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Stars Explain Their Strange Baby Names

Never understood why these celebrities named their babies such unconventional names? We've got the inside scoop!

Coco

Coco

Courteney Cox and David Arquette were a bit more nostalgic with their name selection. They named their daughter Coco, after Courteney's own childhood nickname.

North

North

Aside from the fact that the first name is another cardinal direction and sounds pretty cute together with West, Kim Kardashian claims that she named her baby North because "North means highest power."

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Blue Ivy

Blue Ivy

One of the most famous babies in Hollywood, Blue Ivy is the daughter of power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. Interestingly enough, the name Blue Ivy is a combination of the couple's obsession with two things: the color blue, and the number four. When written in Roman numerals, the number four is IV, which sounds like Ivy. Pretty clever, eh?

Axl

Axl

Fergie and Josh Duhamel's baby name also has an interesting origin. Apparently, mama Fergie had a weird dream about Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose that inspired her to name her baby after him.

Apple

Apple

One of the first Hollywood baby names that eluded us all, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman and husband Chris Martin decided to name their daughter Apple. Why, you ask? The couple thought the name sounded very "biblical" and "wholesome." As it turns out, it was Chris who suggested the name to Gwyneth in the first place!

Frances Bean

Frances Bean

When Courtney Love and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain had a baby, they named her after guitarist Frances McKee. She played in The Vaselines, an indie band they were obviously fond of.

Tennessee James

Tennessee James

Actress Reese Witherspoon and new husband James Toth named their baby Tennessee, which is where Reese was born. Her hometown must be very close to her heart!

Marlowe

Marlowe

Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge gave their daughter a name that commemorates one of the great Elizabethan playwrights: Christopher Marlowe.

Sparrow James Midnight

Sparrow James Midnight

Well, this one's a mouthful. Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden and fashion designer Nicole Richie named their son Sparrow James Midnight because they must have liked the Pirates of the Caribbean movie...since they named their son after Captain Jack Sparrow!

Milan

Milan

Shakira and her handsome boyfriend Gerard Pique decided to name their son Milan because the name described the way they thought of their child: "dear, loving and gracious."

Vida

Vida

Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camilla Alves named their daughter after the Portuguese and Spanish word that means "life."

Bing Hawn

Bing Hawn

Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy decided to give their baby a name that meant something to the both of them: a little piece of both their mamas. Bingham is Matt's mom's maiden name, and we all know Kate Hudson's mother is Goldie Hawn.

Blanket

Blanket

As it turns out, Michael Jackson's second son's name was actually more of a nickname. Instead of giving Blanket a new name, he decided to name him just like his first son, Prince Michael. Blanket's real name is Prince Michael II, but the nickname is what stuck!

Bluebell Madonna

Bluebell Madonna

Singer and original Spice Girl Geri Halliwell named her daughter after the bluebell flower, as well as the namesake of both a pop icon and the virgin Madonna.

Makena Lei

Makena Lei

Actress Helen Hunt and her husband Matt Carnahan gave their daughter a tradition Hawaiian name that means "many flowers of heaven."

Maddox, Pax, and Knox

Maddox, Pax, and Knox

Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt named their children Maddox, Pax, and Knox. They also have three other children named Zahara, Shiloh and Vivienne. Angelina's mother was the one who suggested Pax's name before she passed away. Since then, for some reason, they wanted all the Brangelina boys to have the kind of names that ended in an "x."

Sunday Rose

Sunday Rose

The explanation for Nicole Kidman's daughter's name couldn't be simpler: Sunday is Nicole's favorite day of the week. So she and Keith Urban named their daughter Sunday Rose.

Ocean

Ocean

When asked why Forest Whitaker named his son Ocean, he responded that the ocean was "expansive," which was how he hoped his son would grow up to be.

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