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The Latest Trend in Celebrity Baby Names: Secret Names

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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Has Bad Baby Namer Jason Lee Reformed His Ways?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Actor Jason Lee is infamous for giving his first son the out-there moniker of “Pilot Inspektor.” His daughter didn’t fare well either—she was given the traditionally male name, Casper. (Which is typically synonymous with the cartoon Friendly Ghost). But maybe the third time’s the charm? It certainly seems to be. Jason and his wife Ceren welcomed a baby boy, named Sonny, this week. Sonny is a nickname for a number of different names, including Santino, Madison and Mason—but has on occasion been used in its own right as a first name. It means, not surprisingly, “son.”

Thinking of using this name for your son? You’ll be in good company. While it is not an extremely popular name—it barely ekes above the top 1000 name cut on the Social Security list—it’s certainly not so out there as Pilot and Casper. In fact, it hasn’t been out of the top 1000 names since the 1920s, which means there may just be a Sonny on your family tree.

There are a few famous “Sonnys” in history, including Sonny Bono, entertainer and politician (Sonny was a nickname for Salvatore); Sonny Liston, world-class boxer (officially named “Charles“); and Sonny Jurgenson, a football great. And there’s also Santino (AKA Sonny), the hot-headed oldest Coreleone son in the Godfather series. But I’m almost wondering if Jason is naming Sonny after himself, given the logic of using Sonny as a Mason/Madison nickname.

Personally, I think Jason and Ceren choose a good name for this child—still unique and innovative, but not quite so out there that people

So has Jason Lee finally scored a hit with his third child’s baby name? What’s your take on Jason’s other children’s names? Would you consider any of his kids’ names for your own brood?

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