In the October issue of American Baby magazine, we asked you which star gave his or her baby page-turner names: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Griffiths, Natalie Maines, or Demi Moore.
Tricked you! Each of these movie and rock stars have children either named after book characters or authors of literature.
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines doubled up on the book names with her son Beckett Finn, born in July 2004. Country Music Television (CMTCanada.com) reports that Maines and her husband Adrian Pasdar (of TV's Judging Amy) named him after author Samuel Beckett and musician Neil Finn from the band Crowded House. (We'll pretend, though, that his middle name was after Huckleberry, instead.)
Rachel Griffiths -- Brenda from TV's Six Feet Under -- paid homage to both her home country of Australia and her favorite poet by naming her first child Banjo. His namesake, Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, is best remembered for "Waltzing Matilda" and "The Man from Snowy River." Griffiths had a baby girl named Adelaide in July 2005.
Two Lit Kids
Demi Moore -- born Demetria Guynes -- looked to her bookshelf with two of her three children, all fathered by actor Bruce Willis. While the Ghost actress is popularly known for naming her middle daughter Scout after the narrator in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it's less widely known that her oldest daughter, Rumer, was named after British author Rumer Godden. (No word as to what inspired the name of her youngest daughter, Tallulah Belle.)
Holden' On to a Classic
Brendan Fraser (star of The Mummy, Gods and Monsters, and Encino Man, among many) added a new chapter to his life in 2004, with the birth of his son Holden. Named, we presume, after the ever-cynical Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden was the second child for Fraser and his wife Afton Smith, who named their first son Griffin.
Whether you're giving your baby a literary moniker, a family hand-me-down, or a not-so-traditional name, you'll raise an eyebrow at the meanings and origins at some of the over 1,000 names in our Baby Name Finder on AmericanBaby.com. Also, look for age-by-age baby information, checklists of what to buy -- even sign up for the Ages & Stages newsletter.
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, September 2005.