Busy Philipps named her newborn daughter Cricket Pearl Silverstein. *crickets*

I seriously just learned today that Busy Phillips actually spells her name “Busy Philipps”. One L and two Ps. So, lesson learned. My bad. Busy gave birth to her second child, a second daughter, last week. Busy’s publicist confirmed the news to People and Us Weekly, and Busy posted the first baby photo on her Twitter. But until now, we haven’t had a name for the little girl. Busy’s first daughter is named Birdie Leigh Silverstein. And now Birdie Leigh is a big sister to…

Cricket Pearl Silverstein.

CRICKET. CRICKET PEARL!!! Like, a pearl of a cricket. A Cricket’s Pearl. It’s nonsensical and weird and do you think Cricket will end up a lawyer or a doctor with that name? Probably not. What jobs are out there for girls named Birdie and Cricket? The thing is, I’m not generally opposed to those names if they were nicknames born out of full-fleshed out personalities. I’m sure lots of WASPs give their children nicknames like Birdie and Cricket, but those kids have formal names like Elizabeth and Christina.

Busy responded to the criticism of her baby’s name with another Twitter post: “It’s weird people think my kids will be in therapy because of their names. Guys, my kids will be therapy for LOTS of reasons, I’m sure.” That’s funny, and light. And possibly true.

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  1. Buckwild says:

    Well her own name is Busy so I guess she didn’t experience too much hardship growing up with that name. What would you rather pick? Busy vs Birdie vs Crickets?

    1 vote for Birdie. Although I would seem like an old cat lady lol

  2. marie says:

    Cricket is a cute nickname, not real sure on it being an actual name. I do like Pearl though.

  3. two_seconds_ago says:

    Well its not like we had high hopes for this little one, with an older sister named Birdie.

  4. SBJ says:

    Cricket is a nickname for “Christine” so it doesn’t shock me. I find it’s a cute name

  5. brin says:

    Cricket and Birdie…sensing a chirpy nature theme here.

  6. JL says:

    North and Ace just got a break in preschool.

    I guess she’ll be a Busy little Cricket.

    Cricket is more a nickname than a proper name.

  7. DanaG says:

    Don’t birds eat crickets? LOL OK nicknames but not good first names. I can imagine people saying no your real name. The kids are going to get so teased maybe they will be in class with North and Blue Ivy so they will all blend in. Wouldn’t that be a fun roll call?

  8. doofus says:

    yeah, I know a Cricket, too, but it’ a nickname for Cynthia.

    but she’s NEVER been called anything but Cricket.

  9. Nikki says:

    I love Cricket for a nickname, but maybe not a NAME for a baby who will eventually grow into an adult.

  10. GiGi says:

    Wasn’t Cricket a name from a soap? And my grandma’s name was Birdie – which is cute for a baby and a little old lady, but what about the in between of your entire life, lol?

    Here’s the thing. If you don’t feel your children will ever have to have a corporate job, or put their names on a resume – go for it. Most people don’t have that luxury. That being said – I was born in the 70s and grew up with kids with some really crazy names! Who knows what they’re doing now, though ;)

  11. Belle Epoch says:

    What’s in a name? Baron Trump is not going to be a dolphin trainer. Cricket is not going to be an attorney. But she could still read the news for FOX.

  12. littlemissnaughty says:

    Cricket??? Is that the full name or just a nickname? I can’t even. Don’t parents ever consider the fact that a person will have to live their entire life with that name? It’s really not just about what the parents want, why is that so hard to understand? But I’m sure I just don’t get it because I have no kids. *sigh*

    • Side-Eye says:

      Oh give me a break with all this faux-concern nonsense. I was born with the most boring known to man–Jasmine, and my middle name was Ann.

      And you know what? People STILL made fun of my name. Kids are going to be douchebags no matter how normal your name is, and the best you can do is either teach your kids not to be dickwads, or teach them to have some gumption.

      And there are plenty of people with odd names who made it in the business and plenty with normal ones who didn’t. If worse comes to worse, she’s the daughter of a well-off family, and won’t have to work terribly hard for anything in the first place, or if she’s really feeling some type of way she can always just change it.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Well thank you for explaining this to me. I had no idea.

