Celeb Baby Names: Where Do They Come From?

The rich and famous seem to thrive on inventing original names for their children. Ever wonder where they came up with the names or what they mean? Matthew McConaughey recently revealed why he named his daughter Vida, which means “life” in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Let’s take a look at the origins of some other famous celebrity girls’ names.

APPLE MARTIN: Every time I see it in print I think of an apple martini. But maybe that’s just me… Clearly, little Apple — whose dad is Chris Martin — is named after the fruit, but what did Gwyneth Paltrow have to say about the choice?

“It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me — you know, apples are so sweet and they’re just wholesome and it’s biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and… clean! And I just thought, ‘Perfect!'”

SURI CRUISE: After naming his two kids with Nicole Kidman mainstream monikers (Isabella and Connor), Cruise stretched his imagination with the third, whose mother is of course Katie Holmes. Suri means “princess” in Hebrew, “red rose” in Persian and “3 going on 30” in American. I kid! About the last one, at least.

SHILOH NOUVEL JOLIE-PITT: Shiloh is a place in Sonoma County, California (perhaps Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt conceived there?) and also means “the peaceful one” in Hebrew, in reference to the Messiah. Nouvel is French for “new.”  So she’s either the new Messiah or just named for a cool place in California. Either way, I like it.

HARLOW MADDEN: To you and I Harlow might be super original, but in fact another famous couple beat Nicole Richie and Joel Madden to it. Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane named their daughter Harlow in 2003.  Here’s what Richie and Madden said about their choice: “I wanted a hippie name and he wanted a more biblical name,” said Richie, to which Madden added, “I really like Jean Harlow the actress, and she likes Shalom Harlow the model. Harlow’s cool because it feels like a classic name.”

SERAPHINA AFFLECK: Violet is certainly not uncommon so Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner naming their second little girl Seraphina was a bit surprising.  At least to me. Garner has explained that the name means “angel” in various languages and that she and her husband really liked that.

What do you think of these names, and would you name (or have you named) your kids something truly unique?


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