Children suffer in stars' name game

The Beckhams have added to their roll-call of exotically named children with latest addition Harper Seven.

The Beckhams have added to their roll-call of exotically named children with latest addition Harper Seven.

Whether the name is a tribute to the author Harper Lee or even the publisher of David’s autobiography HarperCollins is anyone’s guess, although Seven is more obviously a reference to his shirt number in his Manchester United days.

The baby joins brothers Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz but the Beckhams by no means have a monopoly over unusual names.

Indeed it is almost de rigueur for the rich and famous. There are dozens of celebrities who have marked their children out in the playground – private school, almost certainly – with a strange name.

Giving the Beckhams a run for their money have been Jamie and Jools Oliver with their brood of children who seem to have taken their inspiration from a country meadow, or a Winnie The Pooh story.

Poppy Honey was followed by Daisy Boo, then Petal Blossom Rainbow and finally Buddy Bear.

Jonathan Ross’s family have not escaped either, with children Betty Kitten, Honey Kinney and Harvey Kirby.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have often opted to be low-key, keeping their relationship out of the spotlight. But they went for attention-grabbing names for their two offspring – Moses and Apple.

Katie Price and former husband Peter Andre chose names for their children which sound cute and cuddly while they are young, but may look a little odd when they reach adulthood – Junior and Princess.

Stars can also name their offspring after their musical idols (Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Cindy Crawford’s son Presley), a favourite author (Cate Blanchett’s son Dashiell) or a place (Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, Kim Basinger’s daughter Ireland).

Other celebrity offenders include Demi Moore and Bruce Willis (Rumer, Scout and Tallulah Belle.

But having an unusual name can be torture for a celebrity’s child. Just ask Peaches Geldof.

“Why do the rich and famous give their children such ridiculous names?” the daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates wrote a few years ago.

“Mine has haunted me all my life, and will continue to do so.”

The teenager said she was teased mercilessly at school with cries of: “Oi, Peaches, are your parents bananas?”

Her fate could have been worse though. “I was going to be called Angel Delight at one point, so I suppose I can count myself lucky.”

She was not alone among her siblings in having a bizarre name, with Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily – the latter born to Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

Hollywood stars are repeat offenders – Will Smith’s children are called Jaden and Willow, actor Forest Whitaker chose Ocean, True and Sonnet.

Singer and actress Cher had a daughter called Chastity, truncated to Chaz following a sex change, while model Christie Brinkley’s daughter goes by the name of Sailor.

But British celebrities are just as guilty. Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri has a daughter called Misty Kyd, while Sophie Ellis Bextor’s son is named Sonny, as is The Verve singer Richard Ashcroft’s first-born. Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie has sons calls Wolf and Lux.

Stars do not always choose to saddle each of their children with an odd name. Supermodel Elle Macpherson gave her first son the reasonably sensible name Flynn - then followed it up with a second boy called Aurelius Cy.

And U2 frontman Bono rounded off his collection – which had already included Jordan, Eve, John – with Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q.

Rock star Frank Zappa is often seen as the torch-bearer for the trend, with his children Moon Unit and Dweezil. Moon Unit once recalled: “I spent hours locked away in my room. I was a complete hermit.”

The stress of a painful name can be easily dealt with though. Simply change it.

When David Bowie’s son Zowie set about establishing his movie directing career for the release of first film Moon, he took the name Duncan Jones.

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