Bizarre Baby Names: Do celebs have them in their DNA?


When out-of the-box-named Ever Carradine, actress and member of a multi-generational Hollywood dynasty, recently gave her baby daughter the equally out-of-the-box-name Chaplin, it got me wondering—could there be an extreme baby naming gene that passes from generation to generation?

In Ever’s case it seems to be true.  Although her parent’s generation bore the classic names David, Christopher, Keith and Robert, among their offspring are:

  • Cade
  • Calista
  • Free (who changed his name to Tom)
  • Kansas
  • Marcia
  • Sorel
  • Frank Zappa’s kids’ names are the poster children for extreme starbaby naming: Moon Unit, Dweezil (actually Ian Donald Calvin Euclid on his original birth certificate when the hospital refused to register Dweezil), Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.  Are these sibs following the tradition?  Kinda–though more cool than crazy– judging from their offspring so far:

  • Ceylon Indira
  • Matilda Plum
  • Zola Frank
  • Equally well known are the Phoenix (originally Bottom) family of nature names: River Jude, Summer Joy, Rain Joan of Arc, Liberty (originally Libertad Mariposa) and the brother first called Joaquin then Leaf and then Joaquin again.  Among their kids’ names:

  • Atticus
  • Indiana August (Indiana in tribute to uncle River, who played the young Indiana Jones)
  • Indigo Orion
  • Jonas
  • Rio Everest
  • Scarlette Jasmine
  • The widespread progeny of the Mamas and the Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips(together and separately) include children and grandchildren:

  • Aron
  • Bijou
  • Chynna
  • Jamison Leon
  • Tamerlane
  • Vance Alexander
  • And then there’s the Coppola clan, which includes Nicolas (nee Coppola) Cage, with their imaginative choices:

  • Cayley
  • Cosima
  • Dexter Augustus
  • GianCarla
  • KalEl
  • Natasha
  • Romy
  • Weston
  • The four acting Baldwin brothers have pretty normal names, but not so some of their offspring:

  • Alaia
  • Atticus
  • Avis
  • Finley Rae Martineau
  • Ireland
  • Jamison Leon
  • Kahlea
  • Vance Alexander
  • Legendary Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley had a convoluted family tree, with some eleven children, including Cedella (named for Marley’s mother), David (‘Ziggy’), Rohan and KiMani.  Among his interestingly-named grandchildren—although there are probably many more–are:

  • Donisha
  • Gideon Robert Nesta
  • Joshua Omaru
  • Judah Victoria
  • Justice
  • Mystic
  • Selah Louise
  • Shacia
  • Summer
  • Yohan
  • Zion David
  • Zipporah
  • Zuri
  • The fairly normally named ten-strong Wayans brood seems to have a penchant for vowel-ending names for their own kids:

  • Amai
  • Bella
  • Chaunté
  • Illia
  • Jolie Ivory Imani
  • Kyla
  • Nala
  • The Jackson 5 + 5 configuration is almost too daunting to look at.  For one thing, the Michael Generation names are actually a lot more elaborate than they would appear.  “Jackie,” for example, was christened Sigmund Esco, Jr and “TitoToriano Adaryll, while Jermaine’s middle name is La Jaune.  The baroque  (and sometimes immodest) name gene is evident in some of their own child (and grandchild) choices:

  • Autumn
  • Jaafar
  • Jaimy
  • Jermajesty
  • Royalty
  • Steveanna
  • Valencia
  • Yashi
  • So, creative, quirky or genetic imperative?  You be the judge.

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    Linda Rosenkrantz