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Hayden Panettiere Welcomes a Girl

Hayden Panettiere Welcomes a Girl

Actress Hayden Panettiere and heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko announced the arrival of their daughter (who bears a name with an alliteration), Kaya Klitschko, on December 9, 2014.

While Hayden and Wladimir have been quiet about their expected arrival throughout her pregnancy, Hayden did let it slip that they were expecting a girl during her trip down the red carpet at the Emmys.  While she couldn't wait to decorate, buy cute clothing, and raise a girl, she gave no clues as to what she and Wladimir were planning to name their daughter.

Despite Hayden being a name trendsetter herself when it comes to the "boys names for girls" trend, she seems to have gone with a more traditionally feminine choice for her daughter.  The name Kaya rose to popularity in the early 2000s, peaking in popularity in 2008, while the alternate spelling of Kaia peaked slightly later in 2010.  Another related name, Kaja, is used frequently in Eastern European countries, making us think that the couple might have picked Kaya as a name that works well in both the United States and in Wladimir's home country of Ukraine.

While the couple has not yet announced the middle name of their new daughter, we can't wait to see if it mimics the strong style of Hayden's name or if it lends itself well to interpretation between both the United States and Ukraine.

What do you think of the name Kaya?  Are you a fan of alliterations in names?



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December 16, 2014 3:45 PM
By Amanda Hill (not verified)

My 4 year old daughters name is Kaya I pronounce it like you will say Kayla except no l in the name.

January 6, 2015 3:16 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

A million different meanings?

January 26, 2015 4:44 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Kaya is a name for a Coconut Jam in South East Asia. So it is almost like calling your girl Strawberry, Apricot etc..

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