Naming her two daughters was a task Busy Philipps did NOT take lightly. And in the end, the ‘Cougar Town’ actress and her hubby settled on Birdie & Cricket, which, to this day, Busy believes are pretty genius names! Stopping by the HollywoodLife office for our podcast, the star revealed what inspired their decision.
“I didn’t actually choose either of their names. My husband named them,” Busy Philipps, 37, revealed to HollywoodLife.com. “I found there to be too much pressure in naming my own children, and with a name like Busy, what was I going to do?” Well, I guess she’s got a point there! And as it turns out, her own name actually had a MAJOR influence over what she wanted to call her daughters.
“I did know that when we named them, I wanted to make sure that if we had a nickname that we wanted to call them, that we just name them that nickname. Because that’s what I dealt with my whole life, Busy is a nickname for Elizabeth. It was the bane of my existence growing up that I would always have to explain to people, ‘yes I know it says my name is Elizabeth, but I go by Busy.’ And people would go well that’s weird. It was a constant conversation that I had to have,” Busy said.
“My only requirement on the names was if we were picking something that was a nickname, which basically both of my daughter’s names are nicknames, we were just going to name them that thing we were going to call them.” Makes total sense, right? Why call your child one thing when their birth certificate says something else? That IS pretty genius if we do say so ourselves!
And when it finally came down to choosing a specific name, apparently it was pretty straightforward. “Birdie, we really nailed it with Birdie the name,” Busy dished. “And then when we were having our second kid, that’s a hard name to follow. Because you can’t just name your second kid Linda. You have to give her her own unique take on a name. We had a lot of names on our list. My husband and Birdie were really pushing for Cricket the whole time. They loved it.” Aw!
Birdie, 7, and Cricket, 3, are five years apart with Cricket just recently celebrating her golden birthday on July 3. And for Birdie’s birthday, who will turn eight on August 13, Busy and her husband, Marc Silverstein, have decided to get her a cat! And cats just so happen to be something that Busy is pretty passionate about.
“I’m working with Purina Cat Chow to spread the word on a program they’re running in the month of July. If people buy a bag of Purina Cat Chow, the company will donate one meal, up to 5 million meals, to Rescue Bank, which is an organization that delivers food and other supplies to animal shelters and rescue foundations that they work with,” she explained. “It’s important for these kittens to get good nutrition while they’re waiting to be adopted. They need to get healthy.” And we could not agree more — what a sweet program!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — would you choose to name your child a nickname like Busy did? Why or why not?