Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose a “really adorable and original” baby name for newborn daughter Sunday Rose, baby name expert Pam Satran, coauthor of Cool Names and The Baby Name Bible, shared with Us magazine.
“Sunday [is] a choice to rival Tom and Katie’s Suri and Brad and Angelina’s Shiloh,” Pam Satran said.
Nicole, 41, and husband Keith Urban, 40, welcomed their daughter – who weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces – on Monday morning.
“Sunday is one of the next generation of word names,” explained Pam Satran. “But it also harkens back to the ancient tradition of day-naming as practiced by many African tribes and originally brought to America by the early slaves.”
Other famous day names? Actress Tuesday Weld, the character Wednesday Addams and Robinson Crusoe’s Friday.
“Some modern parents like Sunday because of its spiritual element, which connects to such other starbaby names as Angelina and Brad’s son Pax and pop names like Nevaeh,” Pam Satran added.
Sunday emulates Suri because both “unusual first names begin with Su and have two syllables,” said Pam Satran.
The name also represents Whitsundays, an island chain off the coast of Queensland, Australia – where Nicole and Keith celebrated Nicole’s 40th birthday – and it is a day of prayer in Nicole’s Catholic religion.
Pam Satran said Rose is the “starbaby middle name of the decade.”
The daughters of Michelle Pfeiffer, Teri Hatcher, Ewan McGregor and Eric Clapton all have Rose as their middle name. Sylvester Stallone, Pam Satran points out, has three daughters with the middle name Rose!
The couple’s decision to give Sunday Rose both of their last names “is a signal that this is a marriage of equals,” Pam Satran said.
UPDATE: Sunday Rose, who was born on July 7th in Nashville, is named after early 20th-century artist’s muse Sunday Reed. Her middle name, Rose, is in honor of Keith’s late grandmother Rose.
“I have read a bit about Sunday Reed and her husband John – she was a key mover and shaker in the arts around the beginning of the century,” Nicole’s father Antony told Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph. “The name Sunday struck me as being a nice name for a woman, so my wife and I mentioned it.”
The paper reports that in January, Nicole and Keith visited an exhibition by artist Sidney Nolan, who had a longtime relationship with Reed who became his muse.
The exhibition featured a quote from Nolan that was scrawled across a wall: “When you are young you are given a good view of life, because of your closeness to birth.”