Now that the news is official – Reese Witherspoon is pregnant! – we can start the gleeful round of bump-watching and speculation from now until the new little one is born.
Of course, we’re dying to know if she and husband Jim Toth will be having a boy or a girl, and what the little one’s name will be.
But we already have a hunch that Reese will go back to her roots when it comes to picking a moniker for little Baby Toth. She’s a Louisiana girl, remember, and loyalty to the Pelican State runs deep.
Her older two children’s names reflect her heritage. Deacon is not only a surname – it’s common for Southerners to give family names as first names or nicknames – it also reflects the strong faith of the region.
As for daughter Ava? That was the most popular name given to Louisiana baby girls in 2010, according to the Social Security Administration!
So we’re betting that Reese and Jim will keep the tradition going by choosing another of the names favored by Reese’s bayou brethren.
Here are the five most popular boys’ baby names (and girls’ names from second to sixth) in Louisiana. Which do you like?
Jayden 1 of 10Tops among Louisiana moms in 2010, this boy's name is actually a mashup of the names Jay and Aiden.
Ethan 2 of 10If Reese chooses this name, meaning "firm" or "strong," her son will have a lot of company at school - this is the number-2 name in her home state!
Noah 3 of 10If Reese is shopping for baby furniture, she might want to add an ark to the registry. This traditional biblical name comes in 4th among Louisiana moms. It means "rest" or "peace," which a new mom certainly craves!
Mason 4 of 10This #3 choice means "stoneworker," and since it's a profession-related name, it would fit nicely with big brother Deacon's name.
Michael 5 of 10Always a popular choice, this is the name of a well-known archangel. Hebrew in origin, it means "Who is like God?"
Emma 6 of 10Sweet and timeless, this girl's name, from the German meaning "universal," came in at the #2 spot among Louisiana parents.
Isabella 7 of 10For a girl, Reese might go with the third most-popular name in Louisiana - this Italian name meaning "God is my oath."
Madison 8 of 10This 4th-place name became popular for girls after the 1984 movie "Splash." It's actually a last name meaning "son of Matthew."
Olivia 9 of 10This 5th-choice name among Bayou Staters originated from a German word meaning - believe it or not - "elf army."
Chloe 10 of 10This lovely Greek name - sixth on the girls'-name list - means "verdant and blooming." Just like Reese herself!
[Photos: via Pacific Coast News]
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