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The year in unusual celebrity baby names

12/27/2007 at 03:34 PM ET

Ah, everyone loves unusual celebrity baby names and you’re bound to see lists elsewhere but here at Celebrity Baby Blog, we keep track of them just because they’re babies, not because we think their names are funny.

Before you post a comment about how it’s wrong to give a child an unusual name, read what Penn Jillette, father of Moxie CrimeFighter and Zolten Penn told us earlier this year about unusual names:

I think it’s pretty cruel to give a kid a name that others are going to have. I think it’s very important to have a unique name within any group you’re likely to be in. It’s more friendly to go to school being the only "Penn" then to have to be called by your full name, "Mike Jones" or whatever. I always felt sorry for the Mikes and Bobs. There’s just so many, how do you know when they’re talking to you?

Here we go…

Lsny280807m_001 Actress Drea de Matteo, 35, and rocker Shooter Jennings, 28, welcomed daughter Alabama Gypsyrose in November.

Ever12071_3Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson welcomed their first child, daughter Ever Gabo, on Saturday, November 3rd. Milla, 31, explained the origin of her daughter’s name on her website,

The name Ever is a Scottish boy’s name — Paul [W.S. Anderson]has Scottish blood in him (not to mention two tartans in his family!)so we wanted to give her a name that reflected her "Celtic" roots,while her middle name Gabo — pronounced "Gabeau" — is a mixture of myparents names! The first two letters are after my mom’s first name,Galina and the last two letters are after my dad’s first name Bogie!

Christian singers Jaci Velasquez, 28, and Nic Gonzales welcomed their son Zealand David on November 3rd.

Red Hot Chili Pepper rocker Anthony Kiedis, 44, and his model girlfriend, Heather Christie, 22, welcomed Everly Bear in October.  Anthony said:

We had a long list of names, but suppose it came to me by way of the Everly Brothers, which is one of my favorite bands. And sometimes last names make good first names.

Anthony explained that Heather helped choose the second part of Everly’s name – ‘bear’. He said:

The mama came up with Bear. That made sense to me because he’s from me and I feel like I’m part of the bear clan, and I think it’s nice to have a little bit of earth in your name.

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Actress Gretchen Mol, 34, and her husband, director Tod ‘Kip’ Williams, 38, welcomed son Ptolemy John on September 10th in NYC.


Riders of the Storm and former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions, 35, and his wife MTV2 VJ Abby Gennet welcomed their first child, son Jagger Song Scallions, on September 7.

Actress Iyari Limon, 31, has revealed that she gave birth to her first child, daughter Kimaya Thais, on Friday, August 24th. Iyari said, "Kimaya = Divine in Sanskrit and Thais=Bond (Greek)."

Minnesota Twins player Rondell White, 35, and his wife, Zanovia, welcomed daughter Zaiya on Friday, September 21 at 11:40 p.m. The couple’s first child weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

Pittsburgh Pirates player Jack Wilson, 29, and his wife, Julie, welcomed their third child, daughter Jersi Grace, in September. In regards to Jersi’s unique name,  Jack reveals,

I got to pick the name because it was a girl. If it had been a boy, my wife would have picked the name. We have all J’s in our family, and we are Christians. I found Jersi in a book, and there’s a corny baseball connection (to jersey), even though it is spelled in a different way. It’s not a household name. I like that.

Hermionenorris Actress Hermione Norris and her husband, Simon Wheeler, recently welcomed daughter Hero.  She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.  Hermione named her daughter after an 80-year-old woman that she met that was named Hero. Simon said of his new daughter, that the couple is "absolutely thrilled."

Jason Albert, the lead singer for country band Heartland, and his wife, Kelly, welcomed daughter Kelson Noel on Tuesday, August 14 in Huntsville, Alabama.  She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

Miami Dolphins running back Lorenzo Booker and his girlfriend welcomed their first child, son Kayin Elijah Booker on Sunday, August 12.

Ammon_at_tobey088Dancing With The Stars dancer Ashly Delgrosso Costa, 25, and her husband Mike Costa welcomed their first child on July 27th, a week past her due date. Ammon Michael was born at 7:01 am at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, MA. In Egyptian, Ammon mean
s ‘the hidden one’. He was a god of wind and air in Egyptian mythology, later his attributes were combined with another god, Ra, and was worshiped as Amon-Ra. However, Ashly, who is LDS, drew the name from the Book of Mormon, as did recent celebrity dad Brandon Flowers of the Killers.

Jennaelfmanbaby2Actress Jenna Elfman, 35, and her husband Bodhi, 38, welcomed son Story Elias on Monday, July 23rd. In his introduction post, Jenna explained the name,

In September 2006, just before we started trying to conceive, Bodhi turned to me in bed and said, ‘How about Story Elias?’ I just loved it.

Bodhi adds, ‘I just think ‘story’ is a great word. What’s better than a great story?’

Jason Terry, a guard for the Dallas Mavericks, and his wife, Johniyka, welcomed their fourth daughter on the morning of Wednesday, June 20. Little Jasa Azuré weighed in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces. The 30-year-old and his wife are also the proud parents to daughters Jasionna, Jalayah and Jaida.

