Choosing a name for a child is an important decision and one that parents often spend a lot of time on. Some names are beautiful and uncommon, others are popular choices, and then there are those really unusual names chosen by celebrities. Names like Pilot Inspektor Lee, which was interestingly inspired by lyrics in a song, and Petal Blossom Rainbow, which is a name that’s very similar to that of a character in My Little Pony. These names often make people wonder why the celeb decided to go in this non-traditional direction.
Then again, people who have made it big in the entertainment industry are known for their creative flair, and their children’s names are nothing if not creative.
Celebrities also have to think about another thing when deciding on a name for their offspring, do they want to build a brand out of it in the future? Because people want to make money by associating their products with names of celebrities, those that are really famous have to take precaution to protect their child and their interests. And they do this by filing for a trademark, which in certain cases makes sense. Below are 10 parents who moved to trademark their child’s name, and 10 who haven’t, despite the uniqueness of the name.
Let's start with the 10 celeb parents who did trademark their kids' names...
20 Cardi B And Offset Moved To Trademark Their Baby Kulture’s Rights
Cardi B and rapper Offset welcomed a baby girl into the world, and they decided to give her a very unique name, Kulture Kiari Cephus. It’s also a name that the parents have trademarked, and according to The Blast, the couple filed documents to register the name for the “merchandising of shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts, and footwear.” The filing was made under Sallie Smith LLC, a company registered to Offset.
The publication notes that the couple also wanted the name to be used for other merchandising purposes, including fan clubs, motion pictures, and entertainment marketing services.
19 Business-Minded Kylie Jenner Is Believed To Have Trademarked Stormi’s Name Before She Even Gave Birth
Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy created a lot of interest, in part, because she decided to neither confirm nor deny whether she was expecting. And now that she has given birth to her daughter, Stormi Webster (who she shares with Travis Scott), the interest in her child has not gone away, which is perhaps why she made the decision to trademark her name.
According to Hello!, an insider told The Sun, that the business-minded reality star decided to trademark the name early on, before Stormi was even born. The reason being that "They can’t be too careful. There’s always someone who’ll want to make money off a Kardashian or Jenner name."
18 DJ Khaled’s Little Boy’s Name Is Going To Become Well-Known In The Future
DJ Khaled is another star who wants to get in on the trademark game with his son Asahd. DJ Khaled and his wife filed to trademark their son’s name for multiple purposes, including a children’s line and even video games, but according to Billboard, he has taken things a step further than most celebrities by creating a lawsuit around the name.
He has allegedly filed against a company which wants to trademark the following names, “Asahd, Asahd Couture, and A.S.A.H.D A Son And His Dad.” But why is this move taking it further than other celebs? Well, the publication notes that DJ Khaled could have simply filed oppositions to the trademark, but instead chose to file a lawsuit.
17 Beyonce And Jay Z Were One Of The First Known Celebs To Get In On The Trademark Game
Beyonce and Jay Z are probably one of the first celebrity couples to have made headlines around the decision to trademark their daughter, Blue Ivy’s name. And later, they filed trademarks in the United States for their twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, The Guardian reports.
Not long after the birth of Blue Ivy in 2012, the couple are believed to have filed papers to trademark her name, Daily Mail reports. However, there was an issue with the trademark because there was already a wedding planning company in existence with the same name -- and it has been operating since 2009.
16 Victoria And David Beckham Are Protecting Their Brood’s Unique Names
Victoria and David Beckham are a celebrity power couple, whose marriage has withstood the test of time (they have been married since 1999). Together, the pair has four children, three sons, and one daughter, all of whom have become well-known to the public and are regularly photographed.
Given the fame, and the unique names of the couple’s children, Romeo James, Brooklyn, Cruz, and Harper Seven, it’s perhaps not an entirely unexpected move that the couple is said to have filed to trademark their kids' names. According to BBC, the couple registered their children's names with intellectual property authorities in Britain and Europe.
15 Kim and Kanye West Are Believed To Have Trademarked Their Kids' Names
The Kardashian clan have created an empire, and they need to protect it. According to CBS News, Kim, and her sisters, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, have all trademarked their names, and according to Perez Hilton, Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West also want to protect the names of their famous brood.
