From Apple to Chicago, celebrities have been naming their children only the most unique names around. For some, the world sees them as extremely cute and undeniably one of a kind. On the other hand, there are just some names that make us wonder: what even defines a “name” anymore?
These 30 celebrities, among many others, have gifted their children with extremely eye-catching names. Where exactly did these names originate from, and what is the story behind some of the most distinctive celebrity baby names? It’s time to dig a little deeper and see just where these superstars derived their baby names from.
Emily Ratajkowski Welcomes Slyvester Apollo Bear
World-renowned supermodel Emily Ratajkowski and her husband Sebastian Bear recently welcomed their baby boy into the world of fame. Although he is cute as can be, his name struck the world as quite interesting. Sylvester Apollo Bear, nicknamed Sly by his parents, has a fascinating meaning behind his name when it is broken down.
Sylvester is a name that is derived from the Latin word silvestris, meaning wild or wooded. Apollo is of Greek origin and essentially means destroyer. Did Emily and Sebastian name their child “wild destroyer?” It seems bizarre, but Sly is the offspring of a celebrity couple striving for uniqueness at the end of the day.
Ed Sheeran and Baby Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran
Next on the list of crazed names is the child of Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn. Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran was welcomed into the world last December. The singer has dropped clues on his social media accounts suggesting the origin of his daughter’s unusual first and middle name.
Sheeran and his wife were seemingly inspired by Lyra Belacqua, one of the main characters in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Ed previously shared his approval of the series, calling them “the best books I’ve ever read.” As for the baby’s middle name, a photo surfaced on social media showing Ed in Antarctica. This led fans to believe that baby Lyra may have been conceived during the couple’s travels.
Elon Musk Shocks the World With X AE A-XII
Arguably the most bizarre in the history of celebrity baby names is the child of Elon Musk and his partner, Grimes. If you even want to pronounce it, baby boy X AE A-XII is as adorable as they get. As for his name, not nearly as cute. The founder of Tesla has shared many photos on social media of his bundle of joy but has left the world wondering exactly where his name sparked from.
Grimes explained to the curious people of the world that “X” stands for the unknown variable, while AE (translated to A.I.) is shorthand for artificial intelligence. These symbols translate to the word “love” in several languages. A-XII was Elon’s contribution to the name, which is the name of their favorite aircraft. All in all, the name is pronounced X Ash A 12.
Nothing is Cuter than Lucky Blue Smith and Gravity Blue Smith
Who is luckier than Lucky Blue Smith? Gravity Blue Smith is the absolute cutest girl and look at her precious smile. Lucky and his ex-girlfriend, Stormi Bree, are proud parents to the baby girl and have split custody of her. The former couple has not revealed why they chose Gravity, but it seems to relate to the fact that both of their families possess out-of-the-box names.
Lucky became a parent at only 19 years old, which is very young in this modern world. He accepted any advice he could get on parenting from his sisters, Pyper America, Starlie Cheyenne, and Daisy Clementine. It is evident that the name game was exciting for Lucky Blue’s parents.
Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf Introduce the World to Pilot Inspektor
You have to be pretty wild to give your child a name like Pilot Inspektor. It seems as though Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf have hit that level of crazy. They have left the world wondering what inspired their son’s utterly unique name. Pilot’s first name came from a Granddaddy song. The opening track goes as follows: “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot.”
Beth came up with the first name Pilot when she heard the song. The couple was amazed by the lyrics, which honestly sounds weird. The middle name Inspektor was inspired by a friend’s younger brother. Overall, Pilot Inspektor reportedly doesn’t mind his name, as he has friends with equally as unique names.
Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim Present Kal-El Coppola Cage
When Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim found out they were expecting a baby boy, choosing a name was not an easy task for the pair. Even after he was born, they just could not seem to find a name that stuck. Oddly enough, Kal-El Coppola Cage wound up being the little tike’s name. How did they land on such a unique name?
