Celebrities Who Named Their Babies After, Well, Other Famous People

    What's in a name?

    When it comes to baby names, you have no idea what to expect from celebs.

    In the past two decades, we've seen a major shift from common names to really unique monikers, and celebs have led the charge.

    Zany names are the new Hollywood norm, but even ones that sound fabricated can have roots in reality.

    Here are the stories behind the famous figures who inspired some celebrity children's names.

    1. David Beckham says his daughter Harper's name was inspired by author Harper Lee.

    David Beckham and daughter Harper attending a Miami Heat game in black and white outfits

    2. Norman Reedus and Helena Christensen named their son Mingus after jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

    Norman Reedus posing with Helena Christensen

    3. Monroe Cannon was named after mom Mariah Carey's idol, Marilyn Monroe.

    Mariah Carey and Monroe Cannon attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018

    4. Joel Madden and Nicole Richie had interesting inspiration for both their kids' names.

    Nicole Richie posing with Joel Madden, who holds their daughter Harlow

    Sparrow's name was inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

    Nicole Richie, son Sparrow Madden, daughter Harlow Madden and husband musician Joel Madden pose with YO GABBA GABBA! characters

    5. Fergie and Josh Duhamel named their son Axl after Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

    Fergie with her arm hooked in Josh Duhamel's at an event

    6. Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego named their child Bowie after David Bowie.

    Zoe Saldana and her child wearing Dior during Paris Fashion Week 2022

    7. Jessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald named their firstborn son Henry Wilberforce. His middle name honors William Wilberforce, a politician and philanthropist.

    Ben and Jessa Seewald with son Henry Wilberforce

    They named another one of their sons Spurgeon after Charles Spurgeon, a British preacher from the mid to late 1800s.

    Jessa Duggar Seewald on Extra in New York City in 2014

    8. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell's daughter, Lincoln, is named after President Abraham Lincoln, indirectly.

    Dax Shepard talking on a microphone as Kristen Bell laughs

    9. Lilibet Diana was named after members of her famous family.

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walking while holding hands

    10. Rumi Carter is named after Jay Z and Beyonce's favorite poet, 13th-century Persian poet Rumi.

    Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles-Carter attend "The Lion King" European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019

    11. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen chose the middle name Simone for his daughter, Luna, after singer/activist Nina Simone.

    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen at Disneyland with Miles and Luna

    12. Amy Schumer originally named her son Gene Attell, with his middle name as a nod to fellow comedian and friend Dave Attell.

    Amy Schumer at an event in a dress and sneakers

    13. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz named their son Bronx Mowgli, with his middle name as a nod to the Jungle Book character.

    Bronx Wentz, Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson and Jagger Snow Ross attend the premiere of Disney's "Frozen 2" at Dolby Theatre on November 07, 2019

    14. Anderson Cooper named his older son, Wyatt Morgan, after his late father, author Wyatt Emory Cooper.

    Anderson Cooper and son Wyatt

    Would you name your child after a famous person? Would being famous yourself change that? Let's discuss in the comments.