Channing Tatum & Jenna named their newborn daughter Everly Tatum: eh?

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan welcomed a baby girl last week in London. Channing is in London for work, so he moved his family (including the dogs) to the UK while he worked, and he and Jenna made their peace with her giving birth in London. The announcement came over the weekend, although it took forever to find out that Jenna had given birth to a girl. And now we know the name!

Channing Tatum is now officially the Sexiest Dad Alive.

He and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed daughter Everly on Friday, May 31 in London, they announced on their respective websites.

Both parents posted “Welcome to the World!” with the message: “Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Everly Tatum, who was born on May 31st in London. Sending love and light to Chan, Jenna, and Ms. Everly!”

It is the first child for the couple, who wed in 2009 after meeting on the set of Step Up. They announced their pregnancy in December. Everly arrived in London, where the couple has been residing while Tatum, 33, films Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis.

[From People Mag]

Everly Tatum? I’m sorry, but I really dislike that name. “Tatum” is such an odd last name anyway, and the princess-y quality of “Everly” doesn’t really go with Tatum. It also sounds – and pardon me for showing my Southern roots – very much like what a Southern dude thinks is a “fancy” name. Channing is an Alabama boy, and he’s pretty rednecky. So if you look at it that way, Everly sort of fits. Maybe they’ll call her “Lee”. Lee Tatum sounds badass.

Meanwhile, Channing went back to work three days after Jenna gave birth, according to Us Weekly. So much for paternity leave!! THANKS OBAMA.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    I kind of like the name…it could be worse.

    • Dutchy says:

      I think it’s kinda cute too

      • Spooks says:

        I like the name too. And it suits a girl better than a boy, when Anthony Kiedis gave his son the name Everly Bear I thought it was horrible, but I like it for a girl.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Agreed. Eons better than some other celeb baby names. I like it shortened to Lee, too.

    • Chickie Baby says:

      Absolutely it could have been worse—far worse. At least they didn’t name her after any sort of fruit or some exotic name with a questionable meaning (uh, Suri, anyone?).

      Everly sounds like a very sweet name.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Whatever people want to name their kid I am fine with. The child can change their name or use initials to mix things up a bit when they get older like S. Epatha Merkerson, whose first name is Sharon.

        So many names we think aren’t “weird” now started off as a man’s name, a last name, an object, or a job. When you use a sound as a name…it becomes a name. The people who know the person will get used to it.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Ack! I didn’t mean to reply to your post, I was commenting in general and I must have clicked on the reply by your comment by accident.

    • StormsMama says:

      This was one of our top 5 for our girl. I like it.

    • Liv says:

      Cute name!

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Me too. I’ve always liked Everly or Evelyn.

      At some point, you just have to realize that nothing goes with Tatum, so pick a name you like.

    • Samtha says:

      Me too! It’s cute and sweet.

  2. marie says:

    it’s not the worst name I’ve heard, definitely not the best. Everly Tatum becomes Everly Tater which becomes Every Tater..

    • Erinn says:

      When I eventually have a baby I’m going to be doing that with every possible name.

      Luckily, the fiance’s last name is Colquhoun (Cull-hoon), so there’s not a whole lot to break it down into to my knowledge.

      • marie says:

        yeah, I think you’re pretty safe with that last name. (bet most everyone mis-pronounces, which has got to be annoying)

      • Erinn says:

        You’d be correct there. And the blank stares you get when someone has to spell it are priceless.

        I was going to be a teacher too before switching schooling. I can’t even imagine elementary grade kids trying to spell that one lol.

    • V4Real says:

      Happily Everly After. :)

  3. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    I think they misspelled Evelyn Tatum.

  4. pfeiffer87 says:

    Jenna’s style whilst pregnant has been on point! I like the name Evelyn – not so sure about Everly – I think it’s one of those meh names – I neither love it nor hate it.

  5. Tapioca says:

    It could be worse, he could be a Teletubbies fan, she could have been “Po”…

  6. Birdie says:

    I really like the name.

    • Julie says:

      i like YOUR name, Birdie. is that your real name? i’m due with a little girl in 7 days and i plan on naming her Birdie…

      • Birdie says:

        OMG, congrats and hope everything will be going well!
        No, unfortunately that’s not my real name. How cool would that be?! Busy Phillip’s daughter’s name is Birdie, too.

  7. Anna says:

    It sounds like something they’d name a kid in Panem. Not necessarily in a bad way.

  8. missiecoco says:

    Everly is a stunning name. But agree that Tatum is an odd surname to try to match something to. Everly has a pretty ring to it but when you say it with Tatum it loses it it little.
    Congrats and all the best to both of them. Love these two. Can’t wait to see pics!

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – pretty name, but not a great pairing with the last name. But overall not bad, especially compared to some.

  9. Talie says:

    It’s a trendy name… I’m not a fan of giving little girls cutesy names because I don’t think they hold up well when they become women. Same with boys…like Johnny instead of Jonathan.

    • Amanda says:

      Yeah. That irks me too. It’s like parents don’t realize that one day their baby will be an adult. I don’t mind nicknames like Jonny for Jonathan when he’s little, but put Jonathan on the birth certificate.

      • Georgina says:

        I have the same gripe. Nicknames are great, but don’t curse the kid with it as their legal name. I have a coworker who named her kid Alleigh because she liked The Notebook and wanted to put a spin on it. Alleigh/Ally/Allie is an okay nickname, but it doesn’t sound good on an adult.

