Busy Philipps explains why she named her daughter Cricket, it’s cool

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There are some truly ridiculous celebrity baby names. Many of us just shrugged and shook our heads when we heard that Busy Philipps had named her second daughter, born last summer, Cricket. (Cricket’s older sister is named Birdie. “Birdie” has a retro feel to it, doesn’t it?) In terms of bad celebrity baby names, “Cricket” is kind of middling. It’s strange, but it’s not as out there as “Pixie,” “Apple,” “Kyd,” or “Audio Science.” Just look at any of Bob Geldof’s kids’ names.

Anyway Busy has an explanation for why she named her daughter Cricket. It’s all about how cool the name sounds, I think.

Philipps has emerged with an explanation of sorts.

Philipps and husband Marc Silverstein received a call from the hospital saying they needed to “come back and name [their] baby,” so Silverstein suggested “Cricket” and said that “everyone likes Cricket, Cricket is just the greatest, happiest kid on the block … she’s hot in college.”

Back in August, Philipps said that her husband was also rambling about Cricket being a camp counselor: “He just loved that name. He’s like, ‘Cricket is the coolest girl in school. She’s like the camp counselor that you have a crush on.’”

[From Huffington Post]

As Kaiser noted back when we first heard the name, Cricket sounds like a nickname. In that respect it would be something you would call a cool girl, It sounds like an affectionate term for someone with a name like Suzanne or Jessica, not a full legal name. I don’t really understand this trend of choosing unique baby names that are far outside the norm. Did you know that there are countries, like Germany and Denmark, where you can only name your child an “approved” name? I have an American friend who gave birth in Germany, and she said that all of her kids have names that start with “A” because her German (now ex) husband was thumbing through the list and didn’t want to think too hard about what to name them.

I don’t know if I agree with government oversight of child-naming, but surely there are reasons for it, like ensuring the child has an equal start in life. Then again, the woman explaining this is named “Busy,” and she’s done just fine.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    Her first name is ‘Busy’. Either she was going to go rogue and name her kid in a traditional way, like ‘Susan’, or she was going to name her child in the same way she was named.

  2. Flor says:

    Birdie is the cutest thing ever!!!

  3. serena says:

    I still think it’s ridiculous.

  4. Audrey says:

    I still hate it. Birdie is too cutesy. Cricket is just weird. What happens when they want careers? I’d feel weird hiring a lawyer or something if she was named cricket. Or navaeh or shanequa or abcd. Just stop and think of your kid’s future

    • lassie says:

      We have a local lawyer here named Cricket. From what I understand from the local gossip, she’s an absolute ball buster.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Audrey, I agree, and posted the same thing right above here before I read yours. I don’t think it’s fair to give your child a permanently childish name.

    • Wiffie says:

      Yea stop and think about what SOMEONE ELSE might feel like with a lawyer named Cricket. I want that person to have a lawyer named Susan, someday, and feel comfortable, so I must name her what I should, not what I want. It’s considerate.

      Or you can hire a different lawyer. Or grow up and realize it’s just a freaking NAME. Lord.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        It is documented that a person’s name makes a difference in how they are perceived. Maybe that’s not fair, but it’s a fact of life. But thank you for your bitter sarcasm in expressing your difference of opinion. I always find that so helpful to a discussion.

      • Audrey says:

        It’s not fair but it’s life. Your name factors into how people perceive you. Cricket sounds like a little girl’s nickname so I just immediately think of someone young and immature.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        A little girls name, or that creepy talking doll from the 80s

      • lrm says:

        No, the perception and/or studies show that certain names are not likely become a lawyer to begin with. Not that people won’t take her seriously-although that is a consideration, as well. We don’t have to agree with it, but it’s the reality. Dimunitive names, esp. on women, make it more difficult…and it’s already pretty difficult as a woman in certain fields/professional contexts, to begin with!

