Russell Brand Gives Baby Classic Girl Name but Vows to Raise 'It' Gender Neutral

Russell Brand appears at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, to promote and sign his new children's book
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Just call him papa! Good news travels fast across the pond as we're celebrating comedian Russell Brand becoming a dad for the first time. The 41-year-old funnyman and his fiancée, Laura Gallacher, recently welcomed a girl (E! News says Laura's sister revealed the baby's gender on Twitter), who happens to have a pretty kick-ass name full of darling throwback feels.



Should you happen to be a fan of baby names with retro vibes, you might want to jot this one down.

Russell and Laura named their daughter Mabel, which was quite popular during the Victorian era. It's a pretty adorable baby name (Mabel is actually a Latin shortname that means "lovable") that's soft and has an old soul feel to it.

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Aside from the awesomeness that Russell is a new dad, it's pretty cool to hear him spill a few beans about his plans for raising his daughter -- and his desire not to put her in a box because of her gender. During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Russell admitted he and his fiancée didn't want to find out the sex of their baby until Laura gave birth and, thus, don't really feel the need to force a certain way of living on their child.

"....  I may not even ever impose a gender upon it, let the child grow up and be the whatever the hell it is, never tell it there is such a concept," Russell said during the interview.

We can dig it, Russell!

As "crazy" as raising a child to be gender-neutral might sound to some, it's pretty common for many moms and dads to do this. Doing so opens the door for children to grow up playing and learning in a way that doesn't force them to conform to many of the gender roles society tries to enforce. It's what makes boys who play with household toys and wear the color pink less of a big deal. It teaches our daughters they don't need separate "girl toys" because they can't use or handle ones intended for little boys.

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It simply allows kids to be kids without shame for enjoying something that has an attached gender label.

Congratulations again on your little one, Russell. Here's to enjoying all those sleepless nights and bonding with your sweet Mabel! 

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