Celebrity Baby Names: How Bizarre Did They Get in 2012?
A friend and I were recently discussing the latest celebrity gossip:
“Did you hear that Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy named their son Cyrus. I don’t like it. The name makes me think of a fat Jonah Hill.” (He starred in a movie called “Cyrus.”)
“I think Cyrus Dancy sounds weird. Too many C and Y sounds.”
We’re so judgmental.
Regardless, there must be an unspoken rule in Hollywood that celebrity babies need super unique names. Otherwise, why would Claire and Hugh choose such an old-fashioned moniker? According to the Social Security Administration, Cyrus has been the 500th most popular name in America (give or take a couple spots) for the past 12 years.
OK, I’ll relent. Cyrus isn’t a terribly bizarre name; it’s just very traditional (nameberry.com says it peaked back in the 1880s). As a mom, I can appreciate a parent’s desire for their child to not be the 7th Sophia or 4th Jacob in their kindergarten class. What I can’t understand is why celebrities choose such outlandish baby names like Bear Blu (son of Alicia Silverstone), Draco (son of Danica McKellar), or Taelyn (daughter of Chyler Leigh). Did they crack under the pressure to make sure their child’s name stood out in La-La Land?
Unfortunately, this growing trend of “the-more-unique-the-better” baby names is expanding beyond Hollywood and across the country. In my time spent at toddler gymnastics and music classes, my son and I have met some very unusually named children like Cannon, Kyler, and Kooper. Kooper-with-a-K was named after his mom’s maiden name (Cooper), a practice that seems to be gaining popularity.
Then there was a little girl with “Jadelyn” written on her nametag, a mish-mash of Jade and Lynn. Would you pronounce Jadelyn with three syllables like Madeline/Madelyn (“Jade-a-lyn”) or with two syllables (“Jade-lyn”)? “Jade-a-lyn” is not a real name (according to nameberry.com), but if her parents wanted to call her “Jade-lyn,” why not just name her Jade Lynn? I’m so confused!
When it comes to naming babies, I understand why a parent, celebrity or non-celebrity, would shy away from a Top 10 name. But what I’ll never wrap my head around is giving a baby a random word or made-up name combination for a moniker just for the sake of being unique.