Small World: Star Babies Named After Places
The Avengers's Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky paid homage to the Asian country with their newborn daughter's moniker. "We love the country and love the name," he told USA Today.
A love of all things international – the duo were wed at a home on the Mediterranean Sea – could have led Alicia Keys and husband Kaseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean to name their 19-month-old son after the African country.
Despite widespread belief that David and Victoria Beckham's eldest son was named for the spot where he was conceived, Brooklyn actually stemmed from Victoria's love of the name Brooke, which she altered when she learned she was having a boy. "I'd always liked it as a place – it's very multicultural, very grounded. And it was only afterwards that I realized how appropriate it was because it was in New York that I found out I was pregnant," she wrote in her memoir, Learning to Fly.
ZUMA & KINGSTON
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's boys each have names inspired by a special location, with 3-year-old Zuma being named for the California beach "really close to where we live," Stefani said in a 2009 interview. As for Kingston, the couple knew they would be naming their nearly 6-year-old after the Jamaican capital ever since No Doubt visited the country to record Rock Steady. "We ended up buying this little Rasta hat when we were there, like a little baby one," she said in 2007. "[When] it ended up being a boy, we named him Kingston, and he wore the Rasta hat home from the hospital."
Perhaps mom Rebecca Gayheart's Southern upbringing – she was born in Kentucky – inspired her to name her second daughter with husband Eric Dane after the Peach State.
Though dad Pete Wentz was happy to share how The Jungle Book inspired his 3-year-old son's middle name, Mowgli, he remained tight-lipped on what led him and Ashlee Simpson to pick Bronx. "It's kind of cool to just leave the narrative what it is," he told Ryan Seacrest in 2008. "People are stoked or pissed or whatever. And you're like, You know what: I don't think anyone really has the real story."
Drea de Matteo's 4-year-old daughter could have dad Shooter Jennings's country upbringing to thank for her Southern-inspired name. After spending his early years traveling on his parents' tour bus, Jennings was raised in Nashville.
For Marcia Cross, deciding on a name for one of her twin daughters was out of her hands. "A long time ago, I had this kind of spiritual experience, that I will have this child and her name will be Savannah," she told PEOPLE in 2007. "Then when [husband Tom Mahoney] and I didn't even know we were having girls, he wrote me an e-mail and said, 'I just heard a name I like: Savannah.' I had the complete chills."