Jessica Simpson gives birth to baby Ace Knute Johnson (seriously, that’s the name)

Jessica Simpson gave birth yesterday. To a little boy, which we knew already. Jessica announced she was having a boy months ago, and sources kept claiming that she and Eric Johnson had already picked out their perfect boy’s name: ACE. Ace Johnson. And that’s exactly what happened, only it’s so much worse once you know the kid’s middle name. Ace… Knute… Johnson. Pronounce it with the “K”. Ka-nute. Apparently, “Knute” is for Eric’s Swedish grandfather. The shenanigans are heavy with this one.

Maxwell’s baby brother has arrived! Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson have welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Ace Knute Johnson, her rep tells Us Weekly exclusively. Little Ace was born in Los Angeles via scheduled C-section on Sunday, June 30, the rep adds.

“Ace Knute (pronounced Ka-nute) Johnson has arrived! Mom and baby are doing great,” her rep tells Us. “Jessica, Eric and Maxwell are thrilled to welcome the new addition to their family.”

The singer, 32, and Johnson, 33, are already parents to daughter Maxwell, nearly 14 months. Us exclusively revealed in November 2012 that Simpson was pregnant again just seven months after Maxwell’s birth; Us also broke news in February that Simpson planned on naming her child “Ace.” (Ace’s middle name honors dad Eric’s Swedish paternal grandfather, Knute Johnson.)

In true Jessca fashion, the Fashion Star mentor accidentally confirmed the sex of her second baby-to-be to back in March. “The crazy thing is I never knew a wiener could make me nauseous,” she joked of her morning sickness. After realizing her mistake, Simpson added, “Well, I guess I just told the world that I’m having a boy!”

And gender wasn’t the only difference for pregnancy number two. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on March 7, Simpson shared that “this pregnancy is the complete opposite. Like with Maxwell, I felt amazing. Like I could do everything, eat everything. Do whatever I wanted. I had a lot of energy,” she recalled. “This time around . . . I’m like exhausted. Eating Tums. That’s my snack of choice.”

After about six months of dating, Simpson and Johnson, a Yale grad and former NFL player, got engaged in fall 2010, but were forced to postpone their nuptials twice due to her unexpected, back-to-back pregnancies. But a source recently told Us they’re hoping to (finally!) tie the knot soon.

At the Weight Watchers spokeswoman’s April 14 baby shower, she “was telling friends she wanted to get married a few months after the baby is born,” the source told Us. “Jessica said, ‘Let’s have this wedding already before I get pregnant with another one!’”

[From Us Weekly]

Well, congrats. It sounds like mother and baby are doing fine. I bet Ace Knute was a big baby, just like Maxwell Drew. And I hope that Jessica went on the pill (or whatever) two seconds after giving birth, because if she doesn’t do that, Eric is just going to impregnate her again. I also have to give Jessica some props for having a much healthier pregnancy this time around – she didn’t pack on the pounds like she did during her first pregnancy. That being said, I’m sure she’ll be in the gym as soon as possible because sources keep claiming that she wants to get married soon.

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  1. brin says:

    Gee, I thought Knute was for the polar bear. Oh well, congrats.

  2. A says:

    Knut/Knute is NOT pronounced Ka-nute.

    / the swede

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I was just going to say that!

    • Lilo says:

      I hate how, excuse the stereotype, Americans can’t be bothered to pronounce foreign names correctly. What’s up with that? I have never met one who actually tried to pronounce my name correctly (not the nickname)…and it’s not as if they don’t have the sounds needed in their language. And even if they did, they forgot several minutes later and called me Anne again.

      • Maybe says:

        I hate how, excuse the stereotype, Europeans and people from other countries are so quick to be judgmental about Americans not necessarily understanding the customs and words or names from their country. Consider this – maybe that particular name doesn’t occur frequently here and the person is making effort to say a certain name correctly, but just isn’t familiar with it. Or should people just acquire knowledge though osmosis and magically understand new things and words they are unfamiliar with? Your superiority complex is showing…

      • NYC_girl says:

        @ Lilo, you don’t get out much then, do you?

        My last name is Italian and 9 letters long, and 50% of the people I meet pronounce it correctly. It is not a common last name. And if they can’t pronounce it? I correct them and let it go.

