Myleene Klass is the latest celebrity to give her baby an unusual name after calling her daughter Hero. She was questioned about the decision on Twitter when one follower tweeted, “Is there any chance you could change your mind and give her a name she might appreciate in ten years?”
Defending the name choice, Klass shot back, “Are you crazy?! Her name's amazing!” We agree Myleene, and let’s be honest; ‘Hero’ is far nicer than many other dodgy celebrity baby names.
Here are some of the worst offenders:
The name: Princess Tiaamii
The famous parents: Jordan and Peter Andre
Attention-seeking Jordan drummed up some more free publicity for herself by giving her daughter a silly name. In her mind ‘Princess Tiaamii’ is undoubtedly regal, adorable and sweet. For the rest of us it’s just a bit tacky.
The name: Buddy Bear
The parent: Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s other kids Poppy, Daisy and Petal got off lightly with their pretty floral names. By the time the celebrity chef’s son came along he’d obviously lost the plot somewhat and gave him a name that’d be great for a kid’s book, but not necessarily a 30-year-old man.
The name: Zowie
The parent: David Bowie
Pop genius David Bowie proved he was clueless when it came to naming his son. Yes, that’s Zowie… Bowie. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Unsurprisingly Zowie – now a film director, with Moon and Source Code on his CV - changed his name to the far more sensible Duncan Jones.
The name: Fifi Trixibell
The parents: Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
Another celeb sibling who got a raw deal when the names were being dished out by her famous folks. It takes something outrageous to out-weird Peaches and Pixie, but Bob Geldof and Paula Yates succeeded triumphantly with this Fifi Trixibell. Nice work.
The name: Kal-El Coppola
The parent: Nicolas Cage
Cage is such a comic book fan he named his son after Superman; Kal-el is what the Man of Steel was called on Krypton apparently. Which is all well and good, but think how embarrassed he’ll be if he’s named after a superhero then grows up to be a nerdy accountant?
The names: Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen
The parent: Frank Zappa
Some classic dodgy celeb names here courtesy of madcap avant-garde musician Frank Zappa (now sadly departed). Amazingly none of his kids changed their names completely later in life, though it’s just ‘Moon’ and ‘Diva’ Zappa these days.
The name: Sage Moonblood
The parent: Sylvester Stallone
Sage Moonblood would be a great name for some kind of tribal warlock, but maybe not an aspiring actor looking to get out the shadow of his beefcake superstar father. As if the name wasn’t bad enough, Stallone also cast his son in the awful Rocky V.
The name: Ireland
The parents: Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
It was a case of ‘30 Shock’ when comedy star Alec and then-wife Kim Basinger named their daughter after the Guinness-loving country back in 1995. As if the name wasn’t bad enough, Baldwin also famously called his daughter a ‘rude little pig’ in a voicemail message a few years back. Please note; those aren’t her middle names.
The name: Pilot Inspektor
The parents: Jason Lee
The mustached My Name is Earl star apparently named the first bit of his son’s name after a song by American indie band Grandaddy, with ‘Inspektor’ coming from a ‘friend’. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
The name: Apple
The parents: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Paltrow told Oprah she named her daughter this way because: “Apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical - and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean!” The couple continued the biblical (thought thankfully not fruit-based) theme when they called their next child Moses.