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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Celebrity baby names

We all know that celebs have been giving their kids ridiculous names for years. Frank Zappa was one of the first celebs to give his children wacky names. His kids are Diva, Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Ahmet. Ahmet is actually a real name. It's the Turkish form of Ahmad. I bet he feels lucky. Bob Geldof and Paul Yates named their kids Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa(That's one child), Fifi Trixiebelle and Pixie. Paula also had a daughter with Michael Hutchence named Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. John Mellencamp and his wife, Elaine have two sons named Hud and Speck. John alson has two daughters from a previous marriage named Teddi Jo and Justice. This trend is still going strong today. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have a daughter named Apple. Nicolas Cage has a son named Kal-El. Pete and Ashlee Wentz have a son named Bronx Mowgli. I could go on forever.. The interesting/sad thing is that non-celeb parents are influenced by celebrity baby naming trends and the celebrity world in general. The name Miley was never on the baby name charts until 2007 when it broke onto the charts at #278 out around 1,000 names. It will be fun to see how this name does for 2008 when the naming stats are released some time in May. Miley's actual birth name was Destiny Hope. I say was because she legally changed it to Miley Ray Cyrus last year. Miley came from a nickname her father called her. (Smiley) It got shortened to Miley and the name stuck. I can't imagine naming my child after some other child's nickname. What is wrong with people? Don't these parents realize how embarrassed their daughters are going to be in the future when they realized they were named for a teen Disney star? It wouldn't be a bad thing if it was a common name like an Ella or Penelope. One of the problems with names like these is that they date the child to one time period. Everyone knows how old a woman named Shirley likely is. The same thing will happen to all the little girls named Miley when they get older. They will be stuck with a ridiculous fad name. It's like being forced to wear the same hairstyle or trend for your entire life. Can you picture yourself wearing skinny jeans for life?

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