Place Your Bets! Maxwell's Little Sib Will Be … ?
After some weeks of speculation, Jessica Simpson gave a Christmas-day confirmation: she is expecting a second child with fiancé Eric Johnson. Simpson validated the rumor by tweeting a photo of daughter Maxwell sitting in holiday PJs next to the worlds "Big Sis" written in sand.
It has only been seven months since Simpson gave birth to a baby girl and got the baby name junkies talking by naming her Maxwell Drew. She certainly surprised us; we were betting on a girly name! (Some of our commenters did predict Max/Maxwell if Simpson had a boy.)
Now Maxwell has a little sibling on the way so it's time to shake off the tinsel and eggnog, roll up our sleeves, and make some new predictions.
Maxwell is Johnson's middle name and his grandmother's maiden name, and Drew is the maiden name of Simpson's mother, Tina. Since both of these names are family names, shaking the branches of the baby's family tree seems like a good place to start.
Ann - Ann is Simpson's middle name and the middle name of her mother. It's a classic, but has fallen from favor in recent decades (it ranked at #911 in 2011). Is the family tie strong enough to overcome a relatively plain name?
True/Truett - Truett is the middle name of Simpson's dad, Joe. It has the same surname roots as Maxwell and the same off-the-beaten-path, but not off-the-wall feel. True isn't unheard of for celebrity babies either. Meg Ryan has a daughter named Daisy True, Forrest Whitaker has a daughter named True and Kirstie Alley has a son who is known by his middle name, True.
Nicole - This is Ashlee Simpson's middle name and could be a nice tribute to the sisters' relationship. Like Ann, it had diminished in popularity, dropping from #8 in the 80s to #116 in 2011. Among celebrities, it is more common as a middle name.
Hmm. True/Truett seems like a contender, but Ann and Nicole are probably a little too commonplace for Maxwell's sibling. Despite our vast resources, we don't have access to all of the family info for the Simpson and Johnson families. We wonder, though, if they are facing the same problem as this Name Lady reader. Perhaps they used up all of the "good" family names on the first baby! If that's the case, the Name Lady has some suggestions for coming up with other meaningful names.
For more ideas, we turned to the Baby Name MatchMaker. Maxwell is an uncommon name for a girl, so we entered it as a boy's name and adjusted the popularity to less popular. Here are a selection of the MatchMaker Suggestions for Simpson:
Mason (a celeb fave)
Emerson (this was actually suggested as a boy's name, but we are calling it for a girl based on celeb trends.)
Now it's your turn! What name do you think Simpson and Johnson will choose for Maxwell's little brother or sister?