The quirkiest celebrity baby names: Lyra Antarctica, X Æ A-12, Olympia Lightning

A host of celebrity children have unusual names.
A host of celebrity children have unusual names. A host of celebrity children have unusual names.

Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn have named their newborn daughter Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

The singer has not explained the meaning behind the name but Lyra is a small constellation of stars and is also the name of the main character in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials book trilogy.

Here are some of the more unusual names famous couples have chosen for their offspring:

– Olympia Lightning – Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett

The sprinter and his partner Kasi Bennett welcomed their daughter in July and have given her an Olympics-themed name.

The Jamaican sprinter, who holds world records in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay, retired from athletics after the 2017 World Championships but appeared to refer to his success on the track with the choice of baby name.

– Daisy Dove – Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

The singer and her actor fiance welcomed their first child together at the end of August and her name matches that of Perry’s single Daisies.

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While she was pregnant, daisies continued to pop up in the singer’s wardrobe and she wore a halterneck dress emblazoned with the floral print for an episode of American Idol and also wore daisy earrings in a music video for her single Smile.

– X Æ A-12 – Grimes and Elon Musk

Canadian singer Grimes and her partner, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, called their newborn son X Æ A-12 and said the unusual name refers to the couple’s favourite aircraft and the elven spelling of AI.

In a post on Twitter, she said the “X” is a reference to the unknown variable commonly used in mathematical sums.

The next character is the elven spelling of AI, which is shorthand for artificial intelligence and translates to “love” in languages such as Mandarin.

The final part, A-12, is a precursor to the aircraft SR-17, which she said they liked because it is “great in battle, but non-violent”.

The “A” is short for Archangel, which Grimes said was her favourite song.

– Raddix – Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

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The Hollywood star and Good Charlotte rocker announced the birth of their first child together, a daughter, in January, opting for the unusual name of Raddix.

Diaz hinted at its meaning in an Instagram post, writing “So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact that she is really really cute!! Some would even say RAD:)”

– Adonis – Drake and Sophie Brussaux

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Canadian rapper Drake, real name Aubrey Graham, welcomed his first child in 2017 with French artist Brussaux, but only revealed the fact to the world with the release of his album Scorpion in June 2018. The rapper confirmed he had a son through lyrics in the song Emotionless.

Adonis, in Greek mythology, is the eternally youthful god of beauty and desire.

– Sir Rumi and Carter – Beyonce and Jay-Z

Beyonce and Jay-Z revealed the names of their twins in July 2017.

The rapper later explained that Rumi is the name of their favourite poet, a 13th century Persian wordsmith, and that Sir was named so because of his overall attitude.

He said: “Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”

– Bear – Take That’s Howard Donald, as well as Cheryl and Liam Payne

Singer Donald named his second child Dougie Bear, and a few months later Cheryl and Liam Payne appeared to follow in the same footsteps by picking Bear as the name for their baby boy.

Payne later explained that the name for his child was down to the noises he made as a newborn.

He told James Corden on The Late Late Show: “When he was born, one of the midwives said it, he had this thing where if they don’t have a good cry they get fluid in the lungs, which is quite serious.

“He was going like, ‘Grrr, grrr’, when he was sleeping. So I had specialists running in and out of hospital all day, my missus was asleep, I had like 10 doctors come into the room.

“And in the end the guy was just like, ‘I’m not being funny, there’s nothing wrong with him, he just likes to make a lot of noise’.

“And that’s carried on ever since, so it just became Bear.”

– River Rocket, Buddy Bear Maurice, Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela and Petal Blossom Rainbow – Jamie and Jools Oliver

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The Olivers have always opted for whimsical names for their children and the celebrity chef has said he leaves the choices all down to his wife, who has shown a liking for florals.

– Moxie CrimeFighter – Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten

Magician Jillette said he chose the name Moxie for his daughter because it represents “old fashioned spunk and energy”.

He said the choice of CrimeFighter as a second name was more of a joke, telling People: “When she gets pulled over by the police she can show her licence and say, ‘We’re on the same side, officer. My middle name is CrimeFighter’.”

– Pilot Inspektor – Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf

This baffling name is not even a real job, but the My Name Is Earl actor and his ex-fiancee named their son after the Grandaddy song He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot.

– Audio Science – Shannyn Sossamon and Dallas Clayton

The 40 Days and 40 Nights actress said she did not consult a name book when she was looking for ideas for her son. Instead, she said her boyfriend read through the dictionary.

– North – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The reality star and the rapper named their first child together after a point on the compass because they reportedly saw North as “the highest power” and regarded their daughter as their highest point together.

– True – Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson

The reality TV star revealed True’s name shortly after her birth in April 2018. She posted on Instagram saying simply: “Baby True.”

She later explained that she wanted her child to have the first name T, after her partner, and also that it was her great-grandfather’s first name and her grandfather’s middle name.

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– Kal-El – Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim

Cage showed off just how much of a Superman fan he was when he chose the superhero’s Kryptonian name for his son.

He told People: “I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three. I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it.”

– Apple – Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

The actress and the Coldplay frontman looked to the fruit bowl to name their oldest child.

Paltrow told Oprah Winfrey: “(Apple) sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me.

“You know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, ‘Perfect’.”

– Moon Unit – Frank and Gail Zappa

Moon Unit was one of the first celebrity babies to bear the brunt of the fashion for unusual names.

Gail told The Times that Frank told her: “You can name it Moon or Motorhead.”

She added: “You know, you’re not (truly) related to your partner in life until you have a child together.

“So we became a family unit and that’s the significance of Moon’s middle name.”

– Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily – Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates

Sir Bob Geldof with Tiger Lily
Sir Bob Geldof with Tiger Lily Bob Geldof with Tiger Lily in July 2005 (Steve Parsons/PA)

The TV star and the INXS singer reportedly chose the name for their child by giving everyone a say.

Apparently Pixie, one of Yates’ daughters with Bob Geldof, chose the name Heavenly, Hutchence chose Hiraani, and Yates chose Tiger Lily.

She now goes by the name Tiger.