Weird celebrity baby names are really nothing new but if you thought Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin went in a weird direction when they named their children Apple and Moses or Beyonce and Jay Z made a weird choice with Blue Ivy, you may be surprised to learn those weird celebrity baby names aren’t anywhere close to being worthy of these list. Apple, Moses and Blue Ivy seem downright normal compared to some of the names on this list so sit back, get comfortable and prepare to ask yourself wtf these celebrities were thinking when they saddled their children with some of these unusual monikers.
20: Diesel and Denim
I’m guessing Toni Braxton has a thing for jeans and Diesel is her favorite brand name. What else could explain naming her sons Denim and Diesel? At the very least, she may have considered the idea that people might draw such a conclusion from these unusual monikers. I actually kind of like the names and compared to some of the other weird celebrity baby names we’re going to talk about, they’re downright normal which is why Diesel and Denim come in at number twenty on our list instead of ranking much higher.
19: Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo
There’s no way Jamie Oliver and wife Jools could’ve predicted the Honey Boo Boo phenomenon but let’s be real here. With or without the unintentional Honey Boo Boo connection with their daughter’s middle monikers, Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo definitely belong on this list. The only reason these names don’t make it higher on the list is the fact that on their own, “Poppy” and “Daisy” aren’t really that unusual. It isn’t until you put the “Honey” and “Boo” after them that they earn a spot on our weirdest celebrity baby names list.
18: Blue Angel
I don’t think Blue is a terrible name for a child. I also don’t think Angel is a terrible name for a child. It’s the combination of the two names together that makes me scratch my head – perhaps because to some frat boys and assorted teenagers, the term is most commonly used to refer to lighting farts on fire with lighters. I’m sure this was not the mental image The Edge was going for when choosing this name for his offspring but that doesn’t change the fact that is the mental image some will get.
Now, this one sounds a little odd but I’m willing to bet Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee named their daughter Satchel after legendary baseball player, Satchel Paige. Paige began his pitching career in the Negro leagues but continued his career for various MLB teams. He also has the distinction of being the first professional baseball player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his work as part of the Negro leagues. It seems far more likely that Spike and Tonya would name their child after him as opposed to naming their child after a messenger bag.
I’m not sure why so many people dislike the name Coco. When David and Courtney Cox-Arquette announced the name of their first born, I thought it was unique and fun – kind of how I imagine David and Courtney as a couple. I think it’s even sweeter when you consider the story behind it. Although it’s never actually been confirmed, rumor has it that Coco is short for Courtney Cox. It’s like they chose to name their daughter after her mother without actually giving her the exact same name. I thought it was creative, others thought it was weird. I guess that’s the way these things go sometimes.
15: Rumer Glenn, Scout Larue and Tallulah Belle
Am I the only person that likes the names Bruce Willis and Demi Moore chose for their offspring? I think they’re unique names but I don’t think they’re really all that bad. I love the name Tallulah (also a great Tori Amos song) and aside from the odd misspelling of Rumer, I think these names are original but not really all that weird. All the same, they warranted inclusion on this list simply because I’m certain there aren’t many people who don’t think of these girls when they think of weird celebrity baby names.
14: Banjo Patrick
This is a weird name, yes, but it could be weirder. It’s a good thing Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor weren’t going through a brass band phase or they may have wound up with a son named Tuba or Trombone. In all seriousness though, Rachel and Andrew named their son Banjo in honor of the Australian poet/songwriter/journalist who wrote Waltzing Matilda, Banjo A.D. Paterson. This famous song is also said to the inspiration behind Matilda Rose Ledger’s name.
Okay, I’m not going to lie. I like the name Spike but perhaps as a nickname or, you know, a name for a pet. Not so sure I like it as a given name for a child. Regardless of my feelings about the matter, Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale chose this rather unusual name for their son. Should we be surprised? Well, it’s Mike Myers, so probably not.
I guess if you’re going to name your child after a color, it might as well be an especially pretty color. Perhaps this was the thinking behind Sting’s decision to name his child (with Frances Tomelty) Fuchsia. Never mind the fact that there are a whole lot of people out there who have no idea what fuchsia is or how to pronounce it. Inevitably there are people out there who will attempt to sound it out, possibly getting a word that sounds much different and possibly even vulgar.
Now this just seems lazy, doesn’t it? I get that Tea Leoni and David Duchovny are pretty laid back people but it feels like this was a little too much. It seems like a not so bad name on the surface until you imagine Tea and David talking to their child. “Time to come in, Kyd!” “See you after school, Kyd.” “Don’t bite the other kids, Kyd!” It’s like they couldn’t be bothered to think of a good name and just went with ‘kid’, spelling it a little different to try to throw people off.
10: The Rodriguez Kids
You’ve got to give director Robert Rodriguez and the mother of his children, Elizabeth Avellan, credit for picking a theme and sticking with it. Robert has the RR monogram going on and chose to make sure all of his children with Elizabeth did as well. This means all five children (four boys and one girl) have names that start with R. I actually think that’s kind of cute. Of course Robert is known for being a little unusual so he couldn’t just go with Robert Jr., Randy, Ralph, Raymond and Rebecca. No, Robert went with Rocket, Racer, Rebel and Rogue for his boys and Rhiannon for his daughter, ensuring most of his children (with the possible exception of Rhiannon) definitely earned their place on most weird celebrity baby names lists.
