It looks like the rumors were true, you guys, so we can all rest easy. In February, the word on the street was that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively had named their baby James — spitting in the face of gender norms and ushering in a new age of Weird Baby Names. As in, instead of naming their child, say, Apple, they gave their child a normal name not usually ascribed to women. On the TODAY Show, Reynolds confirmed that James Reynolds is the name of their baby, and it's actually a rather beautiful name when you think about it. At the very least, it's better than "Butternut Squash," which was his first confession when asked.
"No, it’s out there! It’s out there. It’s James. Everyone knows and I told everyone who would listen that," said Reynolds. "Before it was out there I didn’t want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go ‘why did you do that?’" Of course, Reynolds has already spoken about how hesitant he is to embarrass his daughter as a newborn for fear of her looking back on this time when she's a teenager and getting angry with him, so his recalcitrance makes sense. Still, I don't know about baby James, but I would find it more embarrassing to be referred to as Butternut Squash instead of just having my real name out there, okay? Thanks a lot, Dad!
James is a traditionally male name that can also be used for women. It's of Hebrew origin and it means "he who supplants." The name has been carried by one of the 12 Apostles, many kings, James Bond, and several actors and presidents. Basically, James Reynolds is in good company among the movers and shakers of the world with a first name like that. It's good to finally have it confirmed.