Let’s Talk About Sex – Baby Names from Conception Stories

We know Ron Howard is an actor. We also know he’s a director. What else do we know about him? Thanks to the names of his children, we know where he and his wife have had sex.

His eldest, Bryce Dallas, was conceived in Dallas, Texas. His middle two, twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle, were conceived at The Carlyle in New York City. His youngest, Reed Cross, was named after a road in London. (Apparently Reed was conceived in a parked car.)*

Now, normally, I like names that have stories behind them. But I couldn’t imagine having a name that reminded me of my parents having sex. I think I’d be embarrassed by a name like that.

But I’m sure plenty of people think otherwise. So what I’d like to know is: How do you feel about baby names that were inspired by conception stories? Do you like them, dislike them, like them only sometimes…?

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*Nope, my original source was wrong. Here’s what Reed said a couple of years ago:

In a recent bit of full disclosure, Ron Howard said in an interview that he and Cheryl Howard’s four children get their middle names from where they were conceived. Reed Cross Howard now has a connection to a street in London where his folks were residing.

“I’m OK with it,” Reed said. “At least my name’s not Reed Volvo Howard.”

The road was called Lower Cross Road, according to Bryce (in an interview with Chelsea Handler last year).


4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Sex – Baby Names from Conception Stories

  1. Just spotted a funny (and relevant) article by Jim Mullen. Here’s the first paragraph:

    If you’re a school teacher or an employer, it will come as no surprise that many parents are naming their children after the place where their child was conceived. Paris Hilton being the prime example. There are some things I would rather not know. I don’t know if it started with Paris Hilton, but after being introduced to children named Catalina, Jamaica and Antigua, I know it didn’t stop with her. We should probably count our blessings that parents aren’t completely honest or we’d end up with classrooms full of children named Hot Tub, Princess Cruise, Port Authority and Buick LeSabre.

    Read the rest at Jewish World Review.

  2. A slight correction: Reed’s middle name is Cross because he was conceived in the family home on Lower Cross Rd. in Greenwich, CT.

  3. A conception name I just spotted:

    Whitney and Joe Exum fell in love in Carmel on the California coast. They conceived their first child during a Christmas vacation in Bequia, a tiny island near St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

    That’s why their daughter is named Carmel Bequia. She was born on Sept. 23 at Plantation General Hospital.

    How will Carmel react when she learns about the story?

    “She will think her name is special because she symbolizes our love for each other,” Whitney Exum says.

    Bequia is pronounced BECK-way.

    Source: “Infant’s Name Is Parents’ Itinerary Of Love.” Sun Sentinel 27 Dec. 1995.

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