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Audra McDonald’s new baby has a name fit for royalty

Broadway star and actress Audra McDonald is now a mom of two! The Tony winner welcomed her first child with husband Will Swenson on Wednesday, and shared the lovely news with a cute Instagram pic.

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McDonald also disclosed the name of the new addition — daughter Sally James McDonald-Swenson — and revealed that her moniker is a tribute to Swenson’s late mother Sally and McDonald’s late father Stanley James.

McDonald is also mom to daughter Zoe Madeline, 12, and Swenson has two sons from a previous relationship, Sawyer, 12, and Bridger, 15. The couple married in October 2012 at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Originally a diminutive of Sarah, Sally has long been a name in its own right. Meaning “princess,” it was popular in the 18th century and again from the 1920s to the 1960s, but since then, it’s gradually dropped out of the U.S. baby name chart. However, it’s a popular choice in Sweden, sitting comfortably in the top 100 at No. 81.

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Famous bearers of the name include actress Sally Field, the first American woman in space Sally Ride and Australian professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons.

Pop culture references include Sally Draper from TV’s Mad Men, Sally Freedman in Judy Blume’s Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself, Cabaret protagonist Sally Bowles, Sally Brown from the Peanuts comic strip and the songs Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett), Sally Cinnamon (The Stone Roses) and Long Tall Sally (Little Richard).

Welcome to the world, Sally James McDonald-Swenson.

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