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Cameron Diaz Welcomes Daughter Raddix!

January 3, 2020 Emma Waterhouse
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Congratulations are in order for Cameron Diaz and her husband Benji Madden, who announced the birth of their first daughter on Friday.

And for those of us who love wild and wonderful celebrity baby names, their choice certainly doesn’t disappoint!

The couple announced in an Instagram post that they have chosen the intriguing name Raddix for their daughter — going on to say that “she is really really cute!! Some would even say RAD.

Now, who wouldn’t like that as a nickname?!

So What’s The Meaning of Raddix?

True to form, the couple aren’t sharing many personal details about their new arrival, including the inspiration behind their little girl’s unconventional moniker.

The similar Latin word radix means “root”, reports SheKnows, both in the literal and figurative sense of the word. It’s a strong, grounded image — and one which feels particularly apt for a first child, if that is what they had in mind.

Rad is also a widespread Slavic name element, meaning “happy” or “willing”; it’s found in modern Slavic names such as Radomir, Radoslav, Radovan and Radmila, often shortened to Radek or Rada. Again, it seems like a fitting meaning for a long-awaited first baby.

Raddix: A Radical Choice?

Of course, it could be that the proud parents just liked the sound of the name — and it certainly feels bang on trend for a baby born on the cusp of 2020.

Baby names ending in sharp, edgy X have never been hotter: think Beatrix, Felix, Hendrix, Lennox, Maddox and Phoenix, all of which have been rapidly moving up the popularity charts over the course of the past decade.

And some of the most high-profile celebrity children of recent times have also been given X-ending names: like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s sons Maddox, Pax and Knox.

Another big trend of recent years is bold, statement-making word names for both sexes: fashionable choices like Ace and Atlas, Legend and Lyric, Marvel and Maverick. With that super-cool first syllable, Raddix feels like it could fit into this category, too.

And, of course, with Mockingbird names at an all-time high right now, we can’t help but think of Boo Radley (which, incidentally, is also rising fast).

Raddix: What Do You Think?

It’s rare that a celebrity baby name announcement comes as a total surprise to us, but it’s safe to say that we didn’t see this one coming!

Still, as quirky celebrity baby names go, it strikes us as more “Blue Ivy” than “Moon Unit” — could we see a few more baby Raddixes (Raddices?) touching down in the next few years? What do you think of the name?

Our congratulations to the proud parents, and welcome to the world, little Raddix!

About the author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from pregnancy and birth to unique baby names from fiction and fantasy. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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