        My interpretation is that posters are saying ‘give a kid a chance’. The same has been said about very ethnic sounding names…though that’s considered PC to mention. But honestly, everyone does not need to be named John or Sue, but within a range to allow for options. That said, Venus and Godiva were very popular in Britain a couple hundred years ago….And ethel was once cool and is coming back. So I agree with you, to a point-be daring but maybe give some options.
        Hate to bring the brange into this thread-lol-and I never even read or post on those threads….but their names strike me as cool but with common sense. Unique but not so random or childish as to be a barrier.

  5. Kkhou says:

    I always have liked the rule of thumb to give a classic “official” name, and feel free to use any crazy nickname you want. Cricket is an adorable nickname, and I would be fully behind it if there was a more conventional official name behind it.

  6. blue marie says:

    What a cute little girl, isn’t her name Birdie or something like that? I don’t have a problem with either name, both are cute. Busy is a celebrity I’d like to be friends with, she seems so cool. (i think I’m fangirl-ing, sorry)

  7. Sisi says:

    Yeah I always liked Kiki, it just sounds energetic and uplifting, and I guess they had the same reaction to Cricket.

  8. Honeybea says:

    that explanation was absolute rubbish!! not cool at all

  9. Honeybea says:

    Birdie is only cute till you’re like 25..then you just sound like one of Honey Boo Boo’s hick relatives!?

  10. Gine says:

    I feel like these kind of cutesy names are fine if the kids are pretty and popular, but if these poor girls end up awkward or funny-looking (which they probably won’t, with an actress mom, but still), they’re just going to make everything worse. I was a chubby, pimpled, buck-toothed preteen–already an easy target–but if my name had been Cricket? I can’t even imagine how much shit the other kids would have given me.

    • Tapioca says:

      I once went on holiday to Cyprus (the Greek half) where I bumped into an old man with a beer gut and not particularly aesthetically-pleasing features called “Adonis”. I can’t imagine it was an easy name to live up to!

      Unless it was an ironic nickname, I guess…

    • LadySlippers says:

      Actually, from the research, kids with famous parents are often targeted because of their parents status and an odd or unusual name typically intensifies it the bullying.

      Apparently, the trend of unusual names stems from the celebrity incorrectly thinking they are special and rare and think that an unusual name for their child extends the celeb’s special status to the child. Basically it’s cocoon thinking.

  11. Suzy from Ontario says:

    I don’t mind unusual names but it might be a good idea for the parents to give them one traditional name in the mix (for a middle name) that they can later choose to use professionally for when they are grown IF they want to. I don’t think people care as much anymore because so many people have less traditional names than 50 years ago. You hardly ever see anyone naming their kids Cathy or Susan or Lisa, John, David or Michael these days. Those were the biggies when I was growing up. I’m not a huge fan of Cricket or Birdie, but they aren’t as bad as some celebrity names you hear that are just stupid (ie: Pilot Inspektor). Those are the kids that I really feel sorry for.

  12. amanda says:

    “Ladies and Gentleman, please rise, as we welcome President Cricket Philipps.”

    See, sounds a little silly.

    When i was pregnant, that was my name test. Could it work as a banker, an artist, a truck driver, a head of state, in a boardroom, on the field.

    Names are like visible tattoos, you’ve gotta think that stuff out long term and in various scenarios.

  13. Sullivan says:

    Name your kids whatever you want. It doesn’t affect me. Your kid might resent you, but surely you’ve given that some thought.

    I don’t get how the name Cricket is somehow better, or more acceptable, than Apple or Pixie. They’re all quirky-cute names. It seems these parents were full of whimsy (be nice) when selecting a name.

  14. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    Now can she explain to us why she chose the name Busy? It’s the ugliest name in the world, LOL. Birdie and Cricket are both cute names, but they suffer the same problem that any “character” name does: If your kid is way different in looks or personality than their name would suggest, they will hate it!

    I actually used to know a lady named Crickette, who was named after a character in some 60s movie. I also recall a couple in Sweden who was banned by the government from naming their daughter Metallica. They sued the gov and won. They chose the name because they wanted her to embody strength, independence, and other awesome stuff, just like Metallica. I mean, good for them.

