Worst celebrity baby names of 2008 revealed

BabyNames.com conducted a survey of the best and worst celebrity baby names. Bronx Mowgli was voted the worst celebrity boy name, with a somewhat similar boy’s name, Knox, voted the best.

Bottom Five Boys’ Names:
Bronx Mowgli Wentz – Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson
Sophocles Iraia Clement – Jermaine Clement and Miranda Manasiadis
Barnaby Borstein Douglas – Alex Borstein and Jackson Douglas
Major Harris – Rapper T.I., nee Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.
Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett – Kirk Hammett and Lani Hammett

Bottom Five Girls’ Names:
Jagger Joseph Blue Goldberg – Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg
Luisa Danbi Grier-Kim – David Alan Grier and Christine Kim
Atalanta Baez – Carolina Herrera and Miguel Baez
Egypt Bennett – Paris Bennett
Mabel Ray Mulroney – Dermot Mulroney and Tharita Catulle

Top Five Boy’s Names:
Caleb James Bice – Bo Bice and Caroline Bice
Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Braydon Hart Wilkerson – Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson
Parker Foster Aiken – Clay Aiken and Jaymes Foster
Levi Alves McConaughey – Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves

Top Five Girls’ Names:
Harlow Winter Kate Madden – Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
Maddie Briann Aldridge – Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge
Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Honor Marie Warren – Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
Willow Rose Owen – Emma Ferguson and Mark Owen

Top Three Twin Names:
Max and Emme – Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Finley and Harper – Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood

Bottom Three Twin Names:
Sawyer and Coco – Diane Farr and Seung Chung
Rex and Juno – Willl and Marianne Champion
Adrian and Adriana – Tony and Lina Dovolani


Twins named Adrian and Adriana? How cruel.

The survey shows that while there seems to be a trend towards unique baby names, and not just with celebrities but in general, most people prefer average names for their children.

Jason Lee’s first son is famously named Pilot Inspektor, the spelling of which annoys me so much. If you’re going to give your child a noun for a name you need to spell it like the dictionary does, the name is confusing enough. Jason and his wife Ceren Alkac had a child this year and chose not to reveal the name, because otherwise this poll could have come out with some very different results.

Here’s a bit of celebrity name trivia for you: Ron Howard, award winning director and Happy Days actor, has four children with middle names based on their places of conception. They are daughters Bryce Dallas Howard, and twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle. ‘Carlyle’ refers to the Hotel and Dallas the city, where the children were conceived. His son is named Reed Cross, after a street, as according to Ron ‘Volvo’ wasn’t a good middle name. Victoria and David Beckham are said to have named Brooklyn after his place of conception also.

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  1. Lenneke says:

    Honor Marie is so not a good name.

  2. daisyfly says:

    I don’t get why David Alan Grier’s daughter’s name is up there. Luisa is pretty, and Danbi is Korean for “sweet rain”. I think the person who chose this list might have confused it for “dambe” which the Korean word cigarette.

  3. dude wtf says:

    None of those names are good names. Its sad that celebs need to name their children ugly names just to get a little press. I hope your kids put you in a home for that.

  4. Lila says:

    wow: Ashlee Simpson looks like a Pre-Raphaelite model in that photo. Her hubby, btw, not lookin so good.

  5. Lenneke says:

    and Braydon is not so great either. Strange list.

  6. KatyAlia says:

    What’s wrong with Sawyer & Coco?
    And Parker Foster is too much.

  7. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    how the hell is princess tiiiiaaaaammmiiiiiaaaa or whatever her name is not on this list? that child is going to need therapy, for sure. and i know i’m in the minority, but i am so not a fan of the jolie-pitt twin names. on the other hand, nothing is worse than the celebration of the letter “r” in honor marie warren.

  8. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    ps – didn’t anyone tell jessica alba that her daughter’s name sounds like “on her”??? yuck!

  9. KatyAlia says:

    Pssst, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Princess T-whatever wasn’t born in 2008.

  10. eatavag says:

    princess tiiiiaaaaammmiiiiiaaaa wasn’t born in 2008. i think she’s almost 2 now.

  11. manda says:

    I agree–Honor is not a good name, and I don’t think it’s really a name, and Luisa is really a name. And wasn’t Max and Emme stolen from a PBS kids show?

  12. Jenna says:

    Totally don’t like the Alba name. Adrian and Adriana, though, shouldn’t really be on the worst list. Though I imagine they are getting at the whole names sounding a like.

  13. voodoobetty says:

    I think Sunday Rose should be one of the top names. I think thats just a lovely name.

  14. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    hahaha thank you to everyone who set me straight and i love that you all dragged out that bat sh*t name as much as i did

  15. MoJo says:

    I’m surprised Honor wasn’t mentioned, but I think it’s a love it or hate it kind of thing. (I tend to love it because it’s in line with that Faith/Grace thing but isn’t totally common.) And Sunday Rose is quite pretty. Again, like a cliched naming after days of the week thing but not the common choice.

    I still don’t see why Vincenzo Kainalu (the first name isn’t odd, and the middle name likely is related to the mother being part Hawaiian), Rex and Luisa are such bad names.

  16. Kaiser says:

    I’m okay with “Harlow” being number one, but “Maddie Briann” at number two is totally boring.

    It is a weird list.

  17. McKenna says:

    Honor as a top name, seriously? And I can’t believe Sunday didn’t make the worst list.

  18. Syko says:

    I can’t see how Bronx is on the bad list but Knox is on the good list, I think they both suck. Luisa is a perfectly good name, as is Honor – I had a friend for years named Honor, they called her “Honey” for short. Finley and Harper for Lisa Marie’s twins might be okay, except I think they are both girls. Nothing wrong with Mabel other than it’s ugly. And I love the name Barnaby!

  19. cakes says:

    Most of the”bad”names aren’t that bad.
    My opinion is that most of the “unique” names like Harper and Finley and braydon are tired and over used. Maybe borderline generic. And by the way alba named her kid honor because “its such and honor to have cashs babies” ohh gag!! Sorry if I repeated common knowledge. 🙂

  20. cakes says:

    And to name your kid after where they were conceived is very tacky. What kid wants to know that?
    Just my 2 cents

  21. Enonymous says:

    I actually like Bronx better the Knox (whenever I hear that, I hear socks and it is so annoying, one of the stupidest names ever) but I like the second name Leon better the Mowgli but overall they both suck.

  22. Mairead says:

    What damn fool came up with this list? Some perfectly legit names turn up on the Bad list (Vincenzo, Sophocles’s mother sounds Greek so it could have been a family name, Luisa and Mabel – I really like Mabel, it reminds me of my granny’s old neighbour. She was a sweetheart).

    I quite like Knox – if you’re going to do the surname as a Christian name then it’s one of the better ones. Braydon I detest and I don’t like Parker much either. And as for Maddie Briann… Maddie is lovely as a nickname but not a full name and Briann just looks like someone couldn’t spell Brian.

    I really like the name Honor (definintely a legit name in the 19th and early 20th century. And if it;s good enough for one of the best Bond girls ever it should be good enough for us!)

    But Syko, how is Honey shorter than Honor? 😉

  23. Syko says:

    I dunno, Mairead, I didn’t name her. 😆 Maybe it wasn’t shorter, but was more daddy’s-little-girl, cutesie?

  24. Kaiser says:

    G, perhaps they pronounced the “H” in “Honor” – Hhhawn-ER to Honey makes some kind of crazy sense.

  25. Syko says:

    Personally I found the occasional dating site spamming a lot less objectionable than being stuck in moderation almost every time I post something. Grrrr.

  26. daisy424 says:

    I do like the ‘unusual’ names, such as Honor. But not too over the top.
    I only chose two of my five kids names. One disliked her name because it was too unusual, the other because it was too common. Go figure 🙄

  27. vdantev says:

    Can’t top Pilot Inspektor for the worst.

  28. vdantev says:

    Syko don’t take it personally, the filter has been acting up according to an email I received.

  29. CB Rawks says:

    “Major”? Why would you stick your kid in middle management? Why not “General Harris”? 8)

  30. Mairead says:

    LOL Syko, I know, it was just the for short bit that struck me as funny. And CB Rawks, you make sense my friend.

  31. Melodie says:

    I will never understand how Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s baby didn’t make this list. The poor kid’s name is Archie.

  32. CB Rawks says:

    Hee! 😀

  33. Ling says:

    All names that rhyme with “Ayden” need to cease. As does “Parker” and any other teen soap names.

    Out of all the neighbourhoods in NY, why choose “Bronx”? Because “Brooklyn” was taken? Soho would be awesome for a girl… “Why did you call me Soho?” “You were conceived South of Houston, love.” I could forgive “Yonkers” due to sheer awesomeness.

    I’m sort of fond of “Major”.

    I don’t see anything wrong with Rex and Juno. How is “Rex” different from “Knox”? Rex is kind of… kick-ass, actually. And Juno is an adorable name, unfortunately ruined from overuse now.

    @Mairead – Doubtful that “Sophocles” is a family name, unless “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was more accurate than I thought and modern Greeks give their kids Roman interpretations of ancient Greek names.

