The most anticipated celeb birth of the summer happened last night in France. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed a son and a daughter – Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Word is that mom and babies are doing well.
We must say, the Jolie-Pitts are officially post-style in terms of baby naming. Their children’s names range all over the map and the historical record, and the only common thread is that every choice is almost completely unexpected. Their daughters now wear names that are exotic and hyper-feminine (Zahara Marley), androgynous and Biblical (Shiloh Novel) and French-fried classic (Vivienne Marcheline).
As for the boys? They do share something interesting – the first names of sons Maddox Chivan, Pax Thien and Knox Leon all end in x.
Popularity-wise, Knox has not appeared in the Top 1000 in the US in the 20th century, though it appeared briefly in 1881 and 1888. His sister’s moniker is actually fairly common. Vivienne regularly appeared in the Top 1000 throughout the 1910s and 1920s. Her more familiar English counterpart, Vivian, has been in the Top 1000 every year the US has collected data, and spent 1911 to 1934 in the Top 100. Today she ranks #210.
No word yet on the parents’ inspiration for the names, save that Marcheline is in honor of Angelina’s late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.
Congratulations to the new family!