Of the decision to copyright their children’s names, the publication reports that an insider explained that while they are “extremely business-minded,” the decision actually comes “from their protectiveness about privacy.” Adding, “There are always people keen to capitalize on the Kim and Kanye names. This means that they could control anything to do with their daughter in the future.”
14 Britney Spears Launched A Clothing Line With Her Son’s Name
Britney Spears is a mom to two boys, Sean Preston Federline, and Jayden James Federline, who she shares with ex-husband, Kevin Federline. When Spear’s firstborn son, Sean Preston, was a toddler, it is believed that she started creating doodles of children’s clothes, this according to a 2006 report from People magazine.
According to People, the publication, Socialite’s Life, discovered that Spears had made the decision to trademark Sean Preston’s name for a clothing line. Although there seems to be little more information available on Spears’ trademark decision, and as far as we know, there hasn’t been a collection...yet.
13 Ashton Kutcher Didn’t Exactly Trademark His Daughter’s Name, But He Did Buy All The Domain Names
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have two children, and after they welcomed their first born, a daughter named Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher, they made the decision to protect her name. But, instead of filing a trademark, Kutcher simply decided to buy up all the domain names of websites relating to his daughter.
Kutcher spoke of his decision with Conan O’Brien (via The Independent), explaining, "We immediately went home and reserved all the domain names. We've got... everything you could possibly get.” The publication also notes that this includes social media accounts, and an email address.
12 Chris Brown’s Baby Mama, Nia Guzman, Wants Their Daughter To Have A Clothing Line
Chris Brown is the proud father of a little girl named Royalty, who he co-parents with model Nia Guzman. According to Complex, when the little girl was aged 3, her mother helped her launch a Royalty Brown clothing collection, which includes a monster T-shirt, a shirt with a cartoon image of Royalty’s face, and accessories.
The announcement came after Guzman filed a trademark for Royalty's name in 2016. The publication notes that the original filing certainly seemed to suggest that there would be a clothing line coming soon, as it asked to cover everything from "dresses for babies and children" to "infant and toddler one piece clothing."
11 Rey Mysterio Went A Different Route When He Trademarked A WWE Stage Name For His Son
Taking a turn that is slightly different from the aforementioned celebrities and their decisions to trademark their children’s names, we bring you WWE star, Rey Mysterio, who is believed to have trademarked a stage name for his son.
Rey Mysterio, whose real name is Óscar Gutiérrez, has a son, Dominic Gutierrez, who is also interested in the wrestling world. But here’s where it gets interesting; according to 411Mania, in 2018, it was reported that Mysterio applied to trademark the name, Principe Mysterio, which is believed to be a name for his son to use when he officially joins WWE.
And here are the 10 celeb parents who might want to consider trademarking their kids' names...
10 Jamie Oliver And His Wife Get Very Creative When It Comes To Naming Their Brood
And then we bring you a list of children’s names that are not trademarked, although they are so different you would think they may be. Jamie Oliver and his wife, Jools, have a special gift for choosing strange children’s names, which include Buddy Bear Maurice, River Rocket Blue Dallas, and Petal Blossom Rainbow (and that’s just three of five, but you get the idea).
When it comes to choosing names, Oliver’s wife explained that they all have multiple names because it was so hard to choose just one. She told Gurgle magazine (via The Independent), “They all have more than one name because I couldn’t decide. I’m not sure where Petal Rainbow came from - apparently it’s a My Little Pony! I wanted to call her Rainbow but Jamie told me to calm down.”
9 Even If Gwyneth Paltrow Wanted To, She Probably Would Have Had A Hard Time Trademarking Her Daughter Apple Martin's Name
Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple Martin (who she shares with ex-husband, Chris Martin) has a name that sounds a lot like a drink, but one thing it definitely is is a fruit. And perhaps that’s why she hasn’t tried to trademark the name.
As for how Paltrow came up with it, she told Hello! Canada Magazine (via Today’s Parent) that actually she didn't, and it was all Chris Martin’s idea. “I know. People did talk about Apple a lot! My husband named her,” she said, adding, “I loved it straight away. I thought it was so unique and sounded cool…”
8 Jason Lee Gave His Son The Very Unique Name, Pilot Inspektor
Jason Lee is a father to four children, but it is his eldest son that has the most interesting name, Pilot Inspektor Lee. The actor shares his son with ex-partner, Beth Riesgraf, and although the name often makes headlines for its uniqueness, he told Entertainment Weekly (via Time) it came about after he listened to a song by the band Grandaddy.
