“Apple,” “Suri,” and even “Bronx Mowgli” can’t compare to the moniker Uma Thurman has chosen for her new baby girl. It’s so strange, so alliterative, and so long that I’m certain it has to qualify as the most unusual celebrity baby name of all time — even though there’s been plenty of competition.
The name, in full: Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, “better known to family and friends as Luna,” according to a statement the actress’s rep gave People. Oh, naturally… Luna! Thurman and boyfriend Arpad Busson have been waiting since the baby’s birth on July 15 to reveal what they’re calling her, presumably because they came up with one new name each month since then (and two in October!).
Here’s an explanation for those three “A” names in the middle: Arusha is a city in Tanzania. Arkadina is the surname of a character in Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull. Altalune may be a variation on “alta luna,” Italian for “high moon” — and the name of a brand of wine.
Do you agree that little Luna’s legal name takes the weirdness cake? Let’s compare it to some of the kid’s most memorable predecessors:
Kal-El, son of Nicolas Cage
Memphis Eve and Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q, daughter and son of Bono
Petal Blossom Rainbow, daughter of Jamie Oliver
Pilot Inspektor, son of Jason Lee
Moxie Crimefighter and Zolten, daughter and son of Penn Jillette
Jermajesty, son of Jermaine Jackson
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha, son of Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa
Bluebell Madonna, daughter of Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell
Seven Sirius, Puma Sabti, and Mars Merkaba, Erykah Badu’s brood
Moon Unit, Dweezil, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen, three of Frank Zappa’s four children
Arusha Arkadina on the wall, who’s the wackiest one of all?