Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco
Mike Tyson and his wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, are the proud parents of baby boy Morocco Elijah Tyson, who was born yesterday in Nevada.
This isn't the first time the Tysons have been inspired by distant places when choosing a name: they have a two-year-old daughter named Milan. It's also not the first time Tyson has looked to Arab culture for a name. He has a son from a previous marriage named Amir, which comes from the Arabic amir for prince and the verb amara, which means to command. In addition to Morocco, Milan and Amir, Tyson's other children are Rayna, Miguel, Mikey, and D'Amato. He also had a four-year-old daughter named Exodus, who died tragically in an accident in 2009.
The Book of Exodus is the second book of the Hebrew bible and the second of five books of the Torah. It recounts the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. And speaking of Egypt, Tyson isn't the only celebrity to be inspired by North Africa and the Middle East when it comes to baby names. In 2010 Alicia Keys gave birth to son Egypt Daoud Dean, and, in 2008, Paris Bennett, a singer and American Idol contestant, gave birth to a daughter named Egypt.
Other celebrities who have given their children the names of places include Victoria Beckham and David Beckham who have a son named Brooklyn as well as Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz who named their son Bronx. Actors Blair Underwood and Pierce Brosnan have sons named Paris while Michael Jackson gave the name to his daughter.
Can you think of other celebrity babies named after places? Do you have a "place" name? Does your child? Would you ever consider naming your baby after a place? Do names like Savannah and Georgia count as place names?