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Matthew McConaughey Names Baby Girl Vida

Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves welcomed a baby girl on Sunday January 3, 2010. The new baby's name is Vida Alves McConaughey and joins older brother Levi, 17 months. (like his new baby sister, Levi's middle name is also mom's maiden name, Alves)

In addition to sporting mom's maiden name as a middle name, the new baby's first name is drawn from mom's Brazilian heritage. In a post on his Web site, MatthewMcConaughey wrote of the new baby girl's name: "Vida is Portuguese for 'life' and that's what God gave us today."

Here at NameCandy.com, we've written extensively in recent months about the name Vita, the Italian variant of Vida, whose origins and sound are nearly identical. After Vita was chosen as a middle name by David Boreanaz for his baby girl born in August (her first name is Bardot), we wrote

"Vita...has all the makings of a hit.  It derives from the Latin meaning "life," a nice nod to dad's Italian heritage, has been out of fashion long enough to sound fresh again (see Vita in NameVoyager) and fits in well with the recent spate of Vi- names trending up (see Vivienne Jolie-Pitt and Violet Affleck, for example."

Not long afterward, we learned that Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords, had also chosen the name Vita for his baby girl .

What do you think of the name Vida?  Do you think it is a good match for sibling name Levi, which is also four letters and shares two primary sounds (V and I)?



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January 3, 2010 9:26 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think I like Vida better than Vita, it looks a little more feminine and softer. Love the meaning. Think it's a great coupling with Levi.

January 4, 2010 9:20 AM
By Zoerhenne (not verified)

I think the meaning is great but the sounds are too close together for me.

January 4, 2010 12:38 PM
By Dominique

I'm a big fan of the name Vida. But I wonder, do Brazilians also name baby girls Vida? Or is this like someone who speaks Portuguese taking the English word "Life" and choosing to use it as a name? Anyone know?

January 5, 2010 11:28 AM
By Lane

I too like Vida better than Vita. Vita makes me think of Lucy Ricardo and the Vitameatavegamin commercial.

January 8, 2010 8:55 PM
By Grasiela (not verified)

As a Brazilian I can say 'Vida' is NOT a common name in Brasil, actually it’s not even a name here. I have never heard about somebody named Vida here and I really doubt that a Brazilian parent would name their daughter Vida. That would be equivalent to someone in the U.S.A. named a baby girl "Life"!

(And I’m sorry my English is not good)

January 14, 2010 10:18 AM
By Yana (not verified)

As the names Vida and Vita are becoming more acknowledged, so should the name Vika (Vee-ka). Vika is a short form of Victoria and is a common Russian name. I named my daughter Viktoria born 2 months ago but we are planning to register her in schools as Vika to ensure that she will not be called Vicki or Tori. I think it is a beautiful variant of Victoria, as well as unique and strong. Americans seem to really like this name and it would be nice if more people were aware of it so as to have more choices when naming their daughters. I also think that Victoria is a beautiful name but many people stay away from it to avoid the nick name Vicky. Hopefully Vika can be a choice that parents can be happy with as a nick name, and again it is original without being over the top. Lastly, we replaced the "C" with a "K" in her full name "Viktoria" to give more precedence to her nick name "Vika".

May 26, 2013 10:28 PM
By cherrin (not verified)

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