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Jason Bateman welcomes baby ... Maple ... Oh. How sweet.

February 16, 2012 | 12:38 pm

Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka. The couple have a new daughter, Maple.

Jason Bateman and wife Amanda Anka have had a baby, and Alicia Silverstone and Mariah Carey should be jumping up and down.

Now people can talk about the Bateman choice of baby name — Maple Sylvie — and give poor Bear Blu and Moroccan a rest.

The baby was born Feb. 10, according to multiple news outlets. The couple, both 43, have a 5-year-old daughter, Francesca Nora. The girls' grandfather is, of course, Paul "Havin' My Baby" Anka.

As the Momformation blog points out, the new little Bateman could be named not for anything linked to Aunt Jemima but for the tree itself, a beautiful fall favorite. Many beloved baby names, after all, are inspired by trees and nature: Ivy, Aspen, Olive, etc. 

Willow Sage, daughter of Pink and husband Carey Hart, was voted the best celebrity baby name in a 2011 poll. There's also that other tree: Apple. Gwyneth Paltrow likes that tree. 

The baby news was noted on Twitter on Thursday.  As for Bateman himself — star of "Horrible Bosses" with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey and of the hilarious, cult-favorite TV comedy "Arrested Development" — one tweet really said it all:

Jason Batemen's life is so cool, first he's JASON BATEMAN, second his sister was MALLORY in fam ties, third his father in law is PAUL ANKA!! (Leelee)

Congratulations to the family on the new addition.


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Photo: Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka, making maternity wear look good, attend the 50th anniversary celebration for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 7.  Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images