Celebrity baby names and their stories

Chicago

Kardashian West

Never one to shy away from unusual baby names. Kim K recently announced that she and Kanye named their daughter Chicago, in honour of the city where Kanye grew up.

Brooklyn

Beckham

Although it's widely cited that the Beckhams chose the name Brooklyn because their son was conceived there, Victoria revealed another reason in her autobiography. Because the couple knew he would grow up to be a footballer, they wanted a name that was 'blokey' and, because they liked the name Brooke, they opted for Brooklyn. Plus, the couple found out they were pregnant in New York, so the stars really did seem to align!

Zuma

Rossdale

Gwen Stefani and her former husband Gavin Rossdale chose this unusual moniker for their son in honour of a favourite beach near their home in Malibu, California.

India

Hemsworth

A-Lister Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, chose this oriental-inspired name for their daughter because of their mutual love of the country. The Thor actor has also joked that it was a compromise on his first choice, Indiana Jones!
The name India has similarly caught the attention of Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead, who welcomed her first daughter with partner JP, although the inspiration behind the name hasn’t been commented on.

London

Hudson

Although rocker Slash spent most of his life in the US, he was born in London to an American mother and British father and lived there for the first few years of his life. He has talked about his love of the UK and his hometown frequently during his time in the spotlight, so it makes sense that he chose to name his son London.

Moroccan

Cannon

This unusual choice from pop diva Mariah Carey to name her son Moroccan was down to the fact that her former husband, Nick Cannon, proposed to her in a room of their home decorated in the style of the North African country.

Ireland

Baldwin

Alec Baldwin’s daughter, Ireland, is now a successful model in her own right, but why did her parents choose the name? Although the story behind the inspiration has never been confirmed, the actor once joked it was because she was beautiful but couldn’t manage her finances in light of Ireland’s economic troubles!

Penelope Scotland

Disick

This geographical middle name for Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s eldest daughter has achieved a dual purpose with the reference to Scotland. Not only is it a playful twist on her father’s name, it also references Kris Jenner’s Scottish heritage, with Kourtney once saying she thought the whole family was part-Scottish as a result.

Lourdes

Leon

With a mother like Madonna, you could almost guarantee that her eldest daughter would be given an unusual name and the pop superstar didn’t disappoint. Opting for the name Lourdes, Madonna’s daughter is named after a city known as a place for pilgrimage, miracles and healing.

Paris

Jackson

The daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson and his wife Debbie Rowe, Paris Jackson gained her name in honour of the city in which she was conceived.

Milan

Mebarak

Pop diva Shakira and her footballer partner, Gerard Piqué, named their son after the Italian city because of its meanings. According to one interview, Milan "means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification."