Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem name their newborn daughter Luna Encinas Cruz

On July 22, Duchess Kate and Prince William welcomed their son Prince George Alexander Louis. The birth of the royal baby – and third in line to the throne – knocked out all of the other news that day (and that week). Which probably worked out well for Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, who welcomed their second child the same day as Will & Kate. Penelope and Javi welcomed a daughter this time around, joining older brother Leonardo, who is 2 years old now. And they just released the name of the little girl too… Luna Encinas Cruz!

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have named their new baby daughter Luna – the Spanish word for moon, reports suggest. The couple, according to Spanish media, have registered their little girl’s name, which is Luna Encinas Cruz. Encinas is Javier’s paternal surname and translates as live oak.

The 39-year-old actress gave birth to Luna on July 22nd – the same day the Royal baby Prince George came into the world – at the Ruber Internacional hospital in Madrid. Her Skyfall actor husband, 44, was at her side as well as her parents and siblings, Monica and Eduardo Cruz.

Penelope, who already has a two-year-old son with Javier called Leonardo, said motherhood has completely changed her.

“From the first second, you feel so much love. It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment, when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”

And despite being an internationally famous actress, she wants to keep her children out of ther spotlight as much as possible. Before she got pregnant with Luna, she said in an interview: “I want my son and my kids – if I have more – to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible. The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”

[From Entertainmentwise]

Luna is a popular name these days – Uma Thurman’s baby girl goes by Luna too, although Luna Busson’s birth certificate name is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. As for Luna Encinas Cruz… I took Spanish for years, although I’m really rusty, and I don’t think this is how traditional Spanish names are supposed to go? If they were traditional, wouldn’t it be Luna Bardem de Cruz? Or am I reversing that? Luna Cruz de Bardem? Oh… I just saw this, their son is called Leonardo Encinas Cruz too. And Javi’s full name is Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem. Which means that “Bardem” is his mother’s maiden name and he uses it as his stage name. So, Javier is giving his children his father’s surname. Got it. Anyway, congrats to Penelope and Javi. I’m sure Luna is beautiful.

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  1. Dawn says:

    Nice name!

    • Liv says:

      Yep, beautiful name! Definitely better than Arrow or Mowgli 😉

      I just love them, they are so perfect together!

    • Spooks says:

      I like that they didn’t go with an unusual celebrity name, but Luna is quite common as a pet name round here, so I don’t like it as a baby name. I had a dog named Luna.

      • wonderwoman21 says:

        Ermergherd Luna is what I have been wanting to name my baby, but the boyfriend wont go for it because he said it is a pet name! Maybe he is right lol

  2. Backwards says:

    I think I remember reading Bardem is his mothers surname and the one he uses as his ‘show name’ but his fathers surname is Encinas.. hence the Encinas Cruz.

    Luna is a cute name.

  3. Andrea says:

    What a cute name!

  4. jesa says:

    Really sweet of them to name her after my pup Luna. Let’s hope she is not so wild as my Luna.

  5. Sara says:

    I love them as a family! Congrats to them!

  6. chloe says:

    Love it and I can’t wait for the Counselor to come out.

  7. Myrto says:

    In Spain, you usually have two last names, first the father’s and then the mother’s. Or the other way around (but it’s usually in that order).
    That “Luna Cruz de Bardem” you mentioned is something I’ve never heard of but maybe it’s a South American thing? Definitely not a Spanish thing though.

    • sputnik says:

      yeah, i live in spain with a spanish partner and i’ve never heard of the “de” thing added to a surname. i couldn’t say for latin america.

      • maxe says:

        creo que algunas personas usan el “de”, cuando eres la esposa, para en cierto modo tomar el apellido del esposo.

    • Thais says:

      The “de” thing is more common in Portugal and its ex colonies like Brazil. It becomes really necessary as traditionally a child would be given 4 surnames (one of each grandparent). Nowadays its more common 3 (thanks mom and dad!) or 2.

  8. Kiddo says:

    It’s cute, but hopefully, they she won’t be called Luny (Looney) as a nickname.

  9. blue marie says:

    I like the name, bet it’s a pretty little girl.

  10. Callie says:

    In Spain the ‘de’ is not used at all. Women do not give up their surnames after marriage either. When they name a baby, the child takes the name of the father and the mother, in that order. In Mexico, on the other hand, women can take their husbands names using the ‘de’. For example, Hillary Clinton’s name would be Hillary Rodham de Clinton in Mexico.

    • Spaniard says:

      Yep, In Spain women don’ t change names after marriage. That’s why we have two last names.We never use “de” .
      Javier Bardem’s reaL name is Javier Encinas Bardem. He used Bardem as stage name because his mom’s family has always been well known in Spain . Therefore the children’s name is Encinas as that’s Javier’s first last name and Cruz because that’s Penelope’s first last name. You can also request to use the mom’s last name first.

      • Lapatita19 says:

        Um Mexican here, I have never heard anyone use the de. It is your fathers or husbands last name first followed by maternal or original last name. Mine is Rodriguez-Licon. I have heard de but only when the name already has it like de la Rosa.

      • gefeylich says:

        In the past, Spanish speakers would use “de” as a traditional way of indicating that a woman is married to someone. So traditionally, Cruz’s married name would be Penelope Cruz Sanchez de Encinas.

        But yeah, almost no one uses that form anymore, unless they’re total posers.

        Oh – and in the old days, when your husband died, they’d append “viuda de [husband’s last name]” (or “widow of…”) after your full birth name. Yeah, v. complicated.

    • Callie says:

      @ Lapatita19: Hyphenated names are rarely used in Mexico. I am Mexican too. Born and bred. I also live there.’De’ is used by some married women. Others prefer to use their husband’s name without the ‘de’. A lot of them choose, especially young women, to keep their own name now, but my mom for example changed her name from Alejandra Palacios Ochoterena to Alejandra Palacios de San Martín. My father’s name is Oscar San Martín Becquer.

  11. Eleonor says:

    Luna was my German shepherd name!

    • Spooks says:

      Mine too! Sadly, she died 5 years ago and now we have another German shepherd named Lota named a pekingese named Charlie.

  12. Madpoe says:

    I’ve always liked the name Luna, but its seems many seem to turn their nose up at it. I’m sure it’ll be lovely on her.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I like the name. Pretty, and normal!

  14. vv says:

    My little, all white Jack Russel is named Luna haha….I named her thinking of Cosmo’s Moon from Moonstruck and how that old guy had his gang of dogs howling at the moon. “La Bella Luna!” She is also a Lunatic.

  15. wonderwoman21 says:

    Darn it, i have been in love with the name Luna since forever and now that i am pregnant with a little girl i want to name her Luna. But my boyfriend said it is a pet name and looks like the consensus here feels the same!

  16. Claudia says:

    The “de”-something is not common. It’s usually just father’s last name, mother’s last name.

  17. JB says:

    My little girl’s middle name is Luna. I have definitely heard a LOT of people say, “oh that’s my dog’s name!” And my stepmother said it made her think of lunatic but she’s a crapbag so who cares what she says. I think it’s beautiful. Congrats to them!

  18. gefeylich says:

    Gorgeous name. Encinas is what we would call Bardem’s actual surname (the patronymic) and traditional Spanish speakers always put the mother’s maiden name as the last name.

    The whole thing flows like water. Really lovely (and a little hippie-ish). 😉

  19. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Thats a little looney- they should have named her Jack.