Goldie Hawn Reveals Why She Changed Kate Hudson's Name

Before Kate Hudson’s mother, Goldie Hawn, gave birth to her only daughter, she had a name originally picked out. But in 1979, when she was pregnant with Hudson, the mother of three decided to change her name from Rebecca to Kate, she told People. The reason why is actually pretty hilarious and makes a lot of sense considering the Bride Wars actress’s fiery personality. Hawn recalls a story to People that ultimately changed her mind when they were on the way to the hospital. This split-second decision could have changed the fate of her baby (that is if you believe in the superstitious way that names define someone!). 

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“She kicked me so hard in my vagina that I changed her name right on the spot because she was tough,” she told People in her cover story interview where she posed alongside Hudson and 18-month-old Baby Rani Rose. “I had named her Rebecca and on the 405 [freeway] I went, ‘This is a Kate.’” The Snatched actress didn’t explain why the name Kate symbolizes strength exactly, but she did say that her daughter could handle anything. In case you were wondering, the name Kate actually means “pure,” from the Latin word Katharina. The name Rebecca, on the other hand, has Hebrew origins and means “captivating.” If she did end up choosing “Rebecca,” we think that name would work too considering its meaning. 

Although Hudson has two boys from her previous relationship, there’s something special about a portrait with three generations of girls. The mother-daughter-granddaughter trio seems to be super close. Hudson and her mom even talk about sex — which could be something Hudson openly talks about someday with a grown Rani Rose. For now, we’ll try to imagine how a “Rebecca Hudson” would have navigated the world and if she’d be as spunky as Kate. 

Here are other meaningful baby names — for every Zodiac Sign. 

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