5 Unusual Celebrity Baby Names from 2016

Will you name your baby like a celebrity?

You have to hand it to the rich and famous: They’re certainly creative when it comes to their children’s names. Apple, Audio, Denim, Future and Tu are all different, to say the least. At this point, it’s almost expected that a famous mother will give her little one a silly name, and celebrity baby names have practically become their own genre. As soon as a mom announces her pregnancy, one of the first things gossip magazines and daytime talk shows speculate about is what crazy name she’ll give her child.

Do celebrities give weird names on purpose?

Every expecting mother knows how significant the process of choosing a name is, and celebrities are no exception. In fact, one could argue the pressure on them is even greater. Their consistent media presence means that, at some point, their child will be mentioned as well. Better to have an impactful name than one everyone will forget.

Unfortunately, celebrities too often create a problem for themselves. They choose a name they think is normal yet unique, and soon, parents across the country are giving their newborns the same monikers. As The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, Penelope felt like a retro name when Tina Fey and Kourtney Kardashian gave it to their kids. Because of the two of them, however, the name is now so popular that it’s lost its uniqueness. Perhaps that’s why some celebrities go the extreme route and name their children things like Zuma Nesta Rock (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s baby) and Moxie Crimefighter (of the Penn Jillette family).

Regardless of the deeper reasoning, sometimes these baby names just give us all a chuckle. Here are five amusing monikers from the celebrity babies of 2016:

A newborn baby sleeping in a vintage crate with a furry blanket.The celebrity babies of 2016 may have silly names, but their parents gave the same care and consideration you give your child.

1. Odin Reign Carter (born to Lauren and Nick Carter)

This little Norse-god-in-training was born April 19, 2016, after a 30-hour labor. Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame didn’t reveal the name at first, only telling Entertainment Tonight that it was “very strong.” That statement certainly can’t be denied – naming your child after the father of Thor is powerful indeed.

2. Boomer Robert Phelps (born to Nicole Johnson and Michael Phelps)

Future swimmer Boomer was born the evening of May 5, 2016. As Sports Illustrated reported, his gold-medalist father announced the meaning of the name on a Facebook video. Soon after he was born, Phelps explained that he and his wife wanted a name that was both different and cool. The name “Boomer Robert” was chosen specifically to honor Phelps’ grandmother, Roberta, and his coach, Bob Bowman.

3. Dusty Rose (born to Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine)

“Ellen DeGeneres got to name Adam Levine’s daughter.”

Imagine being able to say that beloved television host Ellen DeGeneres named your daughter. That’s exactly what Adam Levine proclaimed during his appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” six weeks after his daughter, Dusty Rose, was born on August 9, 2016. DeGeneres had sent several options Levine’s way via text message, and Dusty was among them. He instantly loved it, but Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, Dusty’s mother and Levine’s wife, needed a little more convincing.

4. Greyson Valor Mathews (born to Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Roger Mathews)

Baby Greyson was born May 5, 2016, after a difficult pregnancy. His mother, famous for her role on the MTV’s “The Jersey Shore,” told OKMagazine.com that carrying her first child had been much easier.

“Pregnancy is horrible,” she told the online magazine. “Obviously I’m going to have a beautiful son at the end of it … but I have no strength and no energy.”

Carrying Greyson wasn’t the only difference between the two pregnancies. Farley also noted that coming up with a name was much harder the second time around.

5. Dream Renee Kardashian (born to Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian)

While many claimed Blac Chyna was purposefully insulting Rob Kardashian by not choosing a name that starts with a “K,” the real story behind Dream’s name is much more heartwarming. According to Us Weekly, a source close to Chyna revealed that the name Dream was actually Rob’s favorite suggestion.

“Dream was Rob’s favorite name because it was always his dream to have a baby,” the source said.

Dream’s middle name was taken from her mother, as Black Chyna was born Angela Renee White. She gave birth to her daughter November 10, 2016.

What will you name your baby?

Whether you go the celebrity route or choose something a little more down to earth, there’s no denying that deciding on your baby’s name will be a fantastic experience. If you need a little help, check out this list of baby name tips or these sources of inspiration.

About Autumn Green

Autumn Green is an artist-turned-writer who traded the sweet tea of the south for the deep dish pizza of Chicago. Her favorite subjects include art, culture, design, small business/entrepreneurship and healthful living.
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