Cage explained that his wife, Alice Kim, had a solid desire to gift their child an out-of-the-box name. He initially thought of the name Kyleand, but Kim wanted something even more unusual. Cage thought back to his old Superman comics, and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton. The name Kal-El ticked off all the boxes, as it meant something good and was unique.
Jay-Z, Queen Bey, and Blue Ivy Carter Are a Power Trio
Blue Ivy has not only one superstar parent but two! Jay Z and Queen Bey are proud parents to Blue and a set of twins, Sir and Rumi Carter. The three Carter kids are bound to be successful based on the careers of their multi-million dollar, grammy-winning parents. Blue Ivy is one of the most adorable celebrity baby names and arguably one of the most normal on the list.
Blue’s name seems to have a direct connection to Jay-Z’s recording career. It has been speculated that the name Blue is related to Jay’s three Blueprint albums. In addition, as silly as this may sound, blue is reportedly the couple’s favorite color. Anything flies if you’re Beyonce and Jay.
Natalie Portman and Eldest Son Aleph Share a Beautiful Bond
Natalie Portman and Ben Millepied are definitely one of the best-looking couples in Hollywood, and their kids inherited their good looks. They are proud parents to their son Aleph and their daughter Amalia. The Israeli-born actress has a net worth of close to $90 million, so her children are set for life.
Aleph, pictured above, was born in 2011 and is the couple’s eldest child. His name is derived from the Hebrew alphabet, which touches on Portman’s Israeli roots. Although it is not a classic name in Hebrew, it possesses a much deeper and more inspirational meaning. Portman revealed that the name Aleph has a mystical and symbolic meaning of strength.
Cardi B and Offset Wow the World With Kulture Kiari
As you can see, Kulture Kiari is just as extravagant as her mother, showing off her oversized bow and diamond earrings to the world. Cardi B and Offset welcomed their baby girl into the world a few years ago, and of course, she is a natural-born rapper. Kulture is Cardi’s first child and the Migos star’s fourth, as he had three children from previous relationships.
Kulture’s name is definitely unique, but it holds a meaningful nod to Offset’s roots and discography. The world has coined her a daddy’s girl just by looking at her name. Firstly, the name Kulture was inspired by Migos’ two latest albums, Culture and Culture II. Kiari Kendrell Cephus is actually Offset’s legal name, so the baby girl is named after her daddy. Cardi revealed that Offset named Kulture, and she went along with it because she really liked the name.
The MCs: Mariah, Moroccan, and Monroe
Not one, not two, but three MCs. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon welcomed twins into the world not long ago. The twins, Moroccan and Monroe, are cute as can be, despite their bizarre names. Mariah revealed that she was set on giving her children the same initials as herself, basically making the three MCs triplets, as depicted by their matching outfits in the photo.
Monroe is named after none other than Marilyn Monroe herself. Carey credits Marilyn for strongly influencing her career. Monroe takes after her mother and does not have a middle name. On the other hand, Moroccan Scott was named after a Moroccan-themed room in Carey’s New York City apartment where Nick Cannon proposed to her. Scott is Cannon’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Picked a Good Apple
Pictured below is none other than the famous Apple, child of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. When people think of the craziest celebrity baby names, Apple is the first one that comes to mind. Apple is absolutely gorgeous and her mother’s twin in terms of good looks. However, her name is quite bizarre; if anyone can rock it, it is her!
Gwyneth Paltrow commonly gets questioned about where she and Chris Martin came up with a name as distinct as Apple. Paltrow first revealed the reasoning behind her daughter’s name in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey. She explained that Apple’s dad, Chris Martin, came up with the name when they first got pregnant. Paltrow instantly agreed to the name Apple, adding that it sounded so sweet.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Could Not Love Suri More
Katie Holmes and her mini-me look adorable in their matching cream sweaters. Suri Cruise, daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, was born quietly in Los Angeles after rumors swirled about whether the ex-couple was expecting a baby. The proud parents shared the origins of Suri’s unusual name with the world following her birth.
