Monday, May 29, 2006

More Evidence of Dumb Hollywood Baby Names

First we saw Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes naming their baby, Suri, thinking it was a pretty Hebrew name, but it actually means "get out of here" in Hebrew.

Now Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have named their baby girl, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Sorta rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Perhaps they chose the name Shiloh for its Biblical connotations as peaceful one, but it has also been used to refer to the Messiah. Do they have more than the ordinary ambitions for their daughter? Or perhaps they like its connotations of "rest" or "silent one," all desired attributes in a baby, but not perhaps in a grown woman.

Or maybe they were naming it after the bloody Civil War battle in which there were more casualties than in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Mexican War put together. Now there is a lovely image for a newborn baby.

Or maybe they were naming their daughter after Al Gore's dog, the one who supposedly got cheaper medicine than his mother-in-law, except that he made those figures up and forgot that perhaps his mother-in-law might have insurance to help her pay for her medicine.

Then go to the middle name for the baby, "Nouvel." I presume they want the baby to have the French word "new" for a middle name. Fine. Except the correct spelling is "Nouvelle." As any French One student would know, "Nouvel" is the masculine form of the adjective used in front of a vowel.

Even if Brad and Angelina are too busy to do a moment's search to find out the meaning of their choice of names, don't they have aides who could Google things for them? Babies aren't playthings or occasions for the parents to play around and come up with a pretty-sounding name. These are real people who are going to have to spend a lifetime explaining shy their parents chose such inappropriate names for them. A little more intensive research, which is quite easy these days, might help the stars not burden their children with stupid names.

Or maybe this is their gift to the less beautiful and rich people out there. We might not have their looks or money, but at least we can comfort ourselves in that we have more common sense.