What’s In A Name?

Brittney Means, Opinion Editor

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Why do celebrities choose the names they do for their children?

On January 7, 2012; Beyonce and Jay Z welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy Carter into the world.  Blue Ivy is not a very common name and it may lead people to wonder what the reason is behind Beyonce and Jay Z naming her that.  According to gawker.com one of the reasons that the couple may have chosen the name Blue Ivy is because, “’Blue Ivy’ is a secret code revealing [Beyonce’s] membership in an ancient and all-powerful occult secret society.”  The website has a graphic showing that Blue Ivy may stand for Born Living Under Evil Illuminates Very Youngest.  I don’t know where gawker.com got this information but I think it’s absurd.  There is no proof that Beyonce belongs to an occult.

Beyonce and Jay Z are not the only celebrity couple that has a child with a ‘different’ name; cracked.com has an article on the top twenty most bizarre celebrity baby names.  Penn Jillette named his child Moxie Crimefighter.  I’m not sure if this is a boy or a girl; but apparently the theory behind Moxie Crimefighter is that, “Jillette’s wife had no middle name, and their theory was that you never use the middle name anyway so why not have some fun with it.”  Yes, middle names aren’t used too often, just when it comes time to graduate, apply for jobs and get married.

Frank Zappa named two of his children Moon Unit and Diva Thin Muffin.  In my opinion, Frank Zappa may or may not have been on something when it came time to naming his children, but most likely something.  I also think that it might be a coincidence that the website is cracked.com.

Shannyn Sossamon named her baby Audio Science.  I agree with cracked.com when they said, “a failed attempt at a pretentious baby name that ends up sounding like the name of a class at a local community college.”

I’m not sure the reason behind choosing weird names for children.  I don’t know if celebrities think that just because they are famous they can name their children something strange.  In normal people’s lives, a child would most likely get teased and made fun of in school if their name was Blue, but I guess if Blue Ivy does get made fun of she can always use the comeback that her parents are Jay Z and Beyonce.  That would probably shut the other kid up right away.

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