Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What’s In a Name?

Apparently a whole lot of crazy if you’re a celebrity. What were these people thinking when they named their kids?

Tu Morrow (Rob Morrow) I say Tu Much, Rob.

Zuma Nesta Rock (Gwen Stefani) Sounds like a new type of soda, fizzy like pop rocks.

Moxie CrimeFighter (Penn Jillett) Being French is no excuse.

Kal-El (Nicholas Cage) Neither is being a crazy drunk or loving Superman.

Bogart Che Peyote (Reality star David "Puck" Rainey)
This was the comment listed on by Catherine Connors and honestly I couldn’t compete with it:
‘Using the names of revolutionaries and drugs in your kid's name is one thing. Using the common term for slobbering all over that joint you won't share is quite another.’

Audio Science (Shannyn Sossamon) You have smoked way too much crack.

Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee) What did you expect from Earl?

Apple (Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow) Hasn't an apple been used to work evil before?  Let's not bring your children into this, Gwynnie.

Seargeoh and Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone) He went with what he could pronounce.

And what may well be my favorite:

 David Duchovny and his Kyd.
I had a dog once named Kitty so I kind of get this.

The list is endless but I’m going to stop there. As writers we invent a multitude of character names and I know sometimes they can get a little crazy (Katniss?).

I tend to go pretty plain with mine: Mattie, Kelly, Reese, Bailey.

Tell me, what is the strangest name you have ever used in a manuscript?


  1. Haha! I love that Sly one. I think he spelled "Seargeoh" phonetically???

  2. I tend to stick to simple names!

  3. A few people in Hollywood seemed to have pushed the creative wagon over the cliff. Wow.

    I wrote a story about elves and dwarves once and took their names from geology. Yeah, that's right, I named them after rocks. It seemed like a good idea at the time. :P

  4. Why DO they name their kids such crazy things? Who do they think they are. I like that your names are unique but not over the top.

    ...I do have a "Storm" in the play I'm writing, but there are REASONS! Ha ha

  5. My names are plain, too. But man, these celebrities do pick weird names for their KYDs.

    The celebrity name I thought was the stupidest? Chad Ochocinco. Who legally changes their name to their FOOTBALL NUMBER? And just because its in SPANISH, it doesn't make it sexy. I can't tell if that's just ego or what, but what a turn off.

  6. This made me lol. I think my favorite is Bogart Che Peyote. ;)

  7. The rest of them make "Apple" look normal. Just read a British article that 1 in 5 parents regrets what they named their kid.

    My strangest name is Breight from my second MS. (Rhymes with height.) But it's dystopian. Names are supposed to be weird.

  8. Alloy. And she was a girl. ;) And no it wasn't set in the future. lol!

  9. Tu Morrow. Seriously? Ick!

    Didn't someone name their kid Blanket? Was that Michael Jackson? I think someone corrected me that it was just his nickname...his real name was Prince. Yeah, THAT's better. And then there's Gwyneth Paltrow, who named her kid Apple.

    Celebs just HAVE to be different.


It helps to know I'm not just talking to myself.