        Look, I’m not saying a “boring” name is a recipe for a great life, I have no clue why you would draw that conclusion from what I wrote. It’s like me saying that you may want to put on a coat in freezing weather because you might get sick. And you refuse to because sometimes you get sick even wearing the coat. That’s such a load.

        Parents don’t have to live their lives with that name. The kid does. THAT was my point. Jeeze.

      • Itsa Reallyme says:

        Side eye: I believe it would be called an opinion not “faux concern”. There’s nothing wrong with someone stating an opinion.

    • Spooks says:

      I like the name Birdie, but not Cricket.
      Speaking of weird names, I know a woman named Lejdi ( which is how Lady would be spelled in my country). She got teased a bit in school, but not too much. She’s a doctor now. But, she married a guy who’s last name is Picek ( which means chicken). She’s Lady Chicken.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      I agree with you. This is a huge part of the child’s identity for her whole life. It’s not a joke and it’s not cute to try to come up with something that will be funny or that people will talk about.
      I got tired of always having to spell my name for people; I can’t imagine always having to discuss with people that yes, this is actually my given name and why would my parents do that to me.

      • Womanwoman says:

        She might grow to love her name. I have a crazy long name, first and 2 middles, and I have had to explain them my entire life. But guess what no one had my name (other than mom who I am named after) and I was so proud of it I just have it to my baby girl!

        Plus Cricket and Birdie are super Southern names. Lots of older women with those actual names…even know a few named Sister. Don’t be so quick to assume the kids will hate it. Not really uncommon names

  13. Jenn says:

    She should have given them “proper” names and Birdie and Cricket could be nicknames. Should they wish, like she did, they can be known by their nicknames, but they deserve to have that option.

    • Moon The Loon says:

      They could easily go by Leigh and Pearl. Or come up with something else altogether. I had a friend who went from Jitesh (a very traditional name in his culture) to Joey. I like personally like that she had the guts to be different without being ridiculous (*ahem* Fifi, Peaches, etc).

  14. mabooski says:

    I immediately thought f the cancelled show GCB!

  15. Melissa says:

    I love it. I considered it for my daughter, but figured I didn’t have enough money to get away with naming my daughter that.

  16. Lemony says:

    Like many posters above, I knew a girl called Cricket growing up, but her real name was Annika.
    It’s an adorable nickname but as a first name? Nooooooo.

  17. Jess says:

    I’ll never understand names like this. If you want to call your kid something cutesy or silly, go right ahead, but put a regular name on their birth certificate so they have something they won’t be embarrassed to use on their resume. Lot’s of people are known by their nicknames, but most of them have a back-up they can use when the situation warrants.

  18. prissa says:

    I like Cricket for a nickname, but not proper name. There was a character on The Young & The Restless with that name, but her proper name was Christine. Oh well…

  19. Mandy says:

    Mmmm….it doesn’t bother me. At least they’re cute names. I personally would not go there with my children, but different strokes ya’ll!
    I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as Apple and Moses…

  20. Tapioca says:

    Oh dear. “Cricket Silverstein” sounds more like an order than a little girl!

    I’m guessing her parents are surfing the post-North West wave when nothing sounds that bad anymore…

  21. Dawn says:

    So yes I already know a Cricket. Her actual name was Kathleen but she legally changed it to the nickname she was called her whole life. I find it cute and if little Cricket doesn’t like it she can go by Perl!

  22. Talie says:

    North isn’t looking so bad now…

    • Jenna says:

      +1 Exactly what I was thinking.

      On another note, the only ‘Cricket’ I know is a character (male) in a book. And he was only given that name because he had rickets as a child.

    • Jayna says:

      North was never a God-awful name. It was the fact that his last name is West, North West. And they didn’t give her a middle name on purpose, so that you have North West. Hence, all you think about is northwest. Kanye wanted it to be about direction. He wasn’t going to have a middle name taking away from that and his vision, and what Kanye want, Kimmie does. (Rolls eyes.)

