The meaning behind the names given to George and Amal Clooney’s twins

George and Amal Clooney have just welcomed twins, and their names are as classic as you’d imagine.

Their fraternal twins are a girl and a boy, named Ella and Alexander. They’re also both are “healthy, happy and doing fine” according to a family statement given to People.

The babies’ names were trending worldwide on Twitter within minutes of the couple’s announcement, and are sure to soar up the baby name charts in upcoming months too.

Amal previously rejected two of George’s baby names (soz George). 

Ella is already a very popular name choice, coming in at number 11 on the list of top UK girl names of 2016. According to the experts at BabyCenter, Ella is an English short form of Helen, which is from the Greek Helene meaning “torch” or “light” or Selene, meaning “moon”.

Alexander is also a traditional greek name, stemming from the name Alexandros. In Ancient Latin, alexo means “to defend” – pretty fitting when you consider that the world’s most famous Alexander, Alexander the Great, was one of the top military commanders in history. It ranked number 32 on the top UK boys names last year.

Before the twins’ birth, George joked he wanted to name them ‘Casa’ and ‘Amigos’ after his tequila brand Casamigos. We bet they’ll be eternally grateful that Amal said no.

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