Celine Dion named her baby after Nelson Mandela

Singer Céline Dion and husband René Angelil (in 2012)
Céline Dion and René Angelil

Celine Dion and her husband René Angelil welcomed twin boys named Eddy and Nelson a little more than a week ago. Here are the stories behind their names:

The name “Eddy” comes from Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records. “He was like a father to her,” says Dion’s rep. “Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René’s lives.”

Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. “René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is,” says the rep.

“Céline and René want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men,” the rep adds.

Celine and René’s eldest son, René-Charles, was born in 2001. (Charles was the name of Dion’s paternal grandfather.)

What are your thoughts on these names?

Source: Laudadio, Marisa and Sara Hammel. “Céline Dion Names Her Twins Eddy and Nelson.” People 29 Oct. 2010.
Image: Céline Dion René Angelil 2012 by Georges Biard under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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