The Bizarre Stories Behind These Celebrity Baby Names

Every name has a story — even the Genes and Hortenses of the world were lovingly designated as such by their parents. Once upon a time, celebrities named their children things like Gene and Hortense, too. As our obsession with fame grew, however, so did the pressure for celebrities to grant their offspring unique, different, and sometimes just plain weird monikers. It’s not enough to be Kim Kardashian’s daughter. The offspring of Kimye must have an appellation that will leave people in shock and awe when she introduces herself for the rest of her life.
You may already know many of the celebrity children’s names we’re about to discuss. What you may be less familiar with, however, are the bizarre ways in which their parents arrived at said names. Grab yourself an Apple and get ready for some of the strangest decisions of our time.
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Rocket Ayer Williams

Celebrity parent: Pharrell Williams

In an interview with Oprah, Pharrell explained the inspiration behind his son’s name (and cleared up the misconception that his middle name is “Man”):

“In the same way that the Indians name their children like behind a force or an animal or an element, we named him after a man-made machine that was meant to go up. Meant to ascend. And, metaphorically, it was because of, you know, Stevie Wonder's ‘Rocket Love,’ Elton John's ‘Rocket Man,’ and Herbie Hancock's ‘Rocket. All of my favourite musicians. And, his middle name is not Man. It's Ayer, after Roy Ayers.”
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Jaden and Willow Smith

Celebrity parents: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Naming a child after a parent isn’t an uncommon practice, but Will and Jada put a unique twist on their legacies. Jaden is named after Jada, while Willow is named after her dad.
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Harper Seven Beckham

Celebrity parents: David and Victoria Beckham

All of the Beckham boys have unusual names — Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz — but David and Victoria wanted something truly unique for fourth child and only daughter.

“A lot of thought goes into our children's names, and...Harper's an old English name which we loved. [Also], Victoria's favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, and the author was Harper Lee. It's a very strong, passionate book. That's where Harper came from,” Beckham revealed in a video posted to his Facebook page shortly after Harper was born in 2011.

Many people assume Seven is a hat-tip to the footballer’s jersey number, but that’s not the whole story.

“Part of it is because I had so much luck around wearing that number, wearing it for England, wearing it for Manchester United, but that wasn't the main reason. The other reasons behind Seven was because it symbolizes spiritual perfection, the Seven Wonders Of The World, seven colors of the rainbow, and in many cultures around the world, it's regarded as a lucky number.”
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Moroccan Scott and Monroe Cannon

Celebrity parents: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Carey and Cannon welcomed their twins in 2011. Son Moroccan, whose nickname is Roc, is named after the top floor of Mariah's NYC apartment, which is called the Moroccan Room for its regional decor. It's also where Cannon proposed to Carey. Scott is Nick's middle name, and it was also his grandmother's maiden name.

Daughter Monroe is named after Marilyn Monroe, Carey's idol. Like her mother, she doesn't have a middle name.
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Sophia Rose, Sistine Rose, and Scarlet Rose Stallone

Celebrity parents: Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin

First of all, the alliteration. We’re guessing that none of Sly’s daughters could say their names until they were at least five years old. Second, the shared middle name. Why?

“All the middle names are Rose so they can’t battle — like one would be called Lilac and one would be Heather, so it’s all Sophia Rose, Sistine Rose and Scarlett Rose,” Stallone explained to People magazine. “Rose is a great name; you can’t knock it. You can’t get better than rose — it’s neutral." Sure.
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Kal-El Coppola Cage

Celebrity parent: Nicolas Cage

Yes, Kal-El, as in Superman’s birth name.

“My wife wanted a unique name, and originally I thought of the name Kyleand...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,” Cage explained.
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North West

Celebrity parents: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West

Allow Kris Jenner to take this one:

“The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power, and she says that North is their highest point together...I thought that was really sweet.”

She also helpfully explained during an interview on The View that, “It's North West, but you don't walk around calling somebody, ‘Hi, North West,' it's just North.” Helpful.
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Harley Quinn Smith

Celebrity parent: Kevin Smith

In Batman, jester Harley Quinn, whose real name is Harleen Quinzel, is the Joker’s sidekick and girlfriend. She was first introduced in the animated series and was later incorporated into DC Comics’ Batman books. Writer, actor, and director Kevin Smith is a huge fan of the Dark Knight, and he named his daughter after the character, who was created by his friend and fellow writer Paul Dini.
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Seven Sirius Benjamin

Celebrity parents: Erykah Badu and André 3000

Badu says that she named her son Seven because “[It’s] a number and a force that cannot be divided.”
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Apple and Moses Martin

Celebrity parents: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Here’s an example where the mythology of two baby names is much more grandiose and bizarre than the actual stories behind them. For Apple, it’s amazingly cut-and-dry.

“Apparently, Martin's North American booking agent, Marty Diamond, has a daughter named Apple, and the couple asked his permission to give their child the same first name if they had a girl,” People reported.

Gwyneth herself also elaborated on the name choice to Oprah. “Right, well, um, basically it was because when we were first pregnant, her daddy...said, ‘If it's a girl, I think her name should be Apple.’ [I]t sounded so sweet, and it conjures such a lovely picture for me, you know apples are so sweet and they're wholesome, and it's biblical and it's just, they're so, and I just thought it sounded so lovely.”

As for Moses, we thought that for sure would be the biblical one, but nope, it’s a song that Martin wrote for Paltrow in 2003.
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Bryce Dallas, Paige Carlyle, Jocelyn Carlyle, and Reed Cross Howard

Celebrity parent: Ron Howard (pictured with Bryce)

Ron Howard’s children's middle names come from the places where they were conceived. Paige and Jocelyn are twins, which is why they have the same name. As for his son, Reed, “Cross” refers to a street in London because, according to Howard, “Volvo isn't a very good middle name.”
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Jermajesty Jackson

Celebrity parent: Jermaine Jackson

Michael Jackson's brother has a thing for alliteration when it comes to his children's names — Jermajesty has siblings Jeremy, Jourdynn, and Jaafar. For his youngest son, though, Jermaine seemed to want something that carried the triple threat of alliteration, his own name, and being regal. Mission accomplished, we guess, with Jermajesty.
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Moxie CrimeFighter and Zolten Penn Jillette

Celebrity parent: Penn Jillette

We’ll take these one at a time.

“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,” the magician told The New York Times about his daughter’s unique first name.

Jillette’s wife was the one who pushed for CrimeFighter. “[My wife] doesn’t have a middle name and thinks middle names are stupid. So, it’s just a joke. When she gets pulled over by the police, she can show her license and say, ‘We’re on the same side, officer, my middle name is CrimeFighter,” he said.

As for his son's name, "Zolten is a common Hungarian name, it's my wife's maiden name, and most importantly, it's the name of Dracula's dog."
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Audio Science Clayton

Celebrity parent: Shannyn Sossamon

"We wanted a word not a name, so my boyfriend read through the dictionary three or four times," Sossamon said. "We were going to call him Science, but thought it might get shortened to Sci, as in Simon."

Heaven forbid. Sossamon's second son is named Mortimer.
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Jesse, Marmaduke Mickey Percy, and Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls

Celebrity parent: Bear Grylls

Bear, whose real name is Edward, is very forward thinking when it comes to naming his children. "Jesse, Duke, and Huck! Won’t that be great when they’re 18?!" he exclaimed about his uniquely named sons.

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