Channing (“White House Down”) Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum named their baby girl Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum back in May. The only reason I’m writing about it now is because it’s so rare to find celebrities with the taste (and judgment) to pick an unusual, but charming name.
I’m referring to Everly, an English surname that means “from the grazing meadow.” My familiarity with the name stems from my affection for the Everly Brothers, who popularized “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Suzie” about a billion years ago.
I understand that two nicknames is a naming trend popular in Britain, mainly because it heightens couples’ ability to accommodate more than one family obligation–which often perpetuates poorly-matched names unlikely to be of any interest or use to the child. As it happens, Elizabeth and Maiselle were the names of Jenna’s grandmothers*. I’ll say this: Elizabeth is one of the most versatile names ever; hence, it’s a great source of fall-back options should Everly feel the need. Maiselle is unique (in a good way) and provides another interesting option. What a pleasure it is to see an original name from a celebrity that “sings.” (I confess: I never tire of hearing–and singing–the Everly Brothers’ songs.)
*This reminds me of two posts I wrote about another Jenna’s grandmothers: “The Name Jenna and Henry Picked for Their Baby Girl: a Mystery, Part 1” and “The Name Jenna and Henry Picked for Their Baby Girl: a Mystery, Part 2.”