Celebrity Baby Names: Elton John’s New Son
Elton and David stacked up a bunch of Biblical names for their new son. Elijah is a pretty popular name—currently #13 in popularity here in the U.S., and it’s a Biblical name that means “Jehovah is God.” Its most famous namesake, besides the Biblical reference, is actor Elijah Wood, who portrayed the Hobbit Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Joseph, currently #22 on the most popular names list, also has a God-like meaning—”Jehovah increases.” And the second middle name, Daniel, is currently in the top 10 names, and means “God is my judge.” There’s a whole slew of celebs with Joseph and Daniel as their names, including writer Joseph Heller and Vice President Joseph “Joe” Biden, and actors Daniel Craig, Daniel Day Lewis and Daniel Radcliffe.
Elton and David buck the celebrity trend of giving their sons out-there baby names—all of their sons’ names (with the exception of Levon) are in the top 100 baby names. But the second middle names, Levon and Daniel, actually have a special meaning for the parents—they’re the names of two of Elton’s top hits from the 70s. (I wonder if he sings them as lullabies to the boys!) Both names flow nicely, and share the same middle initial, J.
What do you think of Elton’s naming choices? Are you disappointed when stars pick standard names for their kids, or are you glad when they’re not saddled with monikers like Moxie Crimefighter or Pilot Inspektor?
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