Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Son Gets 22-Letter Hawaiian Middle Name (But Who's Counting?)
Aloha to Antonio Sabato Jr.'s new son: Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabato III.
The underwear model turned actor and reality TV star welcomed his third child over the weekend -- his first with his singer girlfriend Cheryl Moana Marie. The couple already had the baby's name picked out (read our detailed name announcement), but made a slight modification -- swapping the order of Kamakanaalohamaikalani and Harvey.
While baby Antonio gets his first name -- a Roman family name meaning "priceless" -- from his Italian born father and grandfather, and shares it with his 16-year-old half-brother Jack Antonio Sabato, the standout name on the baby's birth certificate is clearly Kamakanaalohamaikalani. The 22-letter name comes from Hawaii -- the place where Oregon-born Cheryl grew up and won the Miss Kauai America title -- and it means "a beloved gift from the heavens."
Kamakanaalohamaikalani is typical of older Hawaiian names, which tended to be long, with many syllables and vowels. The ending -lani is very popular, more with girl names than boy names. Male names also frequently begin with Ka- and Ke-. The practice of giving offspring longer names started to diminish, but regained popularity in early 2000. Another common practice is using Hawaiian names as middle names -- as Antonio Jr. and Cheryl decided to do.
Other Hawaiian name patterns include creating names based on the circumstances of the child's birth. For instance, Lisa Bonet's partner Jason Momoa hails from Honolulu and the couple named their son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. Lisa shared the meaning saying Nakoa means “warrior” and Mana stands for “strength/spirit,” while Kaua ("rain") and Po ("dark") describe the wild weather occurring the night he was born. Nakoa-Wolf also shares a name, Namakaeha, with his actor father.
Some Hawaiian names are also inspired by dreams or visions. Actress Helen Hunt, who is not from Hawaii but often travels there, named her daughter Makena'lei after the name came to her friend in a dream. "It means 'many flowers of heaven,'" the actress has said.
Perhaps one of the best known Hawaiian names -- thanks to President Barack Obama, who was born there -- is Malia. Malia, a Hawaiian form of Mary, means "calm" and "peaceful." Some other celebrities who have given their offspring Hawaiian names include Jennifer Connelly and Parminder Nagra, who both have sons named Kai ("the sea"), as well as No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, who welcomed son Koa ("brave," "bold," "fearless") in February.
Other Hawaiian names you may want to consider are Alana ("the awakening"), Kiana (the Hawaiian form of Diana meaning "light") and Luana ("enjoyment") for girls and Keanu ("the breeze"), Kane ("warrior") and Noa (form of Noah meaning "freedom") for boys.
Have you or someone you know given a Hawaiian name to an offspring? What do you think of Kamakanaalohamaikalani? What is the longest name you know? Share your favorites below.