Mariah Carey's Twins' Names: Likes or Yikes?

So Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon finally revealed the names of their new babies via Twitter and Mariah’s web site -- but were the unusual choices, son Moroccan Scott Cannon and daughter Monroe Cannon, worth the wait?

I'll admit it: I was a little disappointed. I don't love the names. For starters, Moroccan is an adjective, not a name (Morocco would have been way better); and I don’t think Monroe’s especially pretty. But I'm not surprised that the independent Mimi choose distinctive names with highly personal, diva-worthy flair. After all, at 42, she’s worked hard and waited a long time for the joys of motherhood. Would we really have wanted to hear that she’d named her babes Jack and Jane? I don't think so.

Like many parents, Mariah and Nick chose names with emotional resonance and personal meaning: Turns out the top floor of Mariah’s Manhattan home is called The Moroccan Room (for its Moroccan-themed décor) -- and it’s the spot where Nick proposed to Mariah. (Okay, that last part makes up for being named after mommy's drapes and rugs!) And Scott is Nick’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name -- so that's sweet.

As for daughter Monroe? Her name was chosen because mom has long admired and been inspired by Marilyn Monroe. (Mariah doesn't have a middle name, so Monroe didn't get one, either.)

Equally unique -- and fitting for a pop diva -- are the pair's nicknames: Nick’s Tweet yesterday morning read a happy “Roc & Roe! Let’s go!” Cute? Or too cute? Either way, I guess it's better than Ro and Roe.

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