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Last Updated: Monday, 21 February, 2005, 11:55 GMT
Cruz a silly boy?
David Beckham arrives at the hospital to see his new son

David Beckham's new baby son has been named after a girl, according to language experts.

The England captain and wife Victoria chose to call their their third child Cruz, after he arrived by caesarean section at a Madrid hospital on Sunday night.

But Lola Oria, a Spanish language tutor at Oxford University, said: "I think it is quite a stupid name, frankly.

"They will have problems in Spain because it will be seen as a name for girls.

"It is an old-fashioned girl's name and also it is quite clearly Spanish and difficult to pronounce for an English-speaking person.

"It is quite a strange thing to do to a little boy."

Spanish scholar Brett Oliver added: "Cruz is a common surname - it means cross and is definitely feminine."

Speculation is rife as to why the Beckhams picked the unusual moniker, pronounced Crooth.

Tom Cruise is a close friend of the couple and has been to see David play for Real Madrid, while his ex-girlfriend is actress Penelope Cruz.

CRUZ BECKHAM BETS
50/1 to play for England
100/1 to play for Spain
25/1 to have a UK number 1
100/1 Tom Cruise Godfather
5000/1- Brooklyn/Romeo and Cruz to all play for England
(Supplied by Ladbrokes)

On the footballing front you have Athletic Bilbao's Jesus La Cruz and Ulises de la Cruz of Aston Villa - or how about Manchester's biggest gay club, Cruz 101?

Beckham has the names of his other sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, tattooed on his back, together with a cross on his neck - coincidence or forward planning?

There's also the theory that little Cruz has been named after what daddy does best with a ball - or Victoria's mood upon hearing the name Rebecca Loos.

But it would be nice to think the little fella was given the title as a tribute to one of TV's biggest stars - cabaret singer Jane McDonald from...The Cruise. She would be so proud.



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