it all with her husband and two young sons.
Yet, she didn't exactly get good feedback when it came to her sons' names.
Diezel probably would have been bad enough since it's not exactly common, but it's Denim that has people really shaking their heads.
15 Rob Kardashian And Blac Chyna Tried To Keep Up
Long before Rob Kardashian got his own spinoff series with Blac Chyna, she was already a semi-celebrity on her own. She had appeared in a number of social media posts with Kim Kardashian and was starting to make a name for herself as the beautiful friend that had a butt as equally as shapely as Kim. She was also known because of the romantic relationship between her and Tyga.
This actually became a big deal when it was later discovered that Tyga and Kylie Jenner began having a romantic relationship.
This was made even more complicated once she started dating Rob Kardashian but fans seemed to be onboard when they revealed their own reality show. Yet, naming their child, Dream, didn't exactly come off as the best choice.
14 Beyoncé And Jay-Z Should Stop Having Kids
When Beyoncé and Jay-Z finally revealed themselves as a couple, people were thrilled to see the two were going to start having a family together. Beyoncé's announcement of her new pregnancy on the stage at the VMAs was something to truly celebrate. She was seen as the reigning female artist in the hip-hop genre and Jay-Z had built an empire through his status as a leader in rap music. Yet, people weren't as thrilled when they discovered that their first daughter's name was going to be Blue Ivy.
That's not exactly a name that's going to be found in the key ring kiosk at the local jewelry store and it seemed like a name that required some explanation.
Things got even worse once the couple announced that their twins names were Rumi and Sir.
13 George Lucas And Mellody Hobson Reached New Heights
George Lucas is thought of as one of the most talented filmmakers in the world. He has brought the world some iconic film franchise like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and continues to inspire millions of people through his talent on the big screen. When he found love with Mellody Hobson, the world was happy to see that he had found new love in his life. The couple were married in 2013 and made a huge impact on the public through their amazing love story.
Lucas was famously interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and people couldn't help but see how much he was glowing with his everlasting love for his wife while promoting his new film, Red Tails.
The couple welcomed their first child together and named her Everest. While most people were critical since he was a 71-year-old man having a newborn, others were more upset about the name.
12 Ciara And Future Couldn't Think Of Anything Better
When Ciara and the rapper, Future, began dating, there was a lot of criticism over whether or not this would be a relationship that would stand the test of time. Future had already made a name for himself as being a bit of a womanizer and already had three other children. Yet, the two seemed to have nothing but good things to say about one another and it wasn't long before the public was starting to root for their love. Ciara announced on social media about their engagement through a stunning picture of the 15-carat diamond ring. When Ciara announced that she was expecting her first child (and Future's fourth), people were excited to see a new celebrity baby coming into the world.
Yet, the relationship never made it down the aisle and the couple wound up naming the baby Future.
Future isn't even the real name for the rapper and people found it ridiculous for him to name his child after his stage name.
11 Jessica Alba And Cash Warren
In 2008, Jessica Alba married Cash Warren and it seemed like she was putting her career on hold in order to concentrate on her family. She was starting to become less known as the impossibly beautiful actress in the leotard and more like the devoted wife and mother that was killing the Mom game. The public loved seeing her with her growing family and she was the perfect celebrity to endorse The Honest Company.
She seemed like the best Hollywood mom that would know about organic children's linens and chemical-free cleaners but she wasn't exactly the best person to come up with the best baby names.
Honor, Hayes, and Haven seem to be victims of Jessica's obsession with words that start with the letter H.
10 Bear And Shara Grylls Decided To Switch Things Up
When Bear Grylls first became known to the world, he was heralded as an all-new survivalist and adventurer that the world could really get into his various reality shows. He was even featured on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and did some stunts to really wow the audience. While Bear Grylls seemed like the ultimate adventure-seeker, he was actually born with the name Edward Michael Grylls. His persona seemed to be boosted by his new stage name but that didn't seem to give him a pass for naming his own children some seriously off-the-wall names.
His son, Jesse, seemed to be the only child to elude the curse but Huckleberry and Marmaduke weren't as lucky.
With one being named after a dated children's book character and the other being named after a dog, these weren't exactly going to be the next fad in baby names.
9 Casey Affleck And Summer Phoenix Are Oddballs
When Ben Affleck became known to the world after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1998, he was seen as a fresh-faced talent from Boston with a huge career in front of him. The public loved his real-life friendship with Matt Damon and loved seeing both of their careers take off. Yet, this bromance wasn't the only connection to Ben Affleck since his younger brother, Casey, started proving himself as a huge talent in his own right. He was always seen a bit unique in comparison to his older brother Ben.
Casey was known for trying out oddball tactics in documentary films and people thought of him as far more eclectic than his brother.
He married Summer Phoenix in 2006 and the two had two sons together and it was apparent that his eclectic style made its way to the naming of his children, Indiana and Atticus.
8 Josh Holloway And Yessica Kumala Should Have Gone With "Joe" Instead
Josh Holloway first became known to American television audiences when he portrayed the Sawyer character on the hit television series, Lost. People loved his bad boy character and couldn't get enough of the love triangle storyline. Once his time on the show was through, people couldn't wait to see him again on the small screen. Yet, they didn't have to wait long since he took on a role in the 2014 series, Intelligence, and the 2016 role in Colony.
