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Reece Witherspoon calls her baby boy Tenessee James

(27 Posts)
margerykemp Fri 28-Sep-12 00:05:16

Born today.

Not keen myself.

margerykemp Fri 28-Sep-12 00:05:44


emmyloo2 Fri 28-Sep-12 04:54:01

Not great at all. One of my naming rules - never name child after an American state.

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 28-Sep-12 05:12:35

I like it. I know it wasn't Tennessee Williams' real name but still, if he's named in memory of him then I think that's lovely.

PeshwariNaan Fri 28-Sep-12 05:34:35

Not a fan of "state" names. But congrats to her and her DH.

MadBusLady Fri 28-Sep-12 07:36:57

Are there any other English counties apart from Devon that are used as names?

I'm trying to picture a baby boy called Wiltshire or Sunderland. grin

badtime Fri 28-Sep-12 10:30:51

I've met someone called 'Kent'.
And the NI county 'Tyrone' is a name.

RillaBlythe Fri 28-Sep-12 11:20:23

Rutland. I'm going to have a DS called Rutland.

HyvaPaiva Fri 28-Sep-12 11:25:53

I don't mind the name Tenessee but with the surname it's Tenessee Toth. I find it a bit of a tongue twister. But obviously that's nothing compared to a lovely healthy baby.

lighthousekeeping Fri 28-Sep-12 22:22:29

I really like it. Congrats to them both. It wouldnt work here but it fits in with their lifestyle. Im trying to remember what her other two are called.

Ham69 Fri 28-Sep-12 22:27:41

Badtime Let's hope the parents of Kent didn't have an NI accent grin

mirry2 Fri 28-Sep-12 22:30:41

It will be shortened to tenna I expect

HaggisMcNeeps Fri 28-Sep-12 23:38:29

Ava and Deacon are lovely names. Tennessee just isn't.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 28-Sep-12 23:40:03

oh i like it, in a southern accent it'll be tinnissee. tinn's not so different from tim. and it served tennessee williams fairly well.

xmasevebundle Sat 29-Sep-12 00:27:16

Jack danielsgrin

Meh its okay, not that extreme!

mathanxiety Sat 29-Sep-12 06:06:20

I thought she was originally from Tennessee?

nooka Sat 29-Sep-12 06:49:22

Tennessee Williams was really called Thomas/Tom. He adopted Tennessee as a professional name when he was 28. It seems a bit of a tongue twister of a name, especially with Toth as a surname.

I know a Kent, and I think Cleveland is used as a name in the States

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 29-Sep-12 11:28:41

oh WELL THEN, what i said must be wrong, it did do him harm then. grin

tethersend Sat 29-Sep-12 11:31:15

I like it, and so does my DD Tower Hamlets.

Badgerina Sat 29-Sep-12 12:41:23

I think it's fine. Bit different and not really in keeping with her other DC's names, but not that "out there".

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Sat 29-Sep-12 14:14:42

Tennessee Witherspoon would be ok, but Tennessee Toth is a bit tongue twister. Not really my style, but ok. Not as nice as Ava and Deacon.

margerykemp Sat 29-Sep-12 14:27:37

Ava and Deacon are much better names.

I dont mind some state/county names eg Dakota, Kent, Leicester, Lincoln, Somerset, Carolina, Columbia, Arizona, etc but I dont think Tennessee works.

Frikadellen Sat 29-Sep-12 15:52:42

I know a Devon, Kent (fairly popular in Denmark) used to work with a Cornwall (really yes) and I could see someone using Durham too (never met one yet)

CalamityJones Sat 29-Sep-12 15:54:38

An old school friend of mine has a boy called Somerset..

mathanxiety Sat 29-Sep-12 19:58:44

I think Deacon is a horrible name myself personally.

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