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What's in a name? History and sentiment, according to David and Victoria Beckham, who went with a cherished, literary pick when it came to naming their newborn daughter. "Harper is an old English name which we love," he said. "One of the other reasons is Victoria's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and the author was Harper Lee."
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"We both loved Sadie," said Christina Applegate of why she and fiancé Martyn LeNoble chose the name – a variation of Sarah (Hebrew for "princess") – for their baby girl. And they're not alone: The name, a popular U.S. moniker for girls at the turn of the 20th century, returned to the top 200 baby names of 2010.
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The name Arthur (Celtic for "bear") enjoyed a period of popularity from 1880 to the 1920s thanks to its association with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Not to get all medieval, but could the 5th century ruler have served as the inspiration for Selma Blair and fiancé Jason Bleick to name their little guy Arthur Saint?
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For 400 years, Agnes was the third most popular girl's name in the English-speaking world, peaking in the U.S. in the 1890s. Greek for "pure," the name lost its appeal with modern-day parents – until Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their newest addition – and first girl in the family – Agnes Lark.
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The biblical name (a variation of Judas) remained under the radar until 2000, when British actor Jude Law became a Hollywood testament of just how attractive that moniker could be. Ten years later, the name even gained crossover appeal: Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis, named her daughter Jude, whom she welcomed in March.
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