  10. Samigirl says:

    I *love* the name. So happy for these two!

  11. DanaG says:

    I don’t like Everly bet people call her Beverly. LOL It doesn’t go with Tatum it doesn’t flow the way a pretty girls name would.

    • Isa says:

      When I wanted to name my daughter Everly, about 5 years ago, my sister wrinkled her nose and said “it’s Beverly without the B.”

  12. Esmom says:

    I think the name is cute, if it is in fact Everly. Kinda masculine with a flirty twist.

    I’m sure they will be an adorable family…I was neutral on them until this pregnancy, they’ve grown on me. Best wishes to them.

  13. Cari says:

    I really like the name. I never understood people trying to match a girls name to the surname…it may change down the road if they take on their husbands last name anyhow.
    I think it is a lovely, feminine name.

    • Lucija says:

      My kids are named Morana, Dunja and Mislav ( traditional Croatian names, quite common back home) because I’m Croatian. My husband is Irish American so they have a very Irish last name. I don’t think the name has to go with the surname.

  14. Jayna says:

    What an adorable name, unlike “Apple” and all the other kooky names by celebs. She is short and she really showed how to look stylsh yet flattering to her figure during pregnancy. Too bad Kim didn’t look at her style and take notes. Such a cute couple.

  15. Dawn says:

    Everly is a great name. I had a great-aunt named Everly and she lived to be damn near 100 and was ultra cool! In our family she was called Evie for short. So congrats to them on their new addition.

  16. Lucretia says:

    I bet she shortens it to Eve later on, because Everly sounds a bit precious. Eve Tatum is good. Glad the baby is fine.

  17. TG says:

    Aren’t there several other Hollywood babies named Everly? I actually think Everly Tatum sound ok together. They seem cute together even though Channing looks like a chump. Thank god they didn’t name her Madison. Every time I go to the playground I hear some annoying suburban mom calling to her “Madison”. Ugh

    • HouseofBeatrix says:

      Yes, Anthony Kiedis’ son’s name is Everly Bear. He named the the kid after The Everly Brothers.

    • Georgina says:

      And I believe the villain from the first Twilight named his baby girl Everleigh too.

  18. Katie says:

    I would never name my daughter Everly, but I think it’s pretty.

    I can’t stand either one of them, but the fact that they didn’t name the kid Ava makes me like them a little more.

  19. jaye says:

    I don’t get why people are saying “Everly” doesn’t “flow” well with “Tatum”. It’s not like it hits the ear harshly. I really like the name.

  20. Carol says:

    He announced early on that he wouldn’t take any time because of the movie. No surprise that he is back on set. If it works for them . . .

  21. Tessa says:

    I like Beverly or Evelyn better, I am pretty traditional and am not really into completely made up names… but it’s ok, it’s cute.

    • Georgina says:

      Everly was a bit of a fashionable name for boys a long, long time ago. Considering the current refashioning of some boys’ names for little girls, I’m not surprised to be hearing of little girls being named this. It’s definitely not made up, though.

  22. Yelly says:

    They’re so cute together.

  23. tia says:

    Oh no I had no idea he was rednecky, ick. Kind of takes all that sexiness away.. Nontheless, congrats on the new baby. Children are life changing and in the absolute best way imagineable.. :)

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      He was a stripper, which is pretty trashy. My SIL and her boyfriend were both strippers and the male strippers were so nasty (slapping women in their faces with their junk etc). I remember the boyfriend telling me about how one of the dancers gave a client crabs in her hair, from grinding on her head.

  24. Amanda says:

    I don’t care for it. Now if they named her Evelyn, I would like that much better.

  25. Suze says:

    Congratulations to the new parents.

    I think Everly is pretty American-southern.

    It’s not my favorite name but it’s also not my kid so I’ll shut up about it.

  26. Sarah says:

    What’s wrong with Everly? I like it! Far better than the freakish names a lot of celebrities give their kids (cough – Goop! – cough). You don’t have to be bitchy about everything. ;-)

  27. moon says:

    Everly sounds like some redneck idea of posh british princess!

    • nc_magnolia says:

      THIS.

      One of my gf’s named her little girl “Londyn” (yes, with a “y”) and it made me want to punch myself in the face. Sooo pretentious and trashy.

      Oh, and “Everly” is NOT a Southern name.

      • Suze says:

        It’s part of a southern tradition of using family last names as first names.

      • nc_magnolia says:

        @ Suze-

        I am Southern born and Southern bred to the bone. Yes, you are right that using the mother’s maiden name is a tradition, if “Everly” was her family surname. Or if Everly was a surname in the Tatum family, as well.

        If it is simply a made up, given name, it is not Southern tradition, period. Sorry.

      • Suze says:

        True – we don’t know what the Channings were thinking when they decided on Everly. Maybe it wasn’t a family name just a made up miss mosh.

        I agree that Londyn is just a horrid name.

        And I am not trashing Southern names at all. Far from it – I love them and think many of them are almost musical. My college roommate was from the MIssissippi Delta and her name was Laurie Dennis Lastname and her twin was Anna Dabney Lastname. LOVED those names.

      • nc_magnolia says:

        @ Suze-

        Yes, and I was one of the hostesses for the gf’s baby shower. Spent the entire event (and pregnancy) biting my tongue…biting the inside of my mