Is This Shonda Rhimes’ Newest Baby Name?
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, had another daughter recently and tweeted the news of the little one’s arrival last week. It seems that one of her shows’ stars has spilled the beans on the little girl’s name, reports US Magazine. We’ve written about Shonda Rhimes in the past for her trendsetting ways on her shows as well as with her two other daughters. She was way ahead of the curve in naming her eldest daughter Harper all the way back in 2002, and she picked another name on the rise with second daughter Emerson last year.
This year (if Scandal star Dan Bucatinsky’s slip was correct) she picked another unusual and literary name for her youngest child, apparently a girl named Beckett. Samuel Beckett, the Irish poet and playwright sprang to mind when we first heard this name, which fits right in with Harper (as in Harper Lee) and Emerson (as in Ralph Waldo). As a boy’s name, Beckett has gone from totally unknown to trending sharply upward in the last seven years.
The trio of names is all surnames, all masculine/androgynous, and at the time she bestowed them, none were very popular. But with Beckett, Rhimes’ made a pick that is much rarer than her older daughters’names. There were only 37 girls named Beckett born last year, compared to about 250 when Harper was born and 1300 Emersons born last year. Despite its rarity and usage as a boy’s name, given Rhimes’ reach on television, she may be enough of a tastemaker to make the name popular for girls.
What do you think of these three names together: Harper, Emerson, and Beckett? Are there other famous Becketts that might have inspired Shonda Rhimes?