Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
The actress Mariska Hargitay, who stars in NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” has adopted a son, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann, PEOPLE.com reports. Hargitay and her husband, Peter Hermann, adopted a daughter, Amaya Josephine, six months ago. They had submitted their paperwork to adopt a second child, and they were pleasantly surprised to be matched so quickly with Andrew, who was born this summer.
“We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’” Hargitay told PEOPLE.
Hargitay is also mother to a five-year-old boy, August.
Celebrities Kristin Davis and Viola Davis also recently announced adoptions.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011
Kristin 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.
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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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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Monday, October 10th, 2011
Kristin Davis, best known for her role as Charlotte on the HBO series and movie franchise Sex and the City, has adopted a baby girl, PEOPLE.com reports.
She’s named her daughter, who was adopted a few months ago through domestic adoption, Gemma Rose.
“This is something I have wanted for a very long time,” Davis, 46, told PEOPLE. “Having this wish come true is even more gratifying than I ever had imagined. I feel so blessed.”
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