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The Name Game: Celebrity Children & Their Fascinating Names
by: Michael Kabel

    If you were teased as a child because of your name, you can be glad you're not the child of a celebrity. Whether as an expression of creativity, an attempt to draw attention, or just one of those off-kilter habits that makes Hollywood famous the world over, celebrities often give their children names ready-made for conversation. Some are inspired by the celebrity's heritage or spirituality. Others simply like the given name's sound. At least one Hollywood director gives his children the middle names of where they were conceived!

    Here is a random list of some of the most colorful celebrity baby names and the parents responsible. The list isn’t meant to single out anyone - or their parents - except to remark on how intriguing names can become when fueled by plenty of Tinseltown imagination.

True Harlow Fisher-Duddy: Born in February 2006, the daughter of actress Joely Fisher (herself the daughter of celebrities Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens) and cinematographer Christopher Duddy joins six-year-old sister Skylar Grace Fisher-Duddy.

Apple Blythe Alison Martin: The daughter of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was born in 2003. The couple has since had a son, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, born in April 2006.

Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel: the second child of model and television hostess Heidi Klum and musician Seal was born last November. Samuel is the true last name of his father, Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.

Harley Quinn Smith: True to his slacker/comic book geek persona, media personality Kevin Smith named his daughter after a popular Batman cartoon character. 

Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf Lee: The son of film and television actor Jason Lee and actress Beth Riesgraf, Pilot was born in September 2003. The Internet Movie Database reports the name is "infamous" within Hollywood circles.

The Jolie Children: Actress and activist Angelina Jolie has four children, three of whom are adopted by herself and actor Brad Pitt.
-    Maddox Chivan: Maddox is a Celtic word generally meaning "beneficient."
-    Zahara Marley: Zahara is a Swahili word for "flower;" Marley is taken from reggae legend Bob Marley
-    Shiloh Nouvel: Jolie and Pitt's first biological child, Shiloh means "the peaceful one," while Nouvel is French for "new."
-    Pax Thien: the youngest, Pax's names mean "Peace" in Latin and "Heaven" in Vietnamese.

Bryce Dallas Howard: the adult daughter of director Ron Howard's middle name is for the city where she was conceived. Her twin sisters and brother also share the same naming tradition. Brcye herself recently gave birth to a son, Theodore.

Makena'lei Gordon Carnahan: this daughter of actress Helen Hunt and producer Paul Carnahan was born 2004. Her mother explains the name means "many flowers of heaven," and was inspired by the dream of a friend.

Phinneaus Walter:
Actress Julia Roberts and cameraman Danny Moder had twin children in 2004. Phinneaus' sister is named Hazel Patricia.

Jayden James Federline:
singer Britney Spears and Kevin Federline welcomed this son into the world just two months prior to their notorious 2006 divorce.

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