Courteney Cox and David Arquette decided to call their daughter COCO because it would have worked against Jewish tradition to name her after the former FRIENDS star.

Cox and Arquette caused a stir when they chose to give their first offspring the unusual name after her June (04) birth, but the actor explains that it was best compromise they could make while respecting each other's family traditions, by using the first two letters of Cox's names - Co-Co.

He says, "Courteney comes from the south and her mother's name's Courteney Cox and she's Courteney Cox and she wanted to name our kid Courteney Cox, but I'm half Jewish. My mother was Jewish, so it's sort of against the Jewish tradition to (name a child) after somebody who's living."

05/10/2004 21:11