July 1st, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Why Jessica Simpson chose Knute for baby boy

When Jessica Simpson welcomed her second child on Sunday, she didn't have polar bears on the brain, as some might've thought.

The 32-year-old singer/actress/fashion mogul and her fiancé, athlete Eric Johnson, named their baby boy Ace Knute - leading some to think that the baby's middle name was a nod to "the polar bear from Germany," as one CNN.com commenter noted.

"[T]hese celebs with their wild choices for the child's name," the commenter said.

While Ace Knute is certainly just as unique as North West, Zuma Nesta Rock and Rainbow Aurora, it doesn't actually have anything to do with the beloved bear Knut, who died in March 2011.

In actuality, Simpson and Johnson chose Ace's middle name in honor of Johnson's Swedish grandfather, Simpson's rep told People magazine.

The couple also kept it in the family when they picked a name for their oldest child, 1-year-old Maxwell Drew. Maxwell is dad Johnson's middle name, and Drew is the maiden name of Simpson's mother, Tina.

Filed under: Celebrities

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  1. MT--Bumpy ride ahead Jess.


    July 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Isokoman

    Gwen Stephani must have been aware of the "Zuma Rock" which is a large monolith located in Nigeria when she decided on the name: "Zuma Nesta Rock" for her son. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuma_Rock.

    July 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kel

    Congratulations Jessica!! I don't see the big deal...Knut is his middle name. I'm pretty sure a lot of people have some fairly weird middle names. Ace isn't a bad first name. Definitely better than North (I mean really??). At least these two are picking names that have sentimental value to their families...and honoring their families....unlike other celebrities. I say good for them and may they enjoy their family.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Emigdio Alvarez

    Makes more sense than North West

    July 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. detroitmommy

    What a bunch of close minded people. You embarrass me. This is one of many reasons people hate Americans. Knut is a very popular boys name in Scandinavia. The boys father is of Scandinavian origin. It's not an odd name at all. It's much better than being named John, or Mike and having 10 other kids in the classroom turn around at the same time when called.

    July 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeff

    What's with these idiot people playing this stupid contest of...who can name their baby the stupider name?

    July 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hey-- dinner with js was 2 weeks ago-she does not hear well unless she "missed" that call.

    July 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. She ran too call her big bad daddy for help...baahahahaha

    July 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bye Peace have fun at your BBQ!!!

    she's funny

    July 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |

    July 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

    July 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Laura

    Nobody is suggesting this is news. it's just a light weight fluff story about a celebrity. If you are offended by light weight fluff stories, simply don't read them. This is the entertainment blog. Reading the stories, then whining or insulting the subject of the story says so much more about you than who you're saying crap about, in this case someone you don't know and their child. Lighten up or grow up.

    July 4, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |


      July 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jen


    July 4, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. BO

    Imbeciles like these two should not be allowed to reproduce.

    July 4, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. BO

    What a dingbat couple.

    July 4, 2013 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. A.P.

    Wow, the Trolls come out for this?

    July 4, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  17. A.P.

    Uh, how about someone writing "Congrats Jessica"?

    July 4, 2013 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  18. molleykat

    These celebrities don't care about what they set their children up for. They try to be their version of hip and to out do each other in the weird categories. If they want to stand out, they should change their own names and give their kids a break.

    July 4, 2013 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. knute rockne

    knute rockne – a great american

    July 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DonaldRubble

    It should be Homer. HOMER!

    July 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. suffer'n succatash

    Just another turd laid by Jessica Simpson.

    July 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Peter

    Knute is actually almost a normal name... the reporters kind of dropped the ball here. Explaining "Ace" is what she should really be doing. These celebs seem to name their kids ridiculous things to show off that, unlike normal people with bizarre names, their kids will still be wealthy and "successful."

    July 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Joe

    there's no need to explain...we understand the celeb's always name their kids with some over the top outrageous name...right "Moon Unit Zappa"?

    July 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. AesopsRetreat_Com

    And one day, in his 40s, he will be known as AK47.

    July 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. M.A.P

    Im an idiot

    July 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. BO

    Fifty million Americans are living in poverty. Who cares what the snot named her brat?

    July 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Flamingo Kid


      July 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality check

      Clearly you cared enough to post

      July 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandi

      Well people living in poverty is their own fault. It is called E-D-U-C-A-T-I-O-N and a J-O-B.
      Stop living off food stamps and welfare. Do something with your damn self life is too short!

      July 4, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  27. Terik Ororke

    No wonder America is on the decline...this is supposed to be news?

