Royal Baby Names: Hollywood’s Little Princes and Princesses
As reported in the not always reliable Star magazine, Nicole Richie, mother of Harlow Winter Kate, has at the top of her list of names for her baby-to-be Baron, inspired by Donald Trump’s little Barron. (Her other two published possibilities being Kypher and Martavious, about which I’ll restrain my comments). This is the latest evidence of a disturbing trendlet among celebs–Hollywood royalty taking their status literally and bestowing noble titles on their offspring.
So who are these little peers and peeresses of the realm?
At the top of the ranks would be King. Discounting Kingston Rossdale, whose nickname might be King, there is the son of rapper Jayceon (The Game) Taylor. Since The Game’s other nicknames include The California King and King of the West, what could be more logical than to have named his second son King Justice?
Next in line to the throne would be a Prince. Michael Jackson liked the idea of starting a royal line so much that he named both his sons Prince Michael Jackson–I born in 1997 and II (aka Blanket) in 2002. Not to be outdone, British model Katie Price (aka Jordan) and pop star husband Peter Andre called their little princess Princess (“Princess because she is our little princess”) Tiaamii, with Mum expressing ing her intention of commemorating the regal birth by getting a Princess and crown tattoo on her neck.
Both Diane Keaton and Justine Bateman have sons named Duke, but somehow this name doesn’t project the same air of entitlement or pretension to royalty the others do, probably because Duke has long been used as a laid-back nickname name, and because it was so much associated with anything-but-aristocratic John Wayne–who got his nickname from the family dog that used to follow him around: the dog was known as “Big Duke” and young Marion Morrison as “Little Duke.”
Though the British don’t have the rank of Count (it’s equivalent to an earl, and somehow My Name is Earl doesn’t have much of a royal ring)–show biz does. Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Danny Bonaduce has a son named Count Dante Jean-Michel Valentine and a daughter called Countess Isabella Michaela.
How much have other parents been picking up on this noble-name trend? Well, King, Prince, Princess, Baron, and three different spellings of Marquis are all on the current popularity list, but pretty near the bottom, each with under 500 anointed babies nationwide. And, personally–it would be fine with me if they didn’t rise any higher.
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on June 15th, 2009 at 9:16 am
And then there’s Contessa Brewer, 35-year-old news anchor for MSNBC. Not a celebrity baby, but now a semi-celebrity with a royal name. I wonder how long it will be before we see “Contessa” on the SSA’s Top 1,000 baby names list?
“And, personally–it would be fine with me if they didn’t rise any higher.”
Hahaha! Reminds me of the time Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane) joked about naming her daughter “god”: “We spell it with a small ‘g’ because we want her to be humble.”
Of course she didn’t really name the baby “god” — she named her “China.” Whether she was going for East Asia’s biggest county or merely expressing a fondness for her dinnerware, I have no idea.
on June 15th, 2009 at 11:27 am
I actually went to school with a guy named Barron Von Hoffstedder (not sure how his last name was spelled). I always thought it sounded ridiculous. At graduation, they announce everybody’s full name. His? Barron Tommy Von Hoffstedder. It just sounded a bit silly to me. He also had a little brother named Jake.
on June 21st, 2009 at 7:37 pm
Well, Star magazine says Nicole was talking about those names. I don’t put much stock in Star, not when they’re including Martavious. Let’s not tar the poor woman with some Star reporter’s idea of names she would choose. To be accurate, this article should read Star Magazine reports an anonymous source says …
on June 21st, 2009 at 7:46 pm
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on July 8th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
I was impressed with Michael Jackson memorial yesterday! He seemed like a loving man who really cared about others. He will be missed by millions of fans but his legacy will live forever.
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