Laguna Beach star gives baby a name that's full of history

Jul 22, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. ET
Image: Alexmurrel/Instagram

Congratulations are in order for Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County star Alex Murrel and her husband Kyle Mark Johnson. The pretty couple welcomed a baby boy into the world this week!

Murrel, who has been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram and made it perfectly clear she was eagerly expecting her little one, didn't waste any time sharing the happy news with her fans. She posted this adorable photo of their precious son, along with the info we really, really want: details about his name.


Awww, little Levi William! Or, should I say, big boy Levi (because 8 lbs 10 oz is no peanut). Levi is a classic biblical name, but it differs from so many others in that it's short, ends in a vowel and sounds fresh and modern. The name Levi has Hebrew origins and means "joined" or "attached." In the Old Testament, Levi was the son of Leah and Jacob and in the New Testament, he was the apostle Matthew's birth name.

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In addition to its sweet biblical connotations, two famous Levis stand out in history as being pretty awesome guys: Levi Coffin was an activist and abolitionist who helped thousands of fugitive slaves escape the South and find freedom in Canada. And Levi Strauss is, of course, the great-granddaddy of blue jeans and the reason we look so amazing every Friday night.

Since finding fame on Laguna Beach, Murrel has kept busy launching her singing career and releasing singles like "What's It To You." She nabbed a role in the 2009 movie American High School and met and married Johnson in 2014, with former Laguna Beach stars Taylor Cole and Alex Hooser by her side as bridesmaids.

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If Murrel ever decides she needs more mom friends now that she's a happy mama, she doesn't have to look too far: Laguna Beach co-stars Christina Schuller, Morgan Olson and Jessica Smith have all given birth within the last few years. Talk about a sweet family reunion.