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