  34. geee says:

    really, ling? I know quite a few Athenas, and no Minervas. Recently the Greek people have reconnected with their ancient past, which is why most Greek people in the social security range are named things like Maria and now girls are coming out Persephone and Antigone.

    Anyway, I think some of those names are fine, like Luisa.. should not be on either list! Bronx on the other hand, is terrible, why not Westchester or Nassau!?

  35. KatyAlia says:

    Why stop there? Is Parsippany already taken?

  36. Mairead says:

    i’ve no clue Ling, I only know one Greek person and she’s called Jenny! Apart from that I can only think of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis! Interesting article here though: http://gogreece.about.com/od/folkloreevents/a/greeknamedays.htm

    But I was fairly sure that Sophocles was a Greek writer and the name wasn’t altered by Latin? But calling your daughter Antigone and Persephone? Yowch, not exactly names which conjure up sweetness and light. Could be worse I suppose – imaging being called Medea?

  37. xiaoecho says:

    What about Peanut?? That has to be stand out idiotic name of the year. What if he marries Mr Walnuts (that actor) recently born daughter?

    Pilot Inspektor is pretty bad. Hope by the time the little tyke grows up, Pilot isn’t slang for an unmentionable part the body.

  38. orion70 says:

    I personally don’t think it’s “best” to name your child after a box of gelatin….just sayin

  39. LondonParis says:

    HA. “Volvo”.

  40. Codzilla says:

    Knox and Bronx are both on the same level of bad in my book. And Honor just seems pretentious to me, but my reaction might have more to do with Alba’s holier-than-though vibe than the name, itself.

    Ps: I agree that the moderation has gotten out of hand. Mildly snarky comments get deleted, while extreme personal attacks often stay without any problem. And while CB assures us it’s an unbiased, across-the-board thing, I’m starting to wonder …

  41. perpetua says:

    I think it is funny that Snoop’s kids have similar names~ Guess when people get their kids names mixed up he wouldn’t have to worry as much lol. *correct me if I am wrong on the names*




  42. Syko says:

    I was over noodling around on Celebrity Baby Scoop and saw someone, I forget who, who actually named their child Ptolemy. My god.

  43. A.J. says:

    How the heck does a legitimate name like Vincenzo make a worst list with nary a Zuma Nesta in sight?

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  45. aleach says:

    this list is to wack!
    luisa is so pretty, but braydon & briann are just…blah.
    honor is just weird.
    sophocles iraia clement is exacly what i would expect from jemaine clement. (CB, theres not “R” in his name, just to let ya know!)

    edit* jemaine isnt greek hes new zealander so im not too sure if it would be a family name or not.

  46. vdantev says:

    Honor wouldn’t be bad if it was a boy and it was 1942.

  47. Mavis says:

    I think Milla Jovovich’s daughter has a pretty name: Ever. I know it’s weird, and I rarely have patience for ostentatiously odd names, but in spite of myself I still like it. A lot. 🙂

  48. LT says:

    worst twin names Hazel & Finneaous…hideous IMO!

  49. Ter says:

    Can not stand the Bronx name.

    First, it was very juvenile to copy Angie and Brad.
    Secondly, “Bronx” puts me in mind of a black gob of phlegm hurled from a gaping maw.
    “Wait a minute, I have something caught in my throat, pardon me while I Bronx it up”.

  50. Chamalla says:

    Jagger Joseph Blue? For a girl? Oh my.

    I don’t mind Persephone for a girl, one of my dear friends has a daughter named Persephone. They call her Percy.

    And hahaha! All the names ending in “x” make me hope someone comes up with a Dr. Suess parody of the year in baby names….

  51. Enonymous says:

    I really like Salma Hayek’s daughter’s first name Valentina too.

  52. Kristen says:

    I agree with A.J.

    Now Zuma – that’s a weird name.

    But since my son’s name is Bradyn – I have to disagree on that one. LOL

  53. Nikole says:

    Jemaine Clement, not Jermaine Clement.

  54. leighdu says:

    I didn’t see this on there, but I never liked the name “Apple” that Gwyneth Paltrow gave her fist child. She said it was because is was biblical (you know, the apple with Adam and Eve), but wasn’t the apple a forbidden fruit in the Bible? I don’t know; it just seems kind of odd to me.

  55. Viv says:

    What about Brendan Joseph in the best boy name list? He is the son of Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham

  56. We have no right to judge their names but we can’t blame other people about it because it is also a fault by the parents who gave the name..they didn’t think the name very well.

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  58. BlueSkies says:

    Sammy, Michael’s brother one upped him.
    Jermaine Jackson named his son Jermajesty.

  59. There are so many other celebrity names that are bad, don’t get me started!

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