Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr. named their son Rocky James

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed their second child, a little boy, back in September. SMG’s rep announced the birth through an official statement, but didn’t offer any details about the actual birthday or the name. I guess that’s the new trend in celebrity births – to announce the birth a week later and not immediately confirm the name. Well, maybe not a new “trend” since I can think of many celebrities who haven’t done it, but it’s definitely one of the latest options for celebrity parents. Anyway, we finally have a name for the baby boy! ROCKY!

Sounds like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have a little fighter on their hands.

Since welcoming their second child together, a son, in September, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 35, and the actor, 36, have managed to keep their baby boy’s name a secret.

But now, the couple is ready to reveal the moniker they chose: Rocky James, Gellar’s rep tells Us Weekly. (Married for ten years, Gellar and Prinze are already parents to Charlotte Grace, 3.)

In addition to being the name of two of the most famous boxers of all time (Marciano and the fictional Balboa), Rocky is a name of English origin, meaning “stony” or “craggy.” Occasionally, it’s used as a nickname for the Italian “Rocco” (after the 14th-century saint.) James, meanwhile, is dad Prinze’s middle name.

[From Us Weekly]

Love the name James – it’s one of my favorite boy names. “Rocky” on the other hand… maybe I’m particularly warped (true story) but I never associate the name with Sylvester Stallone’s famous character. My mind always goes to that excellent Cher film, Mask, where Eric Stoltz played a kid with facial deformity. That kid’s name was Rocky. What can I say? I loved that movie when I was a kid, and I always associate the name with that performance. As for this particular Rocky James Prinze… I don’t even know. I can’t imagine that there will be any other celebrity children with the name Rocky, so there’s that.

Agent Bedhead really likes the name – she has a family member named Rocky!

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Brookie says:

    I love Mask! Most people my age have never even heard of it.

    And at least it has family roots. It may not be the most refined-sounding name, but it’s normal enough. Not Helicopter Inspektor, or whatever Jason Lee named his kid.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      That movie is great – the young people of today would probably like it; instead of a re-make (where they’d probably get Zac Efron and Julia Roberts to play mother and son) it would be cool if the studio would re-release Mask. Cher and Eric Stolz are awesome as is Sam Elliot.

  2. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Love SMG but not living the name Rocky… :(

  3. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Love SMG but not loving the name Rocky… :(

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    Hopefully, they will call him RJ…

  5. Samigirl says:

    Curious why he’s no FP III?

    My little guys middle name is James as well. Love it.

  6. pink giraffe says:

    Love Sarah M, love Freddie, LOVE that they rejected all the Hollyweird names for their daughter and gave her the lovely name Charlotte Grace but…Rocky? Everyone except for the article writer associates Rocky with Sly Stallone. It’s…an unfortunate choice.

    I really hope Geller and Prinze make it as a couple. I’ve learned not to place my trust in celeb couples, but I would feel more than a twinge of sadness if (when?) these two split.

  7. hannah says:

    Rocky means “stony”? Thank US Weekly, I would have never guessed…

  8. SmokeyBlues says:

    You go girl! I think it’s great whatever they choose to name their child, because it surely came from a place of love. It’s wonderful I see SMG as a happy mother. She was and is a role model for the inner fierceness that some of us girls are afraid to address. I seriously leaned a lot about my femininity and ferocity from Buffy.

  9. Lemonade says:

    why not Rocco and nickname him Rocky? ugh. their daughter is so pretty though! I love them together…reminder of the 90s

  10. jano1981 says:

    I love smg and I love the name rocky.

  11. Apples says:

    I really like the name :) .
    It’s different without being too weird and reminds me of Rock Hudson.

    Sooo happy they didn’t name him the Freddie the 3rd. My parents did that with our family name and it gets very confusing around the house. After having lived through it…I would never.

  12. Steph says:

    I had a dog named Rocky. He was a great dog, the best.

  13. Memphis says:

    Well my brother is named Rocky, so it sounds normal to me.

  14. Sugar says:

    I have to say my first impression wasn’t in favor or the name but I changed my mind (ah the persuasion of coffee).

  15. A Fan says:

    I just like the fact she never got a nose job…good for her.

  16. Holly Hobby says:

    Did Freddie choose this? Only because their daughter has such a traditional name and he gets a name fit for the trailer park!

  17. rose says:

    Can I get a Rocky James on the rocks! perfect drink

  18. Jenna says:

    Rocky Prinze? Oy. No bueno. LOVE the name James though.

  19. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think they’re both great; congrats.

  20. Kat says:

    Like James, hate Rocky. Hope the kid goes by RJ when he gets to school.

  21. Adrien says:

    Rocky is not a formal name. It’s a nickname. Still, it’s the most normal sounding celebrity name.