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The Celebrities Guide to Naming your Baby

Naming your baby is probably one of the biggest and important decisions a parent has to make. Some people like to stick to family traditions when naming their baby whilst others prefer to go with current on trend names. It is becoming increasingly popular to name your baby after holiday hot spots that you may have visited or even more so where you’re new bundle of joy was conceived. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the celebrities guide to naming your baby.

Simon Cowell is one celeb that seems to have bucked the trend and opted for tradition over fashion with baby Eric. Named after Cowells father, baby Eric has taken us all by surprise as we guessed at the possibility of Dover or Maxwell after resorts in his favourite island, Barbados.

Many of us thought that the Beckham’s started this trend in 1999 with the birth of their son Brooklyn, however it appears that a lot of celebrities had already starting naming their off spring with sometimes bizarre place names.

One of the first couples to start this trend was lead singer of U2 Bono and his wife Ali Hewson. Their daughter Memphis Eve was rumoured to have been named in a tribute to Memphis and reference to her date of birth 7th July 1991 “Eve” being the middle word of seven.

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basigner made reference to Baldwin’s Irish heritage when they named their daughter Ireland in 1995.

Paris Catherine Jackson famous daughter of Michael Jackson was allegedly conceived in this landmark capital city in 1998 hence the name Paris.

Slash, lead guitarist with Guns N’ Roses paid homage to his hometown when he named his son London Emilio in 2000.

Mariah Carey and Nick Canon really did break with tradition when they named their twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011. Rumour has it that the name Moroccan comes from a room in their multi-level Manhattan palace, or more so were the twins conceived in Morocco?

Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale managed to name both their boys with geographical reference. Kingston James was born in 2006 shortly followed by Zuma Nesta in 2008 were both these names a reference to Jamaica and Malibu?

Alicia Keys and hip- hop producer Swizz Beatz gave birth to their son Egypt in 2010. Leaving fans confused with the choice of name, Alicia responded with this “I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed 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.’”

Can your holiday travels really inspire your choice of baby names?
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