Let’s not lie. The best part about a celebrity announcing the birth of their new baby is the name reveal. We eagerly await the sweet Instagram post confirming the chosen moniker which is more often than not unique and quirky. Celebrities love a niche name.
And guess what? Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s second son name has finally been revealed. The child’s moniker is Riot Rose Mayers — and fans are convinced it’s a homage to A$AP Rocky’s recent song “Riot” with Pharrell Williams. They’re sticking with the alliteration because their first son’s name also begins with ‘R’. On his first birthday, dad Rocky shared on Instagram that their one-year-old is called “RZA,” in honor of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA. We know RiRi is a big fan of the hip-hop group.
Of course, they aren’t the only unusual baby names that have cropped up recently. Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry announced their second child was called Jupitar Seaborn. After naming their first daughter Lyra Antarctica, fans definitely expected something niche. Elsewhere, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott named their second child ‘Aire’ (after changing his name from Wolf).
The rise of the ‘niche’ celebrity name began all the way back in 2004 when the Queen of wellness, Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to her first child, Apple, with Chris Martin. At the time, Apple seemed an unusual choice, but as Apple is set to turn 16, it’s quite basic in comparison to the other celebrity baby names.
For instance, take Cameron Diaz. The rom-com star gave birth to her first child earlier this year. Taking to Instagram to reveal the birth of her child with Benji Madden, the actor said, “She has instantly captured our hearts and completed our family. She is really really cute! Some would even say RAD.” The name? Raddix, which was practically un-Googelable at the time, apparently means root in Latin. Who said celebrity names can’t be educational, too?
From Jessica Simpson’s baby girl Birdie, to Kourtney Kardashian’s child, Reign, and Cardi B’s daughter, Kulture, the decision to opt for more unusual baby names is only set to rise.
Originally published in Glamourmagazine.co.uk