Katie Price and Peter Andre named their June-born daughter Princess Tiaamii ("tee-ah-me"). The name is a combination of her two grandmother’s names; Thea after Peter’s mom and Amy after Katie’s mom. Katie said,

We’ve put an accent over the first ’a’ to make it a bit more exotic and two ’i’s at the end just to make it look a bit different. We love it because it’s unique, plus it means something special to us.

Peter added,

Katie always loved the name Princess but everyone thought it was a bit over the top. I loved it too but I wanted to name her after both our mums and then I just woke up one morning and thought ’I know! We’ll just put them together!’. If people don’t like it, that’s up to them. We’re really happy and proud.

Bruce Bowen — a guard for the San Antonio Spurs — became a father for the second time in June, when wife Yardley Bowen gave birth to the couple’s second son, 6 lb, 11 oz. Ozmel at 9:19 a.m.

Kornjondeven2Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, 36, welcomed his third son on Saturday, April 28th. His wife, former adult film star Deven, gave birth by c-section to Zeppelin, who joins big brothers Pirate, 2, and Nathan, 11.

Designer Lucy Sykes Rellie and her husband Euan Rellie are the proud parents of a second son, born on Wednesday, March 21st. Titus Jasper Jake Icarus, who weighed in at 9 lbs, 3 oz, was born at 8:25 p.m. and joins big brother Heathcliff (Heathie), 3 1/2. The baby is another new addition for the Sykes family — Lucy’s twin, author Plum Sykes, welcomed daughter Ursula in October.

Celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino and his MAC makeup executive fiancee Jenne Lombardo are parents again after welcoming son Bowie Vincent in New York City back on Monday, March 5th. Bowie weighed in at 7 lbs, 9 oz and was 21 inches long. He joins big sister Roxie J’Amie, 17 months.

SnipesWesley Snipes, 44, is a dad for the fourth time after welcoming son Alimayu Moa-T in March. This is Wesley and his wife, well known Korean painter Nikki Park‘s, third child together. Alimayu joins sisters Iset, 5 1/2, and Jua, as well as brother Jelani Asar, 19. Baby Name Bible co-author Linda Rosencrantz tells us that Alimayu appears to be a rare Swahili name, meaning "God is honored."

Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille and his girlfriend, Shannon Malone have welcomed their first child together, a son. The little boy, who weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz has been named Vallon DeVille Johannesson (this is C.C.’s real last name – his first name is Bruce).

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When she adopted him earlier this year, Angelina Jolie changed her second son’s name from Pham Quang Sang to Pax Thien Jolie.  The name means peaceful sky (Pax is peace in Latin and Thien is sky or heaven in Vietnamese).


SwansonSkating with Celebrities champions Lloyd Eisler, 43, and Kristy Swanson, 37, welcomed their first child together. The baby boy, Magnus Hart Swanson Eisler arrived at 11:36pm and was 7lbs, 11 oz.


Celebrity_1419According to a poster at the ATWT SoapCentral forum, As The World Turns actress Thomas Grandi and his wife, Sara Renner, an Olympic silver medalist, welcomed their first child, 7 pound, 2 ounce daughter Aria on Thursday, February 1st.

Robbie Merrill, bassist for rock band Godsmack, and his wife Heather are new parents after welcoming a daughter, Nianni Chay, on January 18th, weighing in at just under 7 lbs.

Picture_1_2Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon, 53, and his wife Susan, 35, are first time parents after welcoming a son in January. Gable Ness was born in Santa Monica, CA. On his son’s name, Kevin said,

We saw a poster at Kinko’s of Clark Gable.

All My Children‘s Thorsten Kaye, 40, and his longtime partner, former One Life to Live star Susan Haskell, 38, welcomed their second child on Sunday, January 28th. Daughter Marlowe Marann made her debut at 9:38 pm, weighing in at 5 lbs, 8 oz.

Anidifranco_petahnapolitano1_2Ani DiFranco gave birth to a little girl that she named Petah Lucia, who weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz, in her Buffalo home on January 20th.


Annabeth_gish Annabeth Gish, 35, and her husband Wade Allen, a martial arts expert, welcomed their first child, a little boy named Cash Alexander Allen, in January. Annabeth can currently be seen in the Showtime series Brotherhood. Of Cash’s name, Annabeth said,

Alexander means leader of men, which is auspicious. But he doesn’t have to be a leader if he doesn’t want to. And Cash was a name that my husband loved and chose…it’s kind of cowboy-esque. It’s the name that we always liked the most [during pregnancy] but popped a few more names into the ring to have options. We were going to wait to see what he looked like…even though we knew he was going to be Cash.

Scott Stapp

Rocker Scott Stapp and his wife Jaclyn, former Miss New York, welcomed their first child together. Milán Hayat Stapp was born in Miami, FL in January. She weighed  6 lbs 7 oz and was 20 inches long. She joins big brother Jagger, 8, from Scott’s previous marriage.

