Starbaby News: Welcome Moroccan and Monroe! May 4, 2011 By appellationmountain 32 Comments The names are out! More names you might like:Starbaby News: Welcome Chaplin HaddowMonroe: Baby Name of the DayMonroe: Baby Name of the DayBaby Name of the Day: BrooklynBaby Name of the Day: Harlow Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint
I have to say that after thinking about these names for a couple of weeks to see if my initial “YUCK” reaction would temper. Nope. Still hate them. Monroe sounds like a boys name. Seriously, it sounds like she has a pair of boy twins, except one has a middle name and one doesn’t. And they BOTH sound like weapons to me. Monroe Cannon. Gatling Gun. Moroccan Cannon. Tomahawk Missile.
(then again my gut reaction to Monroe may be because of President Monroe, the namesake for most Monroe St/Ave etc out there).
I will say that however much I dislike J Lo (and I dislike her a lot), at least she got her twin names mostly right. I somewhat cringe at Emme and Max but at least they are recognizably gendered names (of course if I’d had the naming, they’d have been Emmeline and Maximilian with Emme and Max as the nicknames).
Isadora Vega says
Is Marilyn Monroe really an appropriate role model for anyone? I get why she’s an icon, she had legendary beauty. But physical beauty isn’t all that important. I don’t think Marilyn was dumb, but she was emotionally frail. What’s to emulate? I would set my sights for my daughter a little higher if I were her. But whatever, Mariah’s a celebrity, they’re all ga-ga over Marilyn for some unknown reason.
And I agree with everyone else: Moroccan? Really? Why not Manhattan? Although Manhattan Cannon…not that much better. Nevermind.
I had the same reaction. I know Marilyn Monroe is still (justifiably) admired for her beauty, but I’d hardly be inspired by her tragic and unhappy life. It’d be one thing if she overcame those struggles, but she succumbed to them. So I don’t get it.
Still, that’s so mild in comparison to the travesty that is “Moroccan.” What about naming him a Moroccan/ethnic name instead of something so horribly literal??
C in DC says
I like Monroe, although I agree it’s still a little out there. They could also use the nn Moni (bad song associations aside). Moroccan – you’ve all said it. Bleah. At least there are lots of nns – Mo, Roc, Rocco, Mory, etc. And M. Scott Cannon is perfectly boring.
I have the same thoughts on the names as well, and for the same reasons. And the instant reference in Nick’s tweet of Roc and Roe just makes me cringe. I suppose that the rationale for choosing these names is likely much less about the reasons that they mention for selecting Moroccan for the building and Monroe for Marilyn, than the attention, albeit negative. to the “weirdness” factor. Might as well have used Carburator.
@NickCannon tweeted: ROC & ROE! LET’S GO!
Roc Cannon does sound a LOT better than Moroccan Cannon [even though it does sort of smush together into Ra-Cannon], but Roc just brings to mind Dwayne Johnson, the beauty brand, and…well…rocks. Mo/e would be the best choice IMO.
Oh, and this makes me think of Mo Rocca — every single time we see him on television my mom rolls her eyes at his “stupid stage name.” I tell her there’s nothing wrong with it, especially since it’s his real name [first name Maurice], but she doesn’t believe me and says it sounds “so fake.” Maybe it’s because we’re part Moroccan ourselves and she’s touchy? haha
Really? Like rock ‘n’ roll?
Sarah A says
Moroccan is bad, Moroccan Cannon is simply awful. It sounds like they bought a cannon from Morocco, yuck.
And I agree with a lot of the pp, Marilyn would have been much nicer to honor Marilyn Monroe. Well, at least I hadn’t been expecting anything great 🙂
I almost barfed at Moroccan. I agree with a previous poster when they pointed out that you wouldn’t (hopefully) name your child German, Chinese or any other ethnic name. I mean, come on. It doesn’t even sound good, if sound was all you were going for. And as for the place Nick proposed being the Moroccan Room, who cares? I’m glad it’s a good memory for them both, but that doesn’t transpose into good baby name. Morocco might have been a BIT better, but not by much. It still sounds dumb, following right on the coattails of Egypt, Alicia Key’s baby. As for Monroe, first of all, not feminine, second of all, not appealing in sound or looks, and third, she doesn’t have a middle name. Shouldn’t Mariah have figured, I don’t have a middle name, so I’ll do my daughter a favor and give her one? Blech. Just blech to both names.
