For a family known for oversharing, the Kardashians have been curiously tight with details since June 15, when Kim gave birth to her daughter with Kanye West at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The baby, born three weeks early, was widely reported to be named Kaidence Donda West (West’s mother, Donda, died in 2007).

But as the official birth certificate shows (see below courtesy of CBS News), the couple have given their daughter a compass direction as a name. The baby’s name is officially registered as North West—no middle name.

Copy of Kim Kardashian's baby's birth certificate

In an interview with talk-show host Jay Leno on March 28, the mother-to-be laughed off rumours of the name North West. “That is not true. That is not one of the names on our list,” she said, joking that she preferred Easton West. “I think that’s cute.”

A source close to the new parents told news site TMZ that the name is a metaphor for “up” and is more inspirational than directional. “What’s North of North?” they have reportedly told friends. “Nothing.”

North West, who will be called Nori for short (after all, North is a boys’ name in North America), “is the prettiest, tiniest thing with a full head of straight, dark hair, a cute little nose and Kim’s lips,” a friend of the reality star tells People magazine.

The unusual name choice, North West, may be West making it clear that this child is not going to be part of the Kardashian machine—a new interview with W magazine indicates a lack of closeness between West and his girlfriend’s “momager”, Kris Jenner.

Then there’s his knack for making a statement. The fact that he named his latest album Yeezus, a mix of his nickname, Yeezy, and Jesus, indicates he boasts a more than healthy ego. One of the tracks on his new album is titled “I Am a God.”

And with her distinctive name—some might call it gimmicky—North “Nori” West will always stand out as the rapper’s daughter. He’s fond of putting his stamp on those close to him; in W magazine he acknowledges directing his girlfriend’s much-maligned fashion choices. “Nobody can tell my girl what to do,” he tells the mag. “She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from.”

Then again, perhaps they just love nori rolls!

Have celebs gone too far with names?  Should this baby have been a K-free zone?

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  • Personal and individual choice – let them be.


  • i find that unbelievable. maybe she just hoped that people wouldn’t associate that with her child


  • Very Interesting choice of name


  • I wonder what celebs are thinking at times really LOL


  • I find their show a bit like a train wreck, it’s a horrid fascination.


  • I am not a fan of the name, but I don’t have to live with it.


  • i personally don’t dislike the name….it sounds nice. not bad :)

    • Me too, not something I would personally choose, but it’s nothing too ‘over the top’ like some others I’ve heard of.


  • I thought the name would be worse so was actually relieved for the child


  • seriously have always found her trashy, not a gram of class between them


  • Very interesting name, don’t you think?


  • The Kardashians make the Addams family look normal. Celebs and their strange baby names – attention seekers.


  • Wow, these people are just bizarre


  • Sorry but these people are just a bit over the top for my liking. I like the unofficial name better


  • Don’t think it’s just Hollywood.. I think parents in general have gone a bit crazy with names in recent times!


  • than you, I just knew her baby name


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