As celebrity baby names took a turn for the intriguing in the early aughts, people became judgier about stars' choices. CTV / Via giphy.com A lot of people who don't understand/approve of unusual celebrity baby names feel like parents are unfairly positioning their kids to feel some type of way about their moniker at some point in their lives (though, tbh, who amongst us hasn't?). TV Land / Via giphy.com Here are some celebrity babies the masses were ~concerned~ about in the early aughts and how they're doing today. 1. Rocco Ritchie, son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie, was born in August 2000, with the Italian moniker seeming unusual to many fans of the Material Girl. Kevin Mazur / WireImage These days, Rocco, 22, is a model who's pivoting toward art and using a pseudonym, Rhed, for his works.
"Rhed is just a name. The only real meaning and importance of that were so my life and my career weren’t confusing each other, especially at a point where I haven’t earned the title yet," he told
Vogue Hong Kong . "It’s not that I don’t feel proud to be who I am, on the contrary, I couldn’t be prouder of my parents and what they’ve achieved and, in turn, taught me. I just needed enough time to develop and experience my own lessons just like they did, without the extreme public judgement. Rhed was a mask until it wasn’t." Pierre Suu / Getty Images 2. Jermajesty Jackson, son of Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, was born in October 2000.
members of the Jackson family) were astounded at the name, a take on "your majesty" that was a step too self-indulgent for even the most die-hard Jackson family fans. Ron Wolfson / WireImage Today, Jermajesty performs with brother Jaafar and Jermaine and is also working on his own music. 3. Willow Camille Reign Smith was born to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on Halloween 2000, a name fans have since speculated is just a flip of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum. Jim Spellman / WireImage Willow is still Willow, though she's no longer a Smith after reportedly dropping her surname. She's a talented artist and musician and proves she's got the talent of her gene pool and the drive to dominate on her own terms.
Jaden talked to
Apple Music about the name change, saying, "I realized that Willow changed her name to Willow at some point in time and that she was no longer Willow Smith. It took me a while because if you look Willow Smith up, it’ll still come up. But then it took me a while to see that it was just Willow. And I was like, ‘Yo. That’s so strong.’ You feel like you don’t have to say your last name. You’re just Willow." Michael Tran / AFP via Getty Images 4. Tu Simone Morrow, born in April 2001, is the daughter of actor Rob Morrow and wife Debbon.
Tu Morrow definitely raised some eyebrows at the time of her birth and has been featured in numerous discussions about
unusual baby names. Sonja Flemming / CBS via Getty Images Tu, now 21, is chasing an acting career of her own, with a handful of credits under her belt so far. Michael Kovac / Getty Images for STARZ 5. Kyd Miller Duchovny, son of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni, was born in June 2002. James Devaney / WireImage Last June, David told Closer Weekly he was happy that, unlike sister West, Kyd, now 20, is not interested in acting.
"My son is a naturally gifted, funny guy. He’s a storyteller in that way but has shown no interest in acting," he shared.
James Devaney / Getty Images 6. Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver, daughter of Jamie Oliver and Juliette "Jools" Norton, was born in March 2002.
I think all the -y sounds threw people off, honestly.
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"20 years old today….where has the time gone? Born in to a slightly unusual world of paparazzi and the Naked Chef…but I’m so proud of you and the wonderful woman you have become," the proud dad wrote. "You're kind and unassuming, and I love you to the world and back!! have a wonderful birthday, my sweet baby girl….enjoy yourself surrounded by everyone that loves you HAPPY BIRTHDAY XXXXXXXXXXX."
David M. Benett / Getty Images for Zoella Beauty 7. Talula Fyfe Dempsey, daughter of Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink, was born in February 2002.
The unusual spelling of Talula, combined with the unique middle name Fyfe, threw people. Turning 20 this month, Talula has flourished and is a college student
splitting her time between Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Allison Dinner / AFP via Getty Images 8. Audio Science Clayton, son of Shannyn Sossaman and Dallas Clayton, was born in May 2003.
Shannon defended the name, which was perceived as weird but would probably not be as surprising today.
“We wanted a word, not a name, so my boyfriend
read through the dictionary three or four times. We were going to call him Science but thought it might get shortened to Sci, as in Simon.”
Today, 19-year-old Audio is a
singer/songwriter/producer. Safe to say the name fit! Donato Sardella / Getty Images for Milk + Bookies 9. September of that year saw Jason Lee introduce son Pilot Inspektor, which people didn't know what to make of. John Sciulli / WireImage Pilot, now 19, has done some acting and seems into photography based on his Instagram. Ari Perilstein / Getty Images for Hallmark Hall of Fame 10. Rachel Griffiths and Andrew Taylor's son, Banjo Patrick Taylor, was born in November 2003. Michael Buckner / Getty Images Banjo Patrick Taylor lives a private life today, occasionally making an appearance alongside mom. Sam Tabone / WireImage 11. Apple Blythe Alison Martin, daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, broke the internet before breaking the internet was a thing when her biblically-inspired name was announced in May 2004. Mj Kim / Getty Images Today, Apple is a model and a student, living her best life on the East Coast. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images 12. Coco Riley Arquette's name, inspired by mom Courteney Cox's own moniker, was a major subject of conversation when she was born in June 2004. J. Vespa / WireImage Coco, now 18, is a talented singer and having fun navigating early adulthood. David M. Benett / Dave Benett / Getty Images 13. Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette, child of magician Penn Jillette and wife Emily, was born in June 2005.
In 2006, Penn told
the New York Times , "Moxie is a name that was created by an American for the first national soft drink and then went on to mean chutzpah, and that's nice."
He continued, "It's only the losers named Dave that think having an unusual name is bad, and who cares what they think. They're named Dave."
Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images During the pandemic, Moxie appeared with her dad on a few livestreams, but has lived an otherwise private life. Ethan Miller / Getty Images 14. Clementine Poppy De Vere Drummond, born in November 2004, is the daughter of Claudia Schiffer 15. Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, daughter of Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan, was born in May 2004 Walter Mcbride / Getty Images 16. Will Ferrell addressed the controversy around son Magnus Ferrell's name in a 2006 interview with PEOPLE.
"My wife was born in Sweden, and we loved the idea of a
Scandinavian name," he explained. "I’ve gotten a lot of flack: ‘What kind of ego do you have to have to name your child the great one?’ That is not it at all." Noel Vasquez / Getty Images In December, Magnus, 18, and his band played their first live show in San Diego, where dad joined in... on the cowbell, of course. 17. Phinnaeus Walter Moder, son of Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, was born in November 2004.
Many thought his name stood out in comparison to twin Hazel Patricia. The pair, who have kept very private lives despite their mom's star power, turned 18 in November and are currently in their first year of college.
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