Tuesday, November 30, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via WaPo comes this question: And What Name Will Phinnaeus Have for Mommy?

Congratulations, Julia Roberts, and you, too, Mr. Julia Roberts, on the birth of your twins, little Hazel and Phinnaeus. But our joy over your Blessed Event is tempered by a couple of questions. To wit:

Hazel? And, more important, Phinnaeus?

Hazel, to me, conjures images of Shirley Booth. Although it is my Grandmother’s first name–note, however, that my grandmother has chosen to go by her middle name her entire life…

And no kidding on Phinneas.

It does seem that many celebs are so addicted to getting attention that they feel the need to use their children as a “look at me moment”:

The list keeps growing. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are the parents of Rumer Glenn, Scout LaRue and Tallulah Belle. Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin recently begat Apple. Sylvester Stallone sired Sage Moonblood and Sistine Rose. Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette are the proud parents of Coco. Singer Erykah Badu — herself on the celebrity all-name team — has a child named Puma. John Travolta and Kelly Preston named their boy Jett. Christie Brinkley’s youngest is a girl named Sailor. The late rock star Michael Hutchence named his daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. Long-ago rock star Bob Geldof calls daughter Fifi Trixabelle to dinner. Soccer star David Beckham and Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams’s brood includes Brooklyn, Romeo and a soon-to-be wee one who reportedly may be dubbed San Miguel. Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has a girl named Clementine, as does Cybill Shepherd. Rob Morrow, of “Northern Exposure” quasi-fame, dubbed his baby Tu, as in Tu Morrow.

Beats “Adolph Hitler” at least…

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    1. Jay Says:

      My grandmother’s name is Hazel, which she has never had any problem using. Deb and I both kind of like it, and if I had a 3rd daughter (we already have a probable name for a 2nd one), it might end up a middle name. But not a first if only because it doesn’t go with the surname.

      Phinneus, well… I can think of worse names, but to me, after the initial “you named your kid WHAT” wears off, Phinneas Walter is not so bad in an old-fashioned sort of way. It’s far more normal and distinguished than all or most of the other celebrity baby names listed.

    2. Steven Taylor Says:

      Oh, I am not really dissin’ Hazel–but it does make me think about maids :)

      And compared to some of the names in the list, Hazel and Phinneas are pretty tame.

    3. Bithead Says:

      I grew up thinking that Hazel was a witch…. and they bottled her…

    4. Donna Florack Says:

      Claudia Schiffer also has a son named Caspar – which always made me think of “the friendly ghost”.

    5. Shark Says:

      Hazel is nice if old fashioned. Phinneaus is a disaster unless they chuck it and just call him Finn. Of course, someone so pretentious as to name their kid Phinneus won’t do that so I hope the kid does it

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