May 1st, 2012
03:27 PM ET
While we were waiting (and waiting) for Jessica Simpson to have her baby girl, we learned an interesting tidbit about the name the singer and her fiance Eric Johnson had picked out for their first child.... namely that it was to be "nontraditional."
"It's nothing shocking and nothing you'll have to add to the dictionary," she told Elle magazine in its April issue. "Still, when people hear it, they'll know...why."
But when the big day arrived and we heard that 31-year-old Simpson had named her daughter Maxwell Drew (rumored to be called "Maxi" for short), we'll admit we still required an explanation.
Does she, like CNN Showbiz, have an everlasting adoration for the R&B singer of the same name? Did she and Eric have Maxwell House coffee after conceiving? Whatever the reason, the new mom elected not to explain in the birth announcement she put out on the Web today.
Kidding aside, there is a more plausible rumor as to its meaning. The name "Maxwell" was circulating weeks before Simpson's delivery, and In Touch Weekly cited an anonymous "friend" who said Maxwell is father Eric's middle name as well as his grandmother's maiden name.
The middle name, Drew, is said to be maternal grandma Tina Simpson's maiden name, Us Weekly reports.
Either way, we think the name does fit in the "nontraditional" category, but in the grand tradition of celebrity baby names, this is pretty tame.
Let's not forget that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon named their son Moroccan after a decor theme in Carey's Manhattan apartment; Beyonce and Jay-Z went with Blue Ivy, launching endless conspiracy theories; and Alicia Silverstone "won" the honor of worst celebrity baby name, as she and her husband opted for Bear Blu.
And little Maxwell does have a cousin named Bronx Mowgli, so we don't think she's going to win this unique name round.
Not that any of those can compete with some of our favorite (and oh, how unique) celebrity baby names: Jermajesty, Banjo and Moxie Crimefighter.
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