Another Bachelorette baby has arrived! Season 5’s Jillian Harris welcomed her first child with long-term partner Justin Pasutto on Friday — a son named Leo.
Leo is a Latin baby boy name meaning “lion” that has been consistently popular since Roman times. It was the name of several early saints, was used for 13 popes and has been a favorite in recent times partly due to Leonardo “Leo” DiCaprio and the celebrity parents who’ve chosen it for their sons: actress Kim Raver, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and A-list couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
In 2015, Leo reached its highest ever spot on the U.S. baby name chart: No. 91. It also has huge international appeal, appearing in the top 50 in many other countries in the past two years, including England, Scotland, Sweden, Spain and Australia. Leos in pop culture include Seinfeld‘s Uncle Leo, Leo McGarry in The West Wing and Leo Wyatt in Charmed.
Harris and Pasutto have been together for four years, and the 8-year age gap was one factor in putting off having a baby, as Harris revealed in her pregnancy announcement blog post. She wrote that she wanted “Justin to ‘catch up’ in age” to her before they decided late 2015 was the right time to start trying to get pregnant. It didn’t take long for their wish to come true, and the couple learned their happy news only a few days before Harris turned 36.
A Canadian, interior designer and (now) host of Love It or List It Too, Harris was the first ever non-American to be selected for The Bachelorette.
She chose Ed Swiderski in the finale, and the couple were engaged before splitting in 2010. But that’s all ancient history for Harris now that she and Pasutto have embarked on their parenthood adventure. Congrats, guys!
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