From the classic to the unconventional, today’s country stars are giving their kids some interesting baby names!
When Eric Church welcomed his second son with wife Katherine in February of this year the Internet was abuzz with the delightful news. Church and his wife gave their new bundle of joy what has got to be one of the most country sounding baby names on the planet: Tennessee Hawkins Church. The couple christened the baby “Hawk,” and with a name like that, he’s bound to have a record deal in the works already. Read on to see the normal and not-so-normal baby names of some of country music’s biggest stars.
10. Jewel – Kase Townes
Born in 2011, the son of the folk-turned-country singer and rodeo star Ty Murray has a pretty country sounding moniker. The name is a combination of Ty Murray’s best friend Kase, and Jewel’s favorite singer, Townes Van Zandt. In late 2014 the couple announced their split, but are amicable and committed to Kase.
9. Keith Urban – Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman may be Australian, but they’ve gone pretty native out in Nashville. Each of their daughters has the middle name of one of their great-grandmothers. Sunday Rose is named for Urban’s grandmother, and Faith Margaret is named for Kidman’s. The daughters of the Australian power couple were both born in music city.
8. Dierks Bentley – Evelyn Day “Evie”, Jordan Catherine and Knox
The “I Hold On” singer and his wife Cassidy have two daughters and a son, who, as of his birth, didn’t have a middle name. In a 2013 interview with People, Bentley said of his youngest child, “My wife and I liked the name [Knox]. It’s simple — my name’s one syllable. It just popped up and we stuck with it,”
7. Luke Bryan – Thomas Boyer “Bo” and Tatum Christopher “Tate”
Luke Bryan married his college sweetheart and were blessed with two sons. The couple followed an old tradition of giving the eldest son his mother’s maiden name as his middle name. Tatum Christopher is named for a friend of Bryan’s from his hometown, and his late brother, Chris.
6. Justin Moore – Ella Kole, Kennedy Faye and Rebecca Klein
It was probably a good omen that Justin Moore signed his record deal just as he was about to cut the cake on his wedding day. The “Point at You” singer and dad of three told Country Weekly that the name of his youngest daughter was inspired by his grandma, and stolen from an acquaintance: “My grandma’s name is Rebecca, but we’re going to call her Klein. We came up with that, and then I went, ‘Oh shoot . . . that’s Mike from Eli Young Band’s baby.’ I saw him somewhere, and I said, ‘Dude, do you mind if we name my kid that?’”
5. Lee Brice – Takoda Brice and Ryker Mobley
Lee Brice and wife Sarah already had a son together when they got married in 2013, which explains why Takoda Brice has his daddy’s last name as his middle name and his mama’s maiden name as his last. Tackoda means “friend to everyone”. The name is of Sioux origin and is the root of the name Dakota. Little brother Ryker was born in 2013, and his middle name was handed down to him through the generations. As Brice said in an interview with People, “Mobley was my great-granddaddy’s middle name, my daddy’s and mine.”
4. Carrie Underwood – Isaiah Michael Fisher
Like the lyrics from her 2007 hit “All American Girl”, when Carrie Underwood and her husband (professional hokey player Mike Fisher) found out they were expecting, they both wanted a girl. Providence had other plans, however, and they welcomed baby Isaiah in February of 2015. The baby name presented a challenge though, and Underwood explained in an interview with People in February (before the baby was born): “We joke a lot about funny things that go with Fisher, but there’s not some family name that I have had to be like, ‘No! That’s terrible!'” Though they haven’t explained their choice, the “Something in the Water” singer is a devout Christian, and the biblical connotations of the name Isaiah are undeniable. His middle name, Michael, may well be after his father.
3. Zac Brown – Justice, Lucy, Georgia, Joni and…Alexander!
It’s easy to imagine the excitement Zac Brown and his wife Shelly felt when they found that they were finally having a son to be a brother to their four precious daughters. The lead singer and namesake of the Zac Brown Band joked to People in 2011 after the birth of his fourth daughter, “We’re just gonna keep on going until we get a boy.” Large families are nothing new to the “Toes” singer, since he comes from a family of 12 children himself.
2. Brad Paisley – William Huckleberry “Huck” and Jasper Warren
It’s no secret that Brad Paisley has a good sense of humor. The country star’s oldest son, who inspired his hit “Anything Like Me” does not fall far from the Paisley tree. His mom, Nashville star Kimberly Williams-Paisley told People that after breaking his arm once, he walked into the hospital and identified himself by his dad’s name. “He knew how he could maybe get their attention and get the best treatment possible,” Williams laughed. Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly named their younger son Jasper Warren, after Brad’s grandfather, and he likely shares his dad and big brother’s mischievous spirits.
1. Eric Church – Boone McCoy and Tennessee Hawkins “Hawk
If there was a prize for countriest baby name, Eric Church and his wife Katherine would undoubtedly have won it twice now. In an interview with CMT the “Talladega” singer stated that the name of his oldest son is derived from a combination of family names: “Boone was a family name, and it’s also the name of the city where I went to school in North Carolina, and McCoy was a family name on Katherine’s side. So we were trying to put family names together. We played around with Boone McCoy, and McCoy Boone. But we needed to make sure we laid eyes on him to make sure he looked like a Boone McCoy. And he does.” Tennessee Hawkins joined the Church family in February 2015, and though there hasn’t been word yet on the origin of Hawk’s name, it’s bound to be meaningful to the couple.