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Kendra Wilkinson Gives Baby Alijah Mary A Boy-Girl Combo

Kendra Wilkinson Gives Baby Alijah Mary A Boy-Girl Combo
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Back when Kendra Wilkinson was pregnant with her first child with husband Hank Baskett, she told People what she'd name her baby if she were a girl, "My first initial is K and my middle name is Leigh, so we were thinking of Kaleigh." She had a boy instead, and named him Hank Baskett IV. But now that the Girls Next Door star and NFL player have finally welcomed a baby girl, born on May 18, they changed their minds.

Alijah Mary Baskett was the name they decided on, according to the birth certificate released by TMZ. Like Justin Bartha did recently with daughter Asa Charlotte, Wilkinson paired a traditionally male first name with a very feminine middle one. (That should make things easier on little Alijah Mary when summer camp rooms are assigned.)

As a girl's name, Alijah hasn't ever ranked among the top 1000 baby names in this country, but as a boy's name it peaked in 2012 at #454, dropping slightly to 509 in 2013. That's way below the original spelling, Elijah, which currently stands as the 11th most popular boy's name in the country.

Alijah/Elijah is Hebrew for "Jehovah is God," and the first famous person carrying the name was a 9th Century BC prophet who was said to have been taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. In more recent celebrity baby naming history, basketball star Alonzo Mourning named his son Alijah Harden Mourning in 2009, choosing the alternate spelling so his second son could share his initials.

How do you like Alijah as a girl's name?

- S.R.W.


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May 27, 2014 6:49 PM
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They are terrible namers!

A classic boy name on their daughter, and a crappy junior tag for their son with no thought whatsoever, just slap daddy's name on him. Awful.

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