Suri is Persian for “red rose,” and the meaning behind her name proves that it is incredibly beautiful. However, the couple did fail to mention that Suri also means “pickpocket” in Japanese and “horse mackerels” in Italian. After this information was released, the world was left stumped, wondering if they made a mistake when picking her name.
The West’s Present: North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm
The most iconic family keeps growing. Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West now have four children, all with equally unique names. North, their eldest daughter, gained her reputation after the world joked about naming her after a direction to flow with her last name. Not to be confused with the direction, North West is just as stylish as her mother and sassy like her father. Next up is Saint West, named after the fact that his birth was a miracle for Kim.
The two youngest of the group are Chicago and Psalm, respectively, and they were both born via a surrogate. Chi’s name stemmed from the fact that Chicago is Kanye’s place of birth and where he started his career. Baby Psalm was originally going to be named Ye, Kanye’s nickname, but the couple strived for a more biblical name.
There Are Two Superheros In Town: Robert Downey Jr. and His Son Exton Elias Downey
There is nothing cuter than Iron Man holding hands with a mini Spiderman. It is evident that the superpower gene runs in the family. Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey were thrilled to welcome their first child together, Exton Elias Downey. When the couple released Exton’s unique name, the world wondered if it was a nod to a specific place, as there are Exton’s all over the map. After all, Downey did name his first child Indio after the California city.
Robert Downey Jr. later revealed that a family member inspired Exton’s name. Susan Downey had a great uncle who changed his name to include the middle name Exton after realizing that he did not have a middle name. It is a bizarre concept that he chose his own middle name in fourth grade, but it seemed to work in Robert and Susan’s favor, as it became their child’s name.
Sting and Fuchsia Summer Smile Together
Although it is unclear where Fuchsia’s name stemmed from, there is no explanation needed if you’re the daughter of Sting. Fuchsia Summer is one of Sting’s six children, but she inherited her mother’s artistic skills and became an actress, unlike her brother Joe. Like her mother, Frances Tomelty, Fuchsia landed significant roles in movies, such as “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Billionaire Boys Club.”
Aside from acting, Fuchsia is involved in writing and producing. She is recognized by many for her wide range of talents that come from both her mother and father. Sting’s daughter has also gained attention for her sense of fashion and noticeable beauty. She was listed as People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful.”
Reese Witherspoon and Her Mini-me, Tennessee
Reese Witherspoon’s “mini-me” is none other than her son Tennessee. He is the youngest of Witherspoon’s children and is her only child from her second marriage to Jim Toth. Although she never explicitly stated the reasoning behind Tennessee’s wild name, fans have speculated several reasons for its origin.
For starters, Witherspoon was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. The former is the obvious answer, but people have also discovered that it could be a nod to playwright Tennessee Williams. No matter how crazy his name is, he’s the cutest kid in town and will always be the baby of the family.
Diplo Welcomes Lazer Lee Louis Pentz
Ex-lovers Diplo and Kathryn Lockhart had two children during their relationship. Their first child, Lockett, was joined by his younger brother, who possesses a weirder name than he does. Lazer Lee Louis Pentz is the DJ and producer’s youngest son, and his name seems to have a significant meaning to Diplo.
The name Lazer is a homage to Diplo’s side-project titled “Major Lazer.” Around the time Lazer was born, Diplo got into an internet feud with Taylor Swift and Lorde. After breaking up with Lockhart, Diplo moved on to date Katy Perry. Diplo and Taylor’s feud was based on Taylor bad-mouthing Perry in her song “Bad Blood.”
Move Aside Kylie and Travis – Stormi Is Here
The world has come to the agreement that Stormi Webster is, in fact, the cutest baby. No matter what she’s doing, every time Kylie posts on social media with her baby girl, everybody goes nuts. Not only does everybody love Stormi, but they also want to be her too. As the only child of billionaire mom Kylie Jenner and rap star dad Travis Scott, Stormi has it all.
