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[4] Would you Adam and Eve it... Phoenix joins Moon, Dakota and Sage in the name game.

SPICE baby Phoenix is little more than a day old, but already her life is surrounded by mystery.

She's a showbiz commodity, with the rights to the first family pictures being negotiated with a glossy magazine.

And yesterday pop star mum Mel B - Scary Spice - and baby Phoenix Chi left hospital.

As 20 balloons were released in front of the London hospital, they were spirited away with dad Jimmy Gulzar in a silver Mercedes to their Buckinghamshire mansion.

But while Phoenix may have been born into a world of big money, glitz and glamour, she will also have to live forever with her zany name.

She joins a long list of celebrity children with madcap monikers. Rock stars of the 60s and 70s began the trend and it has gone on ever since.

Some famous offspring have used their unusual names to good effect, while others change them for something more mundane.

Dweezil Zappa - son of crazy rocker Frank - never let his wacky name get in the way and forged out a successful music career and a well-publicised steamy romance with screen goddess Sharon Stone.

Dweezil's brothers and sisters have been given the odd names Moon Unit, Ahmet Emuuka Rodan and Diva.

Perhaps the star best known for giving her children bizarre names is Paula Yates, whose children by singer Bob Geldof are Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie.

And she followed that up by calling her daughter to tragic Aussie rocker Michael Hutchence by the name Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

God Slick is the handle with which the child of Jefferson Airplane duo Grace Slick and Paul Cantner goes through life.

And singer Marc Bolan's son revels in the name of Rolan Bolan.

Sly Stallone's children are Sage and Seargeoh, and Hollywood couple Don Johnson and Melanie Griffiths have called their daughter Dakota Mayi.

The trend continued last year with Lisa Kudrow, star of the hit TV comedy Friends, whose son is called Beige.

The most famous Phoenix was tragic Hollywood star River, who hid the drugs habit which finally killed him behind a squeaky-clean image.

He was nearly called River Bottom before his family changed their second name.

And a name change can lead to fame and fortune. Aussie catwalk queen Elle Macpherson started out life as plain Eleanor Gow.

In Hollywood, Marion Morrison became John Wayne and Norma Jean Baker Marilyn Monroe.

Last night, leading psychologist Ros Taylor warned parents to think carefully before using wacky names.

She said: "Almost every child goes through a stage of hating their name. There's no point in adding to that by giving them a bizarre name."

And she warned parents to think of how a first name can be shortened and how it would look with their second name.

A survey by the University of Hertfordshire found 41 per cent of people had seriously thought about changing their first name.

At least one famous star's child has sought the anonymity of a very ordinary name.

Rock legend David Bowie's son, christened Zowie, now likes to be simply known as Joe.

ZAK STARR

Ringo's boy

AMY HIRA

Billy Connolly's girl

SAGE SEARGEOH

Sly Stallone's son

MOON UNIT ZAPPA

one of Frank's four

ROLAN BOLAN

Mark's son

DAKOTA MAYI

Mel Griffith's girl

ZOWIE BOWIE

David's darling

TIGER LILY

Paula Yates' girl

ELLE MacPHERSON

born Eleanor Gow

THE FIRST PHOENIX

the original River

MARION MORRISON

Or John Wayne to you

EAGLE-EYE CHERRY

son of music man Don

DANDELION RICHARDS

Keith Richards' boy

CHASTITY BONO

Chers daughter
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Author:McEACHRAN, JOHN
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 21, 1999
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