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Tiffani Thiessen Shares Her Family's Baby Naming Tradition

Tiffani Thiessen Shares Her Family's Baby Naming Tradition
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For Tiffani Thiessen, baby naming is a family affair. The White Collar star, who is mom to 20-month-old daughter Harper Renn Smith, recently talked names, revealing her family's own naming tradition, which she opted to continue when she and husband Brady Smith became parents.

"My grandmother gave me the middle name Amber; my mom gave Harper the middle name Renn," she told People. "So I'll pick the middle name for Harper's kid [one day]."

We've written about other celebrities who have adopted naming traditions from their parents. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, have given each of their children names starting with the letter "J". Then when their eldest, Josh Duggar, started his own family, everyone wondered if he'd follow his parents' lead and he did — but he and his wife Anna picked names starting with "M." And when Tia Mowry recently became a mother, she followed the tradition established by her parents, who selected first names that started with dad's initial and middle names that started with mom's for all of their children (inlcuding Tia's sister Tamera). So Tia and her husband Cory Hardict used "C" and "T" for their son Cree Taylor Hardict.

In both those instances, the tradition was adopted by the next generation but that's not always the case. All the Kardashian women have names that begin with "K," so we were eager to see if Kourtney Kardashian would continue the trend when she had her first child with Scott Disick. But she was all K-ed out apparently and went with the name Mason. Similarly, her sister Khloe Kardashian has said that if she has children with hubby Lamar Odom they won't have names starting with "K." When their sister Kim Kardashian was married to Kris Humphries, she said they'd consider keeping the "K" tradition alive...but we all know the ending to that story.

The interesting thing about Tiffani Thiessen even talking names at all is that she made a very memorable change to her own name. For the majority of her career — including the Saved By the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210 days — she was known by her full name, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Then in 2000, she announced that she'd be dropping Amber (the name given to her by grandma) professionally. At the time her publicist said she opted for the change because "she's well into her 20s. She's not a young girl anymore."

Did you adopt your name style from your parents or grandparents? If so, what it is? Share your special name traditions below--or just weigh in on the ones used by Tiffani Thiessen, the Duggars, Tia Mowry and other celebrities.



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February 27, 2012 12:36 PM
By Lindy (not verified)

Both of my daughters have my middle name Leigh in the spelling of their name. Ashleigh and Carleigh. Ashleigh's middle name is Claire, after my grandmother and Carleigh's middle name Jean was my husband's mother's middle name.

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