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Celebrity Baby Names: Jessica Simpson’s Son

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

When Jessica Simpson had her daughter last year, her baby name choice raised a lot eyebrows—Maxwell Drew didn’t exactly say girl to most people. But do you think her new son’s name redeems her? She and fiance Eric Johnson picked Ace Knute for their baby, born earlier today.

The name they chose for their son is just about as interesting as their daughter’s name. Ace means one, and is on a huge upswing since the start of the century (it’s just about to crack the top 500). The most famous bearer of the name is KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, but a few celebs besides Jessica Simpson chose it for their sons as well.

Middle name Knute was chosen in homage to Johnson’s grandfather—it’s a Norse name that means knot, and its most famous namesake is Knute Rockne, the top Notre Dame football coach.

It’s a cute, but very short-and-sweet name—and one with a soft edge, thanks to the soft C in Ace and the n sound of Knute.

Are you a big fan of Jessica Simpson’s new son’s name—or do you think she went a little too offbeat yet again?

Image: Jessica Simpson by s_bukley /

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Has Jessica Simpson Revealed Her New Baby’s Name?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

When Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson announced the birth of their daughter—and their offbeat name choice, Maxwell Drew—they received quite a bit of flack about it. (The idea of “Maxi” as a nickname—as in maxi pad—put off a lot of critics.) So maybe they’re trying to head off some of the negativity at the pass by letting their soon-to-be baby’s name slip out a little early. And according to news reports, their future son is grabbing a name with a “tops” meaning—Ace. (It’s a word name that means one or expert.)

It’s another unique choice, though one that’s becoming more popular—Ace has been chosen by a few celebrity parents in the past, and it’s most well-known as the name of KISS’s former guitarist, Ace Frehley. It’s on the rise in the U.S., but still not super popular—it’s currently in the top 600 in the U.S.

No word on a middle name yet, but with something like Ace, you aren’t looking at a Jonathan or Alexander. We’re talking more like Hendrix, Legend or Montana.

Do you think that Ace is truly their baby name choice? And what middle name would you pair with it?

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Name Daughter Maxwell Drew

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Fashion mogul Jessica Simpson and her fiancé Eric Johnson welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in Los Angeles on May 1. The couple named their baby girl Maxwell Drew Johnson. Get the story behind this celebrity baby name from Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond  of Nameberry.

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are the latest celebrity parents to pull a gender switch by naming their new daughter Maxwell Drew. But, surprisingly enough, this isn’t the first female Maxwell born to a celebrity this year: actress Lindsay Sloane dubbed her daughter Maxwell Lue in January.

This Scottish Gaelic surname has been exclusively male in the past, with playwright Maxwell Anderson and actor Maxwell Caulfield being the most well-known people with the moniker. It’s one of a whole constellation of Max-names popular with parents—Max itself, the imaginative Maxx (used by Scott Hamilton), and Maximilian (Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony). Other celeb parents of boy Maxwells include Brad Garrett, Kerry Katona, and Lance Armstrong.

Gender bending has been a growing trend in the celebrisphere, with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s daughter Monroe (granted, that was inspired by a very female Marilyn), Brendan Fehr’s James, Ziggy Marley’s Judah, James Barbour’s Hudson, Soleil Moon Fry’s Jagger, and Johnny Knoxville’s Arlo, to name a few. Sometimes a celebrity switch is enough to permanently tint a name pink; recent examples include Avery, Emerson, Harper and Finley. It’s hard to say whether this will happen with Maxwell, but we can picture Max taking off as a nickname for girls, a la Sam and Charlie.

Maxwell  Johnson’s middle name, Drew, is Jessica Simpson’s mother’s maiden name, a nice way of incorporating family history.

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.

Photo: Jessica Simpson in Los Angeles via Helga Esteb/

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Can You Guess What Jessica Simpson Will Name Her Daughter?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

In Elle magazine’s current issue, Jessica Simpson poses nude, reveals that she’s having a little girl, and drops some titillating hints about the name that she and fiance Eric Johnson plan to give their first child together. “It’s nothing shocking and nothing you’ll have to add to the dictionary,” she says. “Still, when people hear it, they’ll know … why.”

To find a name that may fulfill the prophecy of ‘they’ll know…why,’ and that isn’t outrageously shocking, the experts at Nameberry examined every detail of her bio. Here are their best guesses.

Drew: Her mother Tina’s maiden name is also a male surname that Drew Barrymore made popular for girls.

Josephine: This favorite revival of a vintage name could be chosen to honor Jessica’s dad, Joseph.

Abilene: Jessica Simpson’s Texas birthplace is occasionally used as a girl’s name and has the advantage of the nickname Abby. Granted, it’s a bit of a dark horse.

Nicole: It’s highly unlikely that Jessica would use her sister Ashlee’s first name—but she might consider her middle name. Or do a spin on Ashlee like Ashling, Ashton, Asha, or Aspen.

Destiny: Jessica toured with Destiny’s Child last year, and Destiny is a popular “word” name that certainly wouldn’t have to be added to the dictionary.

Do you agree with us? If not, what are yours?

Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran are the creators of the baby name site Nameberry and the authors of ten bestselling books about names, including Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible.
Photo: Jessica Simpson at the NBCUNIVERSAL Press Tour All-Star Party, s_bukley/

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