    • jaye says:

      She didn’t chose the name Busy. It was a nickname given to her by her parents.

    • mayamae says:

      I hate that there’s a story to tell about the U.S. as well. I’m sure many know this, but a Tennessee judge actually ordered the parents of a child named Messiah to change his name to Martin, because only Jesus Christ should be called Messiah. Thank God that judge has been cited for inappropriate religious bias.

    • ChicagoGirl says:

      Busy is a nickname for Elizabeth. I’ve known more than one woman with that name who went by Biz as Elizabeth was a terribly common name when paired with their equally common last name. They wanted to stand out more as I’d expect Busy does as an actress.

      I think people put to much emphasis on names, and that emphasis often stems from racial, gender, and class prejudice. Our society is extremely superficial in that manner, and it has real repercussions for the children of the non famous/wealthy. It’s unfortunate to see that a lot of comments here support that type of discrimination.

    • emmie_a says:

      That’s just plain mean. There is absolutely nothing wrong w/the name (or nickname) Busy. It totally suits her. What is wrong w/being creative and unique?

  15. Ok says:

    Yeah I know that when I went to college, my parents main concern was that I was “hot”.
    I mean doesn’t EVERY parent dream about having a child that is “hot in college”.

    Choosing a name for a child so that they are “hot” and everybody is crushing on them.

    They have an infant daughter and they are already thinking ahead to her getting her and her rocking sex life. Creepy creepy creepy.

  16. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Did anyone here ever watch that show called ‘GCB’ or ‘Good Christian Belles (Bitches)’?

    One of the main character’s name was Cricket. And yeah–she was a ball buster. The show is set in a conservative Texas town, where everyone you know goes to church, etc. Well Cricket married a gay guy because she wanted someone who would support her in running her family’s company–and they had the most awesome marriage ever.

    That’s why I love that name–but that’d be a nickname, not a real one.

  17. GIRLFACE says:

    I think the whimsy factor can be upped relative to the parents’ richness and insular obscurity. Like, will Apple Martin ever have to get a job? No. Stand in line for books? No. Wear a name tag for eight hours at a time that says ‘Apple’? No. These kids are going to go to tall gated private schools and have drivers. Their first finger foods were probably unagi nigiri and Roquefort croquettes. It doesn’t matter what their names are because among artsy elitist other kids with weird names and their artsy elitist/famous/rich parents, they will fit in just fine. I wish celebs would just go full post modern with it and name their children phonetic symbols or punctuation marks.

  18. Algernon says:

    Cricket is a nickname! It’s an old-school nickname for Catherine/Kathleen. I like it, as a name, but I do wonder who Cricket is as a grown up adult. Sure she’s “hot in college”, but what then? President Cricket? Chief Justice Cricket? Unlikely.

    Names do matter. People like to dismiss the notion that a name can subtly impact your personality and future options in life, but it can and does. When I was a kid I hated my name because it was so old-fashioned, long and plain (I was named for a great-grandmother), but now as an adult with a career, I love it. It looks great on the plaque outside my door, and on my business cards. What was once old-fashioned now looks respectable and solid. And I have seen how it affects how others perceive me. I work with a lot of older men, and inevitably when I meet a new contact, he says something like, “Oh, I had an aunt/grandmother named that,” and that subconsciously creates a feeling of warmth and fondness for me, which makes achieving my objectives a lot easier.

    I’m not saying people with wacky names can’t succeed, of course they can. But I do believe there comes a point where a name becomes a hindrance.

  19. Grant says:

    Cricket reminds me of Cricket Caruth-Riley from GCB. RIP.

  20. lovegossipbutnotL&E says:

    “Jax” (can’t remember his real name) from General Hospital named his son Peanut. For real. No joke. Legal first name. They thought he was small like a peanut. Ugh. THAT is horrible. Cricket has nothing on him! Lol ;-)

  21. Cinnamon Girl says:

    I used to have a boss whose real name was Georgette, and almost no one knew that because she’d been called Cricket most of her life. I have no idea how she got that nickname. On a 70 year old woman it’s kinda cute though.

