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Actress Lindsay Price and Chef Curtis Stone Name Their Son Hudson

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Beverly Hills 90210’s Lindsay Price and Australian chef Curtis Stone announced the arrival of their son, Hudson, on November 6. (Read our interview with Price.) What’s the story behind the name the couple chose for their first baby together? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Hudson, a trendy surname and the name of a river in upstate New York, took off in the mid-nineties. It’s gotten a boost as the last name of Kate Hudson, and its made its way up the popularity chart to its present place of Number 138.  Other celebs who have chosen to name their offspring Hudson include Marcia Gay Hardin, Harvey Keitel, Gena Lee Nolan, and  Drew Lachey.  James Barbour pulled a gender switch when he named his daughter Hudson in 2008.

Hudson literally means “son of Hudd,” which was a nickname for both Hugh and Richard in the Middle Ages.  In its streamlined spelling, Hud was the name of the macho title character of an iconic Paul Newman film; John Mellencamp has a son named Hud.

There are also several notable people with the name Hudson, including explorer Hudson, for whom the river was named, actor Rock, director Hugh, and the musical Hudson Brothers.

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

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Actress Connie Britton Names Son Eyob

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Connie Britton, who played the admirable Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, has adopted a nine-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia.  He will be called Yoby, a nickname for his given name Eyob, according to PEOPLE. What’s the story behind this unique baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Eyob, which is derived from the biblical Job, is a fairly common male name in Ethiopia. The native people of this east-central African nation take names very seriously:  Traditionally, a child grows up knowing at least seven generations of his ancestors, and he carries the names of his father and grandfather. Elaborate naming ceremonies take place in a specially built hut. There is a three-day celebration for a first-born son, and a one-day commemoration for succeeding boys and for girls.

Britton is not the first celebrity to adopt from this country.  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted daughter Zahara (which means ‘to shine’), who was born with the name Yemstrach (“good news”), when she six months old; their blended family also includes boys born in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Other recent adoptive Hollywood moms include Mariska Hargitay (both Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas), Katherine Heigl (Nancy Leigh ‘Naleigh’, born in South Korea), Sandra Bullock (Louis Bardo), and Kristin Davis (Gemma Rose).

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.


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