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09.16.10

Extreme Celebrity Baby Names

Chef Jamie Oliver’s newborn Buddy Bear Maurice has siblings named Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, and Petal Blossom Rainbow. Linda Rosenkrantz rounds up famous families’ crazy names choices.

Chef Jamie Oliver’s newborn Buddy Bear Maurice has siblings named Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, and Petal Blossom Rainbow. Linda Rosenkrantz rounds up famous families’ crazy name choices.

On Wednesday, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced the birth of his son, Buddy Bear Maurice—brother to Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela and Petal Blossom Rainbow. Perhaps Buddy Bear Maurice is not so strange in Hollywood. Just recently, Ever Carradine, actress and member of a multi-generational Hollywood dynasty, gave her baby daughter an equally out-of-the-box-name: Chaplin Haddow. It got me wondering: could there be an extreme-baby-naming (EBN) gene that passes from generation to generation?

In Ever’s case, it seems to be true. Although her Carradine 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
MARICA
SOREL

Celebrity Mini Me’s
Frank Zappa’s kids’ names are the poster children for EBN: Moon Unit, Dweezil (though his birth certificate says Ian Donald Calvin Euclid, as the hospital refused to register Dweezil), Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Did these siblings follow the tradition? Judging from the Zappa grandchildren, kinda:

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 (born Libertad Mariposa), and the brother first called Joaquin then Leaf and then Joaquin again. Among their third generation are:

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 Cage (nee Coppola), and their creative choices:

CAYLEY
COSIMA
DEXTER AUGUSTUS
GIAN-CARLA
KAL-EL
NATASHA
ROMY MARS
WESTON

The four acting Baldwin brothers have pretty normal names, but not so for some of their offspring:

ALAIA
ATTICUS
AVIS
FINLEY RAE MARTINEAU
IRELAND
JAMISON LEON
KAHLEA
VANCE ALEXANDER

Legendary reggae musician Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley had a convoluted family tree, with eleven children, including Cedella (named for Marley’s mother), David (‘Ziggy’), Rohan and Ki-Mani. Among his interestingly-named grandchildren are:

DONISHA
JOSHUA OMARU
JUDAH VICTORIA
JUSTICE
MYSTIC
SELAH LOUISE
SHACIA
YOHAN
ZION DAVID
ZIPPORAH
ZURI

The fairly normally named Wayans brood seems to have a penchant for vowel-ending names for their own kids:

AMAI
BELLA
CHAUNTÉ
ILLIA
JOLIE IVORY IMANI
KYLA
NALA

And last but certainly not least, the Jackson family configuration is almost too daunting to look at. For one thing, Michael and Janet’s genertaion is a lot more elaborate than it would appear. “Jackie,” for example, was christened Sigmund Esco, Jr., and “Tito” is Toriano 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:

JAAFAR
JAIMY
JERMAJESTY
ROYALTY
STEVEANNA
VALENCIA
YASHI

Linda Rosenkrantz is a co-developer of the baby-naming site nameberry.com and co-author of 10 books on names, including Beyond Ava & Aiden.