From Rocket Zot to Kulture and siblings X and Y – can you guess which celebrities called their child these VERY quirky names?
- Celebs often opt for a unique moniker when it comes to naming their children
- Here FEMAIL takes a look at some of the wildest celebrity child names
- Read More: How celebrities are driving popular baby names
Celebrities often opt for a unique moniker when it comes to naming their children.
While some of the baby names veer on the side of refreshingly unconventional, others have left fans scratching their heads.
Some of the more unusual choices include Kylie Jenner who finally unveiled her son’s name as Aire, while Elon Musk and ex-partner Grimes hit headlines after calling their son X AE A-XII, which he later changed to X.
They then welcomed their first daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk in 2021, and also changed her name to Y.
Elsewhere, Cheryl and Liam Payne named their son – who is now five years old – Bear, while model Lara Bingle and her partner Sam Worthington have kept with showbiz tradition by giving their child the unusual moniker, Rocket Zot.
Here FEMAIL takes a look at some of the wildest celebrity child names…
Siblings X and Y
Grimes and the Tesla CEO Elon musk had previously announced their newborn’s name was X Æ A-12 however they later shortened his name to X and later welcomed their first daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, whose name they later shortened to Y
Grimes referred to Musk as her ‘boyfriend’ in a Vanity Fair interview, but after the interview was published, she took to Twitter to reveal that they had since broken up
In June 2020, Grimes and Elon Musk officially named their son X AE A-XII Musk on his birth certificate – after the eccentric couple had to slightly adapt their firstborn’s moniker to comply with California law.
The Canadian singer – real name Claire Elise Boucher – and the Tesla CEO had previously announced their newborn’s name was X Æ A-12.
But birth names in California must only contain letters from the English alphabet, with no numbers or special characters, TMZ reported at the time.
The parents therefore had to change the character Æ, which is used in Norwegian and Danish and is often pronounced ‘Ash’, to ‘AE’ in their son’s name.
The final part of his unusual name, A-12, named after a 1960s spy plane, was changed to Roman numerals to comply with state law. Their son’s nickname is X.
Grimes and Elon Musk broke up in September 2021. They later welcomed their first daughter, Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, via surrogate in December 2021.
Grimes referred to Musk as her ‘boyfriend’ in a Vanity Fair interview, but after the interview was published, she took to Twitter to reveal that they had since broken up.
‘Me and E have broken up *again* since the writing of this article,’ she wrote on March 10. ‘But he’s my best friend and the love of my life.’
The off-again, on-again duo is now calling their daughter Y, having given a new moniker to the tot when she was 15-months-old.
Grimes wrote on Twitter in March: ‘She’s Y now, or ‘Why?’ or just ‘?’ (But the government won’t recognize that),’ Grimes tweeted. ‘Curiosity, the eternal question… and such.’
Grimes also elaborated on the meaning of Exa Dark Sideræl at the time. Exa is a reference to exaFLOPS, a supercomputing term for the capability to perform a quintillion floating-point operations per second, Grimes told Vanity Fair.
Dark is a reference to ‘the unknown’ and to the ‘beautiful mystery’ of dark matter, she said. And Sideræl — pronounced ‘sigh-deer-ee-el’ — is ‘a more elven’ spelling of sidereal, ‘the true time of the universe, star time, deep space time, not our relative earth time,’ she explained.
Kylie Jenner finally revealed her son’s unique name by sharing a picture of the then 11-month-old for the first time on Instagram, while revealing his name is Aire
Kylie and Travis (pictured) welcomed their son together on February 2, 2022. Originally, the former couple had named him ‘Wolf’ but opted to change his name after deciding it didn’t fit his personality
Kylie Jenner finally revealed her son’s unique name in February, as well as how to pronounce it.
The 25-year-old cosmetics mogul also shared pictures of her 11-month-old son’s face for the first time on Instagram, while revealing his name is Aire. She then shared that the unique moniker is pronounced ‘air’.
The reality star finally unveiled his name ahead of his first birthday on February 2 and just two weeks after she reportedly split from 31-year-old rapper Travis Scott – with whom she also shares four-year-old daughter Stormi.
After the mother-of-two announced the name, a fan account shared photos of Aire from Kylie’s post and prompted the question: ‘Do you think it’s pronounced air or airey?’
