According to Torres’ most recent Facebook update, the first-time mom was due on Oct. 14, but the couple welcomed their new baby more than a week early. Rivera shared the first photo of his daughter, Vivi (full name Velisse) without a caption as his Twitter profile picture.
Torres posted in response, “OH. MY. GOD. I love this girl lol! Thank you EVERYBODY for all the love, it is highly appreciated. I read everything sorry if I couldn’t comment back to anyone so much going on right now & spending time with my girl. Which I can say is an AWESOME LATCHER! Thank the lawddddd. Once again thank you everyone & I feel all the love & support. Velisse is definitely one loved babycakes.”
For six-season Teen Mom 2 vet Lowry, Baby Vivi is a new addition to her already growing stepfamily brood. As seen on the show, Rivera and Lowry are parents to 5-year-old Isaac. Lowry and her husband, Javi Marroquin, welcomed their son Lincoln in 2013. And despite a few tweets about cravings, Lowry denies rumors she’s expecting baby number three.
Rivera and Torres’ unique name choice for their new bundle of joy is a tongue twister with a special meaning. Not only does she have a nickname just like Mom’s, but the little girl’s name appears to be a variation of the girl’s name Ivelisse. Ivelisse is a distinct Spanish baby name that has never ranked in the top 1,000 and that means “life.” Because of its Latin roots, Ivelisse is a name that is more commonly seen in Puerto Rico and Cuba, with very few appearances in the U.S. Eve is considered the closest variation of Ivelisse in English, which also means “life.”
Besides its rarity, one thing stands out about Baby Velisse’s name: the potential for nicknames.
No stranger to one-of-a-kind names herself, Torres, named Vetzabe, goes by the nickname Vee. Torres has passed on her unique name legacy to her new daughter with a striking baby name that is also nickname friendly. (The Mama Vee and Baby Vivi connection is almost too cute for words.)
Compared to 50 years ago, these unique baby names are becoming more mainstream — 27 percent of parents chose a baby name that wasn’t in the top 1,000 in 2012, versus 5 percent of parents in 1950. Purposeful or not, Torres may have come up with the perfect solution for these uniquely named kids getting teased in the schoolyard. Parents can pick any name they please (and spell it any way they want), as long as it has a nickname to go along with it.
Baby Velisse, aka Baby Vivi, can thank her parents for a beautiful name with a catchy backup that will be easy to write in class.