Having a baby takes a ton of planning and preparation, but deciding what to call your bundle of joy can take the whole nine months (or more!). When choosing a name for our son, my husband and I made a short list of names we loved, but we didn't make a final decision until he was born. We wanted to meet the little soul first and make sure the name we picked matched the person—it is a lifetime commitment, after all. As parents of a crystal child, we chose a name that most traditionalists might deem "unusual," but it seems we're not alone.
Modern parents are bucking the trend and steering away from the classic names of our parents' generation for unique baby names. Celebrities have certainly paved the way for choosing rare and individual names for their newborns. Scroll down for some of the most unusual monikers celebrities have chosen.
Sunday Rose Urban
Choosing a day of the week might seem like a strange choice until you hear the beautiful meaning behind it. The eldest daughter of Australian actress Nicole Kidman and country musician Keith Urban was named after early 20th-century muse Sunday Reed, wife of artist John Reed. Kidman's father Antony told The Daily Telegraph that he and his wife suggested it.
"I have read a bit about Sunday Reed and her husband John; she was a key mover and shaker in the arts around the beginning of the century. The name Sunday struck me as being a nice name for a woman, so my wife and I mentioned it."
But the name has a sentimental meaning for Urban. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he said, "Particularly when you don't have someone in your life... in my experience, Sunday was the loneliest day. It went from being sort of the most dreaded day of the week for us to being the most joyous day, because we just had a family."
Briar Rose Christensen
Actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson's daughter's name is a Disney reference. In an interview on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Christensen said, "The original Sleeping Beauty was called Briar Rose. We both love all things Disney, but Rachel especially was very keen on the name."
Sunday Molly Myers
He plays the funny guy on screen, but it seems this also plays out in real life. When David Letterman asked Mike Myers how he and wife Kelly Tisdale picked out a name for their daughter, the Shrek star said, "Me and my wife, Kelly, hate Sundays—I'm not even kidding—and we wanted to turn it around and make it a good thing."
River Rose Blackstock
When Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock found out they were having a baby girl, gender didn't dictate the name they picked. Clarkson told People, “We were going back and forth on what to name her, and I like androgynous names.”
Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale
While we're not sure where the first part of the name comes from, we do know the origin of the two middle names, thanks to a tweet from his father, musician and producer Gavin Rossdale: “@gwenstefani welcome Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale 2/28/14 (bowie and Flynn = mothers’ maiden names)." The stylish couple are also proud parents to two more boys with colorful names, Kingston and Zuma.
Summer Rain Rutler
When Christina Aguilera was picking out a name with fiancé and film producer Matt Rutler, she had Sophia and Emma in mind, but decided on something different. “Summer is a time of spreading warmth and light, while rain washes away, replenishes, and brings new life to allow growth and new beginnings,” she told People.
Saint Lazslo Wentz
When Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and model Meagan Camper chose a name for their son, they wanted it to indicate his personality, too. “I think at some point, the name Saint came up because we thought he’d be a saint if he waited to arrive until his dad was home from tour, and he did,” the couple told People. “The name suits him.”
Bodhi Ransom Green
It seems this Buddhism-inspired name is popular in Hollywood. Both Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green named their son Bodhi, as did Australian actress Teresa Palmer. Bodhi means awakened, and it is "used in Buddhism for the understanding a Buddha has of the nature of things." It is sometimes translated to English as "enlightenment."
Titan Jewel Witherspoon
Singer Kelly Rowland told E! News that she let her husband Timothy Witherspoon choose their baby's name. "Tim said that's what he wanted the name to be," she said. "I actually told him to name the baby. I gave him the complete responsibility, because I did everything else. I pushed the baby, I carried the baby, I'm dressing the baby, and I'm changing the baby. Everything else! So yeah, I'm like, 'You name the baby!'"
Future Zahir Wilburn
Singer Ciara and rapper ex-fiancé Future said their baby boy's name is a mixture of both of their names. “I want him to be better than me,” Future (whose real name is Nayvadius Wilburn) told Us Weekly. “I would encourage him in anything he wants to do… I want to be behind him, of course.”
Poppy Honey Rosie, Buddy Bear, Daisy Boo Pamela, and Petal Blossom Rainbow
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and wife Jools Norton love classic names with a modern twist. All of their kids' names have a fairly common (albeit unique) first name followed by something fun. "They all have more than one name because I couldn’t decide," Jools told Gurgle magazine. "I'm not sure where Petal Rainbow came from; apparently it’s a My Little Pony! I wanted to call her Rainbow, but Jamie told me to calm down." She added, "With Buddy, it was quite fun choosing a boy’s name, as I hadn’t done it before.
And I hate people’s opinions on names. Whatever you call your baby is your decision."
