Category: Taylor and Natalie Hanson
In her second blog for Nameberry, celebrity mom and name lover Natalie Hanson, who has five children with musician husband Taylor, reveals how and why they chose the adventurous Wilhelmina for their second daughter’s name.
Hello Berries! Last time I wrote to you, I shared that I was expecting a little girl and that we were searching for her perfect name. Our daughter arrived in October, and we named her Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina is a form of William, which means “resolute protection”. Right now I am so in love with this strong and beautiful name, and even more in love with the girl who bears it!
The story of Wilhelmina’s name starts in October 2010, two years before her arrival, when I came across the name Wilhelmina on a Nameberry list! My first impression of the name was how strong it sounded. It was like the “Isabella” you wouldn’t want to mess with.
I decided to pass the name along to my sister-in-law, Jessica, who is a fan of strong, Germanic-warrior sounding names. Jessie appreciated the suggestion and told me it reminded her of Willa Cather, the author of Oh, Pioneers!, a book she had read a few years before. Her choice of books did not surprise me, as I have always thought of Jessie as a sort of “pioneer woman”. She is one of the strongest, hardest working, most loyal women you could ever know.
Natalie and Taylor were combing through records on ancestry.com in search of a distinctive yet historic name when they hit upon Viggo, a Scandinavian name that means “war.”“It’s a strong name with a great sound and matches our Danish last name and we just loved it,” says Natalie.
The couple didn’t anticipate the celebrity reference of that Biblical place name.“People have been asking us, ‘Oh, like Mariah Carey?,’ and we didn’t even think of that,” says Natalie Hanson.“We were thinking of other Biblical names like Josiah and Jeremiah that to us sounded so masculine.”
“I’m such a name fan,” says Natalie, who was poring over name books long before she started her brood with the middle Hanson brother.With the world watching, how does she feel about the pressure to choose the perfect name?“The pressure is worse from my Mom and the in-laws,” she laughs.“But once they see the baby, he’s so precious, they say he looks like a Viggo.”
Taylor Hanson uses his middle name as his first, an informal tradition in the family, with grandpa Clarke Walker known as Walker and Taylor and Natalie’s oldest son using his middle name Ezra.Taylor will sometimes switch things up the other way and identify himself as Jordan – his actual first name – Hanson.Having a built-in alias can make life easier for a celebrity who likes to keep a low profile, says Natalie, as do the Oklahoma-centered Hansons.
Baby Viggo joins other celebrity babies and children who share their names with stars, including Ava (as in Gardner), daughters of Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman,: Harlow (Jean), daughter of Nicole Ritchie, Audrey (Hepburn), daughter of Greg Kinnear;and Gable, (Clark) son of Kevin Nealon.Soleil Moon Frye’s daughter’s first name is Jagger, while Madonna is Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell’s middle name.
As for Viggo Mortensen, the Lord of the Rings star is actually a junior—he inherited his name from his Danish father.It’s a Norse name meaning ‘warlike’ but its real-life image is one of energy and—well—vigor.This Viggo too has brothers with more ordinary names—Charles and Walter.Maybe that’s why they turned out to be geologists.