Ten little fingers, ten tiny toes, the sweetest of smiles and a cute little nose. All these add up to a very special thing–a baby–the greatest of gifts that life can bring. Did I mention that the baby’s mom has a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame? Or that the dad has been the proud recipient of a Grammy award…let’s see, 13 times?
From their awards, to their lavish lifestyles, celebrities never do anything halfway. Needless to say, we couldn’t expect anything less when Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z (born Shawn Carter) brought their precious baby girl into the world on January 7, 2012.
The number one thing on America’s mind was what the power couple would call their tiny bundle of joy. Would it be Destiny, after Beyonce’s former pop group that blasted the powerhouse vocalist into superstardom? Or maybe even Gloria, a moniker inspired by the strong woman who raised Jay as a single-mother?
Blue Ivy Carter shocked the world with her colorful name when her influential parents released her birth announcement when the little girl was less than 72-hours old. But she wasn’t the first famous baby to make headlines with an out-of-the-ordinary name.
Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin gave fans a sweet surprise with their daughter, Apple. Chef Jamie Oliver took an interesting approach with names inspired by some of his favorite ingredients; “Welcome to the world: Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo and Petal Blossom Rainbow.” David Duchovny and wife Tea Leoni, didn’t get too creative when they named their son, Kyd.
While some of those names may be questionably unconventional, brace yourselves for the truly one of a kind names like Pilot Inspektor. That’s right! His father may be funny man Jason Lee, but that name is no joke. Then there’s Penn Gillete’s daughter, Moxie Crime Fighter and, probably the strangest trifecta of celebrity baby names– the daughters of Bob Geldof: Peaches Honeyblossom, Fifi Trixibelle, and Little Pixi.
And I’m in no position to judge. Growing up with a name like “Kika,” I was always a target for curious questions, mispronunciations, and bewilderment. I went to school dreading when teachers would read the attendance sheet on the first day; embarrassed, when, after calling out the name “Stephanie” for the fourth time, and “Sarah” for the third, with much ease and confidence, the teacher would accidentally stumble on my name. You’d think that two syllable’s would leave little room for error, but I’ve cringed at everything from (K-EYE-Ka) to (KICK-A).
Let’s face it. Little Blue Ivy Carter doesn’t have a mainstream name, but maybe that’s fitting for the lifestyle she was born into. Baby names are simply another way for celebrities to create shock and awe. However, some may choose to view the unheard of names as just another Hollywood trend that they don’t want to follow.
Take it from someone with a name all her own. When it comes to names, find something fitting that will make the titleholder stand out in the crowd instead of fading into the background.
What did you say your name was? LOL!