Uma Thurman’s Daughter is Luna

by appellationmountain on October 17, 2012

English: Uma Thurman at the Cannes film festival English: Uma Thurman at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The lovely Uma Thurman welcomed a daughter with fiance Arpad Busson back in July, but declined to announce the name.

Until now.

And it was absolutely worth the wait.  Baby Girl Thurman-Busson has a whopping five given names, and will answer to a sixth name, derived from one of the middles.  The little one’s full name is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Atlalune Florence.

Uma Thurman’s daughter is Luna for short.

Both mom and dad have children from previous relationships.  Uma is mom to Maya Ray and Levon with her ex, Ethan Hawke.  Arpad has two sons with Elle McPherson, Arpad Flynn and Aurelius Cy, both of whom answer to their middle names.

What’s behind all five names?  The couple is keeping mum on their reasons for the lengthy appellation.  The names are all pretty rare, and they’re terribly pretty.

Rosalind - She’s a Shakespearean baby name, an underused vintage gem.

Arusha - This one is Sanskrit, just like mom’s name.  Uma means light.  I believe Arusha means bright, creating a subtle link between their names.

Arkadina – If Arusha is a nod to mom’s name, could Arkadina be a nod to dad?  He was referred to as Arki in the birth announcement made by Uma’s publicist.

Altalune – The likely source of short form Luna, I found Altaluna in use in fourteenth century Italy, and Altagracia in Spanish.  But Altalune?  Hmmm … Alta is the Latin for high, and lune must refer to moon.

Florence – The most familiar name of all, Florence could be Rosalind’s sister.

As for Luna, she’s the most mainstream of them all.  Boosted by Harry Potter heroine Luna Lovegood, she’s rising rapidly in the US.  Luna is also popular across Europe, making her a great choice for her globe-trotting parents.  Luna will fit right in from Denmark to Spain and everywhere in between.

I’ll admit, I’m in love with the name.  I’m a fan of unconventional nicknames, and I love the combination of underused classics and unexpected names that appear to be rich with meaning.  It does feel like a lot of name – maybe too much name – but it has a surprisingly pleasing rhythm nonetheless.  And I can’t help but wonder – have they had her name chosen all of these weeks, or have they spent the last few months hammering out a compromise between Arusha and Florence before deciding to just use ‘em all?

What do you think of Uma’s baby name?  Do you think five names plus a nickname is too much?

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