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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