Celebrity baby names
There’s no doubt that celebrities have a huge influence on everyone else. Baby names are no exception—just look at Ava, revived by Reese Witherspoon and Heather Locklear way back in the late 1990s, or Liam, adopted by Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford more than a decade before the name reached the U.S. top 10 for boys. Then there are the names no one is going to copy, from Holly Madison’s airy fairy daughter Rainbow Aurora to Nic Cage’s otherworldly son Kal-El (for Superman’s birthname on the planet Krypton). This year, at least 10 celebrity infants received names that definitely stray over that fine line between unusual and just plain wacky.
Rumi and Sir
These high-profile twin baby names win our vote for two of the year’s wackiest, but then, with their first child named Blue Ivy, Jay-Z and Beyonce did have a lot to live up to. (Or down, depending on how you look at it.)
The power hip-hop couple named their daughter Rumi after the sublime 13th-century Persian poet, who penned some of their favorite verses. Too bad it sounds so much like “rheum,” meaning “phlegm,” like the beginning of rheumatism or rheumatic fever.
Now, for Sir: Though he’ll definitely get the honorific Sir, there’s the irresistibly hilarious “Sir, sir” to contend with, and he’ll never get away from the built-in personal theme song, “To Sir With Love.” By contrast, here are some unusual baby names we love.