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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Parents: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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)
Celebrity baby names | Owen Wilson and Jade Duell | Ford Wilson
They “just liked the name. Thought it was a good name, a very American-sounding name, and I don’t know a lot of kids named Ford so it seemed kind of original,” he told E!  (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Celebrity baby names | Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard | Lincoln Bell Shepard
Bell revealed on “Ellen” that Lincoln has “always been Dax’s favorite name,” and it’s likely because he has a prized 1967 Lincoln Continental, not for their love of the 16th U.S. president. Shepard chose the girl’s name because “he is substantially bigger than I am, so I lost,” she said. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | Beyonce and Jay Z | Blue Ivy Carter
The music moguls haven’t offered a direct explanation for Blue Ivy, but Bey posted a limerick about water on her website that hinted at the inspiration. Iv comes from of the number 4 -- or IV. Bey and Jay Z were born on the 4th of their respective birth months and they married on April 4, 2008.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella | Rainbow Aurora Rotella
The Playboy model explained the colorful name like this: “I wanted to give my daughter a unique name,” Madison said. “Growing up, there was a girl in my school named Rainbow and I was so envious of that name. I thought it was so pretty and unique!” Anyone else craving some exotic pasta now? (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Parents: Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson

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)
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Parents: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

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)
Celebrity baby names | Bob Geldof and Paula Yates | Peaches, Fifi Trixibelle and Pixie
The musician chose unlikely names for all his children. Here’s the rundown... Peaches Honeyblossom: Fruit, but not totally uncommon. Fifi Trixibelle: She got her first name from Geldof’s aunt; the latter is from Yates, because she wanted a belle in the family. Pixie: Perhaps they liked fairies? (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz | Bronx Mowgli Wentz
Per Wentz: “‘The Jungle Book’ is something me and Ashlee bonded over. It’s really cool... I feel weird, because all these people have all these ideas on what [Mowgli] means. I don’t think anyone knows the real story of why or how.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | George Foreman | George Foreman Jr., III, IV, V, VI and more...
The retired boxer has 12 kids, and though they have traditional names, it seems that he may have been confused by the whole Roman numeral thing, or at least thought repurposing it was a better approach. He has five sons, all named George Jr. through VI. Thankfully, they go by nicknames. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
Jermaine Jackson (C) and his sons Jermajesty Jackson and Jaafar Jackson
Parents: Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza

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)
Celebrity baby names | Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten | Moxie Crimefighter and Zolten Penn
Jillette told People that his daughter’s name “Moxie” is “a purely American word. His wife believes “middle names are stupid” so “Crimefighter” is “just a joke.” As for Zolten, it’s a common name in Hungary and his wife’s maiden name. (Marius Brugge)
Celebrity baby names | Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt | The Jolie-Pitt brood...
Maddox comes from the Celtic name meaning “son of Madoc” and has a Welsh root meaning fortunate. It started the “X” trend for the boys too. Jolie adopted Zahara from Ethiopia, had Shiloh in Namibia, adopted Pax from Vietnam and gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne. Is that all of them?!  (Toru Yamanaka / AFP / Getty Images)
Celebrity baby names | Byran Adams and Alicia Grimaldi | Mirabella Bunny and Lula RosyLea
Adams’ quirky names decoded: "[Mirabella Bunny] arrived like all good Easter bunnies on Easter Friday,” he told People. “Lula RosyLea decided to arrive at tea time. RosyLea is cockney rhyming slang in London for ‘cup of tea’ and the name Lula comes from Gene Vincent’s song ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula.’” (Patrik Stollarz / AFP / Getty Images)
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki
Parents: Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki

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)
Celebrity baby names | Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes | Suri Cruise
The onetime power couple named their daughter Suri, which is a play on the name Sarah that originates from the Hebrew word meaning “princess” or “red rose” in Persian. They never explained the meaning behind the moniker.  (James Devaney / WireImage)
Celebrity baby names | Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson | Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson
Uma Thurman had her baby girl in April 2012 and in October, the baby’s name was announced. It might have taken that long to spell out the whole darn thing. She’s “better known to family and friends as Luna,” Thurman’s rep said. What does it all mean? Mom and Dad aren’t telling.  (Mike Coppola / Getty Images)
Celebrity baby names | Frank Zappa (cont’d) | Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan: Ahmet has Turkish origins and means “worthy of praise.” Rodan is a fictional 1950s monster. Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen: She got Diva “because of the loud quality of her voice. She’s audible at 300 yards,” he said. And the rest? We’re just as puzzled as you are.  (Los Angeles Times)
Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim
Parents: Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim

Perhaps he thought his kid was super because Cage named his son after Superman’s Kryptonian name, Kal-El.  (Neilson Barnard, Getty Images)
Celebrity baby names | Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf | Pilot Inspektor
The unusual name was inspired by the Grandaddy’s song “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot.” “The opening track ... absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it,” Lee said. “It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son.” (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin | Apple Blythe Alison and Moses Bruce Anthony Martin
Apple is a “biblical” and “wholesome” name that sounded “so sweet” and conjured up “a lovely picture,” Paltrow said. Blythe and Alison honor the names of Paltrow’s grandmothers. Moses is named after a song Martin wrote for Paltrow and it’s her father’s Hebrew name. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Celebrity baby names | Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith | Jaden and Willow Smith
OK, these names are actually kind of clever. Their son Jaden’s name is a play on his mother Jada’s name. And their daughter Willow’s name is play on the blockbuster actor’s name. Get it? (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
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