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James Van Der Beek welcomes fourth child

Lisa Fogarty

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Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty has written numerous articles for USA Today, The Stir, Opposing Views and other publications. She has covered everything from red carpet events to the discovery of toxic PCBs on school windows. She lives on Long Island, N.Y....

The actor and his wife give their new baby girl a strong literary name

James Van Der Beek and his wife welcomed their fourth baby and her name is literary perfection. 

Congratulations are in order for James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly, who welcomed their fourth child into the world — a baby girl who will join their already amazing clan, which includes big sisters Olivia and Annabel and brother Joshua. The 39-year-old Dawson's Creek alum and his lovely producer wife opted not to find out the gender of their fourth child, but they've done the right thing by us all and released her beautiful name so we all can swoon.

The Van Der Beeks have named their daughter Emilia, which immediately makes me think of Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke — a good thing — but has a beautiful meaning with or without modern-day celeb references. The meaning of Emilia is "to strive or excel or rival," and the Latin name will forever be associated with Iago's wife in Shakespeare's Othello. Given both parents' professions, it's totally possible Othello was the inspiration for the name. Or maybe they just thought it sounded beautiful and melodic. I couldn't agree more. A baby-naming job well done — and they get extra points for being awesome enough to share it with fans.

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Van Der Beek released this adorable black and white photograph on Instagram that shows his family of four — plus glowing Kimberly — looking comfy and happy in bed:

What a gorgeous moment in their lives captured forever.

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Who would have thought years ago that our Dawson would grow up to be such a great dad with a beautiful, growing family? He and Kimberly certainly make it look easy breezy. Excited for them both and looking forward to seeing more photos of beautiful little Emilia.

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