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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Welcome Baby Jack

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt Welcome Baby Jack
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Comedy acting couple Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation, and Anna Faris, best known for the Scary Movie franchise had their son Jack on Saturday. The couple's rep confirmed the news to E! News.

Jack joins other celeb kids in the nickname as name trend, for example Sadie LeNoble, Hattie McDermott, Xander Dane Jones, and Bastian Kick Sisto. The name Jack as a stand-alone is gaining steam after a 1920s heyday. Jack returned to the top 100 in 1996 and is currently #45 on the most popular boys' names. Newly trendy Jackson spent a lot of time in the bottom half of the top 1000 before reaching its peak of #23 last year. While John, the more traditional in this set of names, was #1 for over a decade in the 1910s and 1920s, but fell out of the top 20 in 2009 and is currently a little less popular than Jackson at #27.


Earlier this year, we noted that Jack was a common name for heroes on film, including Titanic, and in traditional stories. Magic beansprouts notwithstanding, his little guy is part of a celebrity bumper crop of Jacks--there are 25 in our database, and even more Jacksons and Johns. The nursery-rhyme aspect of this baby name is hard to ignore. Jack Pratt sounds an awful lot like Jack Sprat (of could eat no fat fame) and we wouldn't put a little jokiness past dad Chris (instead of gifts, he joked on Twitter that followers should "mouth-kiss a stranger" in honor of the little guy.)

If the Jack Sprat suggestion is unintentional, perhaps this funny family is following in the footsteps of jokester Jim Carrey who went notably plain with his daughter's name--Jane.

How do you like the name Jack? What do you make of the nickname as name trend?

--H.A.

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The couple's rep confirmed the news to E! News.

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Jack is a common name, I think.

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