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Jenna Bush Gives Her Baby a Name That Honors George H. W. Bush

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Bush baby on board! Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry welcomed their baby girl into the world -- and they've given her a bold, bouncy name: PoppyLouise.

The name honors numerous family members.

"Poppy is named after Jenna's grandfather, George Herbert Walker 'Poppy' Bush, a.k.a. Gampy," the couple said in a statement. "His nickname growing up was Poppy, and we are proud to name her after a man we so adore. Louise is in honor of our grandmothers' middle names, Louise and Lewis."

I hafta say, family ties aside, it's a great name. It's got panache! Although it's never ranked in the top 1,000, I could easily see it getting there.

The reason? It's the name of a flower, which is always nice. But it's much spunkier than, say, Rose or Daisy.

The name also has some notable predecessors: Australian Without a Trace star Poppy Montgomery; American novelist Poppy Z. Brite; English model and socialite Poppy Delevingne. 

Plus, more than a few famous parents chose this moniker for their own daughters, including actresses Jessica Capshaw and Anna Paquin.

Meanwhile, middle name Louise has a bit more flow -- and weight. It means "famous warrior" with royal roots in Sweden, Denmark, France, and England, where Queen Elizabeth has a granddaughter named Louise through her son Prince Edward.

And, of course, many will remember the movie Thelma and Louise. Fine, they may drive off a cliff in the end, but they're still strong, feminist women with lots of guts!

So all in all, we say thumbs up to this strong, spunky name.

For more great baby name ideas, visit BabyNameWizard

Originally on The Stir

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