I know celebrities think naming their children these crazy names make them unique. But I think it must be bad for the children.
How about growing up as Tu Morrow? Yup, actor Rob Morrow (remember him from "Numb3rs" and "Northern Exposure"?) named his son Tu.
Everyone knows about Apple, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter, and Pilot Inspektor, Jason Lee's son.
There's Suri Cruise. When she was born and there was a story in the paper, I found my mother guffawing. I asked what was so funny. She said she was laughing about the story about Suri. The story said Suri meant red rose in Arabic. I asked what was so funny about that and she said in Japanese, it means pickpocket! I had to laugh, too.
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And then, there's poor North West. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby North, but will call her Nori. A friend said, isn't nori dried seaweed in Japanese? Yup.
Other celebrities are laughing about North West, too. It's not just us normal people.
Alicia Keys wrote: "Seriously Kim and Kanye, you named her North ...? That's like me naming my kid Car."
And Drake Bell said since they named her North, he'll name his first son Taco.
Do you think people will start copying celebrities and name their children strange names?
Maybe it's already started. After all my brother's middle name is Yasukazu. Does it mean anything? Not really. When he was born more than 50 years ago, it was a trend for Japanese American couples to blend their names to come up with a new one. Yasu is from my father's middle name of Yasuichi. Kazu is from my mother's name of Kazuko. So I'll venture to guess that Fred is the only person in the world with that name.