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Actress Connie Britton Names Son Eyob

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).

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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.