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The origin of Brooklyn Beckham's name

03/08/2007 at 11:28 AM ET

Did you know that David and Victoria Beckham did not name their first son Brooklyn because he was conceived in Brooklyn, New York?  It’s a popularly held belief but it’s not true. 

Brooklyn, now 8, was given his name because Victoria liked the name Brooke and the fact that she was in Brooklyn when she learned she was pregnant was purely coincidental. 

She wrote in her autobiography, Learning to Fly,

It was when we were in Marbella that we came up with the name Brooklyn. We already knew he was a boy and so I knew he could end up a footballer, so it had to be a name that was a bit blokey. I had always liked the name Brooke and then we suddenly thought about Brooklyn. I’d always like it as a place – it’s very multi-cultural, very grounded. And it was only afterwards that I realized how appropriate it was because it was in New York that I found out I was pregnant and where David came after the World Cup.

The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide By America’s Baby-Naming Experts co-author Linda Rosenkrantz tells us, "After Brooklyn’s high-profile birth in 1999, his name really took off–but for girls–probably because of its feminine sounding second syllable.  In the last year counted, there were over 4,000 baby girls named Brooklyn, not to mention many others with  variant spellings like Brooklynn, Brooklynne, Brooklin, etc–and the original connection to the NYC borough has been pretty much lost."

Photo: David Corby

Thanks to CBB Reader Stephanie.

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