COMMENTARY | Robin Williams likes the video game character Zelda so much that he named his daughter after her. Apparently, the 21-year-old Zelda Williams doesn’t mind. They recently appeared together in a commercial for Nintendo, in which Zelda asks her father, “Are you mixing me up with Princess Zelda again?” If you think that’s a little strange, here are five other celebrity children with names that might be a bit unusual.
Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor
I like Jason Lee, but I wonder what he was thinking when he named his son Pilot Inspektor. Maybe he thinks by naming him something so different he’ll have to be one tough kid to rise above the teasing he’ll get while growing up. Apparently, when Jason and Pilot’s mother, Beth, heard a song by the band Grandaddy, she came up with the name. Lee said that the opening track, “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot” blew his mind. Lee’s friend, the younger brother of Danny Masterson, came up with his middle name, Inspektor.
Rob Morrow (of “Northern Exposure” fame) and wife Debbon Ayer named their daughter Tu. Yes, she is Tu Morrow. Rob told People, “it’s a family tradition” for his wife. Ayer’s full name is “debonaire.” Let’s hope Rob is joking when he talks about naming his son Bone.
Perhaps father Jermaine Jackson was looking for a little more of the spotlight on himself when he named his son Jermajesty. Considering that two of his nephews are named Prince and Blanket, maybe Jermajesty doesn’t sound all that bad. On second thought, yes it does. Even uncles Tito, Jackie and Marlon are not too pleased about it, according to Bark + Bite.
Back in 1986, famous tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe named his newborn daughter Camera. He wasn’t trying to come up with an original version of Tamera or even Cameron. He named her Camera because his wife Jeanne was a photographer. I guess it could have been worse: What if her mother had been a nurse? Stethoscope or Bed Pan comes to mind. Phew.
I’m a bit baffled with the explanation that Shannyn Sossaman gave for naming her baby Audio Science. She said she and her boyfriend, Dallas Clayton, “wanted a word and not a name,” so Dallas read through the dictionary several times, according to Yahoo! Shine. At first they came up with the name Science but became worried that it “might get shortened to Sci.” Somehow, I think that might have been the least of their worries. Good luck, Audio Science; in 2024 you’ll finally have the option to change your name. How about Bob?
After hearing some of these strange baby names, naming your daughter after the beautiful video game princess doesn’t sound so bizarre. The similar sounding name Zelde is a Yiddish word that means “happiness.” Let’s hope that all of these original names bring happiness to those uniquely named celebrity children instead of strife.