Bee Berry

Hollywood actress Halle Berry has bucked the Hollywood trend of using a Hebrew name for your progeny (perhaps she wants to stay away from anything Jewish).

Instead, she’s gone Arabic.

Halle Berry has revealed the name of her newborn daughter: Nahla Ariela Aubry.

The baby girl, who was born Sunday is the first for the Oscar winning actress and her model boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry.

A day after Nahla’s birth, Aubry’s sister, Eugenie, told PEOPLE, “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new baby in the family. It’s very exciting.”

Nahla means honeybee in Arabic, says Michael D. Cooperson, associate professor of Arabic at UCLA.

Of course, I already suspected that Nahla was Arabic for bee.

Who’s next? Farfur Alba? Or perhaps Assud Kidman?

Update: I’m guessing the name was Halle’s choice (as opposed to that of her boyfriend).

Update: As commenter abunafha correctly points out, the baby’s middle name – Ariela – is Hebrew. I can’t believe I missed that.

Which means the baby has an Arabic name and a Hebrew name. I wonder if this means she will hate herself.

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  • abunafha

    the article says she called the baby nahla ariela. now, ariela is clearly a hebrew name…so, i’m suspecting shimon peres to be the father. wierdest things have happened.

  • Carl in Jerusalem


    The bee’s name was Nahul. I guess Nahla is close enough.


    I doubt Slimy Shimon is capable of that anymore. He’s about 800 years old.

  • Martin

    I just cant get used to this new look.. the previous blog design was better..this one is kinda irritating at times..dunno why ..something about it..looks untidy and the colour is depressing!

  • Aussie Dave


    Yes, I know. But Nahla is very similar, as you said.


    The colors are not final. I am hoping someone will help me with the styling, and then I will change the colors and add the banner etc.

  • Shy Guy

    Nahla is a Hebrew name, too.

    Of course, we Yiddin would correctly pronounce it Nachala.

    Nachala Ariela. Not bad. And her last name sounds an awful lot like Be’eri.

    I don’t think we can do much for her boyfriend’s last name but his first name, Gavriel, is of course another well known Hebrew name.

  • Shy Guy

    Why do I have a comment “awaiting moderation”?

  • jusa

    I know what DVD they should get for the baby shower!