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.”