Mariska Hargitay: Naming Our Baby Was a Family Decision

04/07/2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Mariska Hargitay: Naming Our Baby Was a Family Decision
Mariska Hargitay and daughter Amaya Josephine
ANTOINE VERGLAS
When it came time for Mariska Hargitay and husband Peter Hermann to choose a name for their 1-week-old daughter, the entire family got involved.

"We all talked about names because everything is a family decision in our house," says Hargitay.

That meant also consulting her 4½-year-old son, August, for ideas. "I threw out my name and he threw out his name and I said, 'August, why do you get to name the baby?' And he said, 'Because it's my idea!' " the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 47, says with a laugh.





The family settled on Amaya Josephine – an adaptation of one of Hargitay's favorite names, Maya.

"I liked that name, but I wanted her to have the same initials as August," Hargitay explains. "I thought adding the 'A' was so feminine. Amaya sounded so open and feminine and beautiful – just like her."

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