Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: The Meaning Behind Their Baby’s Name

Fans everywhere are rejoicing at the birth of a new family member for Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson. It’s no doubt an exciting time in the couple’s life. Simpson wasted no time in revealing the name of her daughter: Birdie.

As it often is in Hollywood, the name is not one you can often find at a museum’s gift shop, but we think it’s just perfect. Let’s take a look at Simpson and Johnson’s growing family, Birdie’s full name and the meaning behind it.

Jessica Simpson’s growing family

In 2010, Jessica Simpson began a relationship with former NFL player Eric Johnson. Both of them had been married before and they hit it off with one another. After less than a year of meeting, the two announced that they had gotten engaged.

Their first child came along on May 1, 2012 – a daughter named Maxwell. A year later, on June 30, 2013, they welcomed son Ace.

The couple finally tied the knot in 2014 at a ranch in California with 275 guests present. Their two young children also participated in the ceremony as a flower girl and ring bearer, respectively.

In late 2018, Simpson and Johnson announced that they were expecting a third child – a baby girl, as shared in a gender reveal photo Simpson herself posted on social media.

Throughout this pregnancy, she was very open about the issues she struggled with, albeit with a lot of the lighthearted Jessica Simpson-style humor that fans love. The 38-year-old has shared with followers about her struggles with swollen ankles, acid reflux, bronchitis, sciatica, insomnia, and even a broken toilet.

She gave birth on March 19, 2019, to a daughter named Birdie Mae Johnson.

What is the meaning behind Birdie?

According to The Bump, the unique moniker “Birdie” carries the meaning of “bright, famous,” or also just “little bird.” It can also be spelled “Byrdie” (as in actress Byrdie Bell). In addition to just being full by itself, it can be used as a nickname for the name “Bertha.”

How popular is the Birdie name?

“Birdie” currently ranks at 3,322 in popularity. It actually used to be more popular in the 19th century when it was ranked in the top 200. However, the name fell out of favor in the mid-20th century (at its lowest point, it was ranked 11,716) but moved up the rankings in the 21st century.

While it still feels like a name for grandmothers and great-grandmothers to some, others, as CEO Pamela Redmond Satran pointed out, are really embracing it these days. “‘Birdie’ feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name,” she shared. “It’s also just old enough to be right on time.”

Jessica Simpson must have also noticed its popularity in recent years, though she isn’t the first celebrity to name her child “Birdie.” Actresses Busy Philipps and Maura West both named their daughters the same about 10 years ago.

Other celebrity kids with unconventional names

It seems to be a common Hollywood tradition to give children unique names. While Jessica Simpson’s three kids have monikers that already err on the atypical side, other celebrities have been even more extreme.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West turned lots of heads in 2013 when they named their first child “North.” The couple did not stop there, though. Their two subsequent kids were called “Saint” and “Chicago.” They are currently expecting a fourth child and, based on the current pattern, he/she will most likely have an extraordinary name, too.

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo had help from Ellen DeGeneres in naming their daughter “Dusty Rose,” who was born in 2016. 

Meanwhile, in 2003, actor couple Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf named their son “Pilot Inspektor.” And that same year, actress Shannyn Sossamon decided to give her son with author Dallas Clayton the name “Audio Science.”