There are baby names and then there are celebrity baby names. The two categories, originating from the same necessity to identify that tiny human who will eventually become a functioning adult, are completely different, bizarre animals. You know this, I know this, Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity baby name generator knows this. Celebs like to, as DeGeneres so sweetly puts it, get "creative," with the naming of their children. Case in point, the first of the Kardashian-West dynasty, their ever adorable daughter, who was bestowed the name North West. But guess what? The reason behind North West's name might not be what you think. Neither Kim Kardashian nor Kanye West came up with it.
Yes, I've heard the jokes. "It's a direction, it's not a name!" or "It's an airline, it's not a name!" Well, newsflash, jokers: you're wrong. There's been a human on the planet for over a year now and guess what? It's. Her. Name. Worse than the endless taunting, though? The fact that we are all responsible for little Miss West's infamous moniker. That's right, make fun all you'd like because it wasn't even Kardashian's idea. As evidenced by her interview with British GQ, she and West weren't considering the name North until the media started rumors of it. Uh, what? Do you mean it was a complete fabrication that was put out into the world and then perpetuated by the likes of the general public?! God, we're gullible, aren't we?
Kardashian explained the naming process to British GQ,
It was a rumor in the press and we’d never really considered it seriously. But Kanye and I were having lunch ... and Pharrell came over to us and said, 'Oh my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.' Then a little while later Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us: 'North is a genius name.' Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck.
If you want to be technical about it, I suppose Pharrell and Anna Wintour influenced the decision. But, neither uber-famous person would have even known the name existed if it weren't for the rapid fire way news and, in this case, rumors, are relayed and immortalized. We tweet, we Snapchat, we text, all within such a quick succession that no one even bothers to think, "Hm, maybe *insert any news item here* isn't definitive just yet." So, as all those jokes were being made and outrage was being spewed, that little idea was steadily making it's way over to the beautiful minds of Pharrell and Wintour and eventually solidified by Yeezus and Kimzus.
And the rest is Ryan Seacrest produced history.