Stormi is the proud owner of one of the most adorable celeb baby names. Kylie revealed that she would call her Stormi when she was in her belly when she was pregnant. Jenner said that the name always felt right, and although she had other names in mind when Stormi was born, she chose her own name.
Kate Hudson Has a Mommy’s girl – Bingham Hawn
Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy chose their baby girl’s name based on the significance it has within both of their families. Bingham, the beautiful baby girl, pictured below, is named after Kate’s mother, as it is her maiden name. The actress considers Kurt Russel her dad, even though her biological father is Bill Hudson.
Kurt Russel has been Goldie Hawn’s partner for decades, although they never got married. The baby girl’s full name is Bingham Hawn. It pays homage to two of the most influential figures in Hudson’s life growing up. Hudson was excited to finally have a daughter, as she already had a son with her ex-husband.
Usher and Sovereign Bo Are Best Friends
Do you see the way Usher looks at his baby girl? Have you ever witnessed a cuter sight? Sovereign Bo is Usher’s third child, but she is the first with his girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea. The pair have another child on the way, but it is time to focus on how Sovereign gained her unique name.
Usher and Jenn settled on the name because they think sovereign is a beautiful word. It ultimately means supreme ruler, and little Sovereign is the ruler of the household. The word Bo at the end of her name has gifted her with the cutest nickname of all time. Usher revealed that he and Jenn call her their “little reign-bo.”
Tuulikki Joan is Elsa Hosk’s Little Angel
Elsa Hosk doubles as a supermodel and a supermom. The Victoria’s Secret Angel recently gave birth to her beautiful baby girl with a bizarre name. Hosk and her boyfriend Tom Daly chose the name Tuulikki Joan for their daughter. The Finnish name is Elsa’s mother’s middle name and pays tribute to her heritage.
Tuulikki means “little wind” and is also the name of a forest goddess. Following her pregnancy, Elsa has openly spoken about how she is proud of her new body, and she is not expecting to get back down to a size zero soon. She declared that she is appreciative of her new curves, and her postpartum body is something she is grateful for.
Khloe Kardashian and True Thompson Make Us Believe In Miracles
After trying to get pregnant for years, Khloe Kardashian finally gave birth to baby girl True. Khloe and Tristian Thompson, although they are not together, share a deep love for their amazing miracle. Khloe revealed that her grandmother, MJ, was the one who suggested the name True. The name itself has a great amount of sentimental meaning to the Kardashian family.
True was the name of Khloe’s great grandfather and the middle name of her grandfather. True was the only name that resonated with Khloe during her entire pregnancy, and it was the only name that she couldn’t get out of her head. Many people speculated that the name True stemmed from Tristian coming clean about his cheating scandal and telling Khloe the truth. It makes perfect sense, but this is not the case.
Romee Strijd and Mint Van Leeuwen Are Making Our Hearts Melt
Recently, the Victoria’s Secret Angels have been soaring on social media with the arrival announcements of their new babies. Romee Strijd has contributed to the new generation of baby angels with her daughter, Mint Van Leeuwen. Mint is a gender-neutral name of Latin descent. Although it is different, it is definitely cute!
When announcing her pregnancy to the world, Romee and her husband, Laurens Van Leeuwen, opened up about their struggle to conceive due to PCOS. Romee revealed that she was devastated when she discovered she had PCOS because having a child with Laurens was her most prominent dream. Romee began to research the disorder and changed her lifestyle to have a higher chance of becoming pregnant. Mint will always be their miracle.
Brie Bella, Daniel Bryan, Birdie Joe, and Buddy Dessert are Four Peas In a Pod
Pictured below is Brie Bella along with her husband Daniel Bryan and their daughter Birdie Joe. Even stranger than the name Birdie is her baby brother’s name (in Brie’s belly here), Buddy Dessert. Brie, Birdie, and Buddy are three B’s in a pod, and the meaning behind the kid’s names is quite adorable.
