Celebrity Baby Names: Reese Witherspoon’s New Son Is…

Academy-Award winner Reese Witherspoon became a mom for the third time today—Tennessee James Toth joins big sister Ava Elizabeth and big brother Deacon Reese. This is her first child with her talent-agent husband Jim Toth, whom she married back in 2011.

Tennessee is an intriguing place name option that isn’t seen too often—the most famous example is legendary playwright Tennessee Williams (and that was his nom de plume, not his given name). Given Reese’s line of work and her childhood growing up in Tennessee, either could have been inspiration for her new son’s name choice.

James has become one of the most popular middle names in the U.S.—it’s a classic Anglo-Saxon name that means “supplanter.” And it’s a nice, short choice that works well with the multi-syllable first name.

In all, the name flows together nicely, and she’s created a great mix of long and short names. Of course, Tennessee is so long that it’s begging for a nickname—and Ten or Tenny are the most common choices (though the baby could also be called T.J. for short—which would probably my choice of nickname).

I think the name fits in beautifully with the rest of her family’s names—especially the offbeat choice of Deacon for her other son.

If you’d like to follow her example, there are plenty of state names that might make good baby names (beyond Tennessee): Montana, Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Dakota, Indiana and Texas.

What do you think of Reese Witherspoon’s baby name choice? Would you name your baby after a state?

Photo: Reese Witherspoon by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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  1. by SC

    On September 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    My son’s name is Tennessee-we love the name-it suits our son perfectly. He’s Tennessee Dale. We wanted a long first name because we have a short last name.
    Our parents weren’t thrilled but now everyone loves the name and him. Glad he’ll be in good company for sharing the name.