In Defense of Stormi

Unique names are taking the world by storm thanks to celebrities.

Claudia Pilarski, Junior writer

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Apple. Stormi. Moroccan. What is it with celebrities and extremely unusual baby names?

Lately, the Kardashians have been swarming the news with the strange names of Kim and Kylie’s daughters, Chicago and Stormi, respectively. Why is there such a huge interest in ‘unique’ names for celebrity babies?

Perhaps Jamie Oliver can provide the perfect example of downright weird names for his kids: Buddy Bear Maurice, Daisy Boo Pamela, River Rocket, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Poppy Honey Rosie. One can’t help but wonder if he just opened the dictionary to a random page and choose whatever word his finger landed on. On the contrary, when one considers all of the peculiar names that famous people have chosen, they compare rather similarly to ‘normal’ people names.

According to NBC News, name expert Laura Wattenberg found that the “rate of unusual names among celebrities was the same among the general population”. Famous babies often inspire the population to give their babies more unique names. The name Stormi has gone up to 15 million since Kylie gave birth and the name Ivy is ranked #119 on the most popular list, courtesy of Beyoncé and Jay Z.

Whether a celebrity names their kid something normal or not, the weird ones are for sure to stand out, which makes it seem like all famous people have this habit. 2018 is sure to be an interesting year with many famous children already on the way.