Actress Kristin Davis Names Adopted Daughter Gemma Rose

Kristin DavisKristin Davis is now the mother of a baby girl she has named Gemma Rose. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.

Gemma is a gem of a name, meaning ‘jewel’ in Italian, which has been popular in Britain for decades but has just begun being appreciated here in the past couple of years. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2008 and has already jumped into the Top 500. Why the sudden attention? Could be because it’s a more exotic relative of the mega-popular Emma.

Gemma has a long history in Italy; it was the name of the wife of the poet Dante Aligheri. Another modern celebrity who chose it is Catherine Bell, for her daughter born in 2003. Gemma got a lot of notice as the name of the dynamic matriarch character played by Katey Sagal in TV’s Sons of Anarchy.

The English equivalent, Jewel, had a comeback in the late 90s, coinciding with the career peak of the single-named singer by that name, but has now faded. But individual gem names, which were all the rage a century ago, are very much having a renaissance. Jade (used by Mick and Bianca Jagger for their daughter back in 1971 and more recently by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis as the English version of her own name) is now ranked at #115, Ruby (the celeb choice of Tobey Maguire, Charlotte Church and Gillian Barberie) is #113 and rising fast, and Pearl, picked by Maya Rudolph, is just on the cusp of a comeback.

Middle name Rose has been the soft and sweet go-to middle name of the millennium, used by countless celebs, from Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck to Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban to the Jon Stewarts. Sylvester Stallone liked it so much he used it for all three of his girls.

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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.

Image via US Weekly

UPDATED: This post was updated on October 11 to correct the name of the Katey Sagal show to Sons of Anarchy.

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  1. by Julie

    On October 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    You mean “Sons of Anarchy,” not “Quantum of Solace,” when you mention Katey Sagal, right?

  2. by Mary

    On October 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Katey Sagal’s character in Sons of Anarchy, not Quantum of Solace.

  3. by Erin

    On October 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    It’s already been brought up, but it surprises me that errors like that make it past editors to a final release of an article. I mean, the writer of the article could easily have double checked their facts and not made the error in the first place, but I’m sure that even with an online article there’s gotta be an editor of sorts who okays the final draft.
    Makes one wonder if there have been any other major errors in facts and information that weren’t as obvious to us readers…

  4. by Lauren

    On October 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I have an 8 month old daughter named Gemma Davis…now I guess there are at least 2!

  5. by Nook of Names

    On October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Gemma was very popular here in the UK 20 years ago and has been in decline since. It will be interesting to see whether an American celebrity using it will re-boost its use in Britain, as well as getting it off the ground in the US.

  6. by Elisabeth@YCCII

    On October 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    There is actually a character named “Gemma” in the movie Quantam of Solace, played by Lucrezia Lante della Rovere. Oddly enough, actress Gemma Atherton also appears in the film as “Strawberry Fields.” My first fictional association is with Sons of Anarchy though, which I’m watching on rerun right now.

    In sum, lots of Gemmas all around!

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