Kate Hudson Baby Name Revealed, Honors Grandmas, Sounds Musical
Kate Hudson's baby boy has a name and it's one we think people we be talking about for a while. Via Twitter, Kate's fiance, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy announced the baby's name and its family connections.
"So happy! Just had a baby boy, Bingham "Bing" Hawn Bellamy. Born 7Ib 12Oz, on 9th July." Tweeted Matt. "For those wondering, Bingham is my mum's maiden name and Bing Russell was Kurt's dad. Family connections all round!"
As we speculated last week when the baby's birth, but not his name, were announced, Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy chose a name starting with B, mirroring older half-brother Ryder Russell Robinson's alliterative initials.
Bingham's middle name "Hawn" mirrors Ryder's middle name tribute to Kate's dad, Russell.
As for Bingham, nicknamed, Bing, aside from the double family connections -- Matt Bellamy's mother's maiden name and Kate Hudson's grandfather's first name -- let's look at Bingham as a name in and of itself.
Not surprisingly, neither Bing nor Bingham have ever made it into the top 1000 names in America, yet the name still has a pop culture familiarity -- think of iconic crooner Bing Crosby (whose given name was actually Harry) and Chandler Bing, the Matthew Perry character from Friends. And if Google isn't your search engine of choice, Bing may be. And, more obscurely, there's Ryan Bingham, the name shared by both the Academy Award-winning singer songwriter (Crazy Heart) and the George Clooney character from Up in the Air.
While Bing is a zippy little nickname and Bingham is a name a little boy could grow into as a man, we do wonder if Bing Bellamy may be a tad too musical. Can you hear those bells ringing?
On the other hand, Bingham may be one more example of a surname-as-first-name trend that moves us further away from names ending in -er or -son.
What do you think of Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy's baby name choice? Do you like the name Bingham, nickname Bing? Do you have a family name that honors multiple unrelated relatives?