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From Lisa Marie Presley to Sarah Palin

 - Oct 14, 2008
Between Sarah Palin, with children named Bristol, Trig, Piper, Track, and Willow and Lisa Marie Presley, who just gave birth to twins named Finley and Harper, today's baby has a pretty good chance of getting a bizarre name.

Take Gwyneth Paltrow, for example. Apple? And lest we forget Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook's daughter Sailor Lee. But even parents that aren't celebrities are using some pretty off-the-wall rationale for selecting names for their babies. We can't help but wonder if Lisa Marie Presley considered a unique name for her twins so that they'd be easier to Google.

Indeed, the Internet has completely revolutionized baby naming in itself. Websites like have helped parents select their names via crowdsourcing techniques typically reserved for products, bands or cocktails. And the propensity of themed generators like the Sarah Palin baby name generator ensures that parents need only to click a mouse, sit back and wait to pick a baby name. Compared to Milla Jovovich's daughter Ever Gabo, Lisa Marie Presley's names for her children don't sound so bad.

There have also been plenty of naming ideas that have nothing to do with babies. Football fans will remember Chad Johnson's infamous name change to Chad Ocho Cinco last month. And many female celebrities marry and hyphenate their last names, but use their maiden names for professional branding purposes, like Lisa Marie Presley, Jennifer Aniston and Eva Longoria.