09: Hud and Spec Wildhorse
When John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin decided to name their sons Hud and Spec, one has to imagine their thinking was that simple really is better. Of course, Spec has the distinction of having “Wildhorse” as a middle name but at least his first name is a little better than Hud, a name that kind of sounds like the noise a person might make when trying to throw something heavy.
08: Fifi Trixibell, Peaches Honeyblossom, Pixie
While Bob Geldolf and Paula Yates were together, they certainly chose some interesting names for their daughters. Fifi, Peaches and Pixie also share a half-sister from their mother’s relationship with INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence named Heavenly Haraani Tiger Lily. This story isn’t a happy one though as all four daughters are now motherless following Paula’s untimely death while Heavenly Haraani was orphaned when Paula died as Michael had already passed away a short time earlier.
Tu. That’s not such a bad name, right? It’s short and to the point – easy to remember and to spell. So why has it landed on the fourth spot on our 20 weird celebrity baby names list? Simple. Tu was born to actor Rob Morrow and actress Debbon Ayer. Still don’t see the problem? Well, little Tu has her daddy’s last name making her – get it yet? – Tu Morrow. This child’s name is actually Tu Morrow. While Rob and Debbon gave her a middle name, Simone, it doesn’t do much to soften the blow. The sun will come out … Tu Morrow!
06: Moxie Crime Fighter
The weird part of this name is supposed to be the middle name. Penn Jillette and his wife, Emily, decided to go with Crime Fighter as their daughter’s name because they figured middle names were more or less pointless. See, Emily has no middle name so why not use something completely bizarre and off the wall for their child’s? I can understand that logic, actually. How often does one have to give out more than their middle initial? Rarely, right? Even so … Moxie? That’s a pretty weird name on it’s own. Pair it with the middle name and you’ve definitely got a weird celebrity baby name worth landing close to the top of this list.
05: Zuma Nesta Rock
I’ve always been a big fan of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. I like them as musicians and I like them as a couple. Even so, I’m not sure what they were thinking when they chose a relatively normal name for their first son (Kingston James McGregor) and such a very unusual name for their second son. Zuma is a cool name, sure. It’s also a cool online game I was hooked on for weeks on end a few years back. Therefore, it’s difficult for me to not question whether or not Gwen was hooked on the game as well while pregnant with her second born.
04: Pirate and Zeppelin
You may not know Jon Davis by name but if you’re a child of the 90s (or mid to late 80s) you definitely know his band, Korn. If you’re familiar with Korn, you shouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn Jon named his child, with wife/porn star Deven, Pirate. It seems like a perfectly fitting name for the child of two very unusual people. The same can be said for Zeppelin although I’ve got to be honest, although I love Korn and I love Led Zeppelin, they’re not exactly two bands I see going hand in hand. Still, weird names? Yes. Shocking? Not so much.
03: The Zappa Kids
I think Frank Zappa was an absolute genius but boy when it come to naming his four children … well, I’ll be honest. I actually kind of like the names but I think I might be in the minority on this one. Frank and his wife, Gail, had four children in total, two sons and two daughters, each with strange and interesting names that have become legendary in the world of weird celebrity baby names. Perhaps when Frank and Gail named their sons Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Dweezil and their daughters Moon Unit and Diva Muffin they were trying to make up for the fact that Frank and Gail and perhaps the most boring, unimaginative names in the history of names. Did the kids suffer as a result? Not in the least. All seem very comfortable with their names and have come to embrace the uniqueness of them in their own ways. Frank and Gail may have named their kids strangely but they definitely seemed to have raised them right.
02: Audio Science
I love Shannyn Sossamon but I really have to question her thinking behind naming her son (with Dallas Clayton) Audio Science. When I consider weird celebrity baby names, I imagine a substitute teacher going down over the names on her roll call list. “Ashley, Christina, Shawn, Chris … Audio? Oh, come on guys! Couldn’t you at least put IP Freely or Seymour Butts?” Meanwhile, Audio turns bright red, mortified, while the other children laugh. Kids can be cruel. Giving them more ammunition just seems unkind.
01: Pilot Inspektor
I’ve loved Jason Lee in ever single movie I’ve ever seen him in – even the movies I haven’t loved. I loved him on My Name Is Earl and am still pissed off at TNT for cancelling Memphis Beat well before it should have. With that said, I can’t quite get over the fact that Jason and wife Beth Riesgraf chose to name their child Pilot Inspektor. Remember what I said about roll call a moment ago? That goes double for little Pilot. Just imagine. There is, at least, a story behind the name. While listening to Grandaddy (great band, for what it’s worth), Jason heard the song He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot and decided Pilot would be a great name for his child. I certainly hope it wasn’t the “he’s simple, he’s dumb” part of the song title that really sold him on that one.