Wow this doesn’t say much for her poetic skills, sorry to be rude!
I think both are absolutely awful, not that I was expecting much better. At least poor Moroccan has Scott to fall back on, though the same can’t be said for Monroe. Monroe was actually one of my guesses for the girl– I’ve seen it on people’s lists recently and I can it see getting huge sometime soon, kind of like Harper or Harlow.
Funnily, enough, I saw a parody celebrity gossip site mockingly suggest Marilyn and Monroe as the twin’s names … they weren’t so far off! Their other suggestion was Mermaid and Mirage.
Really not a fan of Moroccan Cannon! Did they not say the name outloud before they decided on it? I was kind of hoping they’d be really unique and go with classic fave Michael.
With Monroe…really wish they went with the prettier Marilyn if she wanted to honor Marilyn Monroe! And what about Carey for her middle?
Agreed, Moroccan Cannon is terrible. Why not Morocco instead, at least then you could use Rocco as the nickname?
Agreed on the crazy names!
The other thing about Moroccan – at the Morocco pavilion in Disney World, there’s a group that performs called Mo Rockin’ – get it, more rockin? Anyhow, I keep seeing the Moroccan pavilion in my head when I hear the name.
I kept thinking of it too because that’s one of our favorite places to grab lunch in Epcot 😉
To me, Moroccan is just plain weird, and I don’t say that about a lot of names. You wouldn’t name your kid German or Chinese or Mexican would you?
German is actually a legitimate name in Spanish and Russian. Monroe isn’t so bad, but Moroccan is just weird. Morocco would have been a better choice. Not having a middle name is fine; I know plenty of people who don’t have one.
Commence epic pearl clutching!!
Monroe I can see, even if it’s not my style and I can even go with the “my daughter doesn’t have a middle name just like me!” thing. But Moroccan?? How much you want to bet that kid goes by Scott later in life?
These sound pretty close to “crazy names” to me. I agree that something akin to Marilyn or Norma Jean would be less “crazy” for a Marilyn admirer — and Moroccan??? When I read the names I thought maybe Moroccan (name with more flair) was the girl and Monroe (presidential surname) the boy! These star parents are just like all the other in choosing attention-getting names for their kids. Yawn…
Odd, I had Marilyn on the brain for them, so I guess I wasn’t too far off. Monroe is really… um… not attractive to me in any way. It seems very old man, actually.
Moroccan? Really? The best inspiration you have to name your baby is the style of a room in your apartment?! Seems odd and a stretch at best. Morocco may have been slightly better. Slightly. And yes, the descriptive with Cannon is a real shame.
Ack. That’s all I’ve got. Ack.
British American says
If it were me, I’d choose Marilyn rather than Monroe. But the name certainly does fit in with current trends and sounds. One news story says that Monroe doesn’t have a middle name because Mariah doesn’t have one.
Moroccan Cannon does sound strange – with the repeating “can” sound and it doesn’t so much sound like a person-name as a weapon-name. Plus wasn’t there another inspirational person they could name their son after, rather than the style of furniture in their apartment? I’d prefer Morocco too.
Monroe.. eh not so bad, but I wish it were more girly
Moroccan Cannon.. really?? gag!! .. i can see the proposal connection, but her apartment decor? I like Morocco much better or maybe even ease it down to Marco
They were obviously going for the MC theme which makes sense
The only nice thing I can say is that at least the names have meaning. From CNN:
Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon have finally revealed the names of their twins who were born in Los Angeles on Saturday. Their son is named Moroccan Scott Cannon. Scott is Nick
Thanks Katybug! That does put an appealing spin on the names, though more for Monroe, I think.
Monroe is so very…Jim J. Bullock to me. Have I dated myself too much? I’m old, okay? Get over it.
FORGOT about Jm J Bullock! But I loved that show … which means that I, too, am old. 🙂