Jessica Simpson's Baby Name Revealed & It's Awesome

Jessica SimpsonSo, it really happened. We think. Jessica Simpson('s friend) flat out told the press the name of her unborn baby girl. Wowzers. Bold move on the friend's behalf if she just up and revealed the singer's baby's name to a rag mag. And bold move on Jessica's behalf if this was authorized. That's breaking all sorts of celebrity baby-to-be rules, isn't it?

Regardless of logistics, though, the (alleged) name really is a cute one. And it isn't super "out there" like some may have suspected. (You do know that "Zinfandel" was an option, right?) In fact, it's just perfect, and let's be honest, it's only a matter of time before it sweeps the nation.

One thing has me scratching me head, though: I thought Jessica was having a girl.

Okay, okay, okay, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Jess' baby's name supposedly is Maxwell Johnson. Maxwell is her fiancee Eric's middle name, as well as the maiden name of his grandmother. According to the friend, "Jessica wanted a name with meaning."

When you first hear the name "Maxwell," you kind of think boy, right? Like, if you were reading a resume with the name "Maxwell Johnson" on top, you'd assume, "Okay, this person is a male." Gender stereotyping? I guess, but the fact is, the majority of Maxwells in the world are dudes ... which makes this name so awesome.

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The name itself isn't so bizarre that people will raise their eyebrows and cock their heads to the side as if to say, "Come again?" when they hear it, but it will definitely set Jess and Eric's little one apart from the rest. It's the perfect amount of quirkiness. It's adorable.

But ... as one of our perceptive and intuitive writers over here pointed out, if Maxwell is in fact her name, it could make for some interesting middle school years when puberty's all the rage. What's short for Maxwell? Maxi ... as in Maxi Pad. Oof, that could be rough times.

But before and after that, it's all gravy -- Maxwell's a great name for a girl. It's cute for a baby and sexy for an adult. Nice work, Mom and Dad (to-be).

What do you think of the name Maxwell?


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JDmom... JDmommyJD

Cute name... for a boy. I dont think its feminine enough for a girl... Atleast I know I wouldnt want a manly sounding name.

Charity Morton

I love gender neutral names, but Maxwell takes it a bit far for me. (My kids are named Shea and Drew and they're both girls) but I can deal with it more than Maxi...Maxi makes me think of the girl on General Hospital... Either way its not my baby and if she love it than good for her. I know I got more than my fair share of crap for my girls names.

Jadem... Jademom07

As if there isn't enough gender confusion with a new baby since there isn't a lot other than the clothing color...why name the child with a boy name? 

 I understand names with meaning but this poor girl will be heckled.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

Don't like the name all that kid is going to get made fun of and everyone will call her maxi pad.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

or call her maxwell coffe house.

Melis... Melissa042807

There are gender-neutral names that work, and gender-neutral attempts at names that don't work. This one...don't work. Sorry, Jess and Eric. That's just my opinion. 

Whipp... WhipperWhirl

Why wouldn't she just be able to go by Max? It doesn't have to be Maxwell. Why would they call her Maxwell coffee house? I've never heard of any boys named Maxwell being called that...

danie... danielle115

If she really wanted a "family name", why not use her mother's middle name or something of that nature? She should keep the name Maxi, not Maxwell.


wow I think these celebrities need to think before having and or naming kids, and then you will have "normal" people name their kids these weird names b/c so and so in Hollywood dose it.

nonmember avatar Cynthia

My youngest is a girl and her full first name is feminine but her middle name is my grandfather's name. We call her by her initials AJ instead of either of her names or shortened versions of her name. It's neutral and in a gender based world could possibly give her a leg up as some will assume it's a boy. We just liked the names and love AJ. Really, so long as you're not naming a child some sort of slur or product, no one should really have a say!

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