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Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelly Name Daughter Adalaide Marie Hope

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Last month actress Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelly announced that they’ve adopted their second daughter, Adalaide Marie Hope, though domestic adoption. (Their first child, Nancy Leigh “Naleigh,” was adopted from South Korea in September 2009.) Get the story behind Adalaide‘s name from Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry.

Adalaide is a distinctive spelling of the place name Adelaide, which has made a resurgence in 2005 after Rachel Griffiths picked it for her daughter. It currently ranks number 407 on the year’s 1,000 most popular names list,  the highest it’s been since 1925.  Adelaide is rising in tandem with Adeline (nickname Addie), which now ranks at Number 288, and was chosen just last week by The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg.

Marie was once almost as common as Ann and Lynn for middle names—it’s Katherine Heigl’s own middle moniker—then fell out of favor and is now making a comeback, often having some family connection. Other celebs who have a child with the middle name Marie include Jessica Alba and Cash Warren for daughter Honor, Thomas Gibson for Agatha, Kevin James for Sienna, Giada De Laurentiis for Jade, and Lance Armstrong for Olivia. The biblical name Hope was first used by the Puritans. The use of two middle names is becoming increasingly common.

Adalaide’s big sister was named Nancy Leigh in honor of her grandmother Nancy, and Heigl’s sister Margaret Leigh.

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.

Photo: Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelly at the CMA Awards via s_buckley/Shutterstock.com

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