Before Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had their baby, four years ago this weekend, we made a professional guess on what kind of name they might choose. Something like Ava Rose, we figured, or maybe Sophia Grace. For a boy, the name might be Ethan or Logan.
It was a form of Sarah, some said, and also an Iranian or Persian name meaning “red rose.” Plus, the snipers said, it was also Japanese for pickpocket, an Ethiopian tribe, and a breed of alpaca.
But what did Suri really mean? What were its style implications, its message in, you know, nameberry language?
Adorable or scary, the bottom line is that Suri has become one of those indelibly one-starbaby names. Unlike Stella and Story, Orion and Romy, Violet and Cruz, the world at large has not rushed to embrace Suri.
That’s not a comment on the star power of little Miss Cruise herself — just, strangely, on her name.
Some other prominent celebrity baby names that have not achieved general fame include:
PTOLEMY (Grethen Mol)
THIJS (Matt Lauer)