Reese Witherspoon Names Son Tennessee James Toth: Meaning of the Moniker (GALLERY)

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Reese Witherspoon is once again honoring her down-south heritage.

The Sweet Home Alabama actress and husband Jim Toth welcomed a baby boy on Sept. 27. What's his name? Tennessee James Toth.

Although Witherspoon didn't comment on the moniker, she was raised in Nashville, Tenn. Either way, the couple joins a long lineage of stars giving their children geographical names. Earlier this year, Kristin Cavallari and her NFL fiancé Jay Cutler welcomed son Camden, a county of New Jersey. But they certainly didn't kick off the trend — famous parents like Ashlee Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Bono and Michael Jackson all have offspring bearing the names of spots all across the globe.

But what does Tennessee James mean?

While Tennessee is clearly the name of a Southern U.S. state, it could be a nod to the most famous of male with that moniker: acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams.

The name James, on the other hand, is traditional in many ways. Originally derived from the Hebrew name of Jacob, James popped up in the New Testament and later was appropriated by the English and Scottish — even appearing in European royal pedigrees.

Though her first with Toth, Tennessee is the third child for Witherspoon, who has daughter Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 8, with first husband Ryan Phillippe.

Find out the meaning behind other celebrity baby monikers in the Celebuzz gallery.

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  • LYNNE HENRY
    LYNNE HENRY

    I THINK IT GOES WITH TOTH AND THE STATE SHE WAS BORN IN, WHAT THE HECK IS THE BIG DEAL? AT LEAST IT ISN'T ORANGE OR APPLE. OR EVEN MOSES!

  • Alady
    Alady

    I doubt Camden is for the place in NJ (not exactly a place most would want to name their kid after). It seems really popular these days to use traditional surnames as first names, especially if those are family surnames. Guessing that's how Camden came into play. But nice try.

  • KimSam
    KimSam

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, ­Fox46­.­com

  • Jan
    Jan

    I am waiting for Middlesex Smith to be born in eastern Massachusetts. (will it be a boy or a girl? or....?)

  • Roberta Bazzani
    Roberta Bazzani

    Sienna in italian means NOTHING. Terra di Siena means reddish brown.

  • Courtney Puzzo
    Courtney Puzzo

    has it ever occured to you that she chose to name her son Tennessee to honor the state in which she was raised. kind of like if Claire Newman had been named Carolina her mum was raised in South Carolina from age 11 until 18 when she went off to college at Louisiana state university though she only stayed for two years. he can always go by his middle name James like David James Redford does

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