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Tell Mommy: What Inspired Your Baby's Name?

Tell Mommy: What Inspired Your Baby's Name?

Most celebrities choose inventive baby names over traditional titles these days, creating a whole generation of wild and unusual appellations. People speculates that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale put ample thought into naming their newborn son Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.

Zuma is a popular beach in Malibu, where Gwen and Gavin often hang out with their oldest son, Kingston. The beach was also inspiration for Neil Young's album Zuma, so it holds some musical history. Nesta was Bob Marley's middle name as well, so it may be a tribute to the legend. And, of course, Gwen and Gavin are all about rock so Rock seems like a natural fit.

Did you pick your child's name from a literary character, friend, or pop culture reference or do you follow the a-name-is-just-a-name mindset?

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
I came across our son's name, Theon, by chance and then looked it up to make sure it was a 'real name' (I didn't want to be too out there) and shared it with my fiance. He was rooting for Odin or Dante, and I wanted something more sweet and French (Pierre, Antoine, Maxime/Maxim) but we agreed on Theon. Its a real Greek name, and francophones do use it more than anglophones so that's a bonus =D and then his middle name is Thomas.....kind of after my very cool uncle but also a name we agreed on for the baby's first name and then decided it was too common. (After a comment from a nosy coworker :()
arihm arihm 8 years
No little ones yet, but my boyfriend and I do talk about names for our future children. His last name is Layne (pronounced Lane), so we joke about naming our first born daughter Penny. Other than that, the names we have picked out are mostly literary.
yeahchloe yeahchloe 8 years
hey i recently had a daughter on 8/18/08 n we named her Galaxy Oceana....Galaxy cuz my husband is into planets n stars n well star as a name is PLAYED OUT. n i never heard of some1 named Galaxy so i wanted to be the first to name my lil girl that....teehee. as for her middle name i love swimming n so i was looking for names that relate to water. :)
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I don't have kids yet, but my husband and I have had names picked out for a while :) For a son, we will probably go with James Miles (James is my hubby's name, as well as my mother's maiden name, and Miles is my father's name, as well as my grandfather's middle name). For a daughter, Graceyn Hale (Graceyn is a little girl we used to babysit, and we LOVE the name, and Hale is my middle name and my grandmother's maiden name.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
Girls names were harder for my husband & I to agree on when we were pregnant. Plus we were getting pressure from both grandmothers to use a family name and some trendy names. We had done lots of genealogy and liked some of the older names like Ella, Rose and Viola. My mother was pushing for Taylor. We finally settled on Grace from a step-great-grandmother on my husband's side and then my mother's middle name Louise.
emdrschk emdrschk 8 years
I wanted a nerdy name, my husband wanted an outdoor-sy name........ My husband looked up the Periodic Table of Elements, we reviewed the names and !VIOLA! the man that discovered Nickel had a great name and now my son does, son's name is Axel....I hope he's a nerd that ROCKS!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Aw Pencils, I'm anxious to hear what it is! You have me intrigued ;)
Pencils Pencils 8 years
We haven't named our daughter yet, as she's not due for another month, but we've chosen her name. It's a Classical name (I studied Classics and ancient history in college), it's a good feminist name, it's even a good scientific name, which pleases my husband. Also, it's recognizable but not popular, and it's easy to pronounce. Everything we wanted in a name. Oh, and it's pretty, too. Her middle name will be Jane after my MiL who passed away shortly after our engagement. It's also my mom's middle name, and after a dear family friend who died last year when she was way too young. (I deliberately left out the first name as we're not telling yet!)
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Wade: I dont think id like it on a boy.. I dunno, maybe becuaes ive only heard it as a female name, it just seems really feminine to me.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
I wanted something semi-unique and beautiful. I was going nuts for a name.. So I opened up a Vogue and told myself the next page I turn is going to have my daughter's name on it. And I turned the page. There it was: Chloé. And that made perfectly great sense because I love Chloé shoes. (The name was also on my father's side twice, although I didn't know them.)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
MissSushi i have a little cousin (13) who's name is Khari. It's pronounced the same way. He's a boy though and I'm not crazy about it him, but it's cute on a girl.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years guess I don't know celebrity babies as well as I thought I did. But then I don't remember seeing baby pics of her just the more recent ones.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
We named our daughter Kairi. lol, I actually first heard her name on a video game, Kingdom Hearts. Its prounounced Ky-ree and I just really loved it. I researched it and it is a real name, its japanese and it means sort of a nostalgic feeling, sea village of my ancestors. My husband liked it, so we went with Ann for a middle name as my mother, my mother in law, and I all share it.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
That's Zahara Jolie-Pitt. I thought it would be funny as an avatar cause she's sleeping but her mouth is open like she's talking. Ya she's is catching flies. :roftl:
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
btw, wadewifey who's baby is that...he (I'm assuming it's a boy) is beautiful. :) My son sleeps like that sometimes, mouth all wide open and my grandma likes to joke he's going to catch flies like that. lol :)
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 8 years
My husband is a junior, but we weren't sure about having our first son be the third (hope that makes sense), so we went with a name we just liked and agreed on. His middle name is my maiden name. My daughter's name is the Italian version of my first name, as my husband is Italian, and her middle name is my late sister-in-laws middle name. My second son's name was inspired from 2 characters from a TV show I started watching while pregnant and loved. Luckily, my husband liked the names and agreed.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
We also came up with Francesca Claire if we ever have a girl (we didn't find out the sex of the baby when pregnant with our son so we had to be prepared) after 2 of our grandmothers.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
naming not knowing, duh I'm trippin today.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I definitely thinking about knowing my first son Kennedy (it's cool, not a lot of people have it). I was going to name my daughter Ava Scarlett(my favorite actress and I love Gone with the Wind), but Ava is way to popular now. I also like Athena Claire, i love Greek mythology and my mom likes the name Claire. But I got a while to go so it might change.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
We wanted our son's initials to be a combination of ours since I'm Jennifer and my husband is Michael we wanted an MJ (or JM) combination of some sort. Plus since our names are SO common we wanted something at least a little different and we came up with Milo James.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
We don't have kids names yet, but all the names(but one) we've picked out are family names and people in history.
stephley stephley 8 years
My daughter is named for a woman who cared for me when I was a child and a dear friend I deeply admired who sadly died young. I tell my daughter I gave her the names of two people who inspired me to honor her and them (and she says 'yeah ma, whatever').
Greggie Greggie 8 years
If my daughter had been a boy we would've had initials as a nickname as well. We didn't do it for my son because then he'd be VJ and that's vagina slang. *lol* I totally agree about Zuma by the way.
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