Yesterday we got the news flash that Anne Heche named her son Atlas and last week we learned that Erykah Badu chose Mars for her baby girl. Do we smell the beginnings of a trendlet?
Yes, some celebrity parents do seem to be intent on making little gods and goddesses–instant objects of worship– of their infants right from the get-go. Names that were previously considered too powerful for a baby to bear (after all, Atlas did carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, and Mars was the Roman god of war) now seem to have descended from Mt. Olympus into the realm of mortal possibility.
Of course, Atlas and Mars aren’t the first mythic starbabies. Others include:
AURORA — Nancy McKeon
CALLIOPE — Patricia Arquette (middle name)
CASTOR — James Hetfield
GAIA — Emma Thompson
HERMES — Kelly Rutherford
ICARUS — Lucy Sykes (middle name)
JUNO — Will Champion
LUNA — Constance Marie
ORION — Chris Noth
And there are lots of other names of ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and muses that could work for a contemporary American baby, some of which are still commonly used in Greece, such as:
AJAX (beware the foaming cleanser)