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Nov302010

Pink Thinks 'Jameson' Is a Cool Boy's Name

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrities are notorious for their imaginative approaches to child-naming, but Pink's announcement about monikers has even fans scratching their head.

The singer, who is pregnant with her first child, and her husband Carey Hart told Access Hollywood that, if their baby turns out to be a boy, one name on their list is Jameson.

"My dad's name is James and my brother's name is Jason," Pink told Access, noting that both she and Hart are both Irish, and that her husband's middle name is Jason. The singer also said that she and Hart both like whiskey. "That's a no brainer," she said.

But on the Celebrity Baby Blog at CelebrityBabies.com, the focus wasn't on alcohol. Many of the more than 100 comments not only focused on the suitability of the name Jameson for both boys and girls, but offered other naming suggestions and stated the origins of their own names.

Why such an intense interest in the names celebs imprint on their kids?

"The U.S. doesn't have a monarchy, so the only aristocracy here is the celebrity," said Michael Sherrod, an internet publisher and the author of Bad Baby Names: The Worst True Names Parents Saddled Their Kids With, and Now You Can Too. "We treat celebrities like the royal family, and so fans think, 'This celebrity belongs to us and, by extension, so does their baby,'" he said.

Sherrod believes that celebrities wrongly get singled out for the names they pick. "Many times celebrities who are famous, gave unusual names to their kids so that the children could carve out distinct identities," he said. "The celebrity didn't want their child to live in his or her shadow."

Of course, noted Sherrod, some people go to an extreme, naming their children after diseases and tools. "Throughout history, people have given children names to make a point, such as using 'Danger' as a middle name," he said.

Sherrod said some studies have revealed that people with unusual names didn't like them as youngsters. However, as adults, they approved of them. "It made them stand out," he said. "It was a peg to put their identities on."

Here are Sherrod's picks, from a variety of celebrity baby-naming sites, of some highly unique names that you may -- or may not -- want to saddle your children with:

Petal Blossom, Rainbow and Buddy Bear Maurice: the two daughters and son of British chef Jamie Oliver.

Sparrow James Midnight: the son of Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden.

Mars Merkaba: the son of music artist Erykah Badu.

Ikhyd Edgar Arular: the son of rapper M.I.A.

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