Reese Witherspoon Names Baby Tennessee! 17 Other Stars Who Named Babies After Places!

Reese Witherspoon Has a Baby Boy!

Reese Witherspoon gave birth to her third child on Thursday September 27th! The 36-year-old actress and husband Jim Toth welcomed a baby boy. Their “people” confirmed the news to Us Weekly saying, “Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today. Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”

And now on to the important stuff…the name! Reese may have been born in New Orleans, but she spent most of her childhood in Nashville, Tennessee (and her mother had been born there). So Reese has strong ties to the state.

This naming your kid after a place has become very popular among the celebrity parent crowd and Tennessee joins an international collection of placed named kids. Check out these 17 other celebrities who looked to places for their baby names right here:


  • Chris Hemsworth – Daughter India 1 of 17
    Chris Hemsworth - Daughter India
    Chris Hemsworth aka Thor of The Avengers series recently welcomed a baby girl with wife Elsa Patak. They named their daughter India. About the name Chris said, "It was just a name we liked," Hemsworth explains to E! News. "I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy, and she liked India. We sort of went, 'Oh well, whether it's a boy or girl, that will decide.' It just seemed to fit."
    Source: US Weekly
  • Gwen Stefani – Sons Zuma and Kingston 2 of 17
    Gwen Stefani - Sons Zuma and Kingston
    Gwen Stefani went with two place names for her boys. Kingston in tribute to Jamaica, a big musical inspiration for her. No Doubt recorded their album Rock Steady there. "We ended up buying this little Rasta hat when we were there, like a little baby one," she said in 2007. "[When] it ended up being a boy, we named him Kingston, and he wore the Rasta hat home from the hospital." And Zuma, the name of a famous California beach that Gwen said is "really close to where we live."
    Source: Lifestyle Yahoo
  • Marcia Cross – Daughter Savannah 3 of 17
    Marcia Cross - Daughter Savannah
    Actress Marcia Cross named her twin girls Savannah and Eden. You could say BOTH are place names, Savannah as in the town and Eden as in the garden. As for Savannah Cross said, ""A long time ago, I had this kind of spiritual experience, that I will have this child and her name will be Savannah," she told PEOPLE in 2007. "Then when [husband Tom Mahoney] and I didn't even know we were having girls, he wrote me an e-mail and said, 'I just heard a name I like: Savannah.' I had the complete chills."
    Source: People
  • Bono – Daughter Memphis 4 of 17
    Bono - Daughter Memphis
    Like Reese, Bono honored Tennessee. He named his daughter Memphis. But she does not go by that name but rather Eve. "I get called Memphis Eve but my first name is Eve. I know Memphis is in there somewhere but on my passport I'm Eve Sunny Day Hewson."
    Source: Belfast Telegraph
  • David & Victoria Beckham – Son Brooklyn 5 of 17
    David & Victoria Beckham - Son Brooklyn
    The very British David and Victoria Beckham named their first born the very American Brooklyn. Victoria Beckham said of the name:
    "It was when we were in Marbella that we came up with the name Brooklyn. We already knew he was a boy and so I knew he could end up a footballer, so it had to be a name that was a bit blokey. I had always liked the name Brooke and then we suddenly thought about Brooklyn. I'd always like it as a place it's very multi-cultural, very grounded. And it was only afterwards that I realized how appropriate it was because it was in New York that I found out I was pregnant and where David came after the World Cup."
    Source: People
  • Ashlee Simpson – Son Bronx 6 of 17
    Ashlee Simpson - Son Bronx
    Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz named their son after another New York City borough, they named him Bronx. It's a tough sounding name, especially for such a cute little boy!
    Source: New York Times
  • Casey Affleck – Son Indiana 7 of 17
    Casey Affleck - Son Indiana
    Actor and director (and brother of Ben) Casey Affleck named his Son Indiana. No word on why he choose that name, perhaps he's a big Indiana Jones fan?
    Source: Celebuzz
  • Mike Tyson – Daughter Milan and Son Morocco 8 of 17
    Mike Tyson - Daughter Milan and Son Morocco
    Boxing champ Mike Tyson went to Europe for the name of one of his daughter. He named her Milan. And for his son, he named him Morocco!
    Source: Name Candy
  • Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy – Daughter Georgia 9 of 17
    Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy - Daughter Georgia
    This acting couple went Southern for their daughter's name, they picked the popular state as baby name Georgia.This is one of the most popular "place" names with it coming in at #213 on BabyCenter's most popular names list.
    Source: Baby Center
  • Rebecca Gayheart – Daughter Georgia 10 of 17
    Rebecca Gayheart - Daughter Georgia
    Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane also went for the Southern state for their second child who they named Georgia. Yup, they are adding to Georgia's popularity!
    Source: Baby Center
  • Alicia Keys – Son Egypt 11 of 17
    Alicia Keys - Son Egypt
    For inspiration, Alicia Keys spent a nice chunk of time in Egypt. The connection was very strong and she opted to name her first born after her beloved travel destination.
    Source: Wilkeez
  • Drea de Matteo – Daughter Alabama 12 of 17
    Drea de Matteo - Daughter Alabama
    Drea de Matteo isn't the only celebrity who named their daughter Alabama. Travis Barker of Blink 182 also used the name for his daughter. For Southern states, Georgia really is far more popular. Alabama came in at #8347 on BabyCenter's popularity list.
    Source: BabyCenter
  • Fred Durst – Son Dallas 13 of 17
    Fred Durst - Son Dallas
    Fred Durst paid tribute to the Texas town of Dallas for the name of his son. This is a name that American Idol star Fantasia Barrino used for her second child as well.

    Dallas is actually pretty popular, coming in at #330 on BabyCenter's most popular name list.
    Source: BabyCenter

  • Mariah Carey – Son Moroccan. 14 of 17
    Mariah Carey - Son Moroccan.
    Mariah Carey named one of her twins Moroccan, because she apparently loves Moroccan design!
    Source: People
  • Alec Baldwin – Daughter Ireland 15 of 17
    Alec Baldwin - Daughter Ireland
    Alec Baldwin comes from Irish ancestry and to pay tribute named his daughter Ireland. He was ahead of the curve, when she was born in 1995 it was not a common first name, but now it is.
    Source: Name Berry
  • Slash – Son London 16 of 17
    Slash - Son London
    Guitar legend Slash of Guns and Roses fame jetted across the pond for his son's name. He went with the name London. When asked he said that if his wife Perla were asked, "she would say that London was conceived there."
    Source: SnakePit
  • Kourtney Kardashian – Daughter Penelope Scotland 17 of 17
    Kourtney Kardashian - Daughter Penelope Scotland
    Inspired by another Great Britain locale, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick used the name Scotland as the middle name for their daughter Penelope. But was Scotland picked for the country or a play on dad Scott's name?
    Source: UsMagazine


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