"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,” he explained.
7 Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Named Their Daughter Sunday Rose, After The Loneliest Day In The Week
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban named their daughter Sunday Rose, after the last day in the week. A day that is also the loneliest, at least according to the couple.
“When we were both alone, before we met each other, Sunday was the day we dreaded most, because when you don't have someone in your life Sundays can be really lonely,” Kidman said, Daily Mail reports. “Then when we met, we went from dreading Sunday to really loving it..." And so they thought they would name their daughter after this now-special day, which is actually a very sweet decision.
6 Ashlee Simpson’s Son Bronx Mowgli Has A Name That Raises An Eyebrow
Before Ashlee Simpson married Evan Ross, she was in a relationship with Pete Wentz and the pair share a son, who is named Bronx Mowgli. Wentz has spoken about the name choice, and how it came about, in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show (via New York Daily News), and yes, Mowgli is inspired by The Jungle Book character of the same name.
As for Bronx, Wentz explained, "We'd been throwing ["Bronx"] back and forth a while ago. I feel weird because all these people have all these ideas on what it means ... It's kind of cool to leave the narrative what it is." He mysteriously added, "I don't think anybody knows what the real story is of why or how.”
5 Jessica Simpson’s Son Has The Unusual Name, Ace Knute, To Honor His Grandfather
Another Simpson sister who opted to give her child an uncommon name is Jessica Simpson, and she and husband Eric Johnson named their second born, Ace Knute (although their daughter's name Maxwell Drew is also untraditional).
The name may raise a few eyebrows because it is weird sounding, but there is a sweet reason for why they chose it. According to Zimbio, it is a Norwegian name and honors Johnson's paternal grandfather, Knute Johnson. Parents also commented on the meaning behind the name, commenting on how Ace traditionally means one, and explained that in Norse, the word “knute” means knot.
4 Holly Madison Named Her Daughter Rainbow Aurora And We Are Still Waiting For The Trademark
Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella’s little girl has a very pretty sounding name, Rainbow Aurora. But it’s also a name that has received quite a bit of criticism on social media, so much so that Madison decided to defend her choice on her blog.
“I have always loved the name Rainbow. 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 wrote, Hollywood Life reports.
Madison then went on to state that the girl she knew was well-adjusted, so her daughter will be just fine with her unusual name, too.
3 Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Honored Their Mothers When They Named Their Son Apollo Bowie Flynn
Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband Gavin Rossdale are yet another couple who like untraditional names. They have three sons, all of whom have names that are definitely not common. Their youngest is named Apollo Bowie Flynn, which at first may sound like the musicians honored David Bowie with the name choice, but it is actually a little more personal than that.
According to Rossdale’s announcement of their son’s birth (via Hello!), he stated that the names Bowie and Flynn are their mothers’ maiden names. And according to Refinery29, instead of having the first name Apollo, Stefani originally wanted to name their son Jupiter, but Rossdale was against this.
2 Frank Zappa Is The King Of Unusual Baby Names -- Including Moon Unit
Frank Zappa has a skill when it comes to finding names for his children that no one else would ever dream of. And out of his four children, it is perhaps the name Moon Unit that stands out the most.
But think what you will of Zappa’s children’s names, he was pleased with them, and according to Nancy’s Baby Names, he had this to say on the topic: “I knew that they were going to be unique anyway because of certain other attributes, so why not have a name that goes with it. They all like their names and the kids at school do too. They don’t make fun of them; in fact, most of them are jealous of their names…”
1 Environmentalist Alicia Silverstone Named Her Son Bear Blu
Actress and environmentalist Alicia Silverstone is a mother to just one child, Bear Blu Jarecki, who she had with ex-husband Christopher Jarecki. But the name didn’t just come to her overnight, in fact, when it came to choosing a name for her son, Silverstone and her former partner had a tough time deciding.
"We had narrowed our list to five boy names, and then we couldn't really decide," she told Us Weekly (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He (husband Christopher Jarecki) suggested Bear or Blu, and I loved them both." She has also had positive reactions to the name, telling the publication most people find it “super cute.”