To answer the question and clarify, Kylie commented ‘AIR’ alongside a red heart emoji.
Kylie and Travis welcomed their son together on February 2, 2022. Originally, the former couple had named him ‘Wolf’ but opted to change his name after deciding it didn’t fit his personality.
Almost a year after his birth, The Kardashians star uploaded an Instagram photo series and penned the simple caption, ‘Aire,’ to announce to her 378 million followers her son’s new name.
The first snap that she shared was an adorable mirror selfie she had taken as she held her Aire in her arms. She then shared a cute photo of her son sitting comfortably on a cream-colored couch.
Model Lara Bingle and her partner Sam Worthington have kept with showbiz tradition by giving their baby boy the unusual moniker, Rocket Zot Worthington (pictured in 2016)
People may have raised their eyebrows when they heard the tiny tot’s unique name, but it is thought Lara and Sam chose Rocket because they liked the ring it had to it (pictured at a Arts Gala in 2023)
Model Lara Bingle and her partner Sam Worthington have kept with showbiz tradition by giving their baby boy the unusual moniker, Rocket Zot Worthington.
People may have raised their eyebrows when they heard the tiny tot’s unique name, but it is thought Lara and Sam chose Rocket because they liked the ring it had to it, according to People.
And they aren’t the only parents to give their bub the forename Rocket as Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh have also named their six-year-old son it too.
However, it’s baby Bingle’s rumoured middle name that had people gossiping across social media.
Despite the unusualness of it, the couple decided to use Zot as the second given name in tribute to Sam’s father Ronald W. Worthington, who uses the bizarre moniker as a nickname.
Meanwhile, according to Urban Dictionary, Zot can be an expression of enthusiasm used by athletes – particularly high mountain – when an action is completed with an excellent technique.
Zot can also be used as a cry at a sports event by a team to encourage their fellow players and in Albania it can mean power in reference to a leader, boss, Lord, God and headman.
Cardi B and Offset welcomed their little girl Kulture Kiari Cephus into the world in 2018, the adorable tot is now four-years-old
Four weeks after she was born Cardi B and Offset (pictured) reportedly trademarked their daughter’s name (pictured Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2023)
Cardi B and Offset welcomed their little girl Kulture Kiari Cephus into the world in 2018, the adorable tot is now four-years-old.
Four weeks after she was born the couple reportedly trademarked their daughter’s name.
The rapper and her beau reportedly filed documents to register her moniker for the ‘merchandising of shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts and footwear,’ according to documents obtained by The Blast.
And in case the youngster wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps and delve into music, the pair have secured her the rights to use her name for all ‘musical recordings, motion pictures, entertainment marketing services, promotion for recording and performing artists’, as well as for ‘online video games and dance events.’
The request was filed under Sallie Smith LLC, a company registered to Offset, but the Bodak Yellow hitmaker no doubt had a huge say in whether it happened or not.
Kulture Kiari Cephus was partially named after her dad, whose government name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus.
While the rapper explained the reason for her daughter’s first name in a Tweet in 2018.
She wrote: ‘Kulture anything else woulda been basic Okrrrrr.’
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson had their oldest daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson, in 2007
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson named their daughter Ever as it is a Scottish boy’s name and they wanted links to Paul’s ‘Celtic roots’
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson had their oldest daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson, in 2007.
The Resident Evil actress explained the unusual name for her then newborn baby in her online blog writing: ‘The name Ever is a Scottish boy’s name.
‘Paul has Scottish blood in him (not to mention two tartans in his family!) so we wanted to give her a name that reflected her Celtic roots.
‘And the Gabo part? It’s a mixture of my parents’ names! The first two letters are after my mom’s first name, Galina and the last two letters are after my dad’s first name Bogie!’
Talking about the birth of her daughter, who is now 15, she previously told PEOPLE: ‘I was in labor for 72 hours … I was up for 48 hours, for two nights.
‘I started Halloween night. By the time I went into the hospital, it was the night of November 2. I finally went into the hospital and had the epidural.’
Beyonce and Jay-Z finally unveiled the two newest additions to the Carter family twins Sir Carter (left) and Rumi (right)
The pair later explained they named their son Sir because of the way the baby ‘carries himself’ (pictured at the China: Through The Looking Glass Costume Institute Benefit Gala in 2015)
Beyoncé first revealed she was expecting twins in a record breaking Instagram post in 2017.
