Unique Names On The Web

Unless you’re friends with someone appearing regularly in People Magazine, then you’ve probably never met anyone named Apple, Zephyr, or Lyric.  It’s no surprise that celebrity couples have explored the conventional boundaries in naming their offspring.  But is it really celebrity’s being eccentric or is it the case that for every Banjo Patrick Taylor there are ten Stevens born?  Spock took a random sampling of 500 celebrity offspring and compared them to 5 years worth of lists of the most common baby names.

As it turns out, celebrities do tend to name their kids fairly uncommon names a majority of the time.  Spock found that 73% of celebrity kids had first names that did not fall under the top 100 most popular baby names.  However if you include middle names as a factor, such as the case of Coco Riley Arquette, then 41% of celebrity offspring have a very common middle name to go along with their uncommon first name.

One of the more notable trends for celebrity babies was to not only having more than two names, but also to have a much more common middle name.  Expanding the field further by looking at the Social Security Administration, Top 1000 Name Rankings, we found that celebrity offspring had an average name popularity of 794, yet their middle names took on a far more common 586.  This difference would likely to have been even greater had it not been for the fact that those who had common first names were 3 times more likely to have an uncommon middle name. Other than a mixture of an uncommon first name and common middle name, another trend was using uncommon spellings such as the case of Zowie Bowie.

While the benefit of having the name Pilot Inspektor Riegraf or Moon Unit can certainly be debated, the good news for celebrity offspring is that it’s likely that they would have at least one slightly more common name to go by.

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