Buddy Dessert was named after his late grandfather. Brie shared that Daniel’s dad always dreamed of having a grandson but was not alive to meet him, so they thought there was no better way to honor him than to use his name. His middle name, Dessert, came from Brie’s side of the family, specifically her grandmother. Her maiden name is Dessert, but it is pronounced “desert.” After knowing the pronunciation, his name is not as weird as it looks.
Iggy Azalea and Onyx Shine Bright
The only thing stranger than Iggy Azalea’s name is the name of her son. Onyx is the child of Iggy and Playboi Carti, although Azalea revealed that she is raising her son alone. Her birth name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, so she named her son Onyx as a homage to her real name. Amethyst and Onyx are both types of quartz.
Fans have commented on Azalea’s social media pages that her name goes super well with her son’s name. She responded by saying, “we besties forever.” Iggy waited a while to share the news of her son’s birth with the world, as she was highly anxious about letting everyone in on the private details of her life.
There is No Name More Perfect for Usain Bolt’s Child Than Olympia Lightning Bolt
Usain Bolt and his girlfriend Kasi Bennett really could not have chosen a more fitting name for their firstborn girl. There is no name as perfect as Olympia Lightning Bolt for the child of an eight-time Olympic gold medalist whose specialty happens to be sprinting. Usain is pretty positive that his children will follow in his footsteps (literally) and become sprinters themselves.
It was revealed that if the couple had a boy that Usain would pick the first name, but if they had a girl, Kasi would pick it. Well, it turns out they had a girl, and Kasi decided a perfect name for her. They came up with her middle name, Lightning, as a joint effort. It seems to play on Usain’s last name, as his newest child is named Thunder.
Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel Went on a Journey With Atlas Noa Babel
Now, look at this beautiful family. Shay Mitchell and her boyfriend Matte Babel welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world: Atlas Noa Babel. Mitchell endured a long and intense 33 hours of labor before she was able to hold Atlas in her arms. Atlas’ name was inspired both by her journey through pregnancy and her journey through life.
The name Atlas actually means a collection of maps and is a nod to the multiple international travels that Mitchell consistently documents on social media. Mitchell owns a travel accessories line called Beis, so clearly, she is a fan of exploring the world. The only thing that the couple loves more than traveling is their baby girl Atlas Noa.
Amber Rose and Alexander Edwards Left Us Shook With Baby Name Slash Electric
Prepare yourself for the most aggressive baby name on the list. Imagine holding your child in your arms for the first time and saying, “he looks like he could be named Slash Electric.” Amber Rose and her baby daddy Alexander Edwards seemed to have thought that Slash Electric was a perfect fit for the baby boy.
Slash gained his name from the iconic Guns N’ Roses guitarist and his famous instrument. The group’s lead guitarist had the stage name “Slash,” and he played an electric guitar that wowed every audience. For Rose and Edwards, their baby was a natural-born rockstar at first sight. Slash Electric possesses one of the unique celebrity baby names in the books, but we’re sure he can rock it.
Music Inspired Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s Son to be Named Axl Jack
It seems as though the band Guns N’ Roses inspired multiple celebrities’ baby names. Axl Jack, son of Fergie and her ex-husband Josh Duhamel, was named after the lead vocalist of the group, Axl Rose. Fergie revealed that she chose her son’s name when he woke her up from a dream by kicking her for the first time in her belly.
The couple considered other names that paid tribute to music icons, such as Marley for Bob Marley or Morrison for Jim Morrison, but the name Axl stuck for Fergie and Duhamel. Fergie described the name Axl Jack as “very strong.” Fergie revealed that baby Axl lives up to his name; the second he was born via c-section, he began screaming and crying like he was performing.