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Forest Whitaker reveals reason behind kids' unusual names

02/24/2007 at 01:02 PM ET

Autumn, Sonnet, Ocean and True are more commonly used as nouns and an adjective, but they are also the names of Forest Whitaker‘s four children. The Oscar nominee gave them those unusual monikers because he wants each of them to be his own destiny’s child in a way.

I want them to kind of touch their destiny by their names. Autumn is sort of flighty and Sonnet is much more of an artist…and True was very strong, and Ocean just has a big heart. He wants to be a veterinarian…He’s been talking about it for years.

Forest, 45, has been married to actress Keisha Whitaker for 10 years. She is the mother of their daughters Sonnet, 10, and True, 8. Ocean, 16, is Forest’s son from a previous relationship and Autumn, 15, is Keisha’s daughter from another relationship.

Source: Contact Music

If your child has an unusual name, was there a specific reason or meaning behind your choice?

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