Baby Names: Parker, Broderick Go Old-Fashioned

Posted by admin on Jun 24, 2009

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick dug into their family roots for the names of their twin daughters.

The middle names of Tabitha Hodge Broderick and Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick are both family names on Parker’s side, according to publicist Simon Halls.

The Associated Press consulted its panel of baby-name gurus to weigh in on the monikers for the girls, delivered by a surrogate mother Monday.

Jennifer Moss, author of “The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book” and founder of “It’s interesting that they used the traditionally male spelling of Marion, rather than the female spelling Marian. Either way, it’s a very dated name from the early 20th century and has not come back into style for either gender. The name Loretta is from the same time period. They did, however, keep in line with the current trend of using family surnames within baby names, Elwell and Hodge both being branches of the Parker family tree.”

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