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Dr. Phil Shares Name, Birthday with New Grandson

Dr. Phil Shares Name, Birthday with New Grandson
The McGraws: Phil and Robin, Jay & Erica via Fame Pictures

Dr. Phil McGraw's 61st birthday was especially memorable — his first grandson was born. And, as a fitting present, the baby boy's name, in part, honors the psychologist and TV personality known for his tough-talk tactics.

TV producer Jay McGraw and his wife Erica Dahm welcomed London Phillip McGraw on Thursday. It was a particularly unforgettable delivery because former Playboy Playmate Erica "BARELY made it to the hospital in time," Dr. Phil shared on Twitter.

The very modern sounding place name London literally means "from London," but is used far beyond England's capital city. In fact, last year the on-the-rise, male version of the name was No. 508 on the list of popular names in the United States and, we predict, it will continue to grow in usage. London — which is also the name of rocker Slash's first born son, London Emilio Hudson — is similar to the popular Landon and less frequently used Lyndon and Langston, but with a worldly feel. You think double-decker buses, pints, Buckingham Palace and, of course, William and Kate.

The name London is even bigger for girls. Since 1994 when it first appeared on the charts, it shot up to its current spot: No. 108. Neal McDonough, new dad to daughter Clover Elizabeth, has a little girl named London, too.

Baby McGraw's middle name Phillip — from the Greek Philippos meaning "lover of horses" — is a beautiful tribute to Dr. Phil from Jay, who had his famous father act as his best man when he married Erica in 2006. The added meaning that grandfather and grandson share a birthday, and thus a special connection, isn't lost either. Also, Jay's own middle name is Phillip -- so iall three generations share that family name.

Middle names have a special significance for new mom Erica as well. She's a triplet and when she and her sisters Nicole and Jaclyn all welcomed daughters within three months of one another in 2010, they each gave their little girl the middle name Elizabeth. So there was Avery Elizabeth McGraw (Erica's daughter), Charlize Elizabeth Kelly (Nicole) and Chanel Elizabeth Dolan (Jacyln). Read our post about the arrival of Avery Elizabeth here.

As far as sibsets, the names that Jay and Erica selected for their children — Avery Elizabeth and London Phillip — really work together because they're both pleasant blends of a hip, modern first name matched with a traditional middle name.

Tell us what you think: Are you a fan of the name London for boys? Beyond London, what are your favorite place names for boys and girls?

--S.B.

Comments

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September 2, 2011 3:58 PM
By Lane

It's interesting, because if I read that a boy-girl sibset was Avery and London, I'd guess Avery was the boy and London was the girl.

September 2, 2011 11:55 PM
By Sarah A (not verified)

Ditto what Lane said. I personally would have preferred Elizabeth Avery and Philip London, though I like that both siblings "match". I know too many families where the girls get trendy names while the boys get classic names.

September 4, 2011 7:22 PM
By Den (not verified)

I rather the more uncommon names go first, otherwise they'll be known as Elizebeth A. Plus it gives the SSA list more variety.

September 6, 2011 2:25 PM
By Faith (not verified)

I have to say ditto to what Lane said too. I'd assume Avery was the boy instead of London.

And ditto also to Den, with the uncommon names first.

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