Celebrity Names Blog

Eric Church Welcomes a Son with a Southern Name

Popular country singer Eric Church, his wife Katherine, and their older son Boone McCoy Church welcomed a new little boy into their life in February!  Much like his older brother's name, Boone, the youngest Church's name, Tennessee Hawkins Church, whom they plan to call Hawk, is decidedly Southern in nature.  While that might not seem surprising coming from a country music star who named his first son Boone, it may be the first sign of a new trendy name among celebrity babies and potentially beyond.

The name Tennessee, while at first glance may seem pretty "out there" as a name choice, aligns nicely with some popular naming trends among boy. It's Southern connections, in both the state name and it's connection to Mississippi born star Tennessee Williams make it ripe for selection by the same group of people infatuated with "preppy cowboy" names like Bentley, Easton, and Remington.  Add the celebrity baby factor to that -- not only Tennessee Church, but actress Reese Witherspoon's youngest son, Tennessee James, and you have a name with the potential to climb the charts in the coming years.

While it is common for city names to climb popularity ranks (look to Madison or Brooklyn as examples of this), it's less common for state names to translate into baby names.  There is one good example of this, though, which is coincidentally also a southern state name: Georgia. The name Georgia peaked way back in the 1880s, was once in the top 100 most popular girls names in the United States. It will be interesting to watch if Tennessee has the potential to break into the top 1,000 names this year!

Do you think that the name Tennessee will rise in popularity in the United States?  Are there any other state names that you'd consider using?

--S.L.

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March 15, 2015 7:46 AM
By Emi jefferson (not verified)

This is such a cool and unique name to use. - Nova Publishers

March 17, 2015 8:32 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Dakota

March 19, 2015 3:39 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I love the idea of Alabama on a girl, it's one of my guilty pleasures. I also grew up with a boy named Delaware nn Deli. His older brother was Oregon nn Orr/Ore.

March 19, 2015 7:54 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Also Virginia, Caroline(a)?.

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