Moms know moms best, and the beautiful, torpedo-shaped baby belly Jennifer Garner has been carrying high for months always meant one thing for gals in the know: a boy.
Samuel joins sisters Violet Anne and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth who, according to the third-time mom, really wanted to name him Smee or Donald Duck. As for Sam's traditional name? Hi-fives. Seriously.
Ben and Jen aren't the only ones to skip comic booky, supermarket aisle, gen-ed class sounding names - cough, Kal-El, Spec Wildhorse, Apple, Audio Science, cough. Here are 10 celebrity parents who took the charming, old-fashioned, no-need-to-change-your-name route for their children, too:
Meaning "blessed," and "she who brings happiness," the name has long been a favorite of bards like Shakespeare and Dante, and is now a favorite of famous parents Paul McCartney and the Duke and Duchess of York.
This biblical name has been around for decades, and means "favorite son." No one doesn't like a Ben, he sounds too friendly. Parents John Travolta and Kelly Preston chose it for their littlest, and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen decided on it a few days after welcoming their first child together.
This historical fave has been around for ages. Famous folks like Charles Dickens, Charlie Chaplin, Prince Charles of Wales, and Prince Harry (it's one of his middle names) have rocked it, and both Chris O'Donnell and Russell Crowe chose it for their sons.
Meaning "fiery," this name has been off the radar for some time, and is most often associated with saints, like the founder of the Catholic Jesuit order. Ignatius is also the middle name of Percy Weasley in the "Harry Potter" books, and what Cate Blanchett and husband, playwright Andrew Upton, chose for their son.
When it comes to cross-cultural appeal, this name nails it. Everyone from Shakespeare to European queens to Edward Cullen's lady love, Isbella "Bella" Swan have made it uber popular, especially since it manages to sound both modern and romantic. Matt Damon and Luciana Damon gave it to one of their daughters.
One look at Nameberry will tell you this name hasn't been "in" for the last 45 years. Meaning "battle-mighty," Matilda made its comeback the minute Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger chose it for their daughter.
Once reserved for sweet old grannies, this name is beginning to come back. The birthstone for June appeared in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," which the author said meant "her mother's only treasure." Maya Rudolph and filmmaker P.T. Anderson chose this oldie but goodie for their daughter.
Originally a nickname for Sarah, this antiquated name has become a stand alone choice for girls. Meaning "princess," both Adam Sandler and Christina Applegate chose it for their daughters.
Everybody likes a kid named Sam, and thousands of parents like Ben and Jen name their babies Samuel every year. Jack Black chose it for his first born son, and Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber did, too.
Straightforward and strong, Thomas is one of those timeless classics that never goes out of style. Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Thomas the Train... there's no limit to famous Toms. Jack Black went with this one when his second son came along.
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- Jennifer Garner
- Ben Affleck