Frank Zappa Talks About His Kids’ Names

In a 1975 interview, Frank Zappa talked a bit about his kids’ unorthodox names:

Cohen: Is one of your children named Moon Unit?

Zappa: Yep.

Cohen: Son or daughter?

Zappa: Daughter.

Cohen: What are your other children’s names?

Zappa: Dweezil and Ahmet.

Cohen: Is Moon Unit the oldest?

Zappa: Yep.

Cohen: What do you call her around the house?

Zappa: I call her Moon and I call Dweezil ‘Dweezil’ and I call Ahmet ‘Ahmet.’

Cohen: I’m wondering what psychological effects a name can have.

Zappa: Well, first of all, I knew that they were going to be unique anyway because of certain other attributes, so why not have a name that goes with it. They all like their names and the kids at school do too. They don’t make fun of them; in fact, most of them are jealous of their names. You know, it always amazes me when someone who is in my age group, or even younger, asks me a question like why did you name your children that. It’s a reactionary kind of question. Why the f*ck not name your kids something like that? They’re having a good time. Besides that, if they ever wanted to change their names they can do it. It only costs about $15.

Cohen: You can’t tell from the name Moon Unit whether it’s a boy or a girl. Had Moon Unit been a boy, would you have named him the same thing?

Zappa: No, I would have named him Motor Head.

Frank’s fourth child, Diva, was born in 1979.

Source: Cohen, Scott. “Frank Zappa: Outraged Consumer.” Circus Raves, Dec. 1975: 3. (via

4 Responses to Frank Zappa Talks About His Kids’ Names

  1. Motor Head? Ouch :)

  2. I think Motorhead is from Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood, who was a member of Frank Zappa’s rock band Mothers of Invention.

  3. I do think if he had a thing for trees, he could have had two sons named Linden and Oak and two daughters named Hazel and Elm.

  4. Well at least none of his kids found 3 others in their first grade classroom with the same name !!!

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