It's confirmed: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds gave their daughter a surprisingly masculine name, following the growing trend of unisex baby names
When it comes to the baby name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' daughter over the past few months, it's been a real guessing game.
Since the little girl's birth in December, her celeb parents have kept her moniker a secret, with sources claiming she was named the flowery Violet, but the wondering is over. Reynolds put all rumors to bed by (finally!) revealing his dauther's name on the Today show.
"You did say a few months ago, before she was born, that you were going to name her Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds," host Willie Geist said to the actor in a clip on Friday. "So can we call her Anna at least — short for Anaconda?"
"That is not the child's name," Reynolds quipped. "It's Butternut Summersquash."
"It's James," the new dad added. "Everyone knows."
Yes, we all suspected it was the popular male name James (it hasn't left the top 20 baby boys' name list in 100 years), but we didn't really know, until now.
"I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media," Reynolds said of his keeping quiet. "Because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, 'Why did you do that?'"
And while James doesn't exactly qualify as a unisex name (yet), we have to admit we don't mind the sound of it for a little girl. Blake, after all, is traditionally a boy's name, and there's a current gender-swapping naming trend going on. Think Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher naming their daughter Wyatt; Jessica Simpson calling her baby girl Maxwell and the fact that Madison (with props to baseball star Madison Bumgarner) is now on the rise for boys. So, what do you think? Sweet baby (girl) James? It might just have a ring to it.