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Blue Ivy Carter was born on Jan. 7, 2012 to Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles. The proud parents came up with the unique name citing that “Blue” is Jay Z’s favorite color and Beyonce’s favorite number is four, or in Roman Numerals “IV”. For most names, not just those given by celebrity parents, there is some sort of story.


Austin Treasure Jansen, a senior and graphic designer for the Associated Students Publicity Center, picked his own middle name. Jansen, who was born without a middle name, was about 18 months old when he came up with his middle name.


Jansen’s father was teaching him how to say his full name, Jansen said. When Jansen’s father asked for him to say his full name, Jansen would only answer “Austin.”


That was the trigger.


“I thought about it for a while, and I thought about all the times he cradled me and called me his little treasure, so I just said ‘Austin Treasure Jansen’ – and it stuck,” Jansen said.


Treasure has been his middle name ever since.

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The son of actor Jason Lee and actress Beth Riesgraf
The couple came up with the name after listening to “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot” by Granddaddy.

2. Apple
The daughter of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin
“It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me –you know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and…clean! I just thought, ‘Perfect!’” said Paltrow to Oprah in an interview.

3. Tu Morrow
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The play on words will overshadow the fact that his name is simply Tu.

4. Reignbeau
The daughter of actor Ving Rhames and Deborah Reed
Upon first glance, there is a possibility that her name is not pronounced “Rainbow,” but in the end, it is.

5. Seven Sirius
The son of musicians Erykah Badu and Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000 of Outkast)
An example of why numbers are number, not names.

6. Moses
The son of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin
Moses was the name of a song Chris had written for his wife in 2003, a year before Moses’ birth, according to People.com.

7. Kal-el
The son of actor Nicolas Cage and former waitress Alice Kim
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8. Moon Unit, Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan
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No explanations needed.

9. Moxie Crimefighter
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Her name comes with an automatic alter ego!

10. Jermajesty Jackson
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This kid will never have the issue of having someone else with his name in school. Ever.