When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child, the fame-hungry pair chose a name that was anything but ordinary. In fact, their daughter’s name was inspired by a well-known windy city. Love it or hate it, the unusual baby-naming tradition has certainly caught on. And Kimye isn’t the only couple to name their child after a beloved location.
Here are 15 celebrities who’ve named their kids after famous places around the world.
1. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son, Zuma
No Doubt’s frontwoman is synonymous with cool girls and Southern California swagger. And the rocker chick paid homage to her SoCal roots when naming her second child in 2009.
Gwen Stefani and then-husband Gavin Rossdale drew inspiration from Zuma Beach, California. But they weren’t the ones who originally come up with the idea. During an interview with Detroit’s Mojo in the Morning, Stefani admitted she heard it from fellow No Doubt member Tom Dumont. Dumont and his wife were also expecting, and Zuma was on their list of potential baby names.
Next: This actor gave his daughter a name all her own.
2. Chris Hemsworth’s daughter, India
When Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, welcomed their baby girl into the world in 2012, they paid tribute to one of their favorite countries by naming her India. Aside from their love of the country, the new parents wanted to ensure their daughter had a strong, unforgettable name.
“Coming from a family of three boys, my mother was very much a feminist,” Hemsworth told USA Today. “When we would call each other ‘girls,’ she would say, ‘What is wrong with a girl?’ Girls can be strong and you have to respect that.”
Next: This famous duo loves being in front of the camera — and giving their kids unusual names.
3. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, Chicago
The Kardashian clan has a band of soon-to-be selfie-loving offspring, many of whom have pretty unusual names. Following big sister North and big brother Saint, baby girl Chicago made her debut into the world’s most famous family in January 2018.
While Kanye’s love for his hometown has been well-documented, now he’ll never have to worry about forgetting the name of his kid ever again.
Furthermore, Chicago isn’t the only Kardashian kid who shares a name with a place on a map. In fact, Kourtney Kardashian named her daughter Penelope Scotland. So, was the name inspired by Kourtney’s ex and Penelope’s father, Scott Disick? Probably not. Kourtney’s mother, Kris Jenner, is of Scottish descent, so it’s likely a nod to the matriarch’s heritage.
Next: This A-list actress looked to her roots when deciding on a name for her son.
4. Reese Witherspoon’s son, Tennessee
This Hollywood darling welcomed her third child — and first with second husband, Jim Toth — in 2012. Although she hasn’t publicly revealed why she named her son Tennessee, we can only assume she was paying homage to her home state. Witherspoon grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
Next: Not only is this place his favorite vacation spot, it’s also his daughter’s name.
5. Jimmy Fallon’s daughter, Winnie
No, Jimmy Fallon’s daughter isn’t named after Winnie the Pooh. The story is actually much sweeter than that.
There’s one lake town that holds a special place in Fallon’s heart, and that’s Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Not only does the late-night show host love to vacation there, but it’s where he proposed to his wife, Nancy.
Obviously, the full Winnipesaukee is a bit long, so they shortened it to Winnie.
Next: A solo trip to a faraway land inspired this artist’s daughter’s name.
6. Alicia Keys’ daughter, Egypt
While not all celebrities on this list have revealed the exact reasoning behind their destination-inspired naming process, Alicia Keys has explained that Egypt was the exact inspiration for her baby girl’s name. Keys, who had once taken a solo trip to Egypt that undoubtedly challenged her, admitted the experience was a life-changing one.
When she found out she was pregnant, husband Swizz Beatz likened her powerful time in Egypt to what she’d soon experience as a mother. And thus, Egypt was born — figuratively and literally.
Next: In this famous family, there’s a naming tradition that can’t be broken.
7. Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas
Hollywood veterans Ron and Cheryl Howard had their daughter Bryce Dallas Howard in 1981. And their inspiration behind her middle name? Well, it was somewhat of a family tradition.
Apparently, the pair named each of their children after the place in which they were conceived. How’s that for a tightly knit family bond?
Next: This diva drew inspiration from her own home.
8. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s son, Moroccan
If you think Mariah Carey named her child after a cultural mecca, think again. When she and Nick Cannon had twin boys in 2011, the world’s biggest diva thought it’d be appropriate to name one of them after something very, very special: the top tier of her New York City apartment. It’s called the Moroccan Room thanks to its Moroccan-inspired decor.
Next: A late artist whose daughter shares a name with a very famous city
9. Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris
It’s no surprise that Michael Jackson — perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time — strayed from the norm when naming his daughter. After all, the guy had more creativity in his pinkie finger than most have in their whole body. But that’s neither here nor there because he ended up choosing a name that was already taken. (Find out by whom, next.)
According to Debbie Rowe’s account, her daughter with Michael Jackson was named after the city in which she was conceived.
Next: Paris Jackson wasn’t the first celebrity child to be named after the city of lights.
10. Kathy and Richard Hilton’s daughter, Paris
Everyone knows the Hilton name. But perhaps Kathy and Richard Hilton are famous for more than just their hotel empire alone. Back in 1981, the couple named their daughter Paris, which makes us wonder whether they were the original inventors of unusual baby names among Hollywood’s elite.
Next: This country makes people think of red hair, green eyes, and dark beers.
11. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter, Ireland
In 1995, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger welcomed a baby girl into the world and named her Ireland. While the couple’s fairy tale story would eventually end — much like many other made-in-Hollywood relationships, their daughter’s name would forever be original.
Next: This power couple got their naming inspiration from the Big Apple.
12. Victoria and David Beckham’s son, Brooklyn
Leave it to one of the world’s most beautiful couples to don their gorgeous kids with names that are anything but status quo. When the Beckhams welcomed their first child together in 1999, they didn’t land on a name from their home country of England. Rather, the famous duo dubbed their son with the name of a New York City borough.
The fashionista admitted she had liked the name Brooke for a girl. So, when they had their son, they turned it into the gender-neutral Brooklyn, which was also the location where Victoria found out she as pregnant. But she said in her autobiography that was just a coincidence.
Next: See which other celeb couple named their child Brooklyn.
13. Nick Lachey’s daughter, Brooklyn
Nick and Vanessa Lachey have three children whose names are cities — Camden, Brooklyn, and Phoenix. While their son Camden is certainly not named after the city in New Jersey, we’re not sure about Phoenix’s name.
What the Lacheys have confirmed, however, is the story behind Brooklyn’s name. Baby girl Lachey was conceived in New York. So, there you go.
Next: One more NYC borough makes the list.
14. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s son, Bronx
Nick Lachey’s ex-sister-in-law was also inspired by a well-known locale in the Big Apple. In 2008, Ashlee Simpson and then-husband Pete Wentz named their baby boy Bronx. However, neither Simpson nor Wentz has said publicly what the story behind the name is. In fact, it seems Wentz likes the fact that it’s a bit of a mystery, so we probably won’t find out the origin of the name anytime soon.
Next: This acting veteran looked to the Midwest when his daughter was born.
15. Ethan Hawke’s daughter, Indiana
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