Mariska Hargitay and daughter Amaya Josephine
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."