Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reese Witherspoon Has A Baby Boy

Tennessee James Toth is the name of Reese Witherspoon's new son. My first reaction to the name is that it is better than Apple or Moroccan or Pilot Inspektor. I think the child should also be grateful that Reese is not from a state like Rhode Island or Massachusetts. That would be a tough name. It is going to be hard for this kid to learn his name but at least he will always get this state's name right in a spelling bee. What do you call him? Tenny? Ten Ten?

63 comments:

SusanB said...

I'd call him Jimmy.

mettekj said...

Oh Ten Ten sounds cute!

hothotheat said...

Nessie.

rejectedcarebear said...

Wow. I'd call him TJ. Congrats on the babes!

parissucksliterally said...

Good for her. Silly name though. Hopefully he will go by James.

shauniebear said...

Not a fan of the name, but if he looks anything like his big brother and sister, he'll be just fine..gorgeous kids!

BattaNoKami said...

Dang it, so close, I had Lord Garnett Camel Toed in the office pool...

Terri said...

Beleive it or not, that's not a bad Southern name. I know a lot of Bama's/Bear's/Dixie/Georgia/Tide's. I've met a woman who called her son Tenn.

SusanB said...

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anita_mark said...

Ugh, Tennessee? I assume he'll want to go by James and then he gets the pain in the ass of not using his official first name so passports and other types of ID get to be complicated.

Can you imagine working with someone named Tennessee?

dia papaya said...

Tennessee Toth!

I would go by Jimmy too, SusanB. Every time I say it in my head, I hear a strong southern accent followed by the sound of spitting into an empty beer can.

goheels83 said...

Aw congrats! Hope mommy and baby are both doing well!

Patty said...

Wasn't there a writer named TN? TN Willimas? I choose to abbreviate because it's too long to spell out.

discoflux said...

Sounds like a blues guitarist or pool shark.

shopgirl said...

Yes, Patty, Tennessee Williams did pretty well for himself, name and all. And Reese isn't exactly the most common name on the planet (unless you're talking about candy) but the kid has a good middle name and TJ is perfect. Good luck to him.

car54 said...

I have the theme song from Tennesee Tuxedo in my head now....

Lurky Loo said...

OMG all I can think of is Tennessee Tuxedo. I am surprised his middle name isn't Chumley. I suppose this will usher in a spate of Illinois, Idahos, Arkansas and Mississippi's now.

FS said...

I like Tenn, Tenny or TJ. She carried her baby weight very well and seemed so happy all the time. Congrats to both. :)

NYCGirl said...

I never thought Apple was that bad... (Heh, no "bad apple" puns intended.)

kgirl said...

I'd go by Tennessee. It's not a common name, so I'd embrace it.

anita_mark said...

@NYCGirl, for whatever reason, Apple doesn't bother me either. I don't know why.

Renoblondee said...

We'll I think it's cute. Although, I do have a son named Montana. :)

Brenda L said...

Moon Unit still holds the record for craziest name, though. RIP Frank Zappa

AKM said...

Guys, Tennessee Williams' really name was Thomas Lanier Williams. "Tennessee" was a nickname he gave himself for his writing career. It wasn't his given name like this is. And this is just...odd. I love Tennessee as much as Reese does, bein' that we're both from there, but this is ridiculous and trashy.

And yes, I'm being judgy. Ridiculous names are a pet peeve of mine. That kid has to walk up and pick up a diploma, and get married, and have THAT name announced all over the place for his whole life. Parents should THINK about this.

AKM said...

*real name

Desiree Bankins said...

Cowboy? Or Writer? Or possible douche bag?

califblondy said...

Having an unusual name can either make you or break you. I have a common name that's uncommonly spelled. It taught me to speak up when I had to ask that the spelling be corrected.

Ten Ten can always change his name, it worked for David Bowie's son.

Ari said...

i like Moroccan Enty, don't hate! and Tennessee is nice, I'm sure they'll just call him Jimmy like his dad

debbie said...

A lady I know named her daughter Tennesea - same silly name, even worse spelling.

Jays mama said...

TJ

rhinovodka said...

I guess it could be worse, at least she didn't name him Sloth.

Lurky Loo said...

There is just something about Reese where if she named her kid "Tree Stump" somehow she would still come off smelling like a rose. Sometimes I admire how she can pull these things off and sometimes it annoys me LOL. I guess this just landed on an annoy day ;>

chopchop said...

I'm pretty sure Reese isn't her real first name either. Sorry, Tennessee is a silly name.

AKM said...

(It's Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon and the Reese part is a family name. Very common in the South to give both girls and boys surnames as first names to preserve them and show respect. I wish she'd done something similar with this kid.)

timebob said...

unusual names are nightmare until you are in your 20's or so. In a room of 1000 people everybody will know who an Apple or Tennessee is, and it depends on the personm you can own your name with confidence.
I mean Reese sounds like a candy bar to me.

Since all her kids are genetically perfect I think Tenny will be just fine in life.

Lurky Loo said...

Doesn't always work in your favor though even as an adult. I used to work with someone named Starr Lander. Very nice person but I was always distracted by wondering what kind of parents she had that they would give her this name. I never heard a word she said LOL

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Congratulations to the new parents! And yes, I daresay the kid is going to be adorable. :-)

AngusParvo said...

TJ, duh.

cece said...

I guess it will help that he'll have money. That usually cancels out the stigma of a strange name.

urban chaos said...

I agree with timebob for the most part- unless you were one of those unfortunate kids whose hippie parents dropped too much acid..
But I have always been one of a few in the room and there was no way I was picking from the top 25 names.

PugsterMom said...

She should get that "kick me" sign ready to put on the poor kid's butt when he goes to school.

loubea said...

Oh how I wish she would have named him Reese Robert aka Reese Bobby, and he had a son named Richard Robert. I'm from the South and don't find Tennessee anymore odd than Montana, Dakota, etc.

cece said...

Yes, very common in the South. My daughter's first and middle names are Katherine Reade. Came this close to calling her Reade, but I was worried she'd be teased so I stuck with Katherine.

nancer said...

they'll call him T.J.

very cute.

All about Eve said...

Congratulations to them but not crazy about the name.

Things That Happen Everyday said...

What is with celebrities and all these weird names. I know they feel they have to be unique and different than "regular" people but all of these kids are going to grow up and wonder WTF were my parents thinking. I'm sorry no kid wants to say Hi my name is Tennessee Toth.

Amy said...

Tenn is likely. (My family is from the same area; we already have a Ben and a Zenn, I'm surprised we don't have a Tenn.)

FrenchGirl said...

nice name and congrats!

goes in circles said...

my friend's mom is named Charmin. which is bad enough, except for she then married a man whose last name is...Starmen.

FrenchGirl said...

and i guess Enty doesn't know or never read Tennessee Williams the author

KZoeT said...

I have a friend named Tennessee (after Tennessee Williams). He goes by Tenn. I dig the name.

curlyhairslacker said...

Lol @ Charmin Starmen!

Congrats to Reese & the family.

Renoblondee, Montana is a great name! Our late doggie was named Montana, after Joe-my husband's favorite player.

Del Riser said...

Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Tennessee Tuxedo

All did well. The nickname Tenn is cute, as is T.J.

Hope nobody sticks him with the common Hollyweird short double name tag, which would make him TennTo.

CraftyGirl said...

Hey AKM, do you still live in TN? I'm from there (here?) as well. Music City USA!

AKM said...

Nope. In STL for hopefully only two more years.

Again, for the record, all of the folks mentioned with the names "Tennessee" had the moniker AS A NICKNAME, and they chose the nickname themselves. They had formal/common/normal/whatever-you-want-to-call-it names to use if they so chose. This kid didn't get that luxury, and it will be interesting to find out in twenty years how he feels about it.

Solitary Angel said...

TJ Toth. It's cute!

figgy said...

Me too @AKM. Bad names, and especially made-up ridiculous complicated spellings of names, along with superfluous apostrophes (really? You want your name pronounced with a glottal stop right there? Because that's what it means) make me want to throw my head back and howl in derision.

I imagine kids spending a lifetime spelling and explaining.

And yeah, Tennessee is a ludicrous name.

Brenda L said...

Funniest name I ever came across was Ira N. Maiden....IRON MAIDEN! (Bill & Ted guitar sound)

Tru Leigh said...

Tennessee was a nickname:

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III.

Rickatoo said...

TJ

lakeuniongirl said...

My best friend advised me that unusual names could work for a girl, but it was bettet to go tradional for a boy. I agree.

Reese said...

In college, I knew sisters named Dakota and Montana. They had another sister named Sierra.

Jessie said...

That name is AWESOME