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Scandal star Kerry Washington and husband, former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed daughter Isabelle Amarachi on April 21st. Isabelle is the first child for the couple who secretly wed last July.

WHAT IT MEANS:  My God is an oath

WHERE IT ORIGINATED: It’s the French form of Isabel, which is a Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Elizabeth. Isabelle has been in regular use throughout the world since the 11th century.

POTENTIAL NICKNAMES: There’s Izzy, Isa, Belle, Bella and Elle.

KNOW THIS: Amarachi is a name meaning “God’s grace” and derives from the Igbo language, spoken by the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria.

POP CULTURE CONNECTION:  Saint Isabelle of France is the patron saint of the sick and needy.

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