UPDATE (6/7) — You've probably heard by now that George and Amal Clooney have welcomed their twins, a girl named Ella and a boy named Alexander. But did you know why the couple chose those names?
While we've come to expect Hollywood power couples to choose baby names that are somewhat out of the ordinary, the Clooneys have bucked this trend by opting for two classic, popular names that are likely to always remain in fashion.
A traditional English name, Ella was originally a shortened form of Eleanor or Ellen, and means "light" (though some sources define it as "fairy woman," based on the Old English).
Alexander, meanwhile, comes from the Greek and means "defender of man," harking back to Alexander the Great. According to BabyCentre, it was the 16th most popular name for baby boys last year - could the 'Clooney effect' see it spike in popularity even further this year?
"Ella and Alexander are both fashionable, classic names that have been around for centuries, yet rank high on the popularity list right now," Pamela Redmond Satran, founder of baby naming site Nameberry told Harper's Bazaar. "They're lovely names that are compatible without being too matchy for twins. Definitely no crazy celebrity baby names here."
UPDATE (6/6) — Happy news! Amal and George Clooney welcomed their twins into the world this morning: a baby girl named Ella and a baby boy named Alexander. The proud new dad of two shared the exciting development in statement to People.
“This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander, and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days,” the first-time father joked in his official statement.
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How cute are those names?! We weren't sure what monikers the A-list duo would come up with, especially after hearing that George had picked out two names that Amal was definitely not feeling. We're so happy they settled on the cute, classic combination of Ella and Alexander--and we look forward to their first adorable newborn baby photo shoot so we can see just who they look like more: Mom or Dad!
It seems like Amal's doctor was pretty spot on with her due date, as the twins were expected to arrive the first week of June. Nothing like being right on time, especially when there are two bundles of joy involved!
Cheers to George and Amal on their new family of four. We wish them the very best, and hope they enjoy basking in the glow of new parenthood! Oh, and George: Whenever you're ready to share photos of your two new kids, we're more than ready.
(2/9) — We hope you're sitting down for this George Clooney news. Because three years after the so-called stubborn bachelor married the woman of his dreams, Amal Clooney, the happy couple's family is growing.
And it's growing by two.
Yes, really. Human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney is pregnant and expecting twins with her superstar actor hubby, according to Julie Chen, host of The Talk. On Feb. 9, Chen revealed that she had confirmed with the 55-year-old ER alum back in late January that the pair had two little ones on the way (sorry, but how did she keep that secret for so long?!). And the bundles of joy are reportedly due in June, as confirmed by another insider.
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We understand if you might need to take a few deep breaths before you faint of excitement. These lovebirds were an unexpected match, but we have been pulling for them from the get-go (as have many fans). The Clooneys first met through a mutual friend at a charity fundraiser back in fall of 2013. Totally lovestruck, the couple has been virtually inseparable ever since. And we bet now with these incoming bundles of joy, there will be even more love to go around for the power couple.
"Congratulations are in order for George and Amal Clooney!" Chen said on her show.
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We couldn't agree more! Plus, can you imagine how cute those little faces will be? We truly can't wait to meet them.
This adorable duo got famous for their roles as Porter and Preston Scavo on Desperate Housewives.