      • Marigold says:

        It never gets tiring to see yet another person paint all the millions of Americans as exactly the same. Don’t ask us to excuse the stereotype. You’re using it. It’s incorrect. Why would I excuse it?

      • Noodles says:

        I’m an American and have an unusual last name. I don’t hold it against anyone for not “trying” to get it correct– I mispronounced it, too, when I met my husband.

        As for other cultures not trying– one of my best friends was from Venezuela. Her family never tried to say my name the correct way– they called me the Spanish version of my name.

        It is what it is.

        And, while we’re at it, kudos to them for using family names.

      • Spooks says:

        In that name, Ace is the horrible part. Knut is kinda cute.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        Americans from Humboldt county are the best – you’ve gotta go there! Shout out to T and Sunshine :)

      • Faye says:

        Both of my parents are Europeans, and on behalf of them I’d like to say how offensive this comment is. America has one of the most diverse populations in the world, so clearly it can’t be full of bigots who don’t bother to learn how to pronounce things.

        And do you travel abroad much? Because I can tell you that my name has been mispronounced 5 or 6 different ways in different countries – far more than in America. At least most Americans will ask you if that’s the right way to pronounce something, and will apologize if they get it wrong.

      • Andrea says:

        I’m an American living in Canada now, but everytime I got a new job or was in college in states, everyone wanted to mispronounce my name. My name is pronounced onnn-dreee–ahhh not anndd–dree–ahh. I actually had a few people in the US say well around here, it is ALWAYS pronounced the way I do not pronounce it, as though , my folks should have known better or something. I actually also had people continue to mispronounce it and when corrected, act like I am being a bitch for trying to change them. I will say, thus far, in Canada, I only have had to correct people once at my new job and no one has given me grief about it. I don’t get why it is sooo hard for some people.

      • Spooks says:

        I had a summer job working as a receptionist in a hostel. My name is Marta ( with a rrrr). We had guests from all over, but only Americans insisted on calling me Martha, even when I corrected them. We had Canadian, Irish and English guests and none of them did that. They at least tried to pronounce it correctly. Most of the Americans were really lovely people, though, so it didn’t bother me that much.

      • Cletus says:

        I’m an American, living in the American South, in a tourist town. My name gets hosed all the time. I don’t give a shit. When I meet people in passing or through my job, I deeply don’t care if/when they pronounce my name wrong. I will probably never see them again, and if I do it is within the purview of my job. These people are not my mom. They don’t have to say my name they way I prefer. I’m not that special and neither are they. Jeez. It doesn’t matter.

    • Trillian says:

      This is how you pronounce it:

      Don’t like the name, but it’s not that hard.

      / the german ;-)

      • Mommak918 says:

        Hello other German ;)

        My last name is Knuth.

        Interesting middle name. I like it.

        No one ever gets my last name correct. NEVER.

      • Lucinda says:

        When you run it together with that pronunciation, it’s pretty cool actually. As for whether or not people say names the correct way here, I have run into multiple people with the same name, spelled the same way and pronounced differently. (ie-Andrea (after reading this site-3 pronunciations, Amy, Sonya). Don’t even get me started on spellings. So whatever.

    • judyjudy says:

      It’s his grandfather’s name. I’m pretty certain his grandfather knows how to pronounce his own name and if he says the ‘k’ he says the ‘k’.

    • Jackie says:

      Maybe that *is* the way his grandfather’s name is pronounced.

  3. LahdidahBaby says:

    I like both names, but NOT together.

  4. Isan says:

    I don’t know why, but I keep reading the name as Acne…..

  5. Lillith says:

    Ace Knute?? Honestly, Blue Ivy kicks ass as a name compared to all these crappy names I keep hearing. Infact Blue Ivy sounds quite beautiful to me now, Jazzy.

  6. Dawn says:

    I think it’s sweet that they included a grandfather in the name! And really it isn’t the worst celebrity baby name of the year that I’ve heard. Congrats to Jessica and Eric!

  7. Leah says:

    I actually like that she gives her kids names with meaning to her and her fiancé. It’s not like she’s pulling these names from thin air so I’m not going to ridicule her for it. It’s sweet.

    Congrats to her and her family.

