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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcomes baby Sunday

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The Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and her Grammy-winning husband, country singer Keith Urban, welcomed their daughter on July 7th, and announced to the world her full name: Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. The couple has chosen the name Sunday, despite the fact that the birth came on a Monday. 

In contrast to the unique first name, Kidman and Urban chose the more common middle name Rose. For the last name, the couple decided to use both of their surnames, Kidman Urban, a trend that is becoming more and more popular, particularly among celebrities.

The newborn girl is the couple’s first child together. Kidman, who turned 41 in June, has adopted two children, Isabella and Connor, with former husband Tom Cruise. The actress, who struggled with miscarriages in the past, has been longing to give birth, especially after her wedding to Urban. Kidman and Urban married in June 2006. The couple, who were both raised in Australia, have a home in Nashville, Tennessee. 

So why the name Sunday? While there was no immediate explanation for the name, some suggest it may follow a tradition used by ancient African tribes in naming newborns after days of the week. 

The name Sunday may also represents Whitsundays, an island chain off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where the couple celebrated Kidman’s 40th birthday. Another theory is that Kidman and Urban may have been inspired to name their daughter Sunday to honor the day they were married on, two years ago. 

Kidman and Urban’s unusual baby name choice follows a new Hollywood tradition, joining other celebrity names like Suri (daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes), Shiloh (daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) and Apple and Moses (children of Chris Marin and Gwyneth Paltrow).

Whether the name has its origin in the African tradition, inspired by Queensland, or is simply a part of the unusual celebrity names world, Kidman and Urban look set to lead a new trend in baby names. Sunday is certainly an original and cute name for a girl.

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