‘Alaskan Bush People’: Story Behind Billy Brown’s Kids Unique Real Names

by Madison Miller
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The Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Bush People” has some pretty interesting and “out-there” characters. The family was led by Billy Brown (who passed away last month) and Ami Brown.

If you’ve ever seen “Alaskan Bush People,” you know some of the kid’s nicknames are pretty unique. From Bird to Rain to Bam Bam, Billy and Ami were pretty creative when they were naming their seven children.

The family refers to themselves as a “wolf pack.” They also are shown sleeping together in a one-room cabin. Certainly, they have a unique bond and connection that is unlike many other families.

Real Names ‘Alaskan Bush People’

The premise of the “Alaskan Bush People” is that Ami and Billy wanted to live with their children out in the remote wilderness of Alaska. The show explains how they survive and prosper off-the-grid.

Eventually, Billy’s health concerns caused the family to move to Washington a bit closer to civilization.

Regardless of where they are, it’s evident that the family has an unalterable love for the great outdoors. Even some of their names seem to prove that as well. The children of the family include Matt, Bam Bam, Bear, Gabe, Noah, Bird, and Rain.

Some of the names, such as Matt, Gabe, and Noah are pretty everyday names. However, most of the kids go by nicknames. Here are the family’s real names, according to Distractify.

  • Ami: Amora Lee Branson Brown
  • Matt: Matthew Jeremiah Brown
  • Bam Bam: Joshua Bam Bam Brown
  • Bear: Solomon Isaiah Freeform Brown
  • Gabe: Gabriel Brown
  • Noah: Noah Darkcloud Brown
  • Bird: Amora Jean Snowbird Brown
  • Rain: Merry Christmas Kathryn Raindrop Brown

Gabe stands out as being the only child that does not appear to have a middle name. Most of the nicknames the kids go by are actually a part of their names.

Rain goes by her nickname because one of her middle names is “Raindrop.” Similarly, Bird has her nickname because her middle name is “Snowbird.”

Rain’s name is perhaps one of the most unique of the “Alaskan Bush People.” Her birthday is on November 23, 2002, although her name seems to suggest she was born on December 25.

Behind the Family Names

Matt is the oldest child, however, he left the show and has a rocky relationship with members of his family. He struggled with addiction and was also accused of sexually assaulting two women, according to People.

Bear’s nickname came from his personality and his passions. On the show, viewers see that he is responsible for hunting for fresh meat to provide for the family. He is a skilled tracker and is passionate about hunting and the great outdoors, hence “Bear.”

According to Discovery Channel, Snowbird has also embraced her name. That meaning, she loves animals. Over the years she has had cats, dogs, frogs, turtles, and a squirrel as pets. She loves to deer-watch and sit in meadows to unwind.

The fourth child, Gabe, has embraced an artistic eye that allows him to stand out from his siblings. “As a boy, he loved to draw and in his early teens, he began to draw more realistic versions of the animals and world around him. Through the years, he has developed into a true artist and aspires to grow his talents into becoming a portrait painter someday.”

While exotic names are a very real part of the family, not everything the family shows is real. “Alaskan Bush People” is considered a reality show, so everything needs to be taken with that in mind.

They have been called out for not actually living out in the bush. Billy and Bam Bam also spent 30 days in jail after filling out false information on government forms claiming they were in Alaska from 2009 to 2012. This allowed them to cash in close to $21,000.

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