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Celebrity Baby Names: Can You Guess The 'Normal' Names? (QUIZ)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/31/2012 5:25 pm

Blue Ivy, Pilot Inspektor, Apple ... stars love to get creative when it comes to baby-naming. One could argue that James Van Der Beek's recent choice for his son's name was a more shocking move than Alicia Silverstone posting a video of her pre-chewing baby Bear Blu's food. The man formerly known as Dawson named his little boy ... Joshua. (Unclear whether that's after former costar Joshua Jackson.)

Puzzling as it may be, Van Der Beek isn't the only celeb opting for a "normal" baby name. Just this week, singer Ne-Yo -- whose kids' names are Madilyn and Mason -- said he doesn't like "wacky names" because he wants his children to be respected. Even Snooki said her baby will have a normal (albeit Italian) moniker.

There may be an explanation for this odd behavior. Naming expert and co-founder of, Linda Rosenkrantz says celebrities, like civilians, tend to be more conservative with boy names. "It can also be seen as something of a backlash against the bad rap that celebrities get as being wild, attention-craving baby namers," she says.

So while you may know know that "Blanket" belongs to Michael Jackson and "Moroccan" is one of Mariah Carey's twins, do you know which rock star named his daughter Emily? And who went with Andrew? Take the quiz below and put your celebrity baby name knowledge to the test.

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  • What Did Penelope Cruz Name Her Son?

    A) Tom B) Leo C) Lyle D) Theo

  • Answer: Leo

    The actress <a href="" target="_hplink">gave birth to baby Leo</a> in January, 2011.

  • Cynthia Nixon Named Her Son...

    A) Zach B) Pax C) Max D) Richard

  • Answer: Max

    Cynthia Nixon's partner Christine Marinoni <a href="" target="_hplink">gave birth to Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni</a> in February 2011. <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> An earlier version of this slide stated that Cynthia Nixon adopted her son.</em>

  • Baby Sir Elton John Is Named...

    A) Zachary B) John Jr. C) David Jr. D) Blue Jean

  • Answer: Zachary

    Sir Elton John and David Furnish <a href="" target="_hplink">welcomed son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John</a> in December, 2010.

  • Do You Know What Jen And Ben Named Their Third?

    A) Violet B) Seraphina C) Samuel D) Ben Jr.

  • Answer: Samuel

    "We are happy to announce on February 27, Jennifer gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Samuel Garner Affleck," <a href=",,20574679,00.html" target="_hplink">Ben wrote on Facebook</a>. Samuel is little brother to Violet Anne and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth.

  • The SVU Star Named Her Son...

    A) Andrew B) Elliot C) Ice-T D) Alex

  • Answer: Andrew

    Mariska Hargitay <a href="" target="_hplink">adopted Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann</a> in October, 2011.

  • What Did Emily Deschanel Name Her Son?

    A) Harry B) Emilio C) Harold D) Henry

  • Answer: Henry

    "Bones" actress Emily Deschanel and her husband, David Hornsby of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", <a href=",,20530555,00.html" target="_hplink">welcomed Henry in September, 2011.</a>

  • KISS Singer Paul Stanley Named His Third...

    A) Emily B) Alyssa C) Erin D) Sarah

  • Answer: Emily

    The rock star and his wife Erin welcomed daughter <a href="" target="_hplink">Emily Grace Stanley</a> on in August, 2011. Pictured above: older siblings Sarah and Evan.

  • Do You Know Thalia And Tommy Mottola's Sons Name?

    A) Mark B) Wayne C) Robbie D) Matthew

  • Answer: Matthew

    Singer Thalia and Tommy Mottola <a href="" target="_hplink">welcomed their son Matthew in June, 2011</a>. He is little brother to Sabrina.