20 Surprising Stories Behind Celebrity Baby Names — Ranging From Sweet To Really, Really Wild

    Celebrities are inspired by music, literature, and life when it comes to naming their little ones.

    Maybe this is a weird writer thing, but I LOVE a deep dive into a name.

    There's a good reason why people tinker with their names to make them their own, be it a nickname or a full-on name change. It's one of the most personal things about you, and all anyone wants is their name to accurately reflect who they are on the inside.

    I went down an etymology rabbit hole, celebrity style, learning all about why celebrities give their kids the unique monikers they choose. Here's what I found!

    1. Elon Musk and Grimes' son, X Æ A-12, turns three this spring. Here's what the little one's name means, according to mom themself.

    •X, the unknown variable ⚔️ •Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence) •A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍 + (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (⚔️🐁 metal rat)

    @Grimezsz / Via Twitter: @Grimezsz

    2. Blue Ivy's name caught a lot of attention for it's layered meaning.

    Jay Z and Blue Ivy at a basketball game sitting courtside

    What you may not have known was that following Blue's birth, Beyoncé shared an excerpt from Rebecca SoInit's 2005 novel A Field Guide to Getting Lost on her Tumblr.

    Beyoncé and Blue Ivy at the Lion King the Gift premiere

    3. Joking that she and Colin Jost "threw a bunch of letters together" to come up with their son Cosmo's name, Scarlett Johansson revealed that aside from it being unique, it shares a special theme with daughter Rose's name.

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    "It just seemed like a refreshing — I just thought it was so charming. Our friends all liked it," she told Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

    "They are both flowers," Johansson continued. "Not a lot of people make that connection. Cosmo is, like, a really sweet little flower that comes in different shades of, like, orange and yellow. That's why my daughter liked it, too."

    Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the 44th Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on December 05, 2021 in Washington, DC

    4. Apple Martin is one of the OGs of unusual celebrity baby names, but Gwyneth Paltrow came up with the moniker in a pretty typical way.

    Apple Martin attends the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2023 in Paris, France

    5. North West's name broke the internet when she was born and as a source told E! News, the name was all about celebrating the high point in Kim and Kanye's relationship at that time.

    North West and Kim Kardashian posing in m atching looks at paris fashion week

    More recently, Kardashian talked about her kids' unique name after welcoming son Psalm.

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    "I know that North West is a very unique name. I didn't name her for maybe three or four days. I looked at her and I said a prayer with her," she recalled. "I was like, 'I pray to God that you can handle your name. I hope you are this name that I'm choosing.'"  

    6. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's daughter, Khai, carries an important family name.

    Gigi Hadid walking down the street in New York City

    7. Cardi B let Offset take the reigns when it came to naming their daughter Kulture.

    Cardi B and Offset performing while she holds Kulture

    8. True Thompson's name also has a surprising family tie.

    Khloé Kardashian holding True at The Kardashians season two premiere

    9. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz had fun naming their son Bronx Mowgli.

    Pete Wentz and Bronz Wentz pose at The Tomorrow War Event

    10. Vin Diesel named his daughter Pauline in memory of his late friend Paul Walker.

    Vin Diese and Family at Disney event

    11. Courteney Cox wanted to name her little girl after herself when then-husband, David Arquette, suggested the abbreviated version, Coco.

    Courtney Cox, Coco Arquette attend "An Evening With Dermot O'Leary Presents...Ed Sheeran At The London Irish Centre" on June 19, 2018 in London, England

    12. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, packed a lot of meaning into their daughter Avri Roel's name.

    Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr.

    13. Busy Phillipps said that to her and her ex, Marc Silverstein, naming their two children Cricket and Birdie made sense.

    Busy Phillips with kids Birdie and Cricket in 2017

    14. Iggy Azalea's son Onyx shares a special connection with her own birth name, Amethyst, as two types of quartz.

    Iggy Azalea performs during Pitbull's "Can't Stop Us Now" summer tour at Amway Center on October 16, 2022

    15. Holly Madison looked back to her childhood for unique name inspiration.

    16. On a UK talk show, Ed Sheeran happily defended his daughter's name, Lyra Antarctica.

    Ed Sheeran and wife

    17. Reggie Bush reached into mythology for daughter Briseis' name.

    Reggie Bush commentating on Fox Sports

    18. Matthew Morrison and his wife, Renee Puente, thought about what they wanted for their family.

    Matthew Morrison and wife Renee Puente with son Revel in 2018

    19. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes picked Suri's name based on its Hebrew meaning, "princess," and its Persian meaning, "red rose."

    Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise pose together at awards show

    20. Shay Mitchell stole her daughter's name, Atlas Noa, from a friend.

    Shay Mitchell posing at Baby2Baby event

    What other celebrity baby names have stuck in your mind? Let's discuss in the comments.