Don’t Laugh at Crazy Celeb Baby Names
Many new parents are also choosing strange names.
When Pink said recently that if her baby-to-be turns out to be a boy, she would name him Jameson, there was a mild media outburst. How could she even want to name a child after a whiskey? What was wrong with her?
Of course she’s not alone, and Jameson is actually pretty normal when you compare it with Denim (son, Toni Braxton Brooklyn (son, Victoria and David Beckham Suri (daughter, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) and the mother of them all, Apple (daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow).
Now, though, the trend is filtering down to the rest of us, experts say. “We’re in the middle of a naming revolution,” Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, told the website LiveScience. Parents want their child to stand out in a crowd, and the effort at distinctiveness begins with a name.
According to LiveScience, Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, said, “It’s much more common now for people to say, ‘I want my child to stand out.’ Naming a kid used to be easier. Now you have to strike a balance between finding a name that isn’t too popular and isn’t too weird.”