Natalie Portman Names Her Child: Do You Approve?
SodaHead Celebs 2011/07/07 15:00:00
We're not surprised Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied gave their son a strange name, but this might be one of the more passable celebrity baby names.
Please welcome... baby Aleph!
There will probably be a lot of speculation over what the name means, but it almost certainly has something to do with Portman's heritage.
Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and since Portman lived in Israel for the first three years of her life, that throws a little light on the unique baby name. But it still contains a wealth of possibilities.
For starters, it could mean she's planning on having 22 kids -- one for each letter of the alphabet. It's the most obvious answer, but very nearly impossible. (We'll put that in the "maybe" pile.)
Aleph is also the Hebrew word for the number 1, and according to People magazine, that's significant in Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism. It apparently represents the "origin of the universe" and the "primordial one that contains all numbers."
Deep stuff, and exactly what we expected from Ms. Portman. But that does mean that the kid is going to live with the name "Aleph" for his entire life. That's pretty much Alf if you say it quick enough.
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