|Cricket and Unique Celeb Baby Names|
|By LESLEY MESSER (@lesleymesser)||Jun 21, 2013, 12:35 PM|
Just a few weeks after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were criticized for naming their daughter "North," actress Busy Philipps is defending the quirky name she and her husband, Marc Silverstein, reportedly gave their baby girl: Cricket. "It's weird people think my kids will be in therapy because of their names," she tweeted. "Guys, my kids will be in therapy for LOTS of reasons, I'm sure." (The "Cougar Town" star's oldest daughter's name is Birdie.)
Check out other celebs who chose unique names for their children.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave their daughter the name North because "[It] means 'highest power,' the reality star's mother Kris Jenner said. "And [Kim] says that North is their highest point together."
When Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple in 2004, critics bashed the actress for the unusual choice. "It sounded so sweet and it conjures up such a lovely picture for me," she told Oprah. "It's biblical and... I just thought it sounded so lovely and clean. And then I just thought, 'Perfect.'" Two years later, she kept the biblical theme going and named her son Moses, which is also the name of a song Paltrow's husband, Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, wrote for his wife in 2003.
Nicolas Cage and his wife Alice Kim welcomed their son in 2005, and named him Kal-El, which is Superman's birth name. (Cage, a comic book fan, was reportedly once considered for the role of Superman.)
In 2004, the "My Name Is Earl" star and actress Beth Riesgraf chose the name "Pilot Inspektor" for their son after listening to the band Grandaddy's album "The Sophtware Slump." "The opening track, 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot,' absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it," Lee told Entertainment Weekly. "It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son."
When Holly Madison named her daughter Rainbow Aurora earlier this year, she was ruthlessly mocked. However, the "Girls Next Door" star defended her choice. "There are a lot of smug haters out there who bag on my choice of a name, but I don't care about what they think," she wrote on her blog. "There was a girl in my school a few years younger than me named Rainbow and I was so envious of her name because it was so pretty and unusual. She was a perfectly normal, well-adjusted, sporty girl, by the way, so I'm not worried about my daughter being 'traumatized' by having an unusual name. ... I want my daughter to be proud of who she is and learn to speak up and stand up for herself at a young age. I spent most of my life being a people-pleaser who worried about what other people thought or thought was cool and I don't want that for her."
The name "Blue Ivy" was certainly unique, but it seemed like a fitting choice for Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, who was born last year. Not only has Jay-Z released three "Blueprint" albums, but the New York Yankees fan has also rapped, "You should know I bleed blue." Meanwhile, Ivy seems to play homage to the number four, which both the rapper and his singer wife have tattooed on their fingers. Not only is their anniversary April 4, but Beyonce's birthday is Sept. 4, while her rapper husband's is Dec. 4.
Critics raised their eyebrows when Uma Thurman and her fiance Aprad Busson gave their child five names, but there was a reason, the actress told Jimmy Fallon. "My daughter [Maya] came up with the best excuse, which was that I probably wouldn't get to have any more children, so I just put every name that I liked into [the baby's]," she said. "We couldn't quite agree on the name, so we call her Luna. She's lucky that way."
The musician and Paula Yates gave their daughters whimsical names, but for different reasons. Fifi was named for the musician's aunt Fifi, and Yates chose her middle name because she reportedly wanted a "belle" in the family. Meanwhile, Pixie is reportedly named after a cartoon character. After Yates split from Geldof, she continued the tradition of choosing unique baby monikers, and she called her daughter with musician Michael Hutchence, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.