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Kate Winslet's Baby Bear: Actress Gives Baby Boy a Wild Name

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Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 01:44 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll gave given their new son the name Bear, according to E! News.

Bear Winslet is the first of the star's three children to take her last name instead of the father's last name, wrote E! News. Winslet's oldest daughter Mia, 13, has the last name of her first husband Jim Threapleton and her first son Joe, 10, has the name of her second husband Sam Mendes.

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The couple — Kate, 38, and Ned, 35 — married a year ago and confirmed in June that they were expecting their first child together.

"I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think it's very flashy," Winslet told The Telegraph in September. "I'm proud of my name because I'm one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesn't have any children at the moment."

Winslet noted that she has never changed her name during her movie career because of marriage.

"I was never going to change my name to Rocknroll," Winslet told The Telegraph. "I've never changed my name to anything so I didn't see a reason to start now."

The Telegraph cited a Facebook survey finding that 62 percent of married women in their 20s took their spouse's surname, compared to 74 percent of women in their 30s and 88 percent of women in their 60s.

"Women who resist (cultural and social) pressure are often doing so as a feminist decision or a move for equality in their relationship," Rachel Thwaites of the University of York told The Telegraph.

Rocknroll, born Abel Smith, is the nephew of Virgin Galactic billionaire Richard Branson and works for his uncle as head of marketing promotion and astronaut experience.

Rocknroll was married to British socialite Eliza Pearson for two years before his union with Winslet.

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