While we don't know with certainty what Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's new daughter looks like — those clever kids! — we do know that her name is Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher. And with the proud parents holed up in their L.A. manse bonding with their new baby, we thought we'd share a few fun facts about the baby's moniker, which name expert Laura Wattenberg describes to Yahoo as "the crossover cowboy — a Wild West name that plays just as well to the urban coasts" and is part of the "huge trend toward names ending in –tt," like Emmett and Scarlett.
1. Wyatt is a "boy name." Their sweet little angel actually has an especially masculine name, which means "brave in war," as well as "little warrior" and just plain "hard." Pairing it with the ultra-feminine Isabelle softens the sound, but Wyatt alone, as the baby likely will be called, has a definite male vibe at this point in time. "Some parents do choose a middle name to 'balance out' the style of the first name, or to give the child a different option in case the name doesn't suit her," explains Wattenberg, author of Baby Name Wizard. "But realistically, the middle name has little impact. Who remembers that Tatum O'Neal's middle name was Beatrice?"
2. It's really popular. For the last decade, a lot of new parents have been naming their sons Wyatt, making it a top 100 boys name in the U.S. Last year, it ranked No. 41 on the list with 8,490 new boys being given the name. A few girls have it too — less than 20, in fact — but that is very minor in comparison, making Ashton and Mila's name decision more of a standout.
3. It's pretty badass. Whether it's perceived as a "boy name" or "girl name," Mila and Ashton gave their firstborn a tough name. In addition to it meaning "brave" and a "warrior," it's thought of as a rough and tumble Wild West name thanks to Wyatt Earp, who took part in the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881. The name has a distinct cowboy swagger vibe. That said, let's not forget that women are incredibly tough too — as we see daily on battlefields, in boardrooms, courtrooms, the big screen, sporting venues, and delivery rooms, to name just a few places. Why shouldn't they embrace fierce names too?
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4. Hollywooders are having a love affair these types of gender-bender names for girls. Before you post in the comments how "crazy" it is for Ashton and Mila to give their daughter a so-called boy name, know that this has been a popular trend in Hollywood for some time. Think: Jessica Simpson's daughter Maxwell, Heidi Klum's Lou, Rebecca Romijn's Charlie, Michelle Branch's Owen, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's Lincoln, Johnny Knoxville's Arlo, to name a few. However, it rarely works the other way where parents give their sons names that are largely viewed as female. "Wyatt isn't just an androgynous name, it's an opposite-sex name," says Wattenberg. "That may seem like breaking down barriers or promoting equality, except that it only works in one direction. Parents never choose opposite-sex names for boys. If [Ashton and Mila], have a boy in the future, I doubt they'll name him Sierra or Scarlett."
5. This isn't the first time a "celebrity" named a girl Wyatt. Notice we used the word celebrity in quotes? Rachel Uchitel, who was more tabloid topic than an actual celebrity thanks to her affairs with Tiger Woods and David Boreanaz, actually beat the Kunis-Kutchers to the punch. Back in 2012, the Celebrity Rehab participant welcomed daughter Wyatt Lilly. At the time, she shared how she and her now ex-husband, Matt Hahn, came up with it. "We chose a boy's name," she told Celebrity Baby Scoop in 2012. "We loved it and thought it was such a strong name. I have no idea where it came from — I don't know anybody with this name — it just came to us and [we] thought, 'That is so beautiful for a girl's name.' We love it and if other people don't like it, that's fine. We gave her a middle name that's very feminine to offset it." We have the feeling and Ashton and Mila don't really care what the world thinks about their baby name either.
Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher's parents confirmed their baby news on Thursday in a humorous blog post on the new dad's website. Posting an array of different baby photos — and a few animal pics too — Kutcher wrote, "Mila and I would like to welcome Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world. May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity, and privacy. Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute."
And all baby names are special — especially to mom and dad.
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