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Celebrity Baby Name: Shakira's New Baby!

It's another boy for international pop star Shakira and her fiancé, FC Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique. Joining big brother Milan is a baby boy bearing an increasingly unisex baby name: Sasha Piqué Mebarak.

Sasha is a Russian short version of Alexander, and shares its strong meaning, defending men. Lately, it's been used more commonly for girls (see the First Family), but it's still A-OK for a boy. (Actor Chris Hemsworth recently picked it for one of his twin sons, and comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen bears a variant spelling.)

And the middle name they picked for their new son, Piqué, is fiancé Gerard's last name—a nice way to honor both sides of the family within the baby name.

Sasha and Milan are a nice baby name pairing for a pair of brothers—both names have international flair and flow well together, without being too matchy-matchy. And they both have a slightly offbeat, but still classic vibe.

Tell us: What do you think of the baby name Shakira and Gerard picked for their new son? Do you like the name Sasha better for a boy or a girl? And would you consider using this name for your own child?

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