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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt

I try to stay out of the celebrity gossip, but I left a comment on WIIIAI's blog about Bradgelina's baby girl. I suggested that Shiloh was an appropriate name, since "Antietam" is a boy's name. Then it occurred to me that the other name for the Battle of Shiloh, fought near the Tennessee-Mississippi border in April 1862, was "Pittsburg Landing."

Googling the news, I found only two articles which mentioned this, neither of which suggested that this may have affected the choice of the name. In fact, the Telegraph (UK) suggests that the parents are pretty ignorant:
The couple may not be aware that Shiloh was also the name of a major battle in the American Civil War.

The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862, in Tennessee. Nearly 24,000 died.
Personally, I prefer to think of Brad and Angelina as being clever and somewhat insensitive to their child's feelings, rather than ignorant.

And, for the record, I think "Suri" is a pretty name.