  8. Andrea says:

    I enjoyed Jessica so much years ago. Now, I always feel a little sorry for her. But she seems happy with her two children so I’m happy for her. Hope the relationship works out.

    • Joanna says:

      Why do you feel sorry for her? She has a supportive man who seems to adore her. There are rich men with women who are the supporters/helper and no one feels sorry for those men. Just because the typical roles are reversed, it doesnt mean he doesnt love her.

  9. DanaG says:

    I don’t think it’s as stupid as North at least Ace is a name and has an actual meaning. Knute sounds like the polar bear. LOL North and Ace Knute can go on dates…Congrats to Jessica though she really has grown up since becoming a mum. Let’s hope she has gone on the pill or next year it will be baby number 3 and who knows what that one would be called. LOL

  10. Simply Red says:

    Glad the baby is healthy and Jessica is doing fine…

    She named the baby after the grandfather and that has sentimental meaning.. Ridiculing a baby name really…

    Anyway congrats to Jessica and Eric!!!!

  11. epiphany says:

    Well, at least this is one celebrity pregnancy no one would ever accuse of being a pillow baby. Girl was authenically and unequivocally preggo!

  12. L says:

    Still a better name than Nori West. (my new standard for awful ‘celebrity’ name)

    • Jayna says:

      I think Nori West is an adorable name. It’s North West, lol, her formal name, that boggles the mind. Hey, Northwest, where are you heading? I can see the jokes now from classmates.

      More than anything, I know prissy Kim Kardashian would never decide to not give her precious princess a middle name. I hate how she is so under the thumb of Kanye and gave her kid a name that Kanye didn’t want a middle name to interrupt. Gotta have that north west connected, no interruptions. What a joke on your daughter. Okay. I do think she stood up to him by saying, okay, North West, if she’s called Nori. I give her credit for that.

      Kanye throws out your complete wardrobe. No problem, honey. I will dress exactly how you want. Kanye names your daughter. Whatever you want, babe. No middle name? No problem, Honey. North West, I love it. You’re brilliant, honey. Want to spend the whole pregnancy away from me for your art and privacy? No problem, honey. Just marry me so I get part of your fortune.

  13. Larissa says:

    Snory West, lol, I always think of that! And ok Ace Knute is not the best combo ever, they could have also pronounce the second correctly, but none is horrible if used separately. ;)

  14. Jayna says:

    Well, he envisions his son being a football player, so Ace works. I’m not a fan of Ace, but it’s their baby. She looked great during her pregnancy and it seemed to fly by.

    I wish someone would ask what he does for a living.

    • Nina W says:

      I’m not a fan of the name Ace, it sounds like a nickname to me. I like the name Knute, I like when people choose names that have family meaning. I also thought naming her girl Maxwell made no sense but that’s a minor inconsequential opinion from me, they seem like a sweet family. Grats to them!

  15. Elisabeth says:

    Grats on the birth of your future card shark.

    Seriously though..not as bad as most

  16. diva says:

    It’s not horrible and the knute is just a middle name that he probably won’t use often. Makes more sense then blue ivy, North West, Apple, etc. I still think her guy is sketchy. She may want to get married but I think she’s got a kfed on her hands.

  17. MrsBPitt says:

    I don’t know why…but the minute I heard the name Ace…I get a picture of little Maxwell trying to say her brothers name and it coming out “Ass”…

  18. JL says:

    Let the Baby pic bidding begin, who will get more, Kim or Jessica. If that Royal baby comes soon then someone’s going to get left out of the limelight…..

    I didn’t care for the name, but given it’s a family name I can appreciate it.

    I like Jessica and if Eric Johnson graduated from Yale then he can’t be all dumb, his problem is going to be Jessica isn’t a s dumb as she plays so he’d better watch himself.

  19. Nicolette says:

    Congrats! From her comment about eating Tums in this pregnancy, I wonder if he was born with hair. It’s one of those ‘old wives tales’ about pregnancy that if the baby has hair, you have a lot of heartburn. My son was born with hair, and I had some fierce heartburn while carrying him. I was eating Tums like Tic Tacs :)

  20. lucy2 says:

    I have a feeling some kid in middle school is going to call him Nut Johnson. Which is…not good. I do like using family names though.
    Ace is cute – for a nickname.

