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What's in a name, huh?

Netra Agarwal

Updated: July 10, 2013, 2:13 PM IST
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What's in a name? Well, looks like for celebrities it means going weird. Singer Jessica Simpson gave birth to a baby boy recently, and named him Ace k-nute, wonder what's the story behind that one. And just a few days back, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were blessed with their first child, a daughter who they decided to name North West. Hurray. Plaudits. Roar. Wait. Really? 'North West'?? Did Kim and Kanye never consider all the bashing that poor North West will be at the receiving end of when she goes to school? Just imagine the cruel jokes that will come her way in a class full of Jennifers and Dorothys. Maybe some lawyers should already start working in that 'direction'. But wait! It's not just the lil Kardashian who needs to worry, because list of celebrity kids with bizarre name is just going longer by the day.

I mean it does take a flight of fancy to name your daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Now that is totally going out-of-the-box. So 'Blue' comes from Jay Z's platinum-selling album 'Blueprint' and 'Ivy' comes from Beyonce's album 'IV' (4 to non-romans) and well, Carter as we all know comes from daddy Z's real name Shawn Carter. Phew! Now that makes naming your kids an expansive process and probably a lesson for all the parents who named their kids 'Rahul' or 'Raj' just because the mom's favourite actor was Shah Rukh Khan. The least they could have done was to consider maybe adding even father's favourite actor/actress to the baby's name. Just to be fair to both the parents. A good example of this could be 'Mimoh', Mithun Chakraborty's son who is also known as Mahakshay. For your information, 'Mimoh' is a result of Mithun's favourite stars Michael Jackson and Mohammed Ali. (Seldom are we Indians far behind in any sphere!)

An exception can be made in case you are David Hot Beckham's (middle name courtesy crazy fans like me) daughter, because if you have that hot a dad then you probably can be called Harper seven, eight, nine, ten or even infinity for that matter. But not all star kids are as lucky. Now, look at Bollywood's golden man himself, Bappi Lahiri. What was he thinking when he named his son Bappa? We could have spared him if it was a joke, alas, it isn't. And now that poor Bappa is married, he soon may give this world a Bappu.

Thank god for small mercies. My parents did not go too far away and settled down for a rather pretty name (I'd like to believe!) and decided to call me Netra. It could have been much worse.

Now with the world waiting for the royal baby with a baited breath, many names have cropped up. May be the stiff upper lipped Brits could take cue from the growing trend and give us an out-of-the-box royal after all!
First Published: July 10, 2013, 2:13 PM IST

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