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Hilary Swank reveals special meanings behind twins' baby names

Hilary Swank reveals the inspiration behind her baby names credit:Bang Showbiz
Hilary Swank reveals the inspiration behind her baby names credit:Bang Showbiz

Hilary Swank's baby names were inspired by a Syrian refugee and "the first universal sound".

The 49-year-old actress - who has 10-month-old daughter and son Aya and Ohm with husband Philip Schneider - has opened up on the meanings behind the monikers she chose for her children.

She told Today: "Aya was a Syrian refugee we met in Lebanon, so she was just this courageous brave young girl full of light going through a really difficult time

" My husband and I were like, 'She's so beautiful. What a great name'.

"And Ohm is considered the first universal sound and unites all people. We thought, 'Oh, that sounds very fitting.' "

The Oscar winning star admitted she was surprised by how "expansive" her love for her children really is.

She aded: "I think every mom I have heard says, 'Oh, get ready to experience the greatest joy of your life,' and I'm like, 'Oh, no, I know what great joy feels like. I have five dogs. I get it.

"Then you have babies and you are like, 'Oh, the love is so expansive. It is so incredible. It is so joyous and every single day you get to wake up and be with them is my fullest purpose."

Hilary kept her twins' names private until Valentine's Day (14.02.24) last week when she shared a picture showing the little ones sitting together on a beach with their backs to the camera and their names written in green sea glass.

She captioned the Instagram post: "I have a busy week of talk shows ahead where I’ll be sharing about my new film and a fun partnership, but I figured what better day to share the names of my two little loves with you all first.

"Thanks for being here! P.S. Who else has babies that think sand is edible?"

When asked if the twins have started to talk yet, she told 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon': "My daughter ... the first thing she started ever saying, she sounded like a morning dove. Like just a beautiful little morning dove. And then it turned into a growl. She growls, but like really commits .. [Now] she goes: ‘Hi, hi, hi,’ to everything."

She added son Ohm is "learning everything" and likes to point at things and say: "Ah!"