‘We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over,’ she captioned a photo of herself holding her baby bump.
‘We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.’
Later that summer, Beyonce and Jay-Z finally unveiled the two newest additions to the Carter family twins Sir Carter and Rumi.
The pair later explained they named their son Sir because of the way the baby ‘carries himself’.
Jay-Z revealed during a podcast that whilst daughter Rumi was named after the pair’s favorite poet, Sir’s moniker was chosen because of the way he ‘came out’ when he was born.
The rapper – who also has daughter Blue Ivy, now 11, with his spouse – told Rap Radar podcast: ‘Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter. And then Sir was, like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.’
Liam Payne and Cheryl named their baby boy Bear when he was born in 2017, the cute tot is now five-years-old
The One Direction star (right) confirmed the rumours of the tot’s unusual moniker during a surprising Twitter exchange (pictured in 2016)
Liam Payne and Cheryl named their baby boy Bear when he was born in 2017.
And the One Direction star confirmed the rumours of the tot’s unusual moniker during a surprising Twitter exchange.
The singer broke his silence when he responded to a tweet sent by survivalist and television adventurer Bear Grylls, who praised the couple on their choice of name.
Bear wrote: ‘Great choice! Love & blessings to you guys as you start on the greatest adventure… @CherylOfficial @LiamPayne.’
To which Liam responded: ‘Thanks man hope he grows with an ounce of your courage! You’re a boss.’
It was previously suggested the former couple may have been inspired by Grylls whom they both know.
Payne has met the explorer several times and filmed an Alan Carr Chatty Man special alongside him in 2012.
A source said at the time: ‘Liam and Cheryl couldn’t decide on a name for ages and kept toing and froing between options.
‘But they both loved Bear and settled on it a few days ago. Despite the sleepless nights, the couple are completely smitten with little Bear.’
They decided to use the One Direction star’s surname so their son is known as Bear Payne.
Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury revealed at the start of the year that they named their baby daughter Bambi
Molly-Mae secretly gave birth to her first child in January, but only announced her arrival on social media a week later (pictured at Molly Mae x PrettyLittleThing new collection debut in 2022)
Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury revealed at the start of the year that they named their baby daughter Bambi.
The Love Island star, 23, took to Instagram in January to share a snap of her baby girl’s name in illuminated letters overlooking her little girl in her cot, having previously admitted that some fans would ‘hate’ it.
Molly-Mae secretly gave birth to her first child in January, but only announced her arrival on social media a week later.
She captioned the post: ‘Bambi’ along with a heart emoji.
The name Bambi is of Italian origin and is thought to derive from the word ‘bambino’, which means ‘child’.
Molly-Mae had previously admitted she always knew what she was going to call her daughter, adding that she knew some of her fans wouldn’t like it.
In a previous YouTube Q&A she said: ‘It’s not made up, it’s totally not made up, I can’t explain it. It’s just not a name that’s ever been used before. It’s very, very different and rare and you’re either going to love it or hate it.
‘I’ve had the name picked out since I was a baby girl myself. It’s always been a dream baby girl name and luckily when I met Tommy and I told him the name I’ve always dreamt of using, he absolutely loved it too.
‘It’s a really really unusual and a different name, I do not know anybody else with the name. I’ve not seen any other girls with the name before, it’s that different.’
Jason Lee and his wife Beth Riesgraf named their son Pilot Inspektor after being inspired by a song on the indie rock band Grandaddy’s 2000 album The Sophtware Slump
Despite the unusual choice of name for his eldest child, Scientologist Jason has previously insisted the boy doesn’t resent him for it (pictured at premiere of Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar in 2014)
My Name is Earl star Jason Lee and his wife Beth Riesgraf named their son Pilot Inspektor after being inspired by a song on the indie rock band Grandaddy’s 2000 album The Sophtware Slump.
He explained: ‘The opening track, “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot”, absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it. It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son.’
Despite the unusual choice of name for his eldest child, Scientologist Jason has previously insisted the boy doesn’t resent him for it.
He said: ‘Pilot loves his name. He goes to a little hippy school where all the children have interesting names.
‘He has a friend named Zoot. Then there’s Cosmo, and lots of others too!’
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