New Baby Alert! Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof Welcome Baby Keeva Jane
The “biggest baby bump in Hollywood” title is officially no longer held by How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, who, along with hubby Alexis Denisof, welcomed baby Keeva Jane on May 23rd. The origin of the pair’s choice of Keeva is not known, but Keeva is possibly an Anglicized version of the Gaelic name Caoimhe. (Yes, those two names are indeed pronounced similarly in Gaelic.) Keeva Jane joins three-year-old sister Satyana in a very unusual sib set. Back in January, NameCandy readers made some predictions about what the pair would name baby #2. Let’s see how our predictions stacked up, shall we?
Hannigan and Denisof explained their choice of Satyana as rooted in the Sanskrit word for “truth,” Satya, plus an “-ana” flourish to suggest a match with Denisof’s Russian surname. We here at NameCandy thought it possible they would choose a Russian-influenced name for baby #2, such as Sonya or Katya. Keeva, with its presumed Gaelic roots, therefore came as a bit of a surprise. And if the delightfully vowel-filled name Caoimhe seems unpronounceable, it’s only because you’re not in Ireland, where it is the 24th most common girls name.
Keeva and Satyana, despite differing in country of origin, do have a few things in common. Both are very rare names, having never charted in the top 1000 in the U.S., both have a feminine -a ending, and both share a certain ethnic je ne sais quoi. Though if we’d had to guess where the name Keeva originated, we might have grouped it with Hawaiian-influenced K-names like Kaia or Keona. Additionally, both Keeva Jane and Satyana Marie pair highly unusual first names with classic middle names -- a practice embraced by many parents who want their unusually named children to have something to “fall back on.”
What do you think of the Keeva Jane name surprise? How do you think the name fits with Satyana Marie as a sib set? Have you paired a creative first name with a more traditional middle name?