Congratulations to our favourite couple on the birth of their second son, Hal Auden Cumberbatch born on March 3 (although we are still waiting for an official confirmation!).
Originally a medieval short form of Henry (home ruler: from the germanic Heimirich) , Harry and Harold. It is now also used as a first name. Famously used by Shakespeare in King Henry IV as the name of the king’s son, the future Henry V.
but also the name of Hal 9000 ,the sentient computer which controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft in 2001: A space odissey by S. Kubrick on which Benedict wrote his dissertation.
AUDEN: [pronunciation: AW-dən]
Auden is an english surname [ Old English: eald “old” and wine “friend”].
which is derived from the Germanic given name Aldwin (its Old English equivalent is Ealdwine). It shares the same etymological origin with Alden, As a surname Auden was probably formed during the time of the Norman French occupation of England, from the germanic name Audun, the modern form of Auðun. which derives from Old Norse auðr “fate, fortune” and vinr “friend”.
Germanic names containing -al- usually became -au- in Norman French. The use of Auden as a given name probably started in the 20th century, in honour of the famous English poet W. H. Auden (1907-1973).
He has yet to formally announce the news – but Benedict Cumberbatch has become a father for the second time.
The actor’s wife, Sophie Hunter, 39, gave birth to their second son at the £1,200-a-night Portland Hospital in London on March 3. And in true thespian style, Cumberbatch named his boy after a Shakespearean hero.
Hal was the nickname Henry V had before he became the hero of Agincourt. But in choosing the name, Cumberbatch could also be acknowledging his affection for fellow screen star Tom Hiddleston.
The pair starred together in 2012 in The Hollow Crown, an amalgamation of Shakespeare’s history plays in which Cumberbatch played Richard III and Hiddleston took the role of Hal.
The baby’s full name is Hal Auden Cumberbatch, and is a brother to Christopher, who was born in June 2015.