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Expert: Bronx Mowgli "Won't Set Off Baby Name Fad"
Friday November 21, 2008

Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson
Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson catch the musical "Wicked" on Hollywood Boulevard on October 4, 2008.
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A baby name expert is weighing in on Bronx Mowgli, the newborn son of Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz.

"I'd say that in the world of unusual or bizarre baby names, this is the biggest double whammy since Moxie CrimeFighter [daughter of magician Penn Jillette] and Pilot Inspektor [son of actor Jason Lee]," Linda Rosenkrantz, co-author of The Baby Name Bible (and online baby guide Nameberry.com) tells Usmagazine.com.

So where does Bronx come from?

"Bronx - named after early Dutch settler Jonas Bronck - follows in the footsteps of that other NYC borough, Brooklyn, but is not likely to set off a baby name fad as Brooklyn has," Rosenkrantz adds.

(Victoria and David Beckham named their nine-year-old son Brooklyn after the area of NYC in which he was conceived.)

Brooklyn is more popular than Bronx because it "has a soft, feminine sound - in fact it's No. 57 on the girls' popularity list and seen by some parents as the combination of two female names, Brooke and Lynn," Rosenkrantz says.

"Bronx has a much harsher, grittier sound, and the nickname Bronxie has something of a negative feel," adds the expert.

But Bronx "follows the tradition started by the Jolie-Pitts of x-ending boys' names, such in Maddox, Pax and Knox...and the trend for 'place names' like Kingston and Paris," Rosenkrantz points out.

See what the baby expert has to say about other celeb tot names.

The newborn's middle name, Mowgli, "was created by Rudyard Kipling for his Jungle Book stories, best remembered by most people via the spunky 10-year-old boy brought up by wolves in the 1967 Disney animated version.

"Even though in the stories Mowgli was said to mean 'frog,' it was actually made up by the author and has no real meaning," she adds.

Overall, the Wentzs may have gone with the moniker because "obviously they're into Disney big time!" Rosenkrantz says.

"Just weeks ago, the mother-to-be was given a Winnie the Pooh-themed baby shower," Rosenkrantz says. "Prior to that, the couple were married in an Alice in Wonderland-themed ceremony."

Look back on Ashlee's bump days.

Bronx Mowgli Wentz was born Thursday night, a rep for the Wentzs confirmed to Us.

"Ashlee, Pete and baby Bronx are all healthy and happy, and thank everyone for their well wishes!" the rep added, calling the couple "proud parents."

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