  22. Sumodo1 says:

    I had a champion Morgan horse named Cricket. She had a long “registered” name, but my bestie named her “Cricket” because of a character on a soap opera at the time.

  23. UghInsomnia says:

    Hey now, my youngest sons middle name is Audio! We also picked a first name that is traditionally a surname. I didn’t want him to be one of seven kids with the same first name in his class, but it’s not so out there that people would tease him about it.

  24. Dawn says:

    I grew up a girl whose nickname was Cricket, her real name being Kathleen but no one ever called
    her anything but Cricket. Circket was a pretty girl but mean as sin if you got on the wrong side
    of her. She was NOT the happiest girl in school because she hated it so. She still is like that to
    this day, pretty and mean all at the same time. She is one of my best friend’s older sister so maybe she was just mean to us. But that is how I remember her! I think the hubby has a big crush on someone named Cricket he knew at one time or another and thus the name. But who knows and it still one million times better than North West.

  25. Sarah says:

    What’s going on in the second picture? I swear the guy’s put a sock and a cell phone down his jeans.

  26. Cro-girl says:

    The thing is, if you have more than one kid you just stop caring what yourself or what anyone else names their kid. At least I did. With the second one I just kind of picked something on a whim a week after she was born. Sometimes I think about the names me kids’ have and think “Did I really pick that?”

  27. Cricket was the cool girl at my summer camp.

    I mean, I think her real name was Bethany, but at camp she went by Cricket.

  28. Trillian says:

    I’m German and although the part of the “only approved names” is true, trust me, you can still come up with a lot of trashy/ridiculous names that way.
    Cricket is cute as a nickname. Or a pet’s name. Busy has a proper first name, why not give her kids one?

  29. mzizkristen says:

    I personally like using ordinary words for names. I think for boy/girl twins the names Cameron and Camera would be so cute. And the word Russia seems perfect for a girl name, kind of like Porchia. I mean people use flowers and jewels for names. Why the hell not expand and use other sources. As a parent I know choosing your child’s name is a long process requiring much thought… I don’t like shading people for what they choose to name their own children. unless its like Hitler or Satan or some totally blatantly f—ed up thing.

  30. The Girl Who Would Be King Of The Popes says:

    It’s what a hot chick in college would be called? How does he figure?

    Cthulhu, give me strength. Hey, name the next kid that.

  31. Aggie says:

    I was hoping there was a Little Women tie in to it. Marmie called Beth ‘Cricket’, as she was the one who was content to stay at home like the cricket on the hearth (if I am remembering correctly). Saying it comes from classic literature soudns better to me than saying ‘oh itz totz the name a hott college chik haz.’ Sorry, they all sound vapid as hell here and didn’t have to.

  32. lunchcoma says:

    So “Bear Winslet” is objectionable, but “Cricket Silverstein” is cute? I think those are very much in the same category – mildly annoying but not completely ridiculous.

    I actually like this one a little less, not so much for the name as for the explanation. My parents had pretty specific expectations about what kind of person I’d be, and we still have issues well into my adulthood due to my turning out to be someone very, very different. It’s enough to deal with by itself without parents going on record about what sort of child they would have preferred to have.

  33. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    I’ll take a thousand “Crickets” over one more “Addyson” or “Neveah”, or other made-up white-suburbia-name.

  34. Isa says:

    Cricket is a great nick name for Christine.
    I think their reasoning is weird. I didn’t think of how cool or hot my kids would be in high school or college when picking my names. That’s just a blip on the radar.
    Also, crickets are loud and never shut up.

  35. jwoolman says:

    My aunt named her cat after a coworker: Muffy.

    But what the hey – every name in common use was once uncommon and brand new.

  36. Sachi says:

    You think this is weird.

    Well, http://www.annalyn.net/2013/12/29/strange-names-pinoy-parents-give-their-kids/

    Those names have every other weird name beat. A woman named Sincerely Yours and nicknamed Truly? With sisters Macaroni and Spaghetti? WTF.