    July 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Midge

    Who said she wanted to know every facet about his life...take a chill pill with this issue already

    July 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Pablo

    Oh please explain your baby's name to me Jessica. I hang on your every world. I want to know every facet of every detail of your life...........not!!!

    July 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. John Holroyd

    If you have to explain your babies name you are doing it wrong.

    July 3, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Walt

      Not if they're family names. I have no problem with Knute. Ace on the other hand....

      July 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. hannah belle

    :YAWN:... WGAF?????????????!!!!!!! I certainly DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just wanted to post a mean comment.

    July 3, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. Seri0usy

    Another non-news story for those who have no life and vicariously live through celebrities. And we wonder what is wrong with this country.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      But yet you read the article and commented on it so you're not any better then the people your judging. Get over yourself.

      July 3, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Yeah, seriously, it is people like YOU that are what's wrong with the country. You think your better than everyone else on here but like Kate said – YOU READ THE ARTICLE TOO! So what are you really trying to say?

      July 3, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ben_marko

      Get over yourselves, Kate & M.A.P.. This is a crap non-story. Of course it is trumped by your collective incredulity. Time to troll somewhere else and be outraged over someone else's comments.

      July 3, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      And if it's such a NON-STORY why does it appear on EEVERY MAJOR NEWS AGENCY's WEBSITE TODAY?? HUH??? Can't answer that then I guess you are the non story you patheitic freaks-

      July 3, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. jessica simpson gets along with her man and does not manipulate him and they get along.


    July 3, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |


    July 3, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. Stosh

    I didn't know Jessica Simpson was smart enough to put together whole sentences.

    She used to look good in tight shorts, though. Used to.

    July 3, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • jkflipflop

      I happened to catch Dukes of Hazzard on tv the other day. Good lawd she made one hot Daisy.

      July 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      Im sure that she is much hotter, heavy or skinny, then anything you have ever mated with in your life. Past or present

      July 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midge

      the dad is hotter now then when he was younger.

      July 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. ari

    ooooo.... a family name.
    i thought she was like obsessed with that tv show Vikings or something

    July 3, 2013 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  37. Hi

    Kim looks so happy with her man...I love when couples are truly in love.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kim Kardashian is 1 of the most beautiful women in the world.

    She has the best breasts in town

    July 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |

    1. virgin
    2. adopted

    July 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. I Gang

    Read all your texts and voted: there is a problem.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Does not know what's happening anymore---

    St. Mary's Hospital- go check so we can make you look stupid again tomorrow.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Bob

    Should just have named to the half breed adoption list. It might get picked up before It's 18 and not have a drug problem.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tax Website Intrusion without authority...GET LOST YOUR A CHILD.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. BO

    Who cares even a little bit?

    July 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  45. marketta

    Its a one man show.

    July 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  46. kimmie gym

    Ladies gym 5:30am!!!

    July 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Mike

    Wait... who's Jessica Simpson again?

    July 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jessie

    When you have to explain a baby's name, then it is a bad day. Good job for ruining your kids life out of selfishness.

    July 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momtofour

      Hardly ruining the kids life. I had an uncle named Knute. It's a perfectly acceptable, if not often heard, name. Ace is more strange to me. que sera sera

      July 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • KippyVee

      Agree with Momtofour. Nothing wrong with Knute; it was my grandfather's name. Sure, it's not Michael, William or David. But it's a common Scandinavian name. She shouldn't have had to explain that to those members of the press who asked about her son's name; they should have already known that. Ace is unusual but it's not Dweezil or Moon Unit or North. With all the crazy names being given to kids, when he grows up, it'll probably sound normal.

      July 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. TomGI

    Is Jessica pregnant yet?

    July 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      No, she never was. She's just a fat pig with no self respect, and she lies about being pregz so noone makes fun of her slob ways.

      July 3, 2013 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  50. Mike

    These self-serving, self-righteous, self-centered, so-called 'celebrities' inflict pain on their kids by naming them things like Paperclip, or Butterknife, or 'Blanket'. Kim Kardasian named her child 'North'. Really!? She better set aside some cash for her future therapist costs. And since she'll be raised by a nanny due to Kim's 'dreadfully hard' club appearances and those foot-aching red carpet strolls, she'll have even less of a connection to her mom...the Joan Crawford of today. Way to go! The depth of your shallowness is clear for all to view.

    July 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. yo

    last name: Herb
    First Name: Smoking

    what, what

    July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Sal

    The women are a bunch of pigs and have no morals whatsoever. 

    July 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sal

    All of these so called celebrities are disgusting anyway. 

    July 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. The marrieds i know do not do that.....sounds like a boredom issue


    July 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  55. SokrMom

    "Ace Knute what your Country can do for you..."

