People reports that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have released the name of their second daughter: Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck. No explanation was given for the name of their new baby born on January 6th but evidently the first name, Seraphina, means “derived from seraphim” and seraphim is Hebrew for “fiery ones.” Where Rose and Elizabeth came from, no one is sure but maybe they decided to give her a floral name since her older sister is Violet.
Gotta say, I’m kind of fascinated that this couple came up with a name that’s so out of the ordinary. Not that they're boring or anything like that, it's just I figured their choice of name would be more traditional like the choice of name for their first child. The trend of unusual celebrity baby names continues (although this one isn’t bad) and we’re already compiling our lists of best and worst celebrity baby names of 2009 like we did for 2008. Right now, this pales in comparison to the birth of Lisa Bonet’s newest child’s name, which is Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. I wish I was making that up. So, obviously, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth is completely reasonable.
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Everyone has their reasons for naming their child whatever they care to name them. They can be family names, names that just speak to you or translations of what happened the night they were born. Just remember when you name your kids that they have to live with that name for the rest of their lives or until they’re old enough to legally change it to something they feel is more, you know, pronounceable. If they do change it, by then they’ve been teased and tortured about their name most of their lives. All of the money and the fame in the world can’t help the simple fact that kids can be cruel. You don’t have to pick names out of the baby name books, but show some restraint when it comes to saddling your kids with unwieldy monikers. They’re the ones who have to live with it, not you.