Before Kate Hudson’s mother, fellow actor Goldie Hawn, gave birth to her only daughter in 1979, she had a classic baby name all picked out. But then, apparently, Hawn changed her baby girl’s name in one fell swoop, as she explained to People this week. Why?
The reason is actually pretty hilarious — and makes a lot of sense considering the Bride Wars actor’s fiery personality. Hawn told the publication that she had decided on the name Rebecca for her daughter, but ultimately changed her mind mid-route to the hospital, because little Rebecca (now Kate) kicked her sharp in the cervix. Yow.
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“She kicked me so hard in my vagina that I changed her name right on the spot because she was tough,” Hawn told People in her cover story interview where she posed alongside Hudson and 18-month-old Baby Rani Rose.
“I had named her Rebecca and on the 405 [freeway] I went, ‘This is a Kate.’” A Taming of the Shrew reference, perhaps?
Hawn didn’t explain why the name Kate symbolized toughness to her; the name Kate actually means “pure,” from the Latin word Katharina. The name Rebecca, on the other hand, has Hebrew origins and means “captivating.” But hey, if Hawn had ended up choosing “Rebecca,” Hudson would still have lived up to it.
Hudson is also mom to two boys, but we have to admit there’s something special about this portrait with three generations of girls. Plus, the mother-daughter-granddaughter trio seems to be super close. Apparently Hudson and her mom talk plenty about sex — setting a strong stage for Hudson to be just as open with Rani Rose someday.
Still, we’re glad “Rebecca Hudson” wasn’t starring in Almost Famous and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. We don’t know if she’d have been quite as cool.
Here are other meaningful baby names — for every zodiac sign.