The 10 Weirdest Baby Names Stories of All Time
Baby names seem to get stranger every day, but what are the weirdest baby name tales of all time?
Crazy baby name stories come from Hollywood and beyond, stem from misguided parents, illogical bureaucracies, and influences beyond human understanding. They involve money, ego, publicity, lawsuits, and the forces of destiny.
Here, the top ten weirdest baby name stories we know.
1. The Family Named George
George Foreman may be multi-dimensional in his professional life, but the championship boxer/food grilling visionary has a one-track mind when it comes to baby names. Foreman named all five of his sons George after himself – they’re George Jr. and Georges III, IV, V and VI — and also named one of his six daughters Georgetta. How does the family tell all those Georges apart? Georges III through VI are called Monk, Big Wheel, Red, and Little Joey.
2. The Dweezil That Almost Wasn’t
Dweezil Zappa may have one of the original crazy celebrity baby names, but when he was born in 1969, the hospital refused to issue a birth certificate in that name. Rather than fight bureaucracy, his parents – rocker Frank Zappa and wife Gail — named him Ian Donald Calvin Euclid and nicknamed him Dweezil. When little Dweezil was five, he learned the history of his highly unusual name and insisted on changing it legally.
3. The Girl Called Girl
In Iceland this year, Blaer Bjarkadottir won the right to use her given name, which had been disallowed by the government which decreed it a “boy’s name.” The 15-year-old had been called Stulka, or Girl, on all her official documents.
The digital age has put its virtual stamp on baby naming practices, with children over the past several years named Like, Facebook, Google, Apple, and late last year via Twitter, Hashtag. Or maybe #.
5. The Kid with the $500,000 Name
Parents have taken to EBay in unsuccessful attempts to auction off the rights to name their babies, including a 2001 couple who set the opening bid at $500,000 and a 2009 mom who received a $15,000 offer to name her seventh child only to have the site shut down the sale. Last year, four couples paid the site Groupon $1000 each for the right to name their children Clembough.
6. The Next Child Will Be Called Rover
Director Robert Rodriguez has four sons named Racer, Rocket, Rebel, and Rogue. The inspiration for their names? You might think it was the letter R. Or you might guess the Spy Kids auteur had a taste for Bad Boy names. But the real source, Rodriguez himself says, was a book of dog names.
7. We Thought Sex Fruit Was Kinda Catchy
New Zealand recently refused to allow parents to name their daughter Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Other baby names turned down by Kiwi officials: Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Sex Fruit, Hitler, and Number 16 Bus Stop.
8. But None of Them Are Named Number 16 Bus Stop
Director Ron Howard gave his four children middle names inspired by the places they were conceived. Bryce Dallas was named for the Texas city and twins Page Carlyle and Jocelyn Carlyle got their middle names from New York’s Carlyle Hotel. Son Reed Cross was named for a London street because, Howard has been quoted as saying, “Volvo isn’t a very good middle name.”
A disproportionate number of men with the middle name Wayne are murderers, according to a study – yes, an actual factual study – by News of the Weird. In 2008, site owner Chuck Shepherd listed 225 convicted murderers with the middle name Wayne, led by the infamous John Wayne Gacy, and that’s not even including manslaughterers or other violent criminals named Wayne in the middle. The only explanation that Shepherd posits: “I suspect that aggressive-personality fathers during the 1950s and 1960s did in fact hopefully and disproportionately name their boys after that era’s icon of ruggedness, John Wayne.”
In a story quoted in Freakonomics, two New York brothers named Winner and Loser were, in a word, not. Winner, who reportedly got his name thanks to his father’s love of baseball, fell into a life of crime, while his brother Loser, named to balance out Winner, graduated from college and became a police sergeant.
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on February 22nd, 2013 at 12:22 am
I really did laugh out loud at number eight! My husband did too! The idea is sweet, to use a place name that is special to you as a couple, but it comes off a little skeevy in Mr. Howard’s usage.
