Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Jessica Alba gave birth to baby number two last weekend. If you haven’t already heard, she named her second daughter Haven Garner. What’s the story behind her baby name choice? Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond of Nameberry offer their insight on the celebrity baby name.
Haven Garner is the unusual and surprising choice of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren for their newborn second daughter.
Haven is a heaven-related word name that first hit the U.S. Top 1000 for girls in the late 90s and has been edging upward ever since, now standing at Number 651, with 446 girls receiving the name in the last year counted. While not as religious or as popular as Heaven or even its trendy flip side Nevaeh, Haven feels both spiritual and trendy, suggesting a safe harbor.
Haven relates to the spiritual side of her big sister Honor’s name, more in the vein of word names like Destiny and Trinity than virtue names such as Faith and Hope. Both names also obviously start with H and contain five letters in two syllables. Their biggest difference: Vintage. While Honor has been used for hundreds of years, as far back as the Puritans, Haven is newly-minted.
The best-known bearer of the name is writer Haven Kimmel, author of the memoir A Girl Named Zippy.
The baby’s middle name, Garner, is a surname meaning “granary” that she shares with her father, whose full name is Cash Garner Warren.
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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Monday, August 15th, 2011
The actress Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, welcomed their second child this weekend, a girl named Haven Garner Warren, PEOPLE.com reports. The couple’s older daughter, Honor, is 3 years old.
Alba recently made news when she advocated for changes to the laws that govern the use of toxic chemicals in child products. “Like many other moms out there, I try to buy safe products for my family, but that can’t be the only solution. You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you,” she said.
Tina Fey also gave birth to a baby girl this month. For more celebrity pregnancy news, check out Parents.com’s Celebrity BumpWatch.
(image via: http://www.people.com/)
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Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
The NPR health blog Shots covered a late-May Capitol Hill appearance by the actress Jessica Alba to advocate for reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act, a 1976 law that governs how chemicals are used in products from water bottles to soaps to furniture. In May, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement recommending that the government specifically amend this law to better protect children and pregnant women.
Alba appeared with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who has introduced a bill called “The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011″ as a replacement to the Toxic Substances Control Act. Announcing the bill in April, Lautenberg said, “The average American has more than 200 industrial chemicals in their body, including dozens linked to cancer and other health problems. The shocking truth is that the current law does not require tests to ensure chemicals used in everyday household products are safe. The EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] does not have the tools to address dangerous substances and even the chemical industry has asked for stronger laws to assure consumers that their products are safe. My ‘Safe Chemicals Act’ will breathe new life into a long-dead statute by empowering EPA to separate the chemicals that help from the chemicals that hurt.”
According to Shots, the NPR blog:
Alba, a mom who’s expecting her second child, is now the celebrity spokeswoman for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families — a consortium of advocacy groups and companies ranging from the American Nurses Association to the Union of Concerned Scientists. They want more teeth in the federal law to tackle questions about chemicals like bisphenol A.
“Like many other moms out there, I try to buy safe products for my family, but that can’t be the only solution. You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you,” Alba said at the media briefing. “At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them.”
(image via: http://www.saferchemicals.org/)
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