By Megan McChesney
We’re only just about two months into 2012, and we already have a slew of celeb baby names that have made the news.
Of course, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter (which is actually going to be trademarked,* if it hasn’t already) is probably the best known. There has been so much speculation as to what her name actually means! (Isn’t it possible they just like the names Blue and Ivy?) Plus, she’ll probably just go as Bay-Z or Bluoncé as she grows older anyway.
Two weeks ago, Jason Bateman’s daughter made headlines when she arrived and was given the handle Maple Sylvie. Robin Stevenson, our executive editor at Canadian Family magazine, got noticed by the Washington Post for suggesting via Twitter that Maple should marry one of Kevin Bacon’s kids, and then she could be Maple Bacon (wokka wokka).
But these aren’t the only celebs to choose unique names for their ’12 babies.
Robert Downey Jr.’s new son is named Exton Elias.
British director and artist Sam Taylor-Wood (44) and her fiancé actor Aaron Johnson (21) welcomed second daughter Romy Hero. Their first is named Wylda. (We’ve only just discovered these two, and we’re fascinated. The age gap is a part of it, the fact that he’s such a young dad is another part of it, but just look at them in this photo [at right] and tell us that you don’t want to know their story! It’s worth noting that this photo was taken at Buckingham Palace on the day that Taylor-Wood received the Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles.)
Actress Keri Russell named her little girl Willa Lou.
But there are some celebs who have chosen decidedly less unusual names for their kids this year. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard named her daughter Beatrice Jean, while British pop star Lily Allen chose Ethel Mary for hers.
Though Blue and Maple are definitely unusual, we’re still waiting for the 2012 baby name that will really have us scratching our heads.
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*If ever there was a reason I am grateful that I am not a celebrity, it’s that I don’t have to worry about trademarking my baby’s name.
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