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Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek

Dawson's Daughter: New Baby for James Van Der Beek
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James "He'll Always Be Dawson to us" Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook have welcomed their daughter Olivia, Van Der Beek confirmed on Twitter.

Olivia, which has been in the top 500 since they started keeping the charts in 1880, has risen steadily since the 1980s and was the Name Number 3 in the US in 2009. Olivia is an international favorite, ranking in the top 10 in Austrailia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Scotland, Finland and Wales; it's also ranked highly in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and Norway.  Derived from Olive (like the tree), Olivia is also a Shakespeare name.

Like Ella, Olivia is an old lady name turned Celebrity Dude Favorite. Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, and Kirk Cameron all have daughters named Olivia, while Ben Stiller and Kelsey Grammar chose it as a middle name (for Ella Olivia and Mason Olivia respectively). Justine Bateman and Lori Loughlin have little Olivias, too.

Want to know what our readers suggested for Baby Van Der Beek? Here you go. What do you think of Olivia?  



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September 28, 2010 9:10 AM
By TM (not verified)

I love Olivia. In fact, we have been considering it for #2, but ultimately I think it's too popular for us to feel comfortable picking. :(

September 28, 2010 4:51 PM
By Mom (not verified)

I like Olivia. If they ever have a boy, it should be Dawson Van Der Beek. I personally loved watching Dawson's creek, and will always think of James as Dawson. If they should have another daughter, she should be called Joey, like the female lead in Dawson's Creek.

September 28, 2010 5:10 PM
By Essy (not verified)

not a big fan of the name Olivia, not sure why, it just doesn't flow well to me, the V is duplicated Oliv-vi-a maybe that's why. I like the name Olive better like Sasha Baron Cohen's daughter. It has a sweetness to it that Olivia doesn't. Olivia just sounds a bit harsh to me, and not as sweet and soft or cute as names like Ella or Sophia.

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