By Lisa Milbrand
August 14, 2014

It's a girl for Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband, Michael Feldman, who welcomed their first daughter yesterday. And they gave her an intriguing name: Vale Guthrie Feldman.

Vale is a word name, which means valley. It's one that hasn't been commonly used—it doesn't even register on the Social Security list, which means that fewer than five children had the name last year. (But I'm guessing that Savannah may have helped bring it into the spotlight!) I love the idea of choosing the name Vale for a daughter of someone named Savannah, since Savannah means grassy plain—in addition to being the city in Georgia.

And with V names becoming so popular (think Violet, Vivienne, Everly and Evelyn), Vale seems to fit right in with the current baby name trends.

Vale's middle name, of course, is Guthrie's surname, a wonderful way to honor mom!

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Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong /; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/


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