After film stars Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise named their newborn daughter Suri last week, their publicist claimed that its origins are in ancient Hebrew, as a variant of Sarah, the biblical matriarch. The reaction among Israelis: Oh, really? Take Prof. Gideon Goldenberg, who teaches linguistics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "I don't know what they were thinking," he told the Associated Press. "It's a term that denotes expulsion - like, 'Get outta here!' It's pretty blunt." Then there's Yaron London, a cultural commentator for Channel 10 television. "Why," he asked the couple rhetorically, "didn't you go just back to your ancestors' language , and call the kid Scram Cruise?" On the other hand, there are females in Israel who share the baby's name. One is journalist Surie Ackerman - who, you'll notice, spells hers with an "e." But then, she was born, reared - and named - in the US and explains that Surie is a version of a nickname conferred on her by fellow ultra-Orthodox Jews . Asked for comment, she said, "It sounds strange to me that a non-Jewish ... baby should be called Suri, but there are plenty of strange names in the world." Now, should the publicist wish to try a new explanation, it seems Suri also means "rose" in Persian, "sun" in Sanskrit, and is a tribe in the ancient Nubian region of Egypt and Sudan.