by Bruce Lansky
While researching awful celebrity baby names for this post, I visited the Celebrity Baby Scoops list of 2014 Hollywood babies to make sure I had considered all the names being considered for Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2014. (I found all but one of the names on that list.)
Here are my top-five candidates for worst celebrity baby names of 2014 (for both girls and boys):
5 Worst Celebrity Baby Girls’ Names:
Zhuri Nova James
Parents: NBA all-star Lebron James and his wife Savannah
Comment: Zhuri is a headscratcher and, to add insult to injury, it’s both hard to spell and pronounce. She should be grateful to have a spellable and pronounceable middle name (Nova) to fall back on.
Royal Reign Jones
Mother: rapper Li’l Kim
Comment: Royal Reign is a grandiose name that sounds like royal rain, whatever that is.
Cai MyAnna Dukes
Parents: actor Shanola Hampton and husband, producer Daren Dukes
Comment: Cai presents spelling and pronunciation problems—and MyAnna is another headscratcher.
Mother: American Idol contestant Gina Glocksen
Comment: Daenerys is name that will only be familiar to “Game of Thrones” fans. No one else is likely to be able to spell or pronounce it.
Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher
Parents: actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Comment: When parents give their child a unisex name it makes sense to pick a middle name with clear gender identification. But Wyatt is a “macho” name that was chosen by Chicago Bear’s quarterback Jay Cutler to give his son a name that works well in football huddles and frat parties. Why give a macho name to a baby girl and then pair it with an elegant, feminine name like Isabelle? It’s as though the parents couldn’t agree on a naming strategy. Unfortunately, it sends a confusing message to the child and to people the child meets.
5 Worst Celebrity Baby Boys’ Names
Future Zahir Wilburn
Parents: rapper Future and R&B singer Ciara
Comment: Future doesn’t sound much like a name. Actually, Future is the boy’s father’s stage name. (I’m not sure which is worse, his father’s stage name or his father’s real name: Nayvadius Cash.) To make matters worse, a cheating scandal caused a rift between the senior Future and Ciara. So as far as Ciara is concerned, Future (senior) is now the The Past.
Megaa Omari Grandberry
Parents: B2K singer Omarion and girlfriend Apryl Jones
Comment: Megaa is a grandiose name (meaning extra-large or super)–and the extra “a” makes it hard to spell and pronounce. Omari is Megaa’s father’s given first name. (FYI, Omarion’s whole given name is Omari Ishmael Grandberry).
Lyric Sonny Roads Goldberg
Parents: actress/writer/director Soleil Moon Frye and husband, producer Jason Goldberg
Comments: Another headscratcher. Lyric is an “arty” name that may not work well in the locker room. But Sonny couldn’t be more declasse. I know what sunny roads are, but what are sonny roads?
Saint Lazslo Wentz
Parents: rocker Pete Wentz and girlfriend Meagan Camper
Comment: Another grandiose name (Saint). It’s not clear whether the boy is named after St. Lazslo’s winery or the first king (Ladislaus–also known as St. Lazslo) of Hungary. Either way, wine or spirits might have been involved in the selection of the name. By the way, Pete Wentz also fathered a boy with Ashlee Simpson named Bronx Mowgli Wentz which is on many “worst name” lists.
Bodhi Rain Palmer
Parents: “Warm Bodies” star Teresa Palmer and husband Mark Webber
Bodhi Ransom Green
Parents: “Transformer”star Megan Fox and husband Austin Green
Comment: Bodhi means “enlightened one.” It’s a lovely meaning, but most people aren’t enlightened enough to know how to spell and pronounce the name.
P.S. I found a name on a Vocative.com’s “Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2014″ list that I think may be the single best celebrity baby name of 2014. Check it out.