One of the best ways for a consumer website to manufacture publicity, especially in the dying days of a calendar year, is to release the results of an online poll. Especially if there’s a celebrity angle involved.
Case in point: the sharing today by San Francisco-based BabyCenter.com of the “Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2010.” A total of 2,000 respondents chimed in, choosing the Boston Catholic christening of Mark Wahlberg’s daughter Grace Margaret as their favorite famous newborn tagging of the year.
As far as Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2010, we’re in disagreement with the readers’ top selection. Even though #1 does sound a lot like a John Candy SCTV character, there’s a certain ring to Buddy Bear Maurice, son of celebrity English chef Jamie Oliver and wife Juliette Norton. Besides, the couple’s previous choice of sibling names (Petal Blossom Rainbow, Daisy Boo Pamela, Poppy Honey Rosie) offered clues that the latest would be equally unusual.
Of the 20 celeb offspring listed, we think Jenna and Bhodi Elfman deserve special credit (#10 Best, Easton). Given the couple’s Church of Scientology affiliation, it could just as easily have been L. Ron Jr.