7 Celebrities Who Named Their Children After Destinations
Gwen Stefani: Zuma
When Gwen Stefani welcomed her son, Zuma, to the world, it was her sliver of home that inspired his name. During an interview with Detroit's Mojo in the Morning, Stefani got candid about how she and then-husband Gavin Rossdale landed on this eccentric moniker: Zuma Beach, California! Since it's close to where they live, the interviewer suggested it might have, ahem, been the place Zuma was conceived, but Stefani denied—with a laugh. Instead, she gave credit to her No Doubt bandmate, Tom Dumont who was also expecting a baby with his wife, too. It was actually on Dumont's list of baby-name possibilities, and Stefani snatched it up. "I kind of stole it from him…I didn't steal it, I mean his wife didn't want it," she shared in the interview. "It was just one of those things that just happened. I just wanted [Zuma] to have a little bit of a quirky name."
Chris Hemsworth: India
Since Chris Hemsworth told E! News he had always dreamt of becoming a father, the moment his wife, Elsa Pataky gave birth to their daughter, India, everything changed. But why choose a country for the birth certificate? According to USA Today, he and his wife both love this vast South Asian country and thought it was a fitting name for their firstborn. Hemsworth was excited to raise a strong daughter, who perhaps, would be intrigued to visit the land for which she was named. "Coming from a family of three boys, my mother was very much a feminist. When we would call each other 'girls,' she would say, 'What is wrong with a girl?' Girls can be strong, and you have to respect that," he shared with the paper while on tour for a movie.
Alicia Keys: Egypt
When you think back on important moments in your life—from meeting your spouse to discovering you were pregnant—it's not just the family-focused ones that stand out. At least for Alicia Keys, who found the inspiration for her son's name from a solo trip she took to Egypt. As a life-changing experience that challenged and moved her, it was her husband, Swizz Beatz who connected her journey with her new trek into motherhood. In a cover story for Complex magazine, she shared: "I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown. I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs, and the pyramids. It was powerful. It was very Cleopatra. When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, 'Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn't that be amazing as a name?' Once he said that, I was like, 'Yes.'"
Victoria and David Beckham: Brooklyn
Arguably the first celebrity duo to make headlines with a suggestive baby name, Victoria and David Beckham gave their son, Brooklyn, a name after the New York City borough. Even though many were convinced this choice was made because of where their babe was conceived, Victoria ended rumors in her autobiography. "It was when we were in Marbella that we came up with the name Brooklyn. We already knew he was a boy and so I knew he could end up a footballer, so it had to be a name that was a bit blokey," she wrote. "I had always liked the name Brooke and then we suddenly thought about Brooklyn. I'd always like it as a place—it's very multicultural, very grounded. And it was only afterward that I realized how appropriate it was because it was in New York that I found out I was pregnant and where David came after the World Cup."
Jimmy Fallon: Winnie
Nearly all couples remember their first date together. And where they were when they decided to move in together. And of course, where they decided to spend forever together. For Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon, Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire holds a special place in their memories together, considering it's where Fallon proposed. When shortened, it made for the perfect baby name for their daughter—Winnie. In an interview with Today, he joked, "We were talking about different names. You overthink names—you don't want a name that's been done, but then you don't want something so weird people are like, 'What?!' Winnipesaukee is a little long."
Reese Witherspoon: Tennessee
Though actress and mom-of-three Reese Witherspoon has never confirmed the inspiration behind naming her son Tennessee is from her homegrown roots, many believe it's played a factor in her search. Since Witherspoon grew up in Nashville, it makes sense why she would cross the Mason-Dixon line to pay tribute to the state that raised her.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West: Chicago
After their baby girl was born via surrogate, Kim Kardashian West took to her app to announce that their third child would be named Chicago West. While this name received mixed reviews from fans on Twitter, it shouldn't come as a surprise to those close to the famous couple. While they didn't confirm the origin of the name, which will be shortened to Chi and pronounced Shy, the city of Chicago is notably where Kanye West was raised. After losing his mother, Donda, in 2007, it makes sense that West would want to honor the city where she raised him from the age of three.