    July 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Arrows Up...Let's roll--


    July 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |

    July 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Now she'll go the dumb route too distract him...has you ever seen anything so stupid in you life?

    July 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • midwest3

      Einstein: It's not "too distract him" it's "to." And it would be HAVE you ever seen, not HAS. And in answer to your question, "Yes I have seen something as stupid – your comment."

      July 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |

      July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What the HELL are you trying to say!?!? It's like you're using a Scrabble game to come up with your answers. Do you even have a basic grasp of the English language???

      July 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Q. How do you make Jessica Simpson's eyes twinkle?

    A. Shine a flashlight in her ear.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I was going to say: Dress Big Shiz in a White Tux and have him drive her around Georgia in a Limo...

      July 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^ fake M.A.P. comment -- SoKKKman is hijacking screen names again

      July 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Thanks you above! I hate it when people steal my name – especially to post ra c ist ignorance. People know me, I might an a$$, but im no r a c i s t, no h0merphobe and not se xist. I just have a fecal obsession that I like to share, and celebrities annoy me.

      July 3, 2013 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  60. 4 is a mac code...

    ignore her she's a putz

    July 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  61. fab4

    based on that photo, someone needs to teach Holly Madison how to hold a baby.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  62. K-man

    must be having with dem things every night.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jealous--


    July 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Big, bouncy, jiggly, squishy cans. Fun bags, actually. Good times.

    ( o )( o )

    July 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Steves

    I love her big cans.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Kim's relationship...all the best.


    July 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Nathan

    I can't wait for them to run an article telling me why I should care about a declining star's child's middle name's explanation to begin with...

    July 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |


    July 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. anony

    Let's see if they become pretentious about it and choose the latest Hollywood trend, calling your child by his middle name, when you always planned to call the child by his middle name.

    July 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  70. E. Snowden

    Is Jessica Simpson high functioning enough to explain anything?

    July 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      She has a multi-million-dollar clothing company that has made her upwards of over $100,000,000. And you? What have you done with your little life, smart guy? How functional are you?

      July 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • What about YOU, John, huh? WHAT THE F-CK ABOUT YOU?!!

      July 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Marie--Look at your mess over there not here...

    July 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Mary

    I think his middle name should be Hardware.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Another S-xy Young Woman---

    amazing bust and figure....she will be back soon....these young women are trained they have their babies and drop the weight with in 2 mo...i'm sure she's on her diet already...

    July 2, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  74. Yay Jess

    Jess is ambitious, kids, multi million dollar fashion career and living with a hunky man...sounds like the perfect life

    July 2, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Yeah but she's fat.

      July 2, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Look at your porker hacking girlfriend..not jess

      she has a functional relationship and the weight is out very soon.....plus jess has a good reputation in Hollywood so everyone knows she just had a baby ... its not rocket science....

      July 2, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Get lost you loser hacker. Noone cares about you – not even your fat mother who's probably sitting one level above her basement where you are currently living your 39th year in her basement you sad sad hacker troll.

      July 2, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      So, why the hick name 'Ace'?...

      July 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Look at your porker...

    Beautiful girl, she's young, the weight will come off i'd say 2-mo..she is young it just slides off and she is DEEPLY in love with her man

    July 2, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  76. Look at your porker...

    Beautiful girl, she's young, the weight will come off i'd say 2-mo..she is young it just slides of and she is DEEPLY in love with her man

    July 2, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  77. Jessica has a functional situation---her man loves her and she will lost the weight.

    congrats on the baby ear.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  78. Fat Slob

    Gimme two tripple cheeseburgers and baby to go.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  79. El Disgusto

    Jessica Simpson is kind of a hot, juicy little porker. I'd like to roll her in flour, then go for the wet spot.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  80. Mary Ann

    Good thing these parents have tons of money,these children will need therapy for years.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  81. Sheryl

    I have the same problem with this name as I did with "knox pitt."

    When run together, it sounds like: "A-SNOOT" (Knock-Spit is not attractive, either!)

    July 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  82. johan stalberg

    knute is a good swedish name

    July 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  83. That's called a "shart" tracie, and sharts are wonderful

    July 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sokman

      Really? Where I'm from they're called a Big Shiz...

      July 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      THIS is why I love the Marquee Blog. A few minutes ago I had never heard of a shart (although I have myself farted outt black poo on multiple occasions). Now I am enlightened and shall hold the first annual Mitre 10 SHARTATHON. I'm inviting, tracie, Alvarez, BIG SHIZ, Sokman and other fecal fans.

      July 2, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |

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