David Beckham Names His Son After Actor Pal Tom Cruise

07/13/2009 at 02:00 PM ET
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What’s in a name? For the youngest Beckham boy, his answer can be found amongst the stars — literally! In an excerpt from The Beckham Experiment, soccer star and dad-of-three David Beckham opens up about his famous relationship with Tom Cruise. While there is no denying the two families share a close bond — the Cruises hosted a party for the Beckhams when they relocated to Los Angeles and they are often spotted out together — David reveals just how deep their friendship runs.

According to the 34-year-old, when it came to naming his third son with wife Victoria, the couple looked no further than the actor himself.

“I must admit, when [Victoria and I] met Tom, I remember turning around to Victoria and saying, ‘Cruise is a great name, but we could spell it different.”

When they welcomed their baby boy in 2005, they did just that! Altering the spelling to reflect their time spent in the Spain, David and Victoria settled on Cruz David for their now 4-year-old son.

The couple are also parents to Brooklyn Joseph, 10 ½, and Romeo James, 6 ½.

Source: NY Daily News

— Anya

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alguien on

“Cruz” is the Spanish for “cross”, so it’s not a different spelling but a completely different meaning.

Danielle on

yeah – i thought he named him after a signing an autograph for a fan’s son who was named cruz.

Andrea_momof2 on

Well, that’s one way to honor a friend!

Sanja on

Wasn’t Tom dating Penelope Cruz back then? So they actually named him after Tom’s ex-girlfriend, lol.

meghan on

Didn’t they deny naming after Tom at one point? Or did I just imagine that?

Colleen on

Meghan- I read reports that the book quoted is not reputable and that Beckham has denied every being interviewed for it.

gaia's mommadukes on

Cruz(who I think is beyond adorable) was born before Katie and Posh became friends and I never heard of Tom and David being friends(not that im that in the know)…so for some reason I kinda doubt he named his kid after tom cruise…especially since that’s not really cruises last name(unless he legally changed it).

CelebBabyLover on

gaia’s mommadukes- He DID legally change his name, back when he was in his twenties, I believe. That is why Bella, Connor, and Suri also have the last name Cruise. Also, why on Earth would David lie about who he named his son after? I know celebs lie sometimes, but lying about what or who you named your kid after just seems ridiculious to me!

Oh, and I think David, Tom, Katie, and Posh have known each other for awhile. It just didn’t become well known until Katie and Posh became best friends and started hanging out a lot.

Anon on

Liking someones name and naming a child FOR That person are completely different things.

Anon on

“I must admit, when [Victoria and I] met Tom, I remember turning around to Victoria and saying, ‘Cruise is a great name, but we could spell it different.”

I have to agree with Mommadukes but for different reasons. Its hard to get everything out of excerpts, but it seems like they met tom while Victoria was pregnant or shortly before and just liked the name. If my little scenario is correct they met Cruise sometime in early 05, late 04. It doesn’t strike me as one of those situations, like “we’re good friends i’m going to name my next child after you” which the title of the article tries to imply. Either way its not that serious…and I think Posh replaced Katie with Kate Beckinsale😀 lol

CelebBabyLover on

Anon- I agree with your first comment (assuming the same Anon posted the last two comments). I think the title of the post is a little mis-leading. If you read David’s comments, they clearly liked Tom’s last name, so they used it for the son. That doesn’t neccesarily mean they actually named him after Tom.🙂

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