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Mary-Louise Parker's daughter's name revealed

01/20/2008 at 06:41 PM ET

Back in October, when actress Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter, she did not announce her name, but it soon came out that she was being called Ash, a shortened version of her birth name. CBB reader Sara writes in to tell us,

In today’s Washington Post "Celebrations" column (forweddings, anniversaries, births, etc.),  there was an announcement forthe sixtieth wedding anniversary of Mary-Louise Parker’s parents. Theylisted her daughter’s name as Caroline Aberash Parker — which is whereAsh comes from I suppose. Caroline is the name of Mary Louise’s mom.

Hope that is of interest to the blog readers — I didn’t recall seeing the little girl’s full name listed before now.

CBB reader Bron writes,

Aberash is an Ethiopian name — it means  "giving off light" in Amharic.

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brannon on

Beautiful child. Beautiful name – lovely tribute and adorable nickname!

bron from oz on

Aberash is an Ethiopian name – it means “giving off light” in Amharic,

Heather on

Beautiful name. I like that she’s called Ash though.

PSB on

I really like when people who adopt from another country don’t change the name of the baby completely. I can understand wanting to pick a name for your child, but I also think it’s a great tribute to the bio parents and provides a nice connection to their birth country if the parents keep the original name incorporated somehow. Mary-Louise is always so classy and appropriate, I’m not surprised she kept the name. Ash is gorgeous and I love the nickname.

CelebBabyLover on

Love the name, and it sounds like Ash is Ethiopian, just like Zahara Jolie-Pitt! :)

emma on

60 wedding anniversary? Wow – I wonder what age Mary-Louise’s parents were when she was born?

Amanda on

I don’t like the Caroline! I just don’t think it fits the little girl, even if it’s Mary’s mothers name. I love the name Aberash; that’s beautiful and I love the nickname, Ash.

I think in most cases, an orphans name is picked out by someone working at the orphanage and not necessarily by the biological parents, especially when a child has been abandoned on the streets etc.

A Vietnamese person on another forum said that Pax Jolie-Pitts name in English was roughly translated to mean John Doe Light or something like that. All the boys in the orphanage were called John Doe and then had another word added on to distinguish them from each other. I don’t know how true that is but in that case, I can see why most parents change their childrens name.

I think it is essentially personal choice isn’t it? I know I would change my childs name if I ever adopted a child.

PSB on

Amanda – I agree totally that people should name their kids what they want – I just really like when they include an ethnic name from the child’s country of origin. That’s really interesting about Pax! I had no idea that the orphanage workers pick the kid’s names, but it makes perfect sense.

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