Ryan Reynolds Confirms Baby Name: Actor Says Rumors Were Correct, It’s Not ‘Butternut Summersquash’

Actor Ryan Reynolds finally confirmed his baby daughter’s name on Friday, almost three months after he and his wife, Blake Lively, welcomed their first child into the world. During an interview with Today show host Willie Geist, Reynolds opened up about the couple’s daughter and the rumors surrounding her name.

Reynolds, who appeared on Today to talk about his new movie, Woman in Gold, joked with Geist about the child’s name before he confirmed that one of the rumored names is actually right — his daughter’s name is indeed James.

Geist joked with Reynolds, recalling a conversation they had prior to baby James’ birth, about one of the rumored names, Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds.

“Can we call her Anna at least — short for Anaconda?” asked Geist.

Reynolds kept up with the baby name humor, saying, “That is not the child’s name… It’s Butternut Summersquash.”

Finally, the actor caved and confirmed that his daughter’s name is James — a name that is much easier to say than Butternut Summersquash.

“It’s James. Everyone knows. I didn’t want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media, because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, ‘Why did you do that?'”

Last month, Reynolds appeared on The Late Show and talked about the name he and Blake Lively chose for their daughter, but didn’t confirm what it was.

He told host David Letterman, “We have a name, I just don’t want to say it in, like, a media context.”

The actor went on to say that he would “tell everyone who I meet, so it’ll come out.”

Ryan Reynolds and his wife, Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, were married in 2012 and welcomed their first child in late December 2014. Reynolds tells Us Weekly that their daughter James is “totally average” and is “allergic to sleep.” Sounds like the Hollywood stars have a normal, healthy baby, and there is no doubt that she has her parents’ good looks.

[Image: Us Weekly]