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From Rocket to Royal Reign; the most unusual celebrity baby names

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When it comes to naming their offspring, the A-List find no limit to their inspiration. Whilst some choose to celebrate their favourite Disney princesses, others reference religion, royalty and even life-threatening catastrophes to ensure that their children will always stand out on the school register. 

From the weird and wonderful to the outright wacky, come take a look at some of the most unusual celebrity baby names, right here.

  • Bear Blaze Winslet

    Parents: Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll

    The couple went sentimental with their name choice, opting for 'Bear' after the nickname of an old friend of Kate Winslet, while 'Blaze' is a tribute to the fire that the pair escaped on the weekend they met. Winslet explained: "...we wanted something of the fire, and so Blaze was the name that we came up with.”

  • Briar Rose Christensen

    Parents: Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

    While many a proud parent will enjoy reading fairy tales to their offspring, this couple took it a step further and named their baby girl after Sleeping Beauty. 'Briar Rose' is the name given to Aurora by the fairy godmothers in a bid to keep her safe from Maleficent. The name's literal meaning is 'rose within a prickly shrub'.

  • Silas Randall Timberlake

    Parents: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake 

    It was a family affair when it it came to naming baby JT. Meaning 'Man of the Forest', 'Silas' was the middle name of Justin Timberlake’s maternal grandfather and 'Randall' is Timberlake’s father’s name and his own middle name.

  • Tennessee James Toth

    Parents: Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth

    Another reason we adore Reese Witherspoon: she doesn't take herself too seriously. When talking about the name, the star quipped that 'Tennessee' (the state in which Reese spent her childhood) was a bit "redneck".

  • Rocket Ayer Williams

    Parents: Pharell Williams and Helen Lasichanh

    Speaking to Oprah, Pharell Williams explained that they named their son "after a manmade machine that was meant to go up. Meant to ascend." It was also an homage to some of his favourite musicians and their rocket-titled tunes, such as Elton John’s Rocket Man.

  • Haven Garner Warren

    Parents: Jessica Alba and Cash Warren

    The pair chose the moniker after their little one was born inside the amniotic sac. Speaking to OK! Jessica Alba explained: “When I was in recovery we still hadn’t chosen her name. Cash picked her up and said she came into the world in her ‘safe haven’ and it clicked right then for both of us."

  • Bluebell Madonna Halliwell

    Parents: Geri Halliwell and Sacha Gervasi

    Geri Halliwell told Hello that during the last few weeks of her pregnancy she saw bluebells everywhere when out walking, adding that "What clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare - so it's a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter."  As for 'Madonna', isn't it obvious?

  • Bronx Mowgli Wentz

    Parents: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

    Sound familiar? Bronx was named after the singing bear from The Jungle Book, a story which, according to Wentz, the pair bonded over their mutual love for.

  • Elula Lottie Miriam Cohen

    Parents: Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen

    In tribute to the month in which she was born, 'Elula' is the Hebrew word for August.

  • James Reynolds

    Parents: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

    The bearer of a traditionally male name herself, Blake explained her choice of 'James' for her baby girl, telling Good morning America that "It's a family name, and I liked having a boy's name." Simple.

  • North West & Saint West

    Parents: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

    After rumours started circulating, it only took endorsement from some celebrity friends to convince the pair to run with the name. Speaking to GQ, Kim Kardashian said that Pharell Williams thought 'North' was "the best name" while Anna Wintour told the couple that "North is a genius name". It seems that what the fashion editor says really does go.

    The couple opted for a holy name for their second child. As Kanye has always been openly religious, it came as no surprise that this factored into his son’s name. The couple announced the name via Instagram and Twitter, but there was some initial confusion over whether or not Kimye intended for people to pronounce it in the French way (‘san’) or not. 

  • Arlo Day Brody

    Parents: Leighton Meester and Adam Brody

    Another couple giving their baby girl a traditionally male name. 'Arlo' means 'fortified hill' in English. 

  • Titan Jewell Witherspoon

    Parents: Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon

    Deciding that she had done more than her fair share in bringing their baby into the world, Kelly Rowland left the responsibility of naming their newborn to her husband. Speaking to E! News, she said: 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!'" .

     

  • Bingham 'Bing' Hawn Bellamy

    Parents: Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy 

    Taking to Twitter just after the birth, Matt Bellamy confirmed that 'Bingham' was his mother's maiden name and 'Bing' was the first name of Kurt Russell's (who was a father figure to Kate Hudson) father.

  • River Rose Blackstock

    Parents: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock

    Keeping its close to home, Kelly Clarkson came up with the name while admiring the view of the nearyby river: We were outside on our balcony, and we both looked at each other and were like, ‘What about River? That’s kind of cool.’ ”

  • Sailor Gene Gardner

    Parents: Liv Tyler and Dave Gardner

    Liv Tyler announced the name on Instagram, playing up the nautical moniker with a snap of the newborn clutching an anchor pendant in his hand.

  • Royal Reign

    Parents: Lil Kim and Mr Papers

    Not content with just one regal moniker for her little one, the self-titled Queen Bee gave her daughter this very majestic name. 

  • Kal-El Coppola Cage

    Parents: Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim Cage

    If you're a Superman buff, you'll recognise this name as the original moniker of the Man of Steel. Nicholas Cage wanted a name that "stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three. I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it."

  • Elsie Otter Pechenik

    Parents: Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik

    Sharing a love for otters, the pair decided to honour their newborn with the name, telling Ellen de Generes: "... we love otters because they're so cute, and playful and fun. And they're really smart."

  • Harper Seven Beckham

    Parents: Victoria and David Beckham

    Named after Victoria Beckham's favourite author Harper Lee. As for 'Seven', David Beckham has admitted that the couple chose the name in part due to him wearing the number 7 shirt throughout his football career, but he also explained that there was more to it: "The other reasons behind Seven was because it symbolises spiritual perfection, the Seven Wonders Of The World, seven colours of the rainbow and in many cultures around the world it's regarded as a lucky number."