Ruby, Isabella and Felicity-Amore are three more celeb tots that won’t send the rest of us to spell-check.
Easy to pronounce, easy to spell. How un-celebritylike.
Pamela Redmond Satran, author of several baby name books, including The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide By America’s Baby-Naming Experts, said the normal names have caught her off-guard.
“I was really surprised, especially because Julia Roberts picked such unusual names for her twins,” Satran said, referring to Hazel and Phinneaus, now 2.
Roberts and husband Danny Moder chose the name Henry for their third child, born June 18.
“I wonder whether maybe her experience of being the mom of kids with names that were unusual might have influenced her to have a child with a more normal name,” Satran said.
Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin, welcomed their first child, daughter Sam, also June 18. With two unusual names themselves, Satran said Sam’s parents may have wanted to keep it simple.
It was only a couple years ago that Coco and Apple caused a stir. And, who could forget little Pilot?
Undoubtedly, it’s those oddball names that make celebrity births so fun.
Satran thinks celebrity parents went through a phase of assigning strange names around the time Gwyneth Paltrow surprised us with Apple and later with Moses, and Courteney Cox-Arquette chose Coco.
“Maybe they’re pulling back a little bit from the edge because certainly people like Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow have been given a hard time because of the names,” Satran said.
But it’s not over. Suri, daughter to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, isn’t that far removed from having everyone guessing. Don’t forget Shiloh. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter had everybody talking, and gawking, over her gorgeous looks.
Not to be outdone, some recent celebrity birth announcements include the names River (Keri Russell), Heaven (Brooke Burke), Yeshna (Sinéad O’Connor), Zolten (Penn Gillette) and Sunny Bebop (Michael “Flea” Balzary).
And there could be some doozies to come, with a half-dozen or so celebrities due to give birth, including Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, Milla Jovovich and Bridget Moynahan.
“I would definitely be on weird baby name watch with that group,” Satran said. “With Naomi Watts, Australians are at least as offensive in baby naming as Americans are.”
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