Kevin James Names Son Kannon, Reveals Family Name Pattern
Kevin James has a new person to test out his jokes on! The King of Queens cut-up, who has since successfully transitioned to movies, welcomed his first son over the weekend. He and his wife, Steffiana de la Cruz, named him Kannon Valentine James.
The name Kannon -- which has never appeared on the popular names list -- is of Japanese origin and is a form of Kuan-yin, who was the Buddhist deity of mercy. However, because of its similarity to the word cannon, Kannon sounds like a very strong, powerful and masculine name. So the contrast of toughness with compassion is a nice mix.
What’s also interesting is that by Kevin naming his son Kannon, a true naming pattern has emerged from the James family. The males share “K” names while the females take mom Steffiana’s first initial “S” and are Sienna-Marie James, 5, and Shea Joelle James, 3. That's a nice bond that the kids can share with their parents... and each other.
An interesting side note about Shea’s name, Kevin -- a die-hard Mets fan -- named her after Shea Stadium, where the Queens, NY-based team played before they moved to a new ballpark, Citi Field, in 2009. Talk about a loyal fan!
Returning to Kannon, the youngest James family member gets his middle name, Valentine, from his late grandfather -- Kevin’s father Joseph Valentine Knipfing. (Note: Kevin’s birth name was Kevin George Knipfing.) Kevin’s older brother Gary, who is also a comedian, uses Valentine as well -- as his surname. And, again, the contrast of the harder sounding name, Kannon, with an almost tender name, Valentine, really balances it out.
Are you a fan of the name Kannon? Did you come up with similar same letter naming conventions ("K" for males, "S" for females, in this case) for your children?