Celebrities are known for using original (and sometimes nutty!) names for their children. And while some monikers like Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West have a special meaning behind it, others just have fans saying, “wait, what?!” (We’re looking at you, Mariah Carey!)
From nouns to colors, check out the strangest celebrity baby names in Hollywood!
Jaws dropped when Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple. And although she explained the odd moniker choice, fans were still shaking their heads! “Apples are so sweet, and they’re wholesome, and it’s biblical,” the GOOP creator told Oprah Winfrey. “And I just thought it sounded so lovely and clean.”
We don’t care how “genius” Anna Wintour thinks the name North West is, it’s still a direction to us! Soon after the media found out that Kim Kardashian named her daughter North, the Internet was filled with memes poking fun at the name. Momager Kris Jenner came to her daughter’s defense and explained the choice on HuffPost Live. “She said ‘North is the highest power,’ and their baby North … is the highest point and power between the two of them, so I thought that was really cool.”
The name Blue Ivy caused backlash as fans wondered why Beyonce and Jay-Z would name their daughter after a color. But after fans speculated why the superstars opted for Blue, it was much more accepted! Not only did Jay-Z release three Blueprint albums, but also IV is the roman numeral for four, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s wedding anniversary!
Fans were crying a river when they found out that Kelly Clarkson named her daughter, River, after a body of water!
What was more shocking (and random!) than Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s whirlwind romance? The couple naming their son Moroccan! To make matters worse, the couple claimed that they named their son after a North African-styled room in their house.
Although the name Briar Rose is definitely unique, Rachel Bilson’s meaning behind the name totally makes sense! The moniker is in honor of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The three fairies that protect Princess Aurora from Maleficent’s curse called the baby Briar Rose.
Rainbows are beautiful, but for a name? After Holly Madison named her daughter Rainbow Aurora, she received a lot of criticism from the media and fans. “I have always loved the name Rainbow. There was a girl in my school a few years younger than me named Rainbow and I was so envious of her name because it was so pretty and unusual,” she defended on her blog.
Although the nickname Kai for Rachel Zoe’s second son is super cute, the name Kaius is definitely uncommon!
Busy Philipps has such a unique name, it’s completely understandable for her to want to continue the tradition with her kids! But Cricket?
Bluebell may sound like a random choice for Geri Halliwell‘s daughter, but the name has a heartfelt meaning! “What really clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare – so it’s a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter,” the former Spice Girl told Hello! Magazine.