When the pregnant reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian appeared on the “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in March 2013, the fashionista laughed off reports that her “Yeezus” rapper beau really wanted to name their baby “North.” She said it was out of the question and instead joked that she was fond of the name “Easton.” Get it? As in, “Easton West.” But soon after the baby girl’s premature birth on June 15, 2013, the child’s birth certificate revealed that her name was indeed North. Her nickname is said to be Nori, the Japanese word for seaweed. Most reports indicated that they would be giving the baby girl a name that began with a K and others joked that she would be named Knorth.
Perhaps her favorite film will be Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller “North by Northwest.” Not very subtle, we know, but hey, subtlety has never been this power couple’s strong suit. (Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images)
The singer and football player’s baby girl bears a typically double masculine name. Maxwell is Johnson’s middle name and his grandmother’s surname and the child’s middle name comes from Simpson’s maternal grandmother Tina, whose maiden name is Drew. Got that? But she’ll be called Maxi for short. (Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images)
Previously known as #dembabies, son Moroccan is named after the top tier of Carey’s New York City apartment, called the Moroccan Room, while her daughter is named after Marilyn Monroe. Morrocan has Nick’s middle name, Scott, while Monroe will go without since her mama doesn’t have a middle name. But you can just call them “Roc and Roe.” (Christopher Polk, Getty Images For Nickelodeon)
Delusions of royalty must have run in the family and Jermajesty is just the tip of the Jackson family baby-naming iceberg. Apparently, Jackson has three children with Oaziaza, who also has three children with Randy Jackson, Jackson’s younger brother (but that’s another story). Jackson has eight kids in all, but the three with standout names come from his relationship with Oaziaza: Donte Randall (adopted), Jaafar Jeremiah and Jermajesty. Need we say more? (Angela Weiss / Getty Images for Omega Watches)
The child of the “Clueless” actress and her rocker husband received his name as the result of a compromise and a suggestion by her mother-in-law. “We had narrowed our list to five boy names, and then we couldn’t really decide,” she told Us Weekly. “He suggested Bear or Blu, and I loved them both.” (Michael Buckner, Getty Images for Conde Nast Medi)
Perhaps he thought his kid was super because Cage named his son after Superman’s Kryptonian name, Kal-El. (Neilson Barnard, Getty Images)
Holly Madison is engaged, and she has a gargantuan ring that says so.
Madison, 31, one of Playboy editor Hugh Hefner’s many ex-girlfriends, who had their relationship chronicled in the E! reality show “The Girls Next Door,” announced the big news on her blog late Monday.
“I got engaged on Sunday!” Madison wrote. “My fiancé was so wonderful in creating such a romantic night!”
Pasquale Rotella proposed to her Sunday while riding the Ferris wheel at Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival. Pasquale is a party promoter and founder of the annual rave.
“I was so happy that so many of our close friends were there to share the wonderful moment with us!” she added. “We rode around the festival on the art car until the sun came up! I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful or magical proposal!”
The couple, dating since 2011, is currently based in Las Vegas where Madison worked in the topless burlesque “Peep Show.” They are already parents to baby girl Rainbow Aurora Rotella, whom they welcomed last March. The pair said they had planned to get married over the summer, and Madison recently told E! News that she already had a venue in mind.
“I have a secret place for the wedding picked out and it’s a place that no one has been married before,” she said.
This will be the first marriage for the Playboy cover girl, who has previously been romantically linked to illusionist Criss Angel and musician Jack Barakat.
And in the manner of all things sparkly, studded and excessive that only come by way of Sin City, her ring features an 18-carat, cushion-cut yellow diamond that is surrounded by pink and yellow diamond flowers. It was designed by Rotella along with celebrity jewelers Layna & Alan Friedman of Beverly Hills.
“My fiancé designed it himself,” she said, “because I told him that’s what would make it most special.”
The sparkler incorporates a bit of personal whimsy as well. (P.S. She was wearing a butterfly costume dress when Rotella proposed, and her daughter is named after a meteorological phenomenon.)
“Because we love owls, there is a hidden owl engraved on the rose gold in between two of the flowers,” she said. “The band is art nouveau-inspired, to go with the flowers.”
In May, Madison told People that she was planning to have more kids and that she and her fiancé would like “a huge family, like a Kardashian-sized family.”
Perhaps “Holly’s World” is ready for that, but the rest of the the world might not be.
[For the record, 9:55 a.m. June 26: This post originally said the ring was designed by Allen Schwartz. The designers were Layna & Alan Friedman.]
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