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Kate Hudson Baby Name Revealed, Honors Grandmas, Sounds Musical

Kate Hudson Baby Name Revealed, Honors Grandmas, Sounds Musical
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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!"

(In case you are not totally up on the Kate Hudson family tree, the "Kurt" Matt refers to is Kurt Russell, long-time partner of Kate's mom Goldie Hawn, whom Kate considers a dad.)

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?



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July 15, 2011 8:37 AM
By Deborah (not verified)

I LOVE it! It's also very classic to me, being the name of Mr. Darcy's best friend, Mr. Bingham, in Pride and Prejudice. I think it is a great surname as a first name and I really like the way it sounds with the last name Bellamy! I love especially how it pays tribute to so many family members at once. It shows how much thought and love was put in the name...which is, after all, the most important part of a name...right? I give the name two thumbs up! It's much better than what some celebrities choose!

July 15, 2011 9:45 AM
By Sarah (not verified)

Mr. Darcy's friend is Mr. Bingley. But they do have a similar sound! I also thought about Mr. Bingley.

July 15, 2011 9:47 AM
By Christina (not verified)

While I've grown weary of most last names for first names, this one makes me smile. It's a good-humored name, and I like it.

July 15, 2011 9:48 AM
By Coll (not verified)

Deborah, Mr. Darcy's friend is actually Mr. Bingley, but it's close.

I think Bing Bellamy is snappy and stylish. I love it. An usual and creative name that sounds great and has real significance for them. Thumbs up! Of the two babies born that day, however, I have no doubt there will be a lot more piggybacking Harpers (and Sevens) than Bings in future years.

July 15, 2011 10:45 AM
By momof4 (not verified)

I like it when last names are used as first first names when there is actually a family connection. I think it is an especially great way to honor a relative. It does bug me to see Andersons, Coopers, and Carters that have no family ties.

However, this is a great choice!

July 15, 2011 11:08 AM
By hillary (not verified)

I like it. Cute, unusual, catchy...perfect celebrity baby name.

July 15, 2011 12:43 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I love it! The name seems to have a lot of meaning to Matthew and Kate which is all that matters. I think Bing is super cool - Bing Bellamy is even better. And who knows, the kid might be a musician.

July 15, 2011 1:40 PM
By Deborah (not verified)

Yes, you are right. Now I feel stupid...but it did make me think of that. Thanks for the correction.

July 15, 2011 2:20 PM
By Mir (not verified)

im glad there's a family connection. Otherwise BING BELLamy would sound too cutesy. Although, still ripe for being made fun of on the playground. Unless, perhaps, celebrity kids are immune to that?

July 15, 2011 2:48 PM
By Kristin (not verified)

I love it! Never would've thought about Bingham or Bing as a first name, but it's cute and fits their style so well!

July 15, 2011 9:03 PM
By meg (not verified)

I love that it obviously has great meaning to them, and that it is both Grandma's surnames. My son also has both his maternal and paternal surnames as his first and middle name, Hamilton Stuart. I love the family ties, and that it honors our mother's. Bingham is stylish.

July 19, 2011 12:40 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I actually like Bingham and am very relieved to see that it's the boy's full name. When I heard the name announcement on the radio, they just said "Bing", which to me sounded like a silly celebrity name. However, Bing as a nickname for Bingham is something that he can grow into and gives him a name that sounds like a name and not just a sound.

July 19, 2011 12:11 PM
By Michelle (not verified)

I really like Bingham Hawn, but I don't like Bingham/Bing Bellamy!

July 19, 2011 5:21 PM
By Erin (not verified)

I love this name.. cute, stylish, fun, hits the family all the way around - I think it's perfect. It's a bit out there, but with a very logical story behind it.. unlike many celeb kiddo's names that are just "out there" for the heck of it.

July 19, 2011 8:09 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Bing sounds like the search engine.

July 20, 2011 1:42 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I really love the name Bingham, and the nickname Bing. It’s providential when there is that two-sided connection! I sort of wish they'd used a "B" middle name, to match the pattern of his brother's name, but it's nice to honor her mom. One of my sons is named Springer, a surname-as-first-name that is an old, recurring family name. It’s very special when a child is bestowed with a multigenerational name!

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