Pregnancy during the pandemic has been an extra challenge for families, but that hasn’t stopped many mothers and fathers from realizing the dream of bringing a baby to life. Among those who received new members in 2021 – and who shared the news with enthusiasm on social networks – are the famous ones from TV, the internet or the music scene.
Some experienced pregnancy for the first time and others gave their children a little brother, but regardless of the circumstances, one thing is certain: the name chosen by personalities usually dictates trends and serves as an inspiration for those who are expecting a baby.
In fact, many have returned to the fashion for short shorts, others have brought older nomenclatures to the spotlight and, this year, there was even a tribute to the Royal Family. Curious and looking for inspiration? So, get ready to see the meaning of each name and now separate the notebook to write down the references:
Country singer Simone, who is partnered with Simaria, announced the arrival of her second daughter in February, as a result of her relationship with businessman Kaká Diniz. The decision of what the girl would call it may seem unusual, but in fact it is justified – which even resulted in an explanatory video on her mother’s YouTube channel.
Simone said that each part of the family was leaning towards a different name option, so the couple decided to combine the two main choices: Maya and Zara. The result of this combination was Zaya, who still met the artist’s taste for short nomenclatures.
There is no consensus on the origin of the term, but there are those who say that it can mean “brightness”. Already analyzing the two names that compose it, the scenario changes a little: Zara comes from Arabic, which means “princess” or “flower that blooms”, while Maya is the Greek goddess of fertility and spring, in addition to being the Tupi word for “mother”. Only special translations, huh?
Also in the wave of short names, Luca was born, son of Lorena Carvalho with singer Lucas Lucco. The arrival of the little one through a humanized vaginal birth took place in March and was shared by the mother through a sensitive report on her social network, which gained even more doses of emotions by the public knowing that the couple had experienced a pregnancy loss in October of 2019.
Perfect for those who enjoy the mix of strength and simplicity, Luca is the Italian variant of the Latin name Lucas and also refers to those born in the Lucânia region. Inspiring positivity, the nomenclature means “he who brings light”, “luminous” or “bright”, in addition to designating one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, author of one of the four gospels found in the New Testament.
At the very beginning of 2021, actress Talita Younan received her first child, Isabel. The little Capricorn has this delicate name that never goes out of style – and by the way it is one of the most registered in Spain and is also popular with royalty, as it is the popular version of Elizabeth.
Of Hebrew origin, the artist’s choice means “promised to God” and can be written with “z” or in its abbreviated form “Isa”, considering that the nomenclatures that look like nicknames are in high demand. There is also another definition for the term, which refers to a person “pure”, “chaste” or “one who keeps his promises”.
Still talking about famous people who gave birth in the first days of the year, we have the sportswoman Kyra Gracie, married to actor Malvino Salvador. The couple had their third child, Rayan, on January 8th and the choice showed that the taste for unusual names is still high (the other daughters of the family are called Ayra and Kyara).
The precise meaning of the nomenclature is not known, but it is possible that it is a variation on Ryan. In this case, its meaning would be something like “little king”, since it unites the word king, translated as “king” and a suffix indicating diminutive. There is also a beautiful correspondence in Arabic Rayyan, which refers to “doors of paradise”.
5. Lilibeth Diana
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle carried the second pregnancy discreetly, until the couple’s advisors announced in early June the girl’s arrival. In addition to the technical details about the baby’s birth, the official document also came to satisfy the curiosity of fans around the world, revealing the chosen name for the little one, Lilibeth Diana, and its meaning.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibeth. Her second name, Diana, was chosen in honor of her beloved grandmother, the Princess of Wales,” explained the statement.
And in addition to the symbology associated with important people in the family, the isolated terms also carry beautiful references. Of Hebrew origin and religious roots, Lilibeth means “promised to God” or even “God is abundance”. Diana, on the other hand, comes from Latin and means “divine” or “she who enlightens”.
6. Peter and John
Not one but two! On April 7 (by coincidence, Journalist Day), journalist Andréia Sadi gave birth to Pedro and João, the fruit of her relationship with presenter André Rizek. The twins were given more traditional names, which peaked in popularity in the 2000s but are still favorites among parents.
The first, for example, appears in the composite form Pedro Henrique as the sixth most chosen for boys in the last decade and derives from the expression Pétros, which has the literal meaning of “rock” or “rock” – but which, metaphorically, can remind the child of strength and determination characteristics.
On the other hand, John is of Hebrew origin and can be translated as “God is merciful” or “graceful of God”. Both have correspondence in the Bible, such as the names of apostles of Jesus Christ.
Another classic that sounds old, but that is coming back to be successful, is Manuel. He was the choice of the influencer and journalist Karol Pinheiro for his first child and, among the reasons for the decision, the mother mentioned the fact that the name is free from gender pressure, since the nickname Manu works for both girls and boys.
When consulting the origin of the term, it is possible to find it as a variation of Immanuel, which comes from the Hebrew and means “God is with us”. The nomenclature is quite present in Portuguese soils, and there is also a correspondence of the nickname in Indian, being Manu, as the Hindus call it, the progenitor of humans.
If parents are looking to register the little one with a charming name and an international pronunciation, the choice of actress Mandy Moore can serve as an inspiration! The American gave birth in February, aged 36, and soon revealed that the baby would be named August (with the cute nickname “Gus”).
Here in Brazil, the “Augusto” variation is more often found, but in both cases the meaning is the same: “consecrated”, “sublime”, “elevated” and even “extraordinary”. How many positive qualities, right?
9. Mae James
Perhaps the most distinctive name on the list, Mae James is how actress Hilary Duff recorded her third child. The little one came into the world through a home birth – which yielded beautiful clicks, by the way – and recently the mother shared details about the experience of giving birth at home, as well as talking about the importance of having trusted people around during the process.
The compound chosen for the girl has some translation possibilities. Mae can be defined as “pearl” when looked up in the English dictionary, or it can correspond to the month of May; whereas James is the Anglo-Scottish form for James or James, which derives from Jacob and means “heel of God”.