That tidbit about the name Wayne is really interesting.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 am
Wow people in New Zealand must really love their fish and chips and their sex fruit to want to name their kids after them. I mean I really love grapes but not enough to have to say “Grape you’re grounded!” A thousand times.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 12:42 am
I agree, place names with meaning are kind of cute, but where the child was conceived? TMI.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 1:51 am
Don’t forget the infamous Adolf Wayne Hitler.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:05 am
Named after where they were conceived? Hmm. This throws an interesting challenge into the TTC journey. If my husband and I play our cards right, we can give ourselves some better name options than just “Bedroom.”
on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:33 am
I love the picture. 🙂
Some of these people should not be allowed to have children…
on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:06 am
These comments are making me laugh! Danica, that’s a very berry viewpoint.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 am
Oh no, my husband’s middle name is Wayne!!
on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:41 am
This blog was interesting… but the comments were the best! I know a few people with middle names of the places they were conceived. My favorite was a girl named Morgan Montana.
The movie “4 Christmases” with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon… all of Vince’s character Brad’s brothers have their conception cities as first names! Dallas, Denver, and Brad’s is Orlando. I see why he changed it to Brad. 🙂
Hmmm, my son’s mn would be what, Cherokee or Eight? I don’t think Iowa works too well. 🙂
on February 22nd, 2013 at 11:34 am
Ahaha, I needed a good laugh this morning 🙂 I have one to add, saw it on a forum the other day: Braxton Hicks! Poor kid, maybe he’ll grow up to be a gynecologist!
on February 22nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm
My friend’s mother met a woman who had five sons called Robert Junior – Robert, Bobby, Rob, Bert, and Junior or something like that.
# is a little insane for a name, but although Number 16 Bus Stop is hilarious, I’d really like to meet these parents in person and give them a lecture on names. (: Haha.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 1:50 pm
Hahaha, my brothers mn is Wayne! I know a family who named their sons Easton and Weston, and their last name is South. My sister would have been Clarke Denver if she had been a boy because thats the city and street of where she was concived….
on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm
I found #6 interesting because myy new English teacher named her daughter Madison Rocket, and calls her Rocket.
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on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 pm
Wow. I’d love to read more articles like this!
on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Number 7 makes me both proud and ashamed to be a Kiwi. Proud that our goverment has enough sense to ban these names, but ashamed that a Kiwi wanted to call these kids these in the first place.
on February 22nd, 2013 at 11:49 pm
I would like to see a post about name myths….ever hear of the the girl named La-uh? Or twins lemonjello and oranjello?
on February 23rd, 2013 at 3:56 am
Too funny!! I love this one!
on February 23rd, 2013 at 8:45 am
Naming a kid after where you conceived them at is seriously rude imo!!! Imagine the conversations, “How did you get the middle name Austin?” “Oh you know, my dad humped my mom there. No big.” Ewww, I mean I know parents have to, you know, but seriously, no child needs to be reminded of it everytime they write their own name!
on February 23rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm
When I first saw the items about NZ, I thought “Geez! I can’t believe the government BANS names! That’s crazy” …. but it looks like they have very good reasons to. Good grief! Question, though — what’s with the couples paying Groupon to name their kids Clembough? Am I missing something?
on February 25th, 2013 at 12:03 am
A friend was just telling me about the high correlation between death row inmates and the names Wayne, Lee, and Ray!
I second the vote for a naming myths post. No more tall tales about knowing people named Abcd and L-A!
on February 26th, 2013 at 6:44 am
Hahaha this post and these comments are hilarious!
Hmm if I was named after my place of conception it would be Penge (small town in South London) I don’t think that would be an alluring/inspiring as a name especially as the town isn’t great lol 😉
on March 15th, 2013 at 4:43 pm
My teacher from Pittsburg showed us his yearbook – he’s fresh out of college – and there is a girl legitmatly named La-a. Somethings do seem to weird to be true though.
on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:12 pm
I can’t help but wonder what on earth the mother was thinking in the cases of same-name giving for multiple children.
Her: What should we name this one?
Him: George. Again.
Her: That’s a great idea Honey, not confusing or egotistical at all!
I mean seriously?
In all honesty it makes me think the father/husband must be awfully controlling and probably the only one that is factored in making the decision.
on April 22nd, 2013 at 4:48 pm
(Sorry I really shouldn’t pass judgement when I don’t know the situation. I just know I’d be fuming if I didn’t get a say in the naming process!)
on July 8th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
My father-in-law and his next oldest brother are named John and Johnny, respectively. I have often thought their parents were highly unoriginal with naming their first two children – especially because John is also their father’s name. Thankfully, they did not continue the trend with their third son or their three daughters!
on July 19th, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Number 1- And my mother thinks it weird when people name all their children with the same letter…
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