Maggie Gyllenhaal & Peter Sarsgaard Chose Glorious Name for New Baby

Maggie Gyllenhaal Peter SarsgaardIt's official! Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are new parents again! The big sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal made daughter Ramona a big sister over the weekend when she gave birth to another baby girl.

That's the good news for their family. So what's the good news for the rest of the world? Maggie and Peter opted to avoid the ridiculous celebrity baby naming trends that seem to drive the general public to up the ante on nutty names. So what moniker did they pick for their new daughter?


Gloria Ray Sarsgaard.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! It fits all the markers that I love in a name. Easy to spell. Easy to say. Relatively unused -- it ranks 495 in terms of usage for girls' names according to CafeMom's Baby Name Finder. And real! Got that? It's a real name, not something they made up by throwing a bunch of magnetic letters to the fridge and going with what stuck.

Not that I expected anything less from Maggie and Peter. When they named Ramona, they made every Beverly Cleary fan grin, and it's a name that their daughter can carry through the years proudly; just as Gloria Ray can.

That's something a lot of parents seem to forget. A name is a name for the rest of your life. It needs to be suitable for a baby, a toddler, a teen, and an adult. You don't want little SKRLUJ sitting in a boardroom trying to explain what the heck her parents were thinking when she really needs to be making a presentation about the huge account she just landed. It's always nice to see a celebrity who gets that too.

Congratulations to the new family!

What do you think of the name?


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