Saturday 23 September 2017

Revealed! The unusual meaning behind Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie's choice of baby name

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have had a baby boy
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have had a baby boy
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Despite what people are thinking, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have not named their baby after a hip hop group

Actor Benedict and his wife Sophie chose to name their baby Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch.

The couple welcomed their son on June 1st, but only revealed the name today.

Apparently, the British thesp took inspiration from both his work and personal life to come up with the moniker for his first child.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and Sophie Hunter attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and Sophie Hunter attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Benedict (39) once played a character called Christopher Tietjens in the television adaptation of Parade’s End.

Meanwhile Carlton is a reference to a family tradition - as both Benedict and his father Tim have Carlton as their middle names.

However, some have been quick to note that the baby may be referred to as Triple C - after US rapper Rick Ross' hip hop group 'Carol City Cartel'.

Sticks and stones, as they say...

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

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