It's been said a million times before, I know, but what is it with famous people and the names they pick for their progeny? The latest famous-offspring-with-a-bizarre-name is ex-Spice girl Geri Halliwell's newborn Bluebell Madonna, whose first name was inspired by the flower Halliwell says she kept seeing leading up to the birth (have a guess on the second name). If Bluebell spends any time in Hollywood, she can at least take comfort from the fact that there are many kids there with far more outrageous names than hers. Like Pilot Inspektor, the son of US actor Jason Lee and his actress fiancee Beth Riesgraf, who may himself one day be a wonderful playmate for Moxie Crimefighter, Las Vegas magician Penn Jillette's little girl. In all fairness to the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt camps, the names they selected (Suri and Shiloh Nouvel, respectively) are actually rather sweet and provincial, perfect if any of the parents involved were, say, traditional. Suri means 'wealthy' in Armenian (which no doubt this child will be) and 'Mother of the Sun' in Sanskrit, perhaps a tie-in with Cruise's Scientology thing. Shiloh, on the other hand, a Hebrew name, means 'peaceful one', peace being one thing this poor child (with US$5million offered for the first pictures of her)probably won't have. In most cultures, baby names represent a link to ancestry, an honour to a forefather or just something that's easy to pronounce. Decades ago, John and Mary were the most popular names in the US; their modern-day replacements being equally 'nice' - Jacob and Michael, and Emily and Emma. So where did Pilot Inspektor come from? Hollywood, having a culture all of its own, those rules just don't apply. For many celebrities, selecting their child's name has less to do with practicality and everything to do with wanting (so they say) some individuality. Not much chance of another Moxie Crimefighter alighting in Hollywood, is there? And a bit more publicity doesn't hurt either. Celebrities have been giving their children loony names ever since Frank Zappa called his first born Moon Unit in the late 1960s. Irish rocker Bob Geldof and Paula Yates in the 1980s spawned Fifi Trixibelle and Peaches; and Yates later had Tiger Lily Heavenly Hirani with INXS front-man Michael Hutchence. Woody Allan and Mia Farrow named one son Satchel, while English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's choice of name for his little girl - Daisy Boo - ensures a bright career ahead of her as a cartoon character. The Matrix actress Carrie-Anne Moss, however, is as smart about baby-naming as she appears to be about a lot of things in her life. A year after she had her first son, she was asked at an event I was at what she had named him. She waved away the question, not wanting to get drawn into it, choosing to keep her infant son out of that world. (His name is a nice, solid, Owen). She had her second son several months ago, and hasn't even divulged his name yet. But in the end, maybe oddly named children can rise to the occasion. Moon Unit Zappa shot to fame at birth. Now almost 40, she's a successful stand-up comic, actress and author, who had a child of her own 18 months ago whom she named Mathilda (OK, the baby's middle name is Plum, but she can probably live with that). Moon Unit's brother Dweezil is more low-key - he was, after all named after his mother's pinky toe, which would be reason enough for anyone to hide from society forever. The last word on celebrity names lies with soul singer (and ex-South Park actor) Isaac Hayes, who, at the age of 63, has had his 11th child, a son whom he named Nana ('king' in Ghanaian) Kwadjo ('boy born on Monday'). It's a strong, distinctive appellation, one that speaks to culture and heritage and personality. And as Hayes is, in fact, a king himself of the Ada region of Ghana, who am I to argue with royalty?