To The Letter: Tia Mowry Embraces Family Naming Tradition
Tia Mowry had it a little easier than some when it came to selecting a name for her first son -- she already had his initials picked out!
The former child star, who memorably costarred with her twin sister Tamera Mowry on the hit TV show Sister, Sister, adopted a naming convention her own parents used. She and her husband, actor Cory Hardrict (He’s Just Not That Into You), gave the baby boy -- born June 28 in Los Angeles -- a first name beginning with the letter “C” in honor of dad and a middle name starting with “T” to represent mom.
The result? Cree Taylor Hardrict.
Cree is an uncommon name that can be used for both boys and girls. It is the name of a large First Nations/Native American tribe living mostly in Canada. As North America was first being explored by Europeans, many of the guides were from Cree tribes and they were known for being “great warriors” and “travelers.” Cree is similar to dad’s name Cory (No. 579 on the Top 1000) -- think Cory without the letter “o.” It’s also in the same grouping as Crew, which made the popular name list for the first time in 2010 (No. 1000), as well as Creed.
If you can remember back to when The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World was on the air in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, one of the stars alongside Lisa Bonet (who changed her name to Lilakoi Moon) was Cree Summer. And Cree’s mother, Lili Red Eagle, is a member of the Plains Cree First Nations. Although she was born in Hollywood, Cree grew up on the Red Pheasant Reserve in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. She later returned to Hollywood to act and sing and has launched a successful career doing voice work.
Prior to baby Cree Taylor Hardrict’s arrival, mom Tia Mowry revealed that she’d be taking her parents’ lead when it came to baby naming. Her father, Timothy Mowry, and mother, Darlene Mowry, gave each of their four children first names starting with “T” (recognizing dad) and middle names starting with “D” (for mom). The full names are:
- Tia Dashion Mowry
- Tamera Darvette Mowry
- Tavior Dante Mowry
- Tahj Dayton Mowry
“I like it -- I really like it,” Tia said about the naming convention passed down from one generation to the next. “I think it brings meaning to the name."
Tia and Cory’s pregnancy -- as well as Tamera’s recent wedding to Fox News correspondent Adam Housely -- will be documented in an upcoming reality series for the Style Network called Tia & Tamera. Expect some of the series to include talk about baby names as the topic has special meaning to the sisters and the entire Mowry family.
Does your family have a naming style similar to the Mowrys? What is it that your family does? Also, what are your thoughts about Cree? Weigh in now.