Tamera Mowry-Housley: Why I Named My Daughter Ariah Talea

"I had always known that I wanted Aden to be my son's name, and since Adam began with an A as well I wanted to keep our family tradition alive," she explains

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Tamera Mowry-Housley didn’t have to search through any baby books to find a name for her daughter, Ariah Talea.

The actress and co-host of The Real had already made up her mind — long before she was even pregnant.

“I had always known that I wanted Aden to be my son’s name, and since Adam [Housley] began with an A as well, I wanted to keep our family tradition alive of starting my children’s names with the same letter,” the new mom of two writes on her website.

“So it worked out that before Adam and I were even married, we stumbled across a shop named Araya. I stopped and immediately told him I loved the name and wanted that to be my future daughter’s name.”

Although the couple did consider other choices — including Arriana and Aliana — they kept coming back to the same name. But Mowry-Housley wasn’t completely sold on the spelling: She wanted to change it to help with people’s pronunciation of the moniker.

“The only catch was that I wanted to spell her name phonetically, so people wouldn’t mess it up and call her a-RAY-ya,” she explains of her choice, which is pronounced like Mariah without the M.

As for her middle name Talea, it’s one that Mowry-Housley had “adored for some time that ironically was going to be used in a friend’s future book as a character inspired by me.”

She adds, “It wasn’t until after we had decided on Ariah Talea Housley that Adam and I learned the origin and meaning of both names … Both Hebrew names, Ariah means Lion of God and Talea means one who resembles the morning dew of Heaven. We couldn’t have found names with a better meaning if we had tried.”

And now that the family of four is settling into life with their newest addition — they welcomed daughter Ariah on Wednesday — the proud parents couldn’t be happier with their decision.

“Uttering her name will likely mean many things to me over the years, but it’s the story of how we chose Ariah and what it stands for that will always remain consistent,” says Mowry-Housley, 37.

“Holding her in my arms every day, I know we chose right. We are so elated (though exhausted) to have a beauty and healthy baby girl.”

— Anya Leon

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