  23. serena says:

    Dear god she doesn’t learn.. poor children with those horrible names..sigh

  24. missmerry says:

    while i think the names are cute and feminine, they are a little ‘unique’

    but with all of the ‘hip moms’ using words and phrases for first names, I think Birdie and Cricket will be tame compared to their schoolmates, which could range from Everly to Pilot to Rainbow…

    they’re all going to have silly little names, but lots of the kids will, so maybe it won’t be as weird…

    here’s hoping…

  25. Larissa says:

    Birds eat crickets don’t they??? Disturbing!

  26. Jill says:

    My grandmother’s best friend was named Cricket and it was NOT a nickname. Not sure what she did, but she did work so I really don’t think it’ll be a problem. Do companies really get hung up on names anymore? That seems like a piddly thing to focus on when there’s more important things like experience and attitude that better predict how they’ll be as an employee.

  27. judyjudy says:

    It’s a cute name. I think people should name their child what they plan to call them. Nicknames make me crazy when they’re used to replace real names.

  28. pao la says:

    The children can always use their second name if the first one is just too much to handle. They have funny names even if i think they’re more suitable on kids and not on adults.. If i was them i’d use my first name as a nick name and the second as the name for the adult life

  29. Lila says:

    Granted they were elderly but I’ve known a Birdie and a Cricket in my life. Real names not nicknames. Then again I’m from the south and my great aunt is named Bluebell so who knows.

  30. HK9 says:

    Stupid. Just stupid. (my goal this week was to practice being non-judgemental and I’m not doing well, so I’m going to go away now and meditate….on why stupid people get to give innocent babies these foolish names!!!!!!!!)

  31. ticky says:

    I’m pretty sure Silverstein is jewish so don’t know where the WASP is coming from?

  32. tracking says:

    She seems like such a nice person, I’m sure her kids will forgive her for giving them odd names:-) And this is LA, where they are not likely to have the weirdest names in their classes.

  33. Ag says:

    sweet pic with the baby, congrats to them! (the name seems like a pet name that you call your baby, not a name-name, but whatever.)

  34. Scarlettmoon says:

    I actually think it’s pretty dang adorable!

  35. RobN says:

    I’m actually more disturbed by the renaissance of old names like Pearl and Olive than I am about names like Cricket. Frankly, names like that faded away for a reason.

    Cricket is cute but would be a better nickname than formal name.

    • Belle says:

      Awwww… really? I love some of the old-fashioned names, including Pearl and Olive. I don’t think they faded away because they weren’t lovely names, but because (as with many things), they were replaced with the new and ‘trendy’.

      I would take some of the old fashioned names any day over funky names like Apple, North and Pilot Inspektor. ;)

      I do actually kind of like Cricket… but more for a nick name.

    • Amanda says:

      What? I love old fashioned names. They are much better than the silly made up names that you hear all the time now. To each their own I guess.

  36. MsCatra says:

    I think Cricket and Pearl are OK separately, but together it makes me think of a small tampon.

  37. Sachi says:

    Cricket Pearl has a nice ring to it.

    If the child doesn’t like her first name, she can always use Pearl. It’s not like both of her names are “unique”.

    In my country, it’s more the norm for parents to combine their names and then give it to their child. You end up with really weird combinations and spellings. There were siblings in my old neighbourhood named Red, Pink, Yellow, and Green…as first names. Those kids are all grown up now and I’ve never heard any story about them having a hard time due to their names.

    I think Cricket, North, Sunshine, or whatever their name is, will be fine. It’s quite pessimistic to imagine them being bullied/being miserable right away just because of their names.

    Heck, 15-20 years from now their names might be the norm and ‘sensible’ names will be considered undesirable, like Eustacia or Agatha are considered very, very old-fashioned nowadays. You just never know.

  38. Cricket says:

    Cricket is my nickname not my proper name. I’ve never met anyone else called Cricket and never heard it as a proper first name but to each their own.

    If I had to choose between Cricket and Pearl, I’d rather be Cricket :)

  39. Darlene says:

    I love the name Cricket. I used to watch a soap with a Cricket and I loved it then and still do.

