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The Little Couple Brings their Daughter Home!

The Little Couple Brings their Daughter Home!
Photo credit: Bill Klein and Jen Arnold

This week’s season finale of TLC’s The Little Couple brought exciting news – the wait for their daughter, Zoey Nidhi, was over, as their adoption received approval and Jen and Bill made travel plans for their whole family (including older brother William) to fly to India to meet her. 

While Jen and Bill opted for a family name for their son William, they in a very different direction for their daughter’s name, choosing the rising name of Zoey (climbing in just the last five years from 111th to 20th in popularity in 2012) for their little girl.  The spelling of Zoey chosen by The Little Couple is the most popular (and the highest scrabble value!), with Zoe right behind at 30th most popular, and Zoie trailing at 571st most popular in 2012. The newest TLC reality TV star shares her name with pop culture influences appealing to all ages in the last several years – from Zoe on Sesame Street to the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 and actress Zooey Deschanel.  It’s no wonder the name Zoey has been on the rise in recent years.

While Jen and Bill may have chosen popular first names for their children, both William and Zoey have middle names that reflect their given names at birth and their cultural heritage, with Rijin, meaning “golden sun” as part of Will’s birth name in China and Nidhi, meaning “wealth”, being Zoey’s given name in her birth country of India.  We love that The Little Couple is expanding their family and finding a way to incorporate their children’s unique backgrounds into their name choices.

What do you think of The Little Couple’s choice of Zoey for their new daughter? Were you surprised at their choice in name for Zoey?




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October 26, 2013 3:53 AM
By john Kerry (not verified)

Awesome blog.Much thanks again. Want more.


October 29, 2013 1:37 PM
By Patricia (not verified)

I think the names are perfect! These children will most likely be of a different ethnicity than many of their classmates and also have some physical differences. Having a name like others they know may help them feel that they fit in better.

We adopted several children from Korea and Vietnam and gave them very usual American first names (one is even called Jennifer!), just like the other kids they grew up with. They are grown now and all seem happy with their ordinary, English language names and have named their children similarly.

Too, regarding Zoey, Jen has a name that is very popular in her age group. She must have not minded that and maybe even saw that as a positive and thus chose a currently popular name for her daughter.

I applaud their choice of middle names from the children's birth languages. Few adoptive parents were doing that during the years we adopted internationally (1969-1982). I think it's a good idea. One of my sons has given middle names from his and his (non-adopted) wife's birth language/culture to each of his three sons.

Can't wait to finally get to see Zoey with her new family!

November 4, 2016 1:50 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

They should have left that Indian trash there in the orphanage in India. She's a retard!!

January 5, 2017 4:56 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

They should have left you in the trash, you are retarded.

November 7, 2017 8:07 PM
By Kimberly (not verified)

Sadness. The average ove posts are just ignorance at iys finest. Theyre BEAUTIFUL children! Xoxo to u and jenn, Bill, Will and. Zoey!

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