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Mariska Hargitay Baby Amaya Josephine: How They Chose Her Name

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Mariska Hargitay with baby Amaya Josephine

Mariska Hargitay and her husband named their newly adopted baby Amaya Josephine… but how did they choose her name?

Hargitay explains that she and husband Peter Hermann made it a family decision: “We all talked about names because everything is a family decision in our house.”

Even Mariska Hargitay’s son, August, 4, was involved. Hargitay explains, “I threw out my name and he threw out his name and I said, ‘August, why do you get to name the baby?’ And he said, ‘Because it’s my idea!’ ”

Ultimately, they chose Amaya Josephine because one of Mariska’s favorite names is Maya.

Hargitay also wanted the baby girl to have the same initials as her son: “I thought adding the ‘A’ was so feminine. Amaya sounded so open and feminine and beautiful just like her.”

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