    Halloween Marie is my favourite, though. Never encountered anyone in the Philippines named like this but I can believe these people actually exist. Filipinos’ way of naming their babies can range from normal to nonsensical, ie. Katrina vs. Chryziann Xyrie.

    Busy’s child’s name might sound weird to many of us, but that baby girl will most likely never have to associate with any of us, either. She’ll be in a circle of friends where others are named/nicknamed just as weird as her.

    She’d be in a crowd with Coco, Apple, Harlow, Sparrow, North, Pilot Inspektor, Bronx Mowgli, Ace Knute, Stella Luna, Uma Thurman’s baby daughter (don’t know her name, I only know it’s very long), Zuma Nesta Rock, Java Kumala, Kal-El, Jermajesty, Sage Moonblood, Moxie Crimefighter, Bluebelle Madonna, etc.

    Cricket sounds normal compared to some celebrity baby names.

  37. loveisthecoal says:

    I actually went to high school with two girls named Cricket, so it doesn’t seem that unusual to me…I don’t really care for it, though. I have a somewhat unusual name myself, so I’m kind of a proponent of oddball names!

  38. We Miss You Enclave_24 says:

    I like the name Cricket.
    I like that her parents are not generic and feel that traditional names should be the norm.
    I like that her parents obviously dont take life too seriously- because one should not.
    I would absolutely have a problem if they named the child LaQuisha.

  39. Danish One says:

    I’m from Denmark and it is true that there are names which are not allowed to name children but there are still many strange names here.

    It is not so long ago a family had their child taken away and one of the reasons was that they had christened him Adolf Hitler.

  40. NinaS says:

    MY nickname is Cricket. My parents still call me that and I now have six grandkids. I started going by my given name when I divorced and re-entered the workforce at 30. Now even my husband of 15 years calls me by my given name, but people I went to high school with and my original family still call me Cricket. It’s not a bad name to grow up with and no one ever made fun of me.

  41. WickedSteppMom says:

    So the older kid is named Birdie, and the new one is named Cricket…something birdies eat. Yeah, THAT won’t be used in sibling squabbles later! Sheesh.

  42. Jaded says:

    A friend of mine named his son Thor. He’s 10 now and going through the usual punishing ridicule kids give other kids with weird names and I feel sorry for him. The usual joke is “You’re Thor? I’ll make you Thor!” and then they punch him. Please soon-to-be-parents, don’t give your kid a silly handle for vanity reasons, they will suffer for it.

  43. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    The posts on this thread have given much education and insight as to why celebs choose odd, sometimes cruel (audio science) names for their children. It seems like giving your child a name like this would be construed as abuse because it is setting the child up for bullying by their peers. It is up to the parent to give the child a good start and not be saddled by a ridiculous sounding name that gets them teased and not taken seriously.

    My father in laws middle name is archibald – and because of this name he got teased because in those days the full names were read out for roll call. He gave his kids regular down to earth names. Nicknames are the way to go for having a unique name – because a nick name comes from the personality of the individual rather than the parent.

  44. Paige says:

    Horrible names. It’s not cool or cute.

  45. homegrrrral says:

    It’s a useless topic to debate; my son has an unusual name and one conservo lady had the audacity to.say “he’ll grow up and hate you for that”. How the f would she know? Her boring face is named “.Susan”, and personally, it wouldn’t take a grown up to dislike that non-event.

    My point is, It’s an extremely subjective issue, on par with opinions on modern art.

  46. Ghoulish_moose says:

    I work with someone who’s name is Neil. And I only recently found out that his real name is Cornelious! He’s only in his 20′s, I was really surprised. Must be named after a great-grandparent or something. And of course I immediately thought of Harry Potter =D

  47. Deedee says:

    I like the name Apple. I think of apple blossoms in the spring, which is pleasant imagery to me.

  48. tealily says:

    The mother of a girl I went to grade school with was named Cricket. It’s not unheard of.