Update: A rep for Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed the pregnancy news to MailOnline saying, "I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child. They are both over the moon." Remain calm, everyone!!! Benedict Cumberbatch and fiancé Sophie Hunter apparently may be with child, which we will all be totally civilized about in spite of our excitement. While a rumor of cumber-babies is reason enough to parade through the streets in euphoria, we MUST MAINTAIN ORDER until we have ultimate confirmation. Until then, we can allow ourselves the pleasure of speculating wildly about the name of this hypothetical infant. If Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are pregnant, what should they name their baby?
A source who is allegedly close to Sophedict (Can we just agree on this as their celebrity portmanteau?) told Page Six that Hunter is "a few months along." The Sherlock actor and the director/actress had been keeping their relationship relatively private until they revealed their engagement in a public announcement in November. While the news of their impending nuptials set the Twitter-verse aflame with excitement (and some ambivalence), a Sophedict baby has the potential to ignite a world-wide conflagration of glee. "Both she and Benedict are very excited about it." the insider said. I know, right?! ME TOO!!!! I'm getting a little choked up just thinking about it. Life happens so fast!
Now, we shouldn't get our hopes up or anything (as if you couldn't already tell, this writer's hopes are WAY up). However, in the event that this baby is actually happening, I have a few names that would sound AMAZING with the last names Cumberbatch or Hunter-Cumberbatch. (They're not going to drop the "Cumberbatch" altogether. That name is too epic.)
In the event of a boy:
- Julian Cornwall
- Ignatius Frankfurter
- Washington Carver
In the event of a girl:
- Emilia Heloise
- Helena Hermione
- Goneril (why not keep the Shakespearean theme up?)
- Phoebe Idlewild
- Valyria Steele (if they're GOT fans, that is)
'Til then, I will remain on baby bump watch for little Washington Carver Cumberbatch.
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