December 27, 2016

Outrageous Celebrity Baby Names

Maddie Herman ‘19

The names of the children of celebrities have become increasingly strange and it makes one wonder: what’s the point?
In an age of increased scrutiny of celebrities and their families, where every single move they make is documented for the world to see, one would expect that celebrities would at least give their children normal names to try to give them some semblance of an ordinary life. Yet, increasingly, celebrities have been giving their children outrageous and absurd names.
One very popular example of this is Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West. Although initially dismissed as as a joke, the couple actually named their child after a direction.
Another unique celebrity baby name is Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z. While this name may not be humorous, it is definitely out of the ordinary.  
However, Blue Ivy’s name has a deeper meaning. The couple revealed that “Blue” represents their fondness of the color blue and is in honor of the release of three “Blueprint” albums. Additionally, “Ivy” stands for the Roman numeral IV, which represents both celebrities’ birthdays and their anniversary.
Although, not as popular as the aforementioned names, Blac Chyna and Tyga's choice of naming their son King Cairo was a bold one. Due to the strange names of both parents, it is no surprise that they would name their child something so original.
While these names may bring attention to the celebrities, it is questionable how they will impact the futures of the children who have them.
A person’s name is an important part of their identity. It helps to identify who they are and distinguish them from the rest of the world. Depriving someone of an ordinary name could be subjecting them to a life of jokes and taunting.
Typically, a person’s name connects them to their religion, an ancestor or a family member. While people generally follow these guidelines in giving their children conventional names, these celebrities are people who do not find importance in a spiritual or familial connection with the name.

Today’s celebrities have taken it upon themselves to up the naming game in order to differentiate their children from the ordinary child. Perhaps these obscure and unique names simply allow their children to be recognized in the chaotic the world of fame.  

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