  40. TG says:

    All I see are three eccentric old ladies named Busy, Birdie and Pearl, sitting in the drawing room with their knitting and embroidery.

  41. Tulip says:

    Cricket could be a respectable doctor yet-Dr. C. Pearl Silverstein has a good ring to it;)

  42. Jayna says:

    Maybe she used to watch a lot of Young and the Restless.

    Birdie and Cricket. LOL They sound like nicknames. Do birds eat crickets? The jokes would be endless if the kids are close in age. I would rather be called Cricket than Birdie. Birdie is just awful.

  43. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    The nickname could be Jiminy.

  44. Sunnyjyl says:

    I love the name Cricket for a little girl. Every child gets teased, to some degree, about their name. Kids will make up rhymes for any name, just for fun. It’s what kind of human being they raise her to be that matters.

  45. Noodles says:

    Well, they both have middle names they can use if they want. I usually hate most celebrity baby names, but I really don’t mind Cricket or Birdie. I think they’re a bit old-fashioned and cute. I prefer “old” names to the newer ones, anyway.

    My kids are school-aged and if I hear one more Jayden/Aiden/Kayden/Hayden, I’ll vomit.

  46. OriginallyBlue says:

    I like the names they are cute. I doubt very much these girls are going to need real jobs. But even if they do I don’t see why people are being so judgemental and saying they could never get those types of jobs with their names. Why the hell not? Plus they have regular middle names they can go by if people want to be so narrow minded about their abilities due to their names.

  47. Lucky Charm says:

    I knew a girl named Cricket (but I think her given name was actually Christine) and I think it’s a really cute name. It actually doesn’t sound bad for an adult woman, much better than Bambi (a woman I knew once, and it was her real name).

  48. Sumodo1 says:

    I had a horse named Cricket. She did not need therapy.

  49. Devon says:

    I actually really love the name! Birdie and Cricket sound adorable together. For girls have completely normal middle names so if they ever wanted to have a more “professional” name, they could go by Leigh or Pearl. In a world where we’ve got kids named Blue, Apple, Audio, North and Pilot, Birdie and Cricket are actually quite normal/sane!

  50. Feebee says:

    Surprisingly I have no problem with the name Cricket. It might be strange in a country where the sport is popular, like no kid would get away with being called Baseball here. But it’s cute for a girl.

  51. Bbb1975 says:

    I went to high school with a girl named Cricket 20+ years ago. She is a lawyer now, she handled my cousins divorce.

  52. Jennifer12 says:

    As someone who narrowly escaped a super hippie name, you can give a kid a cute nickname or funky middle name, but give them a name that is an actual name. Kids are people, not showcases for parents showing off how weird or edgy or whatever you can be.

  53. KAL says:

    I knew a girl in high school named Bambi. I could never call her by her name because I was afraid I would burst out laughing.

  54. LadyRay says:

    Y’all are on crack. That’s a terrible name.

  55. Kim says:

    I read once (somewhere maybe this site)where Busy said she didn’t start getting so much press until she was pregnant with baby #1, and named her Birdie.
    Cricket Pearl? – Sorry, but having read that, it seems more like Busy trying to be in the press again. I wish Celebs would stop naming their kids outrageous things to get headlines.
    A nickname is one thing. Your legal binding name until you are old enough to change it is another.
    President Cricket Silverstein? – I doubt it.

    • Bijlee says:

      …that would be awesome. President Cricket Silverstein.

      Honestly it’s not that big a deal most kids get over it in a matter of a few months. It’s not that big a deal. Unless you’ve got a foreign name, then EVERYBODY makes fun of your name. Laugh all you want bitches…you’re not even pronouncing it right so you look like a damn fool to me.

  56. Emily C. says:

    “Cricket” is the name of a really cool heroine in a children’s book I used to read when I was a kid. I can’t remember the name of the book or what it was about, just that Cricket was cool. Anyway, the name’s better than “Busy”. Or Blue or Apple or NORTH, argh. It’s quirky but not ridiculous, imo.

    I got teased over my name, and it is completely and totally traditional, though it was a bit rare when I was a kid. If kids want to tease about names, they’ll do it no matter what you’re named.

