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Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco

Mike Tyson Names New Baby Boy Morocco
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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?



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January 27, 2011 8:55 AM
By The Names Blog (not verified)

I see celebrities leading the way in choosing place names for babies. Harvey Weinstein's and Georgina Chapman's India Pearl; British PM and wife named daughter Edellion after her birthplace; Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's Kingston; and recently, actor Neil McDonough's London Jane.

January 27, 2011 3:37 PM
By Twil (not verified)

My family comes from Dayton, Ohio, and Harlan County, Kentucky, so we've used Dayton, and Harlan within our family.

January 31, 2011 11:55 AM
By Joanna (not verified)

Our son is London Robert William... his dad wanted to name him something that reflected his British heritage. When we told people the name, we got a mixed bag of reactions. And when our daughter was born, the big question was whether we were going to name her "Paris" (ba ha ba ha)... But no, her name is Teaghan Elsbeth May. Tho we did think about Aspen and Milan for a bit!

February 1, 2011 11:38 PM
By cathymac (not verified)

My daughter (2008) is named India. Love the name Morocco. I named my dog Cairo because I loved Egypt and another dog Zulu because I loved Africa (Africa also was on list of I wish I could name my daughter that!)

May 16, 2014 12:55 AM
By DanBardoff (not verified)

What a surprising child name Morocco - i didn't see that coming

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