Celebrity Baby Name Alert: Welcome Maple Sylvie, Jason Bateman's New Sweetie
It's another girl for Jason Bateman and his wife, actress Amanda Anka, who welcomed their second child last week on Feb. 10. The new addition, named Maple Sylvie Bateman, joins 5 year old big sister Francesca Nora.
Maple doesn't have the same originality as a fruit or color name, but the combination of food and nature puts it in the company of names like Sage, Juniper and Saffron. Maple is also clearly reminiscent of the turn of the century classic Mabel, but with a trendy spin. Although the inspiration for Maple is not yet known, Anka's father, the singer Paul Anka, hails from one of the places most associated with the maple leaf – Canada.
Maple might not be entirely new, but it hasn't yet broken the top 1,000 most popular list of names. With this publicity and its delicious and attractive imagery, however, the name may become more mainstream. It might not be the next Willow or Ivy, but with the trend of nature names, it wouldn't be surprising to see Maple on the charts soon enough.
Sylvie, a nature name in its purest form, is an interesting compliment to Maple. According to Namipedia, the name is derived from Silvia, which comes from the Latin "silva," meaning forest. As for the combination of Maple Sylvie, it is very melodious, but it does make our mouths water a bit for some maple syrup.
What do you think of Maple Sylvie? What other nature names do you like?