To misquote T.S. Eliot, “The naming of babies is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games.” It’s one of the most important decisions a parent will make for her child, and one of the most second-guessed.
Tori Spelling was recently asked how she came up with her son’s and daughters’ names – which the fan called “unique but not crazy celebrity names” – and she answered it in blog form on her website.
The easiest name for Tori and husband Dean McDermott to choose was that of their firstborn. She explains that they found out the sex of their baby at four months, and once they knew they were expecting a boy, the rest just fell into place.
“On the way home [from the doctor’s appointment] Dean said, ‘You know what name I’ve always loved? Liam,'” Tori writes. “And I went, ‘Oh my God…I love it. That’s it!’ It felt perfect to both of us.” Liam is now five.
Things were tougher for the couple when they learned they were expecting a girl the following year. “We scoured a book of 5,000 baby names and still nothing seemed right,” Tori says. The Craft Wars host had always entertained the thought of naming a girl Estella, after a character in her favorite book, Dickens’ Great Expectations. But even that wasn’t quite on the mark.
“And then it hit me…Stella!” Tori exclaims. “Stella Doreen; Doreen after Dean’s mom, who had passed.” Lovely Stella is now four, and already displays a distinct fashion sense.
Then came Baby #3, last October. This time, Tori and Dean opted not to find out the gender. They both had a feeling they were expecting a boy, and they had a perfect name selected. “Well, you know how that turned out!” Tori laughs. “We had a beautiful, no-name baby girl.” The couple favored “old-fashioned” names, so Dean started an alphabetical Google search right in the recovery room. They went from A through G, shaking their heads all the way down. Then they came to Hattie, and the search ended. “I looked down at her, and she was such a Hattie,” Tori says. Little Hattie is now 10 months, and her middle name, Margaret, was chosen in memory of Tori’s nanny.
Now the McDermotts are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their fourth child in just a few weeks. As with Hattie, they’ve chosen not to find out the baby’s sex – and once again, they both have a sense that this will be a boy, so they haven’t researched any new girls’ names.
Well, considering the way things turned out last time, might we suggest Tess, Adeline or Rebecca?
What do you think of Tori’s choices?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
Read more of Shana’s writing at Momsperiments.
And don’t miss a post! Follow Shana on Twitter!
Don’t miss the latest from Famecrawler like our Facebook page!
More from Babble: