Busy Philipps names her daughter “Birdie”

Michelle Williams’ best friend, actress Busy Phillipps, 29, picked a name for her newborn that joins Audio Science, Peanut Kai, and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily among the list of questionable celebrity baby names. Busy named her baby Birdie.

Actress Busy Philipps and her screenwriter-husband Marc Silverstein are the latest celebs to choose a bizarre name for their baby.

On Thursday, they announced they will call their newborn daughter “Birdie.” (Birdie Leigh Silverstein was born Wednesday, weighing in at 9 lbs., 7 oz., according to E! News. Philipps is godmother to Michelle Williams’ two-year-old daughter, Matilda.)

Lately, celeb parents can’t stop giving their kids unusual monikers.

General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher named his newborn son “Peanut.”

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban settled on “Sunday.”

Jessica Alba went with “Honor” for her little girl.

Chris Martin — dad to “Apple” and “Moses” with wife Gwyneth Paltrow — defended odd baby names.

“There’s nothing weird about calling your baby Chewbacca if that’s what you want to call your baby,” he said. “It’s no stranger than Sarah. A name is just a noise, and if you like it, then f–k what everyone else says.”

[From US Weekly]

Busy’s real name is Elizabeth Jean Phillips and “Busy” is just a nickname she got saddled with as an active toddler. You would think that a grown woman who went through life being called “Busy” would take compassion on her child and give her a name that’s more common, or at least doesn’t sound goofy. Maybe she figured she’d give her daughter a nickname and not wait for her to get assigned one based on her temperament or personality traits. “Birdie” is definitely a name you earn that should be used sparingly by great uncles and best friends. There should be some embarrassing childhood incident associated with a name like that.

It’s not something you want to hear called out when you’re waiting in those hard plastic seats at the DMV. People would stare at you and some would make tweeting sounds under their breath. In this case the poor girl will probably opt for a nickname that sounds more like a proper name, like “Bea.”

Busy Philipps is shown at the Made of Honor premiere on 4/28/08. Credit: Anthony G. Moore / PR Photos

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  1. Syko says:

    Amazingly enough, this is not the first Birdie I’ve met.

    Also, wasn’t Lady Bird Johnson sometimes called “Bird” by friends and family?

    I’ve also known several Honors and one previous Moses. Two Moses if you count Charlton Heston.

  2. Kaiser says:

    Wasn’t the daughter’s name “Birdie” in that silly Sandra Bullock movie… uh… whatchamacallit. The one with Harry Connick?

    Edit: Syko – I think Lady Bird’s nickname was Bird and Birdie from childhood, and then Lyndon used it with her affectionately. Yes, I pay too much attention when Doris Kearns Goodwin is interviewed.

  3. HS says:

    I once new a ‘fluffy’. I kid you not. That was not her birth name, but I assure you, EVERYBODY called her Fluffy.

  4. Abby says:

    Kaiser, I was just thinking the same
    thing – the movie was Hope Floats.

  5. Kaiser says:

    Hope Floats! Thank you, Abby.

  6. SEA1967 says:

    My grandmother’s sister’s name was Birdie. Her real name on her birth certificate. It was not even terribly uncommon for the time.

  7. Syko says:

    Right, Kaiser, her real name was Claudia. Her nanny thought she looked like a little old lady bird, and it stuck. Although in later years she did not look like that.

    I have, in my time, known a Rose Bush (married name, don’t blame the parents), a Soda Popp and his sister Lolly (not lyin’!) and a woman actually named Kitten.

    My paternal grandfather’s name was Napoleon Alexander and my maternal grandfather’s name was Julius Caesar. Weird names are not limited to Hollywood or even the 20th or 21st century.

  8. MonicaBee says:

    I was at a Subway sandwich shop once and the sandwich artist was Imuneek (I’m unique). I’d take Birdie over Imuneek any day of the week. :oops:

    I think Busy Phillipps is so freaking pretty.

  9. Codzilla says:

    Who the hell is Busy Philipps?

  10. OK says:

    All of the Johnson Family had LBJ as initials. They had to invent something for his wife and Lady Bird (as she had Bird as a nickname already) fit into that better than Claudia, her real name. Lynda Baines and Lucy Bird were their daughters. More useless history, but hey, it fits in here.

  11. xiaoecho says:

    “You would think that a grown woman who went through life being called “Busy” would take compassion on her child and give her a name that’s more common, or at least doesn’t sound goofy.”

    You couldn’t have said it better CB

    We can only hope Birdy and Peanut get together when they grow older

  12. Bodhi says:

    I love Busy Phillips! She has just always seemed so cool.

    Anyway, I like Birdie. Its fun & happy. :) But I like most of the “wierd” baby names

    My grandmother’s name was Wilma Hermina, after her dad, William Herman. I think THAT is cruel!

  13. Tammy says:

    I went to school with a “Busy” and I have no idea what her real name was, that may have been it. My friend named his kid “Rip”. I knew a Charity and her sister Patience. Is it really weird that I want to name my next boy Lucius? I like it. I know. Whatever. That movie Where the Heart Is, now those kids had some funny names. Americus, Brownie, Praline… haha.

  14. texasmom says:

    I’ve met a Cookie and a Sunshine. And I know a family that just named their poor defenseless son “Rowdy.”

  15. Alexis says:

    How do you pronounce Busy? Bussee?
    Bizee? That is a strange name. I like Birdie, I think it’s ultra feminine.

  16. eatavag says:

    “You would think that a grown woman who went through life being called “Busy” would take compassion on her child and give her a name that’s more common, or at least doesn’t sound goofy.”

    maybe she likes her name and doesn’t think it’s goofy. i like Birdie. good for her for not giving a dang and naming her kid what she wanted and not what she thought society would accept as normal. :-)

  17. Emmy says:

    This is a very cute name. Besides, “Bertie” is a nickname for Roberta. I’ve known several people with that name, granted they were mostly 60+ in age.

  18. geronimo says:

    lol, loving Syko’s Soda Popp and Lolly Popp and texasmom’s Rowdy!

    Birdie’s not that uncommon, not too keen on it, reminds me too much of Bridie (derivative of Bridget) – now there’s a name to hate.

  19. AP says:

    Birdie Phillip’s not so bad. As a nickname or a regular name. Apple Martin might get the nickname Appletini, tho. I’m willing to bet money on that.

    What wonderful rarefied air celebs get to breathe.

  20. NHchicky says:

    I went to school with several oddly named people. Treasure, Shasta, Tuesday, Trice, Knut.. This was 20 years ago! I think there have always been those who just like the odd names.

  21. NHchicky says:

    Oh I forgot to mention a friend who named her newly born daughter Fonda after going into labor while watching the Jane Fonda workout tapes.

  22. Embee says:

    I met a girl named “Puddin” once, but she was pretty country so it fit. Busy is so cute/pretty and looks so happy! Is that the same dress A Jolie wore in Cannes? Busy ROCKS it.

  23. Fudgy Penguin says:

    I think Birdie is super cute. Very old fashioned. It’s better than Apple, that’s for sure. My daughter goes to school with two sisters named, Lollipop and Jelly Bean. Imagine that?

  24. Syko says:

    Rowdy is a good name for a Texas boy! :lol:

  25. Lauri says:


    I knew 4 sisters when I was a kid. Their names were Misty, Stormy, Rainy and Sunny.

  26. mE says:

    Yep, plenty of weird names in the “civilian” world. I have known baby girls named Savannah Champaine [sic] (umm, strippers much?), twin baby girls Hennesey and Tequila, a pre-law studend named Cupcake Brown, etc.

    My mother swears that when she worked with the Census bureau she came across people with various diseases/names. The most notable of which was Gonorhea.

  27. Syko says:

    Used to have a client here whose name was Venus Parfait. I always thought if I ever became a hooker, that’s the name I’d use.

  28. Nan says:

    I personally have always loved the odd names that come from the African-American culture here. Names like Keeshon & Chanterelle are priceless. Taneisha is always a hit.

  29. Obvious says:

    How about the guy with the last name of Trout? He named his kids Brook and Rainbow.

    Poor defesnless children, I’d petition for a name change at 18.

  30. Mairead says:

    Isn’t Chanterelle a mushroom? 8O

    As bad baby names go – Birdie is quite cute and there are worse names to be lumbered with. Like “Baby” it’s a common enough nickname, in Ireland at least. (And yes I do know older people called “Baby” – one was a beloved family friend) :wink:
    At least she’s not spelling it “Byrdee”:roll:

    For those who like “yewneek” names and spellings – because the kid’s DNA isn’t individual enough – please do not click on this link… :twisted:


    I LOVE the sarcastic comments on it – the site owner is like a mix of Jaybird, vdantev and xiaoecho :lol:

  31. Bodhi says:

    I have a cousin named Charity, I don’t think thats one is bad at all

  32. Muskokagirl says:

    Has anyone heard of that poor little girl in New Zealand whose parents named her “Tallulah does the Hula from Hawaii”? It was in the news about a month ago that the C.A.S. (or NZ equivalent) took them to court for child abuse. In the same article I read about a boy named “Busstop #6″.
    So there’s that, and then there’s the fact that there were 6 girls in my grade 9 gym class who shared my name. I’m not sure which is better…

  33. elisa says:

    I rather like “Honor” as a name, a throwback to early American days with names like Faith, Hope, Charity…Honor fits right in with that. Besides, it shows what Jessica hopes her child will have!

    Birdie…I don’t know. Not too bad. (As a sidenote, anyone remember the children’s book, “Catherine, Called Birdy”?)

  34. kate says:

    i like the name birdie! i’m from the south and have run across a couple of birdies. we love us some weird names down there!

  35. Codzilla says:

    Tammy: I think Lucius is a great name.

    My coworker had a list of Mormon names, and while there were quite a few interesting ones, we all immediately zeroed in on Vulva Mae. Now THAT’S a classic.

  36. Whitey Fisk says:

    I can’t believe some of these names!

    Compared to Syko’s Popp family and their friends Imuneek and Vulva Mae, Birdie is positively hum-drum!

  37. Tammy says:

    How could I possibly forget that I worked with a woman named P.J. for none other than Peaches Josephine. I couldn’t make it up.

  38. brista says:

    Aw, I think it’s cute. I also think Apple is cute and the Demi/Bruce kids have cute names, too. I almost like the Jolie/Pitt kids’ names, too. Birdie sounds slightly old fashioned and um, somehow British, but I’m not sure why. Maybe because the girl from Atonement was named ‘Briney’. Anyway, I don’t think it’s nearly as awful as the other examples.

  39. Kat says:

    Who is this person?? Never heard or seen her before.

  40. Just when I thought the names couldn’t get any worse….

  41. brianne says:

    So she gave birth to an 80 year old woman then? It always makes me laugh when people give their kids senior citizen names, I know they weren’t always considered to be that. But they definitely are now. On a side note though, I love busy phillips YAY for white chicks! one of the most hilarious movies EVER!! she’s really pretty in such an unconventional way, which is always my favorite type of beauty.

  42. Uh oh, my daughter is named Snowflake. Weird huh? She is 7 and LOVES her name! ;) But maybe I’m just another “Hollywood” type! Ha! Cheers!

  43. Otter says:

    Birdie is a name of three generations of women in my family…short for Birdenia. My aunt Birdie married a man named Peacock. Yep, Birdie Peacock.

  44. inara says:

    i once met a “love rimmer.” i wish i was kidding.

  45. paris herpes says:

    Met a little black girl named Unique the other day. She was really cute too!

  46. paris herpes says:

    Busy was on Freaks and Geeks. She was the bad girl! I actually really liked her on the show…what’s she doing these days besides having kids?

  47. marieline marra says:

    busy philipps is genius. her serie emergency room, dawson and the freak and geeks aremarvellous. she is a magnificent and wonder actress. congratulations busy for your first child birdie leigh!!! it is genius for to watch photos about birdie if you are ok. thank- you very much. at pleasure. sincerely and best regards. marie- line