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Unique celebrity baby names - the stars get creative!

28 JANUARY 2013

When it comes a celebrity baby announcement, there is one detail we are all desperate to know  – the child's name.

Perhaps because the stars tend to be more creative with the monikers they bestow on their children, their choices are often unique and sometimes surprising.

And here at HELLO! Online, we have decided to take a look at some of the unusual names that have made the headlines...

 

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Just last week, proud new parents Shakira and Gerard Pique welcomed their first child into the world, a baby boy they named Milan Pique Mebarak.

The happy couple had clearly the decision a great deal of thought. Announcing the news on the singer's official website they were forthcoming about the meaning behind their choice.

"The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn) means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification".

Milan is of course also the name of Italy's second largest city, and while the location did not serve as inspiration for Shakira and Gerard, it does reflect another celebrity naming trend – place names.

Reese Witherspoon reflected her southern heritage when it came to naming her son last year. The Oscar-winner and husband Jim Toth decided upon Tennessee James Toth.

Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky paid homage to India with their choice, naming their daughter after the Asian country because "we love the country and love the name", while Alicia Keys and Swiss Beatz chose the name Egypt for their son.

 

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Of course, one half of 'Dem Babies' is also named after an international destination. Moroccan – who has a twin sister Monroe – was inspired by the decor in the top tier of mum Mariah Carey's New York city home, as also served as the location for dad Nick Cannon's proposal.

And, despite widespread belief that David and Victoria's eldest son was named for the place where he was conceived, Brooklyn actually came from the fashion designer's love of the name Brooke, which she adapted when she learned she was expecting a boy.

The Beckhams also helped established another trend when they named their daughter in 2011.

More and more stars have been turning to favourite pieces of literature to seek inspiration when it comes to baby names. And Victoria chose to name her much-longed for daughter after Harper Lee, author of her favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird.

Shakespeare has proved a great source of inspiration; Myleene Klass named her newborn daughter Hero, a name she fell in love with from Much Ado About Nothing, and perhaps Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson had the romantic female lead in As You Like It in mind when they named their little girl Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson.

It's also thought that Sienna Miller chose to name her daughter Marlowe Sturridge after the famous playwright Christopher Marlowe when she gave birth last year.


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Some celebs, meanwhile, have chosen to honour members of their family.

For Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, the decision to name their son Bingham 'Bing' Hawn Bellamy must have been an easy one - Bingham is not only the maiden name of Matt's mum Marilyn but it is also the name of Kurt Russell's father.

And the couple also decided to include Hawn into the little boy's moniker in honor of Kate's actress mother Goldie.

Lily Allen's little girl Marnie Rose has the same middle name as her famous mum, and Hugh Dancy's baby son with Claire Danes, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, also shares the same middle name (Michael) as his dad.

After naming their daughter Harlow Winter Kate, there was much anticipation as to what Nicole Richie and Joel Madden would name their second baby. And they didn't disappoint when they chose Sparrow James Midnight.

Explaning their choice, Nicole said: "Sparrow was the one we both liked. I liked the way it sounded with Harlow.

"My worry raising a son in Hollywood is, what will he have to struggle for? I wanted to give him a name that he's going to have to to stand up for. I love it, I think its a beautiful name."

Across the pond, nature also seemed to inspire Take That's Mark Owen and wife Emma Ferguson. In 2012, they welcomed their third child, a daughter they named Fox India.

 

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Later that same year, his bandmate Robbie Williams became a father for the first time when wife Ayda Field gave birth to a little girl named Theodora Rose, "affectionately known as Teddy".

Before the baby's arrival, the singer announced they had chosen a traditional moniker, adding there would be "no mad celebrity baby name".

"I do have a sort of celebrity name," Robbie said. "But it's not Apple-esque. It's a very solid, old-school name."

His comments of course referenced one of Hollywood's most unusual choices - Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter Apple.

The couple's choice is often cited as one of the more bizarre baby names. But it's one that the actress clearly loves.

"It sounded so sweet, and it conjured up such a lovely picture for me," she has said.

"You know apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical…"

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