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Robert Downey Jr. and Wife Susan Welcome Son Exton

By Kathleen Perricone |

Move over, Apple, Suri, Bronx, and Blue Ivy — here comes Exton Elias. That’s the unusual moniker Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, have given their newborn son, who was born on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, clocking in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches long. “Everyone is healthy and they couldn’t be happier,” a friend of the couple tells People. Although the “Sherlock Holmes” actor, 46, accidentally spilled the beans about the baby’s sex in December, he stopped short of also revealing the name they had chosen for their little one. “If I told you the name, then [my wife] would lop off my head with a machete,” Downey joked — or at least we hope it was a joke. The new parents have yet to explain their decision to name their first child together Exton, but the word is typically associated with the city in Pennsylvania. Coincidentally (or maybe not), RDJ and his first wife, Deborah Falconer, also named their now-18-year-old son after a location — Indio, a Southern California city that happens to be home to the Coachella Music Festival. “Place names and surnames with an ‘x’ inside them have been soaring for boys,” Laura Wattenberg ( tells omg!. “It’s like a little super-power boost inside an otherwise unassuming name. Jaxon, Braxton, and Paxton are the leaders of that pack, and many others, like Maxton and Lexington are rising. Exton is a little surprising, though, because it’s not especially nickname-friendly. Ex, with its suggestion of ex-wives and ex-boyfriends, isn’t likely.” As for baby Exton’s middle name, Elias, perhaps it’s a nod to New York Giants star quarterback, Eli Manning, who led his team to a Super Bowl win on Sunday. After all, dad Robert is a NYC native. Exton may seem like a peculiar choice for a baby name — but not in Hollywood, home to some of the biggest head-scratchers and tongue-twisters. Here’s a sampling:

  • Audio Science, the son of actress Shannyn Sossamon and kickboxing instructor Dallas Clayton
  • Moxie Crimefighter, the daughter of Penn Jillette and his wife, Emily
  • Pilot Inspektor, the son of Jason Lee and his wife, Beth
  • Kal-El, the son of Nicolas Cage and his wife, Alice Kim
  • Speck Wildhorse, the son of John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin
  • Sparrow James Midnight, the son of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
  • Bluebell Madonna, the daughter of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Sacha
  • Gervasi Banjo Patrick, the son of Rachel Griffith and Andrew Taylor
  • Kyd Miller, the son of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni
  • Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q, the son of Bono and Ali Hewson
  •  Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha, the son of Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa
  • Daisy Boo and Poppy Honey, the daughters of Jamie Oliver and wife Jools Norton
  • Reignbeau, the daughter of Ving Rhames and Deborah Reed
  • Jermajesty, the son of Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra
  • Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen and Moon Unit, the daughters of Frank Zappa (who also named his sons Dweezil and Ahmet).

Ok with all due respect to the parents…which isn’t much…How are these children going to have a chance at a career like you had. Or even a job! I’m sorry but no company is going to hire a person with names like these. Ok I am a receptionist, not a glamous job, but I love it, anyway, when I answer the phone I don’t have to worry that the person on the other end has a big WTF (What the Freak!) look on their faces because “Hello, this is Roxianne, how may I help you?” is acceptable. But “Hello, this is Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen, how may I help you?”, well you get the point. Jeez people!! Get a grip!!

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