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Rebecca Minkoff Chooses International, Possibly Fashion-Inspired Name for Baby Boy

Rebecca Minkoff Chooses International, Possibly Fashion-Inspired Name for Baby Boy

Top handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff and husband Gavin Bellour welcomed 6 lb, 14 oz, Luca Shai Bellour Sunday night. Minkoff announced the birth on Twitter, following the news with a photo of her husband holding their new son. Precious!

At number 304 in the United States, Luca (which comes from the Latin root "lux," meaning "light") is less popular than its cousin Lucas, which holds the number 46 spot, making for a name that is fairly uncommon, while entirely pronounceable, recognizable, and easy to spell. Both Luca and Lucas also rank very high internationally, especially among countries where people commonly speak and conduct business in multiple languages, such as Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and Belgium.

A name that works in multiple languages is great choice for the child of an internationally-renowned fashion designer. In fact, Minkoff's name choice has left some members fashion community wondering if she was inspired by another major fashion label, Luca Luca, and its founder, Luca Orlandi. (Read more about fashion designer names.)

What do you think of Luca Shai? What fashion labels inspire you as a namer?

--K.L. 

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September 27, 2011 8:50 PM
By Juli (not verified)

As long as they don't want to visit Hungary much... Luca is always and only a girl's name in Hungarian (think Lucia and Lucy), pronounced roughly LOO-tsah.

September 28, 2011 8:44 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Luella- high end market UK brand.

September 28, 2011 10:29 PM
By Juli (not verified)

Den, I know Luca is a version of Lucas, and therefore male, in many Slavic languages, but Hungarian isn't Slavic, and in Hungarian, Luca is feminine. (Lucas is Lukács, pronounced roughly LOO-couch.) In fact, Luca has been in the top 20 for newborn girls in Hungary since 2004, topping out at 11th place in 2008 and 2010.

Hungarian law specifically and explicitly disallows androgynous names, so there's exactly zero chance of a male Luca on a birth certificate in Hungary.

October 4, 2011 2:11 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Luca bothers me for some reason...as does Micah...they both sound a bit unfinished IMO!

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