Today anchor Savannah Guthrie welcomed her second child with husband Mike Feldman on Thusday.
The arrival of baby boy Charles Max Feldman, little brother to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Vale, was announced on the opening of Friday’s Today show. Guthrie’s co-anchor Matt Lauer revealed that he had already met the new arrival, describing him as “one cute little boy.”
“I was called in to bring wine, so we may have had a little toast,” he added.
Guthrie and Feldman opted to find out the sex of their second child to help prepare Vale for her big sister role, and it was revealed on Today with various blue props: blue milkshakes inside Studio 1A and a plane flying an “It’s a boy!” banner outside.
Guthrie was back on Twitter not long after giving birth to her son, who will be known as Charley.
We are so grateful. Blessings overflow. Along with tears of joy 👶🏻 https://t.co/vTyDuCMEWT
Charles is a traditional baby boy name with French and German roots that continues to appeal to parents. In 2015, it ranked at No. 50 in the U.S. baby name chart — although it has yet to match its popularity in the first half of the 1900s, when it was a fixture in the top 10.
Other celebrity parents who’ve chosen Charles for their sons include Jodie Foster and Russell Crowe. When it comes to notable bearers of the name, the list is endless, from British literary great Charles Dickens to American actor Charles Bronson. It also has an impressive history, from the original Charles the Great, emperor Charlemagne, to numerous royals throughout the years.
For Guthrie and Feldman, however, the inspiration for their baby boy’s name is a lot closer to home; Charles was the name of Guthrie’s late father and also Feldman’s grandfather.