Got It From My Daddy: Serena Williams Names Daughter After Fiancé — She’s Not Alone
Unless you’ve been living in a cave off the grid somewhere, you’ve probably heard that tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl a few weeks ago.
You probably also heard that, breaking from modern tradition, Williams and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, decided to name that absolutely adorable baby girl after her father.
Aside from her social media debut last week — I dare you to show us something more darling than that video! Go ahead and try. We’ll wait. — little Alexis has been mostly under wraps. While we haven’t seen too much of her, the internet is all aflutter over her name.
The reviews are mixed. Some are in favor of the unisex name, but others are accusing fathers —potentially upset that they didn’t have sons — of trying to steal some thunder
Despite the surprise, Williams and Ohanian aren’t the first parents to lend the “junior” moniker to their daughter’s name. They aren’t even the first celebrity couple to do so.
In 2015, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert and his wife, actress/dancer/model/musician Teyana Taylor, named their daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr.
There are also daughters who, although they lack the “junior” suffix, are totally named after their fathers: Examples include Mike Tyson’s daughter, Mikey, and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris-Michael.
Sometimes parents don’t pass their actual name down, but they stick to a similar trend when it comes time to name their itty-bitty baby.
Particularly notable is ever-adorable blond princess James Reynolds, the toddler daughter of Black Lively and Ryan Reynolds. With a traditionally male name herself, it’s no surprise that Lively went this route. The couple’s second daughter, however, does have a more gendered name — Ines.
With gender neutrality becoming increasingly important and normalized, we may start to see more parents following in Williams’ and Ohanian’s footsteps and opting for more unisex names. And we can’t wait!
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