(This article was originally published in 2006.)
I’ve just learned that Brooke Shields has given birth to a daughter, whom she named Grier. What a relief to write that I actually like a baby’s name selected by a celebrity.
This morning I made a short list of particularly silly celebrity baby names handed out over the last few years:
- Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee’s son)
- Banjo (Rachel Griffiths’ son)
- Moxie CrimeFighter (Penn Jillette’s daughter)
- Phinneas (Julia Roberts’ son)
- Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter)
- Fuschia (Sting’s daughter)
Notice that Grier is not on this list. Why? It’s a rare celebrity baby name that both parent and child will enjoy and that will come across in an attractive way to people Grier meets in life. The reason I like the name is that it reminds me of Greer Garson, an old-time Hollywood star who was both beautiful and classy. (Come to think of it, that’s how I’d describe Brooke Shields too, so perhaps it’s no surprise she picked such an elegant name.)
I should probably inform you that Grier is a Scottish name that means “vigilant.” And, because it ends in a consonant, it comes across as both beautiful and strong—a good name for a talented woman who may become a doctor, the CEO of a multinational corporation—or a beautiful actress like her mother.
© 2006 Bruce Lansky
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