Uma Thurman with her daughter (Splash News)Uma Thurman's little girl has a great big name.
Three months after the actress and her fiancé, Arpad Busson, welcomed their first child together, the couple has finally announced their daughter's name — and it's a mouthful. May we introduce … Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson, who goes by the nickname Luna. While the celebrity couple — who have four other children from past relationships (hers: Maya Ray and Levon Thurman-Hawke; his: Flynn and Cy Busson) — wouldn't elaborate on how they came up with the lengthy moniker, they did say that each one of the names has a special meaning to them.
"These parents are using the formal name in a different way than most of us are used to," explains best-selling name expert Laura Wattenberg from BabyNameWizard.com. "Our names serve many roles — they represent identity, connection, style, and even values. In most cases those roles are bound together as one, but Thurman and Busson have chosen to separate out the 'everyday identity' function of the name. Luna is what she'll be known as; you can think of the longer name is a kind of tapestry of familial and cultural connections. For a familiar example of this approach, consider Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, known to one and all as Harry."
Wattenberg is right. Baby Thurman-Busson isn't the first celebrity wee one to have a big name — nor is this a recent trend. Nearly two decades ago, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence, the daughter of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and British TV host Paula Yates, was born. Her name became even longer (six names!) after her parents passed away and she was adopted by Bob Geldof, changing her surname to Hutchence-Geldof. More recently, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa went with five names for their son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, who was born in 2008. While the name doesn't necessarily roll off the tongue, Momoa hails from Honolulu — and Hawaiian name patterns often include multiple names based on the circumstances of the child's birth.
Antonio Sabato Jr.'s son has a 22-letter middle name. (twitter.com/antoniosabatojr)Speaking of Hawaiian names, Antonio Sabato Jr. and his wife Cheryl Moana picked a 22-letter Hawaiian middle name for their son, Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabato III, who was born in 2011. But before labeling it as odd we should note that Kamakanaalohamaikalani — meaning "a beautiful gift from the heavens" — is actually typical of older Hawaiian names, which tend to be long, with many syllables and vowels. It also honors Moana's upbringing in the 50th state.
While these are no rival to Thurman's seven names, in recent years we've seen a bunch of celebrities give their children four names. For example, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's twin daughters are Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell and Dolly Rebecca Rose O'Connell. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's youngest has Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale on his birth certificate. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are parents to Harlow Winter Kate Madden and Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are also down with four — just ask Sunday Rose Kidman Urban and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. It's even trendy up in Alaska, where Bristol Palin dubbed her son Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.
Gwen Stefani named her youngest son Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. (Splash News)Some celebrities themselves were born with long names. You probably didn't realize that Kiefer Sutherland's real name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. Or that "Unforgettable" star Poppy Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue Montgomery. And Akon's real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. Born in Senegal, the singer talked about his 12 names on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," noting, "In certain parts of Africa, it's a tradition [to have many names]." Seeing as it wouldn't fit on a CD cover, he picked Akon showbiz purposes.
And if little Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson grows up to be famous like her actress mom, she'll have her pick of names as her stage name, too. Luckily, she has a few years to work all that out.
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