OK, who had a month in the “how long will it take the media to squeeze a baby name out of Keri Russell” pool? Time to collect your prize! Russell gave birth back on May 30 to her third child, but she managed to hide both the name and the gender until this week.
And while we’re using the word “prize” very loosely here, the name The Americans actress and co-star Matthew Rhys chose for their new little guy (yup, she gave birth to a boy) definitely falls under winning baby names out of Hollywood.
In an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, Russell says they’ve named their first child together (her third) Sam.
Go ahead, and let your “aww” out. This one falls firmly on the list of cute baby names from Hollywood we wouldn’t mind stealing for our own kids.
With a base in Hebrew, the nickname for Samuel means “sun child” or “bright sun,” and if you’re into numerology, apparently people with this name “have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and to have personal independence.” Pretty auspicious for a little guy, don’t you think?
And despite it sounding common, Russell and Rhys likely won’t have to worry about their son meeting a dozen other Sams on the playground. While Samuel was 23rd on last year’s most popular baby names list from the Social Security Administration, the nickname falls all the way down at 554th, proving that sometimes a small twist on a popular name can set your kid apart (without setting them up as a target for the mean kids who pick on unusual names).
Russell also has two daughters, Willa and River, who welcomed home their new baby brother, who, according to Mom, is “big and fat and nice.”
Exactly how a baby should be!
Congratulations to the whole family.
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