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Wild Name of the Week: Bronx Mowgli

Wild Name of the Week: Bronx Mowgli
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Celebs tend to be more a little more out there than the average human in naming their children.  Maybe knowing that their baby's name will be receiving a lot of attention, they want to rise to the occasion.  And indeed they do.  There are some wildly original naming choices out there in the celeb ether.  One of particular note is Bronx Mogwli Simpson-Wentz, winner of our Wild Name of the Week Award.  Son to Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz, Bronx Mowgli was born in 2008.

Let's first look at the first name.  As you might suspect, Bronx references a borough of New York.  What about the Bronx might have captured these two stars' attention -- anybody know?  Perhaps they had a romantic evening there -- a night to remember that they wanted to commemorate?  At first glance this name appears very wild and unique, the familiar borough turned unfamiliar in the first name context.  But actually, looking to places for name inspiration is a hot trend these days.  E Online points out there is also Savannah and Eden (daughters to Marcia Cross); Brooklyn (son to the Beckhams); Alabama (daughter to Drea de Matteo); Kingston and Zuma (sons of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale).  And recently Amy Ryan named her daughter Georgia.

As for the middle name Mowgli, Mowgli is the little boy in The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling's tale that later became a hit Disney movie.  Presumably Ashlee and Pete are big fans of either Kipling's tale or the movie, or perhaps both.  Perhaps they thought if people can turn to Jane Austen and choose Emma for a girl, why not go a little wild, literally into a jungle story, and find inspiration there.  But does that make Ashlee and Pete like the wolves, raising this little baby?  How far do you take the literary connections?  

Even paired with a name like John, Mowgli would catch your notice as an out-of-the-ordinary choice -- so add on Bronx and you've got a name that truly stands out.  What do you think?  Are you a fan of this location-based naming trend?  What about Mowgli -- is Kipling's The Jungle Book character an understandable namesake?  Does this count as a truly wild naming choice?  

--D.J.

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