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Acclaimed actress Laura Linney, 49, welcomed a baby boy on January 8thBennett Armistead Schauer is the first child for her & husband Marc Schauer.

WHAT IT MEANS:  Blessed

WHERE IT ORIGINATED: Bennett is a Medieval English form of the name Benedict, which comes from the Late Latin name Benedictus.

POTENTIAL NICKNAMES: Ben is timeless.

KNOW THIS: Bennett was very common until it began tapering off in the 18th Century. Its modern popularity is probably due to its association to the surname of the same spelling.

POP CULTURE CONNECTION:  Linney used the name Armistead in homage to her role in 1993 television miniseries Tales of the City based on the novel written by Armistead Maupin.

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