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Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer Welcome Son Bodhi Rain

02/18/2014 at 08:30 PM ET

Mark Webber, Teresa Palmer Welcome Son Bodhi Rain Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

It’s a boy for Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer!

Son Bodhi Rain arrived on Monday, Feb. 17, weighing in at 8 lbs., the Australian actress announced via Instagram.

“Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son. Introducing Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely, lovingly and naturally last night. 8 lbs. even,” Palmer, 27, writes.

“Bodhi means ‘Enlightened one,’ Rain means ‘Abundant Blessings From Above’ and we chose Palmer as his last name as Mark’s [5-year-old] son Isaac didn’t take his dad’s name either.”

“Thanks for all the blessings and love everyone,” the star of zombie film Warm Bodies adds.

The couple, who announced their engagement and pregnancy news in August, were married in December in Mexico. Earlier this month, Webber, 33, a director, and Palmer wed again in a Christian ceremony in California.


– Sarah Michaud

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Rebecca on

Cool name! Bodhi’s been on my list for a while too. :)

I wonder what the significance of Rain is.

I also thought it was considerate that they took Isaac into consideration about the last name. That way Isaac isn’t left out. :) Just wanted to say that before people start any fights over the baby getting the mom’s last name (since unfortunately, patriarchal thinking still lingers).

Caasi on

I think it’s nice when kids get their mother’s last name and it isn’t a big deal. Many cultures have children take their mother’s last name. You always know who your mother is ;) but your father?

I like the name Bodhi….and pretty ring for mom.

?!? on

I don’t get the whole last name thing and their logic considering either way the kids will still have 2 different last names. I hope that guy has brothers otherwise his family name may just die out with him.

heytheregeorgy on

How cool that he has his mother’s last name!

Yeah – how come it’s OK for a woman’s name to ‘die out’ but not a man’s? What makes the man/father’s name more important?

Amy on

Finally!! Feel like she’s been 9 months pregnant forever!!

Congratulations to Teresa, Mark & Isaac on the birth of baby Bodhi!!

Holly on

terrible name. all i see is body rain as the name.

no thanks.

Anonymous on

Cassi- Unfourtnately, that’s not neccesarily true. Mothers can and do abandon their children, too! I understand and agree with your point, though. :)

Yeah- I don’t think it was as much about the boys having two different last names as it was about them not wanting one son to have his father’s name when the other one doesn’t.

Anyway, congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Also, I could have sworn that I read on here a couple of months or so ago that she was having a girl, but I guess I must have confused her with someone else (so many celebs are announcing pregnancies that it can be hard to keep up!). ;)

Dulce Mae on

Love it! And way to go for giving the mothers last name instead of the fathers. I’ve had enough of this still very patriarchal society always giving in to the men and so called “tradition”. Since only women can carry a child and give birth I think it should be the mothers last name to go with a baby’s. No reason in my mind why men’s last names should at all “live on” and the woman’s should “die out” Not Fair! It’s about time women stand up for their right for their baby/child to have and hold their last names!

Dtz on

Not a fan of name Bodhi, most people don’t know the meaning of it. It’s good the boy took his mother’s name for the sake of Isaac.

Last names on

In my country we all carry both the mother and the father’s last names, it seems like the right thing to do.

Lys on

I really like that they did that, it shows Isaac that he hasn’t been forgotten.

And really, Yeah? I doubt the name Webber is going to die out any time soon, just saying ;)

Xan on

My husband (who once promised to add on my last name after we were married–never happened!) has tried to pull the guilt trip about his (pretty common) last name dying out. Our children will have both our last names (mine first, no hyphen), and I’m not backing down from that fight.

A child having it’s mothers name makes perfect sense to me, as a Latina, and just a modern woman. Here’s to the Palmer Webber family for being so considerate of their older child!

Jen on

Bodhi is a great name, love it. Mom’s last name, dad’s last name, makes no dif. to me. My kids all have my last name, avoids confusion.

Rebecca on

I don’t even get what the big deal of a last name dying out is. So what? Especially when it’s as common a last name as Smith or Webber.

The only thing I can think of is that it allows males to put their name permanently on a child and take ownership of it, just like it had been done in the past (women and children were the man’s property). I think that’s totally archaic, and not necessary anymore. It’s still a tradition, and people can do what they please, but I don’t like the idea of it just being *expected* and *required* for the woman and children to take the man’s last name. I find it refreshing when people don’t do it, simply because they choose not to do it. :)

MJ on

That’s very sweet. I love the the picture of his little fingers holding hers – adorable and precious.

kjc on

Love the name Bodhi! I seriously considered it for our son, but we have a very short last name that starts with a B, and I just didn’t think it sounded right!

I’ve already decided that it will be our next dogs name instead. Can’t win ‘em all!

amanda on

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the reason they gave the child Theresa’s last name is because Mark doesn’t care for his. He has a different last name than his mother, so maybe he has his father’s last name, and doesn’t care for his children to have it. He was raised by a single mother and at times homeless. So his father wasn’t apart of his life. Therefor why give his kid’s this guys last name. Just a thought.

AmandaC on

If I was NOT married the child’s father I would NOT give the child his last name, I would use my last name. There’s usually a reason there not married before having the baby, it’s called commitment and if you don’t have that before the child’s born then it will probably never happen. How many of these celebs actually get married, there just engaged forever before the breakup (go ahead a bash me, I know that when your views are a little different it makes you wrong).

Tay on

Read somewhere that Teresa was expecting a girl months ago, now she has a boy. Congrats!

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