By Ankita Mukherjee Last Updated:
Babies bring radiance, joy, and happiness to a couple's life. No matter how hard parenthood gets, parents always try to keep their kids safe and give all the comfort to them. From naming the child to securing their future and thinking about their well-being, they have to do it all. On the other hand, celebrities are always under the radar of the camera of the media and public. So, they take measured steps by neither disclosing too much about their personal lives nor keeping everything secret from their fans.
However, when an actress announces her pregnancy news, it becomes the talk of the town. Even before the child's birth, they become famous. A child carrying forward both of his or her parents' surnames slam the societal patriarchal thoughts. Keeping both the maiden and paternal surnames is to give equal respect to both. Here are 8 such celebrity kids who use their mother's and father's surname together.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband, Raj Kundra, welcomed their second child, a lovely daughter, Samisha, in 2020 through surrogacy. The munchkin has both of her parents' surnames, and thus she is called Samisha Shetty Kundra. Shilpa and Raj's first child, Viaan Raj Kundra, is a big brother now.
Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan's child from his second marriage with his ex-wife, Kiran Rao, uses both of his parents' surnames. He is named Azad Rao Khan. Aamir and Kiran had mutually parted ways earlier this year. But, very recently, they were spotted together with their son on the sets of the film, Laal Singh Chaddha.
Actress, Neha Dhupia, and her actor-husband, Angad Bedi, named their beautiful daughter, Mehr. She has two surnames compiling her mother's and father's, Mehr Dhupia Bedi. Recently, Neha and Angad have welcomed their second baby, a son.
Badminton player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik were blessed with a baby boy, and they named him Izhaan. Izhaan carries forward both of his parents' surnames, and he is called Izhaan Mirza Malik. Once, Sania had once shared her views on why their child should carry forward both the surnames, even before she had announced her pregnancy. She had said,
"My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as his or her surname and not just Malik. So that’s where we stand as a family."
Bollywood actor, Imran Khan and his ex-wife Avantika Malik have a beautiful daughter, Imara. Even though they have separated their ways, their daughter kept both of her parents' surnames, Imara Malik Khan.
Sunny Leone and her husband, Daniel Weber, welcomed their world to three beautiful kids. They had adopted a daughter from a Maharashtrian orphanage and named her Nisha Kaur Weber. Recently, they celebrated her 6th birthday at home.
Sunny Leone and Daniel Weber, have two sons through surrogacy. Asher and Noah, the handsome ones, also carry forward their mother's as well as their father's surnames. They are called Asher Singh Weber and Noah Singh Weber. When asked about why adoption and surrogacy, the actress had mentioned it's her personal choice. In an interview, she had said:
“I chose surrogacy and I chose adoption because I wanted to keep going and I wanted to keep working. That was my personal choice.
Actress, Mandira Bedi and her late husband, Raj Kaushal, adopted a daughter last year on July 28 and named her Tara Bedi Kaushal. She has kept both of her parents' names. Mandira and Raj also have a son, Vir, who is 10 years old now. For the unversed, Mandira had lost her husband, Raj, on June 30, 2021.
A baby completes a family. Earlier, most of the children used to carry forward their father's legacy through their name. But, nowadays, that stereotypical mentality has changed, and kids can take either their mother's or father's surname or even both.