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Jason Bateman, wife Amanda welcome daughter Maple

Jason Bateman. (Matt Sayles/AP)

The “Arrested Development” actor’s wife, Amanda Anka, gave birth to a daughter Friday, his rep told People. Her name is certainly a sweet one: Maple Sylvie.

Baby Maple joins her older sister, Francesca.

The Bateman-Ankas have really stepped up to the unusual celebrity baby name plate. It’s a rather earthy combination of names — Maple, like the tree, and Sylvie, meaning “woods” or “forest.” Anka, the daughter of singer Paul Anka, is Canadian, so the country’s love of the maple leaf could certainly have inspired the name. (Fun fact: Yesterday was National Flag of Canada Day.)

Still, the first thing I thought of when I saw the name was breakfast foods. I’m not alone. Canadian Family magazine executive editor Robin Stevenson tweeted, “Jason Bateman’s new daughter Maple should marry one of Kevin Bacon's kids. Then she can be Maple Bacon. #thingswethinkaboutduringproduction.” (For the record, Travis Bacon, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s only son, is in his 20s.)

View Photo Gallery: With so many stars sporting baby bumps this year, the stork is working overtime in Hollywood. Here are the celebrities who have recently welcomed children or are expecting.


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