Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Picked a Name

I was reviewing my Google Reader before leaving the office this evening, when something caught my eye. Now, at first I thought it was a joke. After all, I’d previously poked fun at the names celebrities give their babies.

[quote][url=http://www.interfaithfamily.com/smf/index.php?article=4223][i][b]UPDATE: June 20[/b][/i][/url] Feeling a little cheeky, [url=http://crushable.com/other-stuff/as-yet-unused-celebrity-baby-names-for-natalie-portman]Crushable[/url] offers up some name suggestions for Li’l Portman. The bris is scheduled for June 22. We’ll have to wait until then to find out his name…[/quote]

If you haven’t yet, click that Crushable link for some, uh, interesting celebrity names.

But anyway, no, this was for real.

As our friend [url=http://www.thejewishweek.com/blogs/julie_wieners_mix/introducing_alef_millepied_portman]Julie Wiener reported[/url],

[quote]the inter-engaged Natalie Portman has reportedly named her new son Alef, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. If the Portman-Millepied family’s next child is a girl, will she be named Beth?[/quote]

And everyone from [url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/alef-portman-millepied-natalie-portman-baby-son-name_n_891285.html:1m7nudy8]HuffPo[/url] to [url=http://www.okmagazine.com/2011/07/natalie-portman-names-newborn-son-alef-report-says/ ][i]OK! magazine[/i][/url] weighed in, with [url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20508170,00.html]People.com[/url] officially confirming it:

[quote]Natalie Portman and fiancé Benjamin Millepied get an A-plus for the name they picked for their baby boy.

Their son’s name is Aleph, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

So what’s in a name? Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, much like alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Aleph is the number 1 in Hebrew and can also be spelled “alef.”

Its esoteric meaning in Judaic Kabbalah, as denoted in the theological treaty Sefer-ha-Bahir, relates to the origin of the universe, the “primordial one that contains all numbers.” [/quote]

Once more officially confirmed, I guess we’ll find out if it’s Alef or Aleph…

Welcome to the world, Ale(f/ph)!


Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron is the former Director of Content and Editorial Resources for 18Doors.

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