While he was being sought-after as one of the hottest leading men in Hollywood, it turns out that he's been married since 2004.
His wife, Yessica Kumala, and Holloway have two children together. While Hunter doesn't seem to be that strange of a name, Java will undoubtedly be teased every time someone asks for a cup of coffee.
7 Jenna Jameson And Tito Ortiz Are All About The Letter "J"
There was a time when Jenna Jameson was seen as far more than just a scandalous film star. While there were a number of other women trying to make their money in the industry, it was Jenna Jameson that seemed to really get herself known as one of the most commercially successful women in the industry. Perhaps it was all of the publicity she received from hanging around other celebrities at various hotspots or perhaps it was her winning personality, but Jameson started to be known as just a celebrity. She even had some comedic roles being a television personality and people seemed to genuinely like her.
Once she started a relationship with the mixed martial artist, Tito Ortiz, people wondered if she was going to abandon her party-girl ways and settle down.
Yet, it seemed to be the opposite since Ortiz was awarded full custody in 2013 for their children, Jesse and Journey.
6 Kim Zolciak And Kroy Biermann Have A Clan
Kim Zolciak first became known to the world through her role on the reality television series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. While some people think of NeNe Leakes as the true winner that was able to break out from the franchise and start a career through other avenues, it seems to be Kim that's truly winning out of all the women on the show. Fans were rooting for her to find love and the relationship she has with her husband, Kroy Biermann, landed her a spinoff reality series.
Fans have enjoyed seeing how she interacts with her husband and the way the two of them have gone about raising their children together. Yet, some of the children's names shine a light of questionability
as to what they were thinking when they named them Kane, Kaia, Brielle, Ariana, Kroy Jr. and, of course, Kash.
5 Madonna's Kids Stood No Chance
When Madonna was married to the acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie, not everyone was completely thrilled with the match. It didn't seem like the two had very much in common and it seemed like their personalities were completely different. Yet, the two managed to stay married for quite some time and they had two children together, Lourdes and Rocco.
Obviously, neither one of these children had much hope of getting normal names, considering that their parents were named Madonna and Guy.
Yet, Madonna didn't stop there. Instead, she went on to adopt more children and the names didn't get much better. David and Stelle weren't affected too harshly, but Estere and Mercy will undoubtedly have to go through some teasing once they get out into the real world.
4 Jason Bateman And Amanda Anka
Jason Bateman is thought of as one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood and people have adored him in such films as The Break-Up and Horrible Bosses. While he may not always play the hottest leading man in his films, there is something attractive about him in almost every character he plays. His latest success has been on the small screen since Ozark has been met with a huge amount of success.
While it would seem like every Hollywood actress would be lucky to be with someone as funny and sweet-natured as Jason Bateman, it was Amanda Anka, the daughter of the famed singer Paul Anka, that won over his heart.
The two were married in 2001 and have two daughters together, Francesca and Maple. Francesca actually might really love her name, especially since her sister was named after a leaf or a type of syrup.
3 Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Are The Biggest Divas
When Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon first started dating, people couldn't really see what the connection was between them. She had been previously married to the music mogul, Tommy Mottola, and he was known for some major womanizing ways. Yet, the two ultimately tied the knot in 2008 and even started a family together.
Upon the birth of their twins, it seemed like the entire world was wrong about their connection and social media photos showed them as a picturesque family jet-setting all over the world.
The couple wound up divorcing in 2016 but have remained oddly close, even spending holidays together and posting loving messages to one another via social media. While that is probably strange enough, it's the names of their children that really seem to have people puzzled. Monroe and Moroccan probably won't ever have to get a job in the real world but with those names, that's probably the best thing for them.
2 Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Are Trying So Hard To Be Different
When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West first started dating, people were already starting to become jaded over Kim's journey to find true love. There were so many relationships that didn't work out and it seemed like Kanye West was a bit too unstable to settle down and start a family. Yet, the couple has sought to prove everyone wrong, from their televised wedding to their growing family. The children definitely don't have normal names that are in rotation in the general public.
Yet, at least the couple didn't continue with the standard names starting with the letter K.
North was the first child to get branded with the strange name and people wondered if they would continue with South, East, and West. Instead, they went with Saint and Chicago.
1 Holly Madison And Pasquale Rotella Were Inspired By Nature
When Holly Madison was first introduced to the world, she was just one girl in the harem of Hugh Hefner. The public was so intrigued by the fact that this senior citizen was roaming to Hollywood hotspots with a plethora of beautiful blondes that he introduced as his girlfriends. This fascination ultimately led to a reality series and Holly Madison seemed to be everyone's favorite.
While some of the other girls didn't exactly seem like they were truly interested romantically with Hefner, Holly Madison won over viewers with her "Puffin" nickname and her seeming devotion.
Yet, the couple wound up splitting and she went off to marry Pasquale Rotella. She currently has a son named Forest and a daughter named Rainbow. While Forest will undoubtedly live with references to Forest Gump, poor Rainbow will be lucky to avoid stripper references.