Amal and George Clooney welcomed their twins into the world earlier this week. On June 6, Amal Clooney gave birth to twins at a luxurious birthing suite in London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. A spokesperson for the couple said that Amal and the children are “healthy, happy and doing fine.”
As far as baby names go, Hollywood is notorious for birthing kids with unique, out-of-this-world celebrity baby names. More often than not, these unusual names wouldn’t be any parent’s first pick when deciding on what they would want to call their child for the rest of eternity.
For instance, Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf named their son Pilot Inspektor after hearing a song from indie rock band Grandaddy. Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim’s son is named Kal-El, after Superman’s birth name. Jay-Z and Beyonce christened their first born Blue Ivy. Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel named their daughter Elsie Otter. Of course, the Kardashian clan win in this department by a landslide by giving their kids unconventional names from Reign to North to Saint and finally, Dream Renée.
Clearly, that’s not how the Clooneys roll. For a high-profile Hollywood power couple, the names they gave their son and daughter were pretty much ordinary and non-celebrity. In George and Amal fashion, the couple chose classic names for their twins: Ella and Alexander.
Amal and George Clooney picking out traditional names for their children is a reminder for Hollywood that it’s okay not to give kids unnecessarily edgy names or adding awkward adjectives just for creative points.
However, the names Ella and Alexander both have a long-standing popularity. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Ella ranked 17th in terms of popular baby names for girls in 2016, while Alexander ranked 11th for baby boys.
The names themselves also carry beautiful meanings. Ella can be translated to “light,” “beautiful fairy woman” or “fair maiden.” Alexander, on the other hand, means “defender of men.”
The classic names are not only a reflection of Amal and George Clooney’s sophistication, but the meanings befit the children that now bear them as their names.
Meanwhile, George and Amal’s parents have been gushing nonstop about the twins. George’s parents, Nick Clooney and Nina Warren, who live in Kentucky, saw the infants through Skype just two hours after they were born.
In an interview with Cincinnati WXIX, Nick said, “They are gorgeous. Nina swears they have George’s nose.” The 83-year-old grandfather added that Alexander has George’s nose. Both the kids have dark hair, taking after their lawyer mother who is a natural brunette. George’s parents also approve the names the couple chose for the kids.
Amal’s mother, Baria Alamuddin, was present during the twins’ birth in London, and she revealed that it was a “beautiful delivery” and everything went well.
Moreover, Alamuddin said that George and Amal are naturals at parenting. “Oh my god, Amal and George were so beautiful, they were so happy, so contented,” Amal’s mother told People. “You just look at them and you feel like they’ve been a mother and father for their whole lives.”
The award-winning journalist was also spotted shopping for presents for his grandkids in London. A witness said that she bought two romper suits made of organic cotton.
News of Amal Clooney’s pregnancy first came out in February.
George and Amal Clooney married on September 27 after nearly a year of dating. The couple reportedly met at a charity fundraiser and were introduced to each other through a common friend. George was a popular bachelor for a long time, and his parents admitted that they thought he would never settle down. All that changed when they met Amal.
“By golly, when we met Amal, we got that figured out in a hurry,” Nick said. “Just as I, George married up.”
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