According to a June 14 report by People, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock recently welcomed their baby girl to the world. "Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th!" Kelly tweeted. "Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!!"
Kelly isn't the only star who is a fan of the name River – Keri Russell gave birth to son River Russell in 2007. Kelly hasn't revealed the inspiration behind the name, which immediately brings to mind late actor River Phoenix. However, Keri provided People with a different explanation for her son's name. "It was a name we like, and my husband grew up on Martha’s Vineyard," she said. "[There were] a lot of sort of unusual hippie names, so we thought we could get away with it." Because Kelly chose the the similarly nature-inspired middle name Rose, it sounds like she also went the hippie route.
Kelly Clarkson's baby name also has something in common with the moniker Lil' Kim recently gave her daughter. The rapper raised eyebrows by bestowing her baby girl with the regal name Royal Reign (that's one way to show Blue Ivy who's the real queen bee of hip-hop babies). Like River Rose, Royal Reign has alliterative first and middle names (meaning they start with the same letter). However, River Rose sounds like the name of a future folk singer while Royal Reign will definitely be rap royalty. Perhaps Kelly and Lil' Lim have kicked off a new Hollywood baby name trend with their matchy monikers.
From the sounds of it, Kelly wouldn't be too impressed with Lil' Kim's crazy baby name. "Honestly, the name we've picked, if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s the same name," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "You won’t guess it. It’s a random name. But it’s not like … 'Blue Jazz.' It’s not going to be a weird name." That wasn't a dig at Blue Ivy at all. Kelly Clarkson might not think that her name choice is unusual, but it's a good thing that she had a baby girl – a boy might not be a big fan of the middle name Rose.
What do you think of Kelly's nature-inspired baby name? Are you a fan of alliterative first and middle names?