Yet another Hollywood baby has been graced with a unique name: Maple Sylvie, born to Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka on February 10. The baby girl's unusual name is a dramatic departure from the more conventional name the couple gave to Maple's older sister, Francesca Nora.
Maple is on trend with a new category of nature names that we've seen emerge. Now that just about every flower in the garden has been adopted as a baby name—from old favorites like Lily, Rose, and Daisy, to fresher blooms like Camellia, Azalea, and Zinnia--some adventurous parents are looking to the forest (specifically trees) for inspiration.
We've heard of babies named Oak, Pine--and now there's a Maple. But while most tree names are strong and masculine, Maple, with its ties to sugar and syrup, has a much sweeter, more feminine image. Middle name Sylvie, the French version of Sylvia that is gradually gaining favor in the U.S., ties in very well with Maple; its sylvan meaning also relates to the forest.
What do you think of baby Maple's name?
Photo: Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka at The Change Up World Premiere, Village Theater, Westwood, CA, via s_bukley/Shutterstock.com
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.