    • mayamae says:

      It sounds like a southern nickname like Bubba or Junior. People have the right to name their kid what they want, but it always irritates me when the father picks the name because he’s convinced his kid is going to be a sports star. Why doesn’t anyone name their kid convinced they’re going to be the president or a famous scientist?

  21. Trek Girl says:

    I like the name. It’s not another generic name, and I am very happy about that.

  22. Chordy says:

    This Scandinavian American would like to call shenanigans on you calling shenanigans on the middle name. Knute is an incredibly common Scandinavian name. It would be like a Swede pointing and laughing at someone named Joe.

  23. BeefJerky says:

    Does anyone else think this kid is going to be called ‘ass-nut’ growing up??

  24. Elise says:

    I love that they gave both of their kids family names and they seem genuinely happy together. I’m Jewish and we have a similar tradition, but instead of the actual name we use the first letter after a deceased loved one. I’m glad she kept the TMI to a minimum this time around!

  25. Enn says:

    Congratulations to Jessica and Eric. My only other contribution is that I went to high school with a guy named Knute (also a family name) so it’s not weird to me at all.

  26. Jennifer12 says:

    Ace is a nickname, not a name. God, this poor little boy. Then again, his sister is Maxwell and his cousin is Bronx.

    • Dawn says:

      And yet both Maxwell and Knute are family names and NOT a direction or a color or a fruit or city or a country so in my book, this little guy still won the name game! Even if his first name is a nickname.

      • Jayna says:

        I hate Maxwell as a girl’s name. Sorry. All I can think of is Maxwell Smart. It’s just an unattractive first name calling a girl Maxwell.

        But it is far better than Apple, because lttle Maxwell can at least be known as Maxi, which is actually cute on a little girl (except the jokes in middle school that will hit her Maxipad).

        If they didn’t shorten it and always called her Maxwell, I don’t know which is worse Maxwell or Apple. Well, Apple is one of the worst names of all time, because there’s no nickname possible. Appi?

      • Jennifer12 says:

        Well, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. People would probably hate my kids’ names, which are unusual, but in NYC, that’s the norm. I hate when people name their kids things like Banjo, Peanut or Ace because it’s just plain mean to a person who won’t be a baby forever. Maxwell is sort of tolerable; IMO, Ace and Bronx are dumb names. Use them as MIDDLE names, if you want to be quirky.

  27. DesertPoppy says:

    Well I hate this name too. Hated her daughters name and I don’t like her son’s name any better. North West is certainly worse but that isn’t saying much.

  28. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    It was a toss-up between Knute and Æthelred The Unmemorable, but that seemed a more suitable moniker for his papa.

  29. Elisabeth says:

    Maybe every time Jessica gets second thoughts about the boyfriend, he gets her pregnant and she drifts off into baby bliss

  30. Jayna says:

    She will be in the gym soon for a bigger reason. She kind of breached her massive contract with Weight Watchers by getting pregnant four months after giving birth and in the midst of her campaign with them as spokesperson, so she’s still earning that huge multi-million-dollar deal with them. She has to take it back off for WW.

  31. Emily C. says:

    Ace Johnson. Well. I hope he goes by “Knute”, it doesn’t sound as silly.

  32. May May says:

    I actually really like the name Ace- as a given name, not so much, especially given the reasoning behind it, but it’s not terrible. And I’m not one to comment on dumb baby names, considering the ones my father saddled me and my brothers with…

  33. Marianne says:

    Knute makes me think of the polar bear.

  34. Tiffany :) says:

    I don’t understand why people get so upset over what other people name their children, or how you pronouce that name. Who cares!

    If the parents say that is how you pronounce that kid’s name, THAT IS HOW YOU PRONOUNCE IT.

    People all over the world have different sounds for the same letter. Get over it!

    • Nina W says:

      Yeah that’s great except you spend a lot of your life facing people that are reading your name and pronouncing it based on what they see. I have spent many hours of my life correcting people on how to pronounce my name. I have had people give me a hard time about it. I have had to defend my parents choice and it gets tiresome. When you name a person they have to deal with it for the rest of their lives and if it’s unusual and difficult to pronounce you end up having to explain it all the freakin’ time, over and over and over and people still don’t get it right.

  35. Thora says:

    I thought AYCE was the fashionable way to spell it.