Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. waited nearly two months after the birth of their son to finally release his name: It’s Rocky James, who joined big sister Charlotte Grace.
It’s a more offbeat choice than the classic name they chose for their daughter. Rocky just reeks of boxing, thanks to real-life fighter Rocky Marciano, and Sylvester Stallone’s gritty boxing great in five movies that sported a killer song (and made everyone want to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art). And of course, it’s also associated with that uberpopular cult flick, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the buff creation of transvestite mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, which gives the name a little bit of a rebellious vibe. Traditionally, Rocky’s a nickname for Rocco, which doesn’t mean rocky or stony, as you might guess—it’s a word that means “rest.”
It’s not a very popular name right now. After peaking in the 300-range during the late 70s and early 80s, when the Rocky movies hit their height of popularity, it’s bottomed out along the top 1000 end of the list. But maybe Sarah and Freddie’s son can help revive it.
Middle name James is one of my favorite middle names, and an uberpopular one—it currently ranks #17 for boys as a first name, and it means “supplanter.” And if little Rocky decides he isn’t cool with the constant calls of “Yo, Adrian,” he has this perfectly traditional name in reserve.
But even though it doesn’t quite “go” with the sweeter, more traditional Charlotte, it flows beautifully with their surname—Rocky Prinze is a pretty stellar name for a boy.
What do you think of Sarah and Freddie’s baby name choice? Just another offbeat celebrity choice—or a baby name worth stealing for your own?
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Once upon a time, celebrities gave their babies crazy names that were guaranteed to grab headlines: We’re looking at you, Jason Lee (dad of Pilot Inspektor) and Gwyneth Paltrow (mom of Apple and Moses).
But now, stars are making news by refusing to spill the beans on what moniker they gave their latest bundle of joy. Uma Thurman’s daughter is two months old, and only her inner circle knows what she named her (her older kids are named Maya and Levon, so we’re imagining she hasn’t gone for Jane or Ava). True Blood’s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have twins—and not only do we not know their names, we also have no idea whether they’re boys or girls. And now, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze have a new son to join daughter Charlotte Grace, but we have no idea what they’ve named him. And that sets the media world (including humble blogs like mine) in a tizzy. I’ve found oodles of posts with people guessing what these celebs might have named their kids, but no confirmation that any of those guesses are anywhere close to correct.
I’ll chalk this latest celebrity trend up to the current popularity among non-celeb parents of keeping the baby’s name under wraps until birth. With so much of their life played out on display for the hordes of paparazzi and the insatiable public appetite, perhaps these stars simply want to keep one slice of their lives away from prying eyes. And I can’t exactly blame them (even though I am interested in discovering what they named their babies).
What do you think? Do you care whether celebrities reveal their babies’ names? And what would you do if you were in their situation?
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