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Ziggy Marley Welcomes Baby Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley

Ziggy Marley Welcomes Baby Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley
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It was a big day for celebrity baby news! First we heard that reality TV star Jesse Csincsak welcomed son Noah Theodore at 4 AM this morning. And then we learned that funny man Craig Ferguson's wife, Megan, gave birth to their son Liam James on Monday. And finally musician Ziggy Marley, who himself is the son of Bob Marley, released news of his second son's birth.

Ziggy's wife, Orli Agai Marley, actually gave birth last week, but the couple chose to announce their happy news only today. Already parents to daughter Judah Victoria and son Gideon Robert Nesta, the Marleys have named their youngest Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley.

We think Noah Theodore and Liam James are lovely names, but they aren't nearly as compelling as Ziggy's name choices for his littlest one. Clearly, Abe's moniker fits right in with those of his siblings.

All three of the Marley children's first names have some serious biblical ties. Judah typically means the son of Jacob. Gideon, meanwhile, is derived from the Hebrew for "one who cuts down." The name also crops up in the bible as that of an Israelite judge who was a leader in the defeat of the Midianites. As for Abraham, it comes from the Hebrew meaning "father of many." His original name was actually Abram or "exalted father." He was married to Sarah and had two sons Ishmael and Isaac, but he was also the patriach of both the Hebrews and the Arabs. Many indeed.

Now, let's talk about Selassie: Haile Selassie was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Selassie is also worshipped by Rastafarians as the returned Messiah of the Bible, who will guide believers to eternal peace, righteousness and prosperity. The Rastafari movement, which first arose in Jamaica in the 1930s, boasts Bob Marley as its most famous believer. His son, who was raised a Rastafarian, unsurprisingly, continues to practice today.

Speaking of Bob and just in case you don't know your Bob Marley facts, Gideon and Abraham share the name "Robert Nesta," because that was their grandfather's birth name.

But what about Ziggy's eldest, Judah Victoria? Does Judah work as a little girl's name? She's only five years old now, but we think Jude would be a cute nickname should she ever decide she wants to go by a more gender-neutral name.  

What do you think of Ziggy's choices both for his youngest son and for his older children? At the very least, he's consistent. Did religion and spirituality factor heavily into your decision when picking your children's names?



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February 2, 2011 10:56 PM
By Alex (not verified)

Not only the name is interesting, but also the multiplicity of names. Reminds me of British royalty! Makes me feel deprived because I don't even have a middle name!

February 8, 2011 1:14 PM
By Valerie (not verified)

In Rastafarianism, one of the titles of Haile Selassie is "Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah". So that would explain the choice of the name Judah.

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