Pilot Inspektor Lee
It sounds unusual, but the reference is really creative. Actor Jason Lee says his son's name was inspired by indie rock band Grandaddy's 2000 album, The Sophtware Slump. "The opening track, "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it. It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son." Due to the criticism he received after naming Pilot, Lee didn't release the name of his daughter, Casper Lee, until she was 3.
Bear Blu Jarecki
Actress Alicia Silverstone and rock musician husband Christopher Jarecki think their son's name is cute and sexy. "We thought that it would be really cute for a baby and very sexy for a man," she told Live! With Kelly & Michael.
Egypt Daoud Dean
While no official explanation has been given for the name of Alicia Keys and Kaseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean's son, Egypt's middle name, Dauode, is an Arabic form of the Hebrew David, which means "beloved," according to Nameberry.com editors Pamela Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz for Us Magazine. They wrote, "The usual Arabic spelling of the name is Daoud, but this couple seems to have a taste for changing up names."
Apple Blythe Alison Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin didn't understand the fuss their daughter's name Apple caused around the world. Speaking on Oprah, Paltrow said Chris suggested the name after they discovered she was pregnant. "It conjured such a lovely picture for me; you know, apples are so sweet, and they're wholesome, and it's biblical, and I just thought it sounded so lovely and clean," she told Oprah. "And I just thought, 'Perfect!'"
Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson
Paul David Hewson (a.k.a. Bono) and his wife, activist Alison Stewart, were way ahead of the curve when they named their daughter Memphis Eve on July 7, 1991. In a recent interview, Memphis said her parents simplified her name during her school years because they knew she'd get bullied, "so I just went with Eve," she said.
Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis
The son of Grammy Award-winning songstress Toni Braxton and her now ex-husband Keri Lewis (who played keyboards in R&B group Mint Condition) obviously have a shared love for the indigo cloth. “My son, Denim, it was supposed to be spelled D-e-n-h-a-m, like Oldham, but when we were in the hospital in Atlanta, the nurse said ‘How’s little baby Den-ham?’ So we started spelling it like the jean," she told OK! Magazine. "I changed it to the jean. Some people say it’s French, and some people say it’s English." Their second son has an equally interesting name.
Braxton said Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis was named after a German mechanic. "My husband is half German, so Diesel is after, what is it, Rudolph Diesel who did the Diesel engine? Diesel is a German name,” she said.
Blue Ivy Carter
Beyoncé and Jay Z could name their daughter anything and their millions of fans would approve, regardless. But for the pair, the name "Blue" has a deeper meaning than just the color. Shortly after the queen of pop gave birth, she posted an excerpt from Rebecca SoInit's 2005 novel, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, on her Tumblr, revealing her inspiration for the name. "The world is blue at its edges and in its depths... the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance."
The name seems unconventional at first, but when you hear the sweet meaning, it all makes sense. Actress Kate Winslet revealed the story behind choosing Bear's name on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and it turns out that her two older children, Mia and Joe, were a big part of it. "We were thinking about names during the pregnancy, and actually, I had never... when I was pregnant with Mia and pregnant with Joe, I didn't name them before they came out because I just felt I needed to see them and see who they are going to be," she said.
"But of course, this time around, there was Mia and Joe, and the whole pregnancy is about 'What are we going to call the baby?' So it was really lovely, actually; they were very much included, and we settled on Bear quite early on. A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear, and I just had always really loved it."
Cricket Pearl Silverstein
Cougar Town actress Busy Philipps and her husband Marc Silverstein told Today they thought long and hard about what to name their daughter. “Since I grew up with a nickname—Busy being short for Elizabeth—when my husband and I started to have our babies, we decided that if wanted to call our kids something, we would just name them that thing that we wanted to call them. I like the names. I think they’re cute.”
Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher
While it's typically a popular moniker for boys—thanks to Wyatt Earp, the western lawman and gambler of the 1800s—it's clear that proud parents Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis don't care for gender-specific names. While the real reason for the name isn't public knowledge yet, a web post from Kutcher might explain why that is: "May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity, and privacy."
Bingham "Bing" Hawn Bellamy
Apparently the name Bingham isn't just something Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy made up. It turns out that it has some pretty major family significance. The Muse frontman tweeted this explanation: "For those wondering, Bingham is my mum's maiden name. Bing Russell was also Kurt (Russell's) dad. Family connections all around!"
Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook
We're not sure why model Christie Brinkley and architect Peter Cook named their daughter Sailor, but perhaps it's because they wanted her to be a free spirit and sail her own course in the ocean of life.
Phinnaeus Walter Moder
Actress Julia Roberts and cameraman Danny Moder sure know how to pick 'em. Apparently Julia chose the name, while Danny was responsible for his twin sister's moniker, Hazel Patricia Moder. As for the middle names, well, Walter is after Julia’s father and Patricia after Danny’s mother.
What's the most unusual baby name you've ever heard? What unique name do you really love? Share it with us in the comments.