Celebs whove named their kids after loved ones as Dec Donnelly gives nod to pal Ant with sons name

Declan Donnelly recently announced the happy news that he and wife Ali Astall have welcomed a baby boy, and he revealed his sweet name.

The TV presenter, 46, and Ali, 43, have given their second child a meaningful name, which includes a nod to Dec's late father as well as his best pal Ant McPartlin.

The pair announced their son's name as Jack Anthony Alphonsus. His first middle name is a tribute to 46 year old Ant – whose full name is Anthony.

The tot's second middle name is Alphonsus which is a sweet nod to Dec’s father who had the same name and passed away in 2011.

Ali and Dec aren't the first to name their baby after their loved ones, and here we take a look at other celebrities who have also opted for meaningful names for their little ones…

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with her husband Chandler Powell in March 2021.

The 24 year old revealed that she'd chosen a name which pays tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin, who sadly passed away in 2006.

Announcing the name, she said: "Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light.

"Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s. Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior. Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad.

"There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed."

Her middle name, Warrior, is a sweet nod to her father.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara welcomed a baby son in 2020 and named him River.

The actor's brother, who was also named River, died in 1993 at the age of 23.

Brenda Song & Macaulay Culkin

In 2021, Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin welcomed their first child together, a baby son named Dakota.

While the pair have never confirmed the meaning behind his name, it's believed their son is named after Macaulay's sister who passed away in 2008.

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Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer and her husband Chris Fischer welcomed a baby boy in 2019, and initially named him Gene Attell Fischer.

The 41 year old comedian soon changed her mind however, saying: "We realised that we, by accident, named our son “genital.”‘

The name pays tribute to the couple's close pal, comedian Dave Attell.

They eventually decided on Gene Attell Fischer.

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy gave birth to her first child earlier this year after marrying her husband Graham Outerbridge in 2021.

The actress, 35, named her son James Eugene Outerbridge, which is believed to be a nod to her dad, whose name is Eugene.

Shay Mitchell

Earlier this year Shay Mitchell welcomed a baby daughter and her name has a sweet meaning.

The 35 year old actress named her daughter Rome, and explained: ":Losing the most important person in my life in the same year I welcomed my second daughter has shifted everything for me, but one thing remains steady in my soul — I’m certain they spent time together and that brings me peace and joy.

"We’re so happy you’re here Rome, named after my best friend, my soulmate, my “person,” my Grandma Romaine."

Jenna Dewan & Steve Kazee

Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee welcomed a son in 2020 and named him Callum Michael Rebel Kazee.

The little one's moniker pays tribute to Steve's mother with his middle name being Rebel.

Explaining the name, Steve said: "Callum: Gaelic for dove because he has been so sweet and peaceful since landing in our arms,’ the actor wrote on his Instagram. ‘Michael: My middle name.

"I wanted a way to honour my mother. Her name was Reba but from a very young age her father called her Rebel. … And so … Callum Michael Rebel Kazee was born."

Amber Heard

Actress Amber Heard became a mum for the first time 2021 and announced that she'd called her daughter Oonagh Paige Heard.

The moniker reportedly pays tribute to her mum Paige.

Gushing over her first child, the actress said at the time: "I’m so excited to share this news with you. Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms. I now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way.

"I hope we arrive at a point in which it’s normalized to not want a ring in order to have a crib. A part of me wants to uphold that my private life is none of anyone’s business. I also get that the nature of my job compels me to take control of this. My daughter was born on April 8, 2021. Her name is Oonagh Paige Heard. She’s the beginning of the rest of my life."


  • Sweet meaning behind Declan Donnelly's baby name – including adorable nod to best pal Ant McPartlin

  • Inside Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall’s relationship from regal wedding to surprise arrival of son

  • Ant and Dec get nostalgic as they reprise 90s PJ and Duncan roles in £2m deal
  • Ant McPartlin pays emotional tribute to Dec's brother: 'He was the kindest man I knew'

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