  57. Sandy says:

    Cricket and Birdie, what is wrong with this couple? They need to put themselves in the position of their children, how would they like to grow up with terrible names? Celebs are so concerned with giving their kids “unique” names, they don’t seem to care how it will effect the kids. Birdie and Cricket, do they understand that kids can be cruel today. Just because a name is “cute”, doesn’t mean it should be someone’s given name. Their names are Marc and Elizabeth, what is wrong with names like Jessica or Ashley?

    • Trek Girl says:

      Yes, let’s give all children the same names. Ben, John, Ashley, Jessica, Adam — every name the same, no matter what. That’s the right way to do things. God forbid there not be three Ashleys and four Brittanys in every classroom.

      She’s not the first Cricket, and her sister isn’t the first Birdie. I’m glad they aren’t going with the regular names because that defeats the purpose of a name. I welcome new and unusual names. They are refreshing, and they do what names are supposed to do: distinguish someone from others.

      The sooner people start paying attention to different names and learning a bit more about names in general, the sooner people will get over the fact that someone isn’t named Jessica or Ashley or one of the ten or so biblical names that are used over and over and over again.

      • Sandy says:

        Well, Ashley and Jessica won’t have to worry about getting bullied on the playground because of their names. Kids are cruel. There is a huge difference between having a unique name and a terrible name. Birdie and Cricket sound like animals, not people. It may sound cute for a 4 year old, but not a 30 year old. It is just wrong. Poor babies, what is wrong with leigh and pearl as first names?

      • Sachi says:

        Sandy – kids will make fun of each other’s names no matter what. Jessica might be “Messy Jessie” and Ashley might be “Ashley is manly”.

        It’s a generational thing. 60 years ago would you have imagined names like Britney, Kendall, and Payton being popular? Or a name like Zane being seen as cool and edgy? People back then would have reacted to such names the way you’re doing now. Yet these names are considered very common nowadays.

        On the other hand, who still wants to name their child Ernest or Bertha today?

        Cricket is unusual but it’s not the worst name. If Cricket gets bullied, the issue lies with the bullies.

        If adults are close-minded about a name, it won’t take much for kids to be the same.

  58. Dedrie says:

    Hawaiian Eye (1959-63), Connie Stevens played Cricket Blake.

  59. MAF says:

    Either I missed this in one of the posts or I am way older than most here (or some chose to block this from their memory) but Cricket is also the name of a toddler-size talking doll from the 80s, just like Teddy Ruxpin but for girls. You put a tape in her back and she would move her mouth and eyes. That doll use to give me nightmares especially when I hid it under the bed.

  60. Trek Girl says:

    I like the name. It works on an adult as well. The same goes for Birdie; it’s a fine name.

    I hope Busy’s children know that their names are great and never regret them.

  61. Itsa Reallyme says:

    While I like less common names, I don’t think naming your child after a bug is cute. Not at all.
    I pay an exterminator a good amount of money to get rid of crickets. Why would you name your child after one?

    I think it would have been kinder to give her a more tradtional/real name and reserved Cricket as a nickname. But again, why after a gross bug?

  62. Therealtj says:

    Busy did not want her kids to have name that they never went by.

    “After having grown up with a nickname, there is no way I’m naming my kid one thing and calling her something else,” she noted during a visit to The Bonnie Hunt Show.

    “The first day of school [or] anytime there was a substitute teacher, I had to explain that I preferred to be called this weird adjective instead of Elizabeth. And people would really give me the look that I was a little strange!”

  63. Amanda says:

    What would she have named her kids if they were both boys? Makes you wonder…

  64. Flower says:

    Maybe she grew up watching re runs of Hawaiian Eye…..Cricket Blake (Connie Stevens) was cute, sweet and sassy.

  65. Deanna says:

    My dog’s name is Cricket

  66. MomInNH says:

    I grew up with a girl named Cricket, and as far as I know she was never bullied. I think it’s a fine name. A lot less hideous than some celeb baby names, actually. I think it’s cute. The Cricket that I grew up with is now a CPA, so I can’t say that her name has held her back in a professional sense either.