Charles Barkley named his baby after a mall in Delaware

Christiana mall in Delaware
Christiana mall

On an episode of his podcast The Steam Room, former basketball star Charles Barkley mentioned that Syndey was his “favorite girl name” and that he’d use it for a daughter if he ever had another.

Then he revealed how he named his first daughter (and only child), Christiana:

Well she’s named after a mall, in fairness. There’s a Christiana Mall in Delaware that I used to always go by. That’s how she got her name, Christiana.

When co-host Ernie Johnson asked why he named his daughter after a mall, Charles answered:

I don’t know. I just liked the mall.

Later in the conversation, Ernie joked, “If you’d had a son, how about Orange Julius?” Charles one-upped him with: “Burger King.”

The Christiana Mall was named for its location — the community of Christiana in northern Delaware. The location was named after the Christina River, which, in turn, was named after 17th-century Swedish queen Christina. The river was once part of Sweden’s only New World colony, New Sweden, which existed from 1638 to 1655.


Image: Adapted from Christiana Mall between Macy’s and Target by Dough4872 under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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