A press release from the couple detailed why they chose the interesting names they did for their daughter. It says, "Milán has been chosen from Scott’s Cherokee heritage for its definition, which is ‘to have the creativity of God.’ Hayat is from Jaclyn’s Jordanian upbringing and is simply ‘to give life.’ "

For other unusual celebrity baby names from past years, click here.

What is your favorite unusual celebrity baby names from 2007?

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MuffThumb on

Thais is my sister’s name, so that is my fave!

Vicky24c on

I think that the worst celeb baby name I have heard of in a long time was not mentioned (or perhaps I missed it!)

Jathan James!!

Anyone else agree?

maggie on

what about katie pierce´s daughter, princess tiiami, that´s a very unique name

pooky on

Haven’t you forgot about Everly Bear?

Annie-Kate on

My favorites:
Kelson Noel (I also like Elson and Elston which are similar)
Magnus Hart
Aria (This one is very musical and similar to Ariana which is a ‘normal’ name)
Gable (Close to Gabriel which is a ‘normal’ name, very cute with the nickname Gabe which I love!)
Marlowe (I personally like the spelling Marlow- but this one is very cute with Marley/Marla as nicknames)

The ones I dislike the most:
Zealand (The trend of naming after countries can be cute, but personally I dislike ones which end in ‘land’– feels a little tacky)
Ptolemy (he’ll have a lot of trouble with other kids pronouncing it/spelling it until he’s 14 and is a hard one for a nickname)
Jasa Azure (not necessarily a bad name, but too close to the siblings names)
Cash (I personally see Cash as a ‘fad name’ which will grow out of fashion)

Sidenote:
I really like the name ‘Heathcliff’ which is there as a siblings name.
And Melanie Brown’s daughters name Angel isn’t really that unusual. Angel is no.160 in the top American names list.

stephanie on

Why is Angel Iris unusual? I think those two names are pretty common.

Sarah’s note: I think so too, I know a few Angels. I’m not sure why Danielle chose the ones she did though, maybe she’ll post? I’ll add in the suggestions you all have.

Ivey on

You forgot about Ever Gabo, unless I skipped it by accident :)

legemc on

Now Ever Gabo is in there twice! Once under Alabama Gypsyrose and once under Titus Jasper Jake Icarus.

Sarah’s note: I think Danielle asked Angela to add it (and remove Angel) but I was adding the others you guys suggested. I’ll fix, thanks.

Reyes Phile on

Cash is my favorite !!! It sounds stylish.

About Marlowe… I thought this is name for boy. Actress Peta Wilson has son Marlowe Bruno.

pooky on

And what about Everly Bear?

Sarah’s note: What about him…? I added him after you posted your first comment.

amers230 on

while i would never name my own child that, i absolutely love the name Alabama GypsyRose. I think it fits the family perfectly!!!!

J.M. on

I don’t find Alabama or Jagger as odd names. Infact I like them. I personally wouldn’t pick them for my kids but they’re not odd at all.

I like Jersi, because that is actually my nickname that my family gave me as a kid (don’t ask). So it’s kind of cute.

I think the trend for celeb babies to have odd names is the fact that most celebs just happen to be odd, LOL!!

The oddest names by far for me are still Pilot Inspektor, Apple Martin (although over the years it’s growing on me) Moxie Crimefighter (sorry Penn I disagree), and Banjo. I just feel bad for those kids!!

Annoyomus on

I don’t which is my favorite, to be honest!

That said, I have a suggestion: How about adding the quote from Angelina about her mother choosing Pax’s name (well, at least his first name), to the info about his name?

Jaclyn on

I love Marlowe / Marlo as I might use it to honour my grandmother with the maiden name Lowe. I also really like Ever Gabo, Gable, and Plum :)

I personally think to each his / her own when it comes to naming, I tend to think if the parents have the personality to use a different name that there child is more likely to be raised in such a manner that they live up his / her name and create a persona that suits the difference.

Mary on

I was gonna say I like the names Angelina Jolie gave her entire brood, but for just the 2007 year, I’ll say Pax Thien. But under that, add all her kids lol! Although Maddox really isn’t all that unusual. Aria is nice name, too. I actually know a little girl named Aria. And Kimaya Thais is a pretty and unique name as well.

ang on

it’s one thing to want to give ur child a unique name, but it’s important to think about how other people will respond to it when the child is older & hopefully it won’t make them a target in the playground.

Nataleigh on

I like the names Cash, Ptolemy, Ever, Gable, and Story.
However, my faves are always going to be Apple and Suri.

Erika on

My favorite is Everly Bear. Although I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love it because my daughter, who will be 8 soon, is named Everly Demetria. I hate that someone else has it. The odd thing is she is also named after the Everly Brothers. On the way home from the store before she was born we heard a song by them (Dream, Dream, Dream)and my mom suggested it and I loved it.

Renee on

Ang, I have a regular name but I was still targeted in the playground. Kids can be very sweet but they can also be very mean at times. I don’t think it really matters what your kid’s name is.If they find something they don’t like about your child, it won’t matter if their name is Mary or Ever, they will get picked on.

Jamie on

I think that Jersi Grace is such a cute name. i don’t think it is weird at all

lauren on

i like that name harlow maple. i dont know why its just always struck me as an interesting name

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