Ryan Reynolds Explains Why Baby James's Name Was Kept a Secret

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2015
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Now that their daughter is nearly three months old, we can finally confirm that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named her James.

Reynolds sat down with the TODAY Show’s Willie Geist to tell us what we already knew: “It’s James. Everyone knows… I didn’t want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media. 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?’”

It looks like Reynolds changed his tune from his David Letterman interview last month. He told Letterman that he and Lively didn’t plan on ever revealing the name to the media.

“I threw out the idea of just never naming the kid to be totally original,” Reynolds joked on The Late Show with David Letterman. “We definitely have a name. I don’t want to say it in a media context. I tell everyone who I meet, so it will come out.”

Our only official hint at the time? “It is a family name,” says Reynolds.

Reynolds also dismissed the initial rumored name choice of Violet, telling USA Today, “No, that’s not the name. I don’t want to get into that but I don’t know where that came from.”

We’re adding James to the list of tomboy names we love. And it makes sense for Lively, since Blake is typically a moniker for boys. Plus, there’s precedent: Jaime King used to go by James. While the name Ryan is becoming more and more popular for girls, we’re relieved the name isn’t Ryan Jr.

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