No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and longtime partner Erin welcomed a baby girl on Friday, November 22nd. Saffron Rose Kirin Kanal is the second child for the couple; daughter Coco Reese Lakshmi is 2 ½ years old.
WHAT IT MEANS: Derived from the Persian “za’faran”, it’s the English word for the exotic spice. It can also refer to a particular shade of orangey yellow.
WHERE IT ORIGINATED: Old Persian is the first language in which the spice saffron is recorded, with references dating back thousands of years. Its use as a name, however, is very rare and modern, starting with the Victorians and then being quietly revitalized in the mid to late 1960s.
POTENTIAL NICKNAMES: Saffy is the most commonly found short form.
KNOW THIS: Saffron has never charted in the U.S. Top 1000 baby names, nor on the U.K.’s list where the name is more commonly found.
POP CULTURE CONNECTION: Fellow rocker Simon LeBon of Duran Duran has a daughter named Saffron Sahara.