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Alyssa Milano Says Milo Thomas is Named After His Grandfathers

Alyssa Milano Says Milo Thomas is Named After His Grandfathers
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Alyssa Milano explains how she and husband David Bugliari chose the name Milo Thomas for their new son, born August 31:

“Milo was named after his two grandfathers, Miller and Thomas,” she said. Milano considers the two to be “very important” in her life.

The new parents kept Thomas intact, but they opted for an interpretation of Miller rather than using it as-is. Parents do this for many reasons: if naming someone after a living person would break tradition or result in confusion, to honor a family member in their personal style, or simply to choose a name that sounds better with the surname.

While in the past, many babies might have been limited to life with a permanant nickname --  Bobby for Robert, Dick for Richard, Billy for William -- modern parents' options are limited only by their creativity. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to honor a family member other than using the exact name.

Many names that used to be considered nicknames are now names in their own right; A baby named after John could be Jack. Dolores could inspire a young Lola. Some parents choose a name from another culture that shares the same root as the family name; A baby named after Mary could be Maritza, one named after Anne could be Ana or Anya.

Milo may not be a direct interpretation of Miller, but it's right on trend and sounds like it could serve as a nod to Milano as well. After all, there are no rules as to how one must be inspired. Your beloved Grandma Frieda could inspire Baby Freya’s name, even if the names don’t share roots. Baby Charles could be named after Uncle Chad. Katherine Heigl combined the the names of her mother (Nancy) and sister (Leigh) and named her daughter Naleigh.

Does your family have any creative interpretations?

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September 9, 2011 4:22 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Why Interpret? Miller is as nice a name as Milo.

September 9, 2011 10:59 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

Milo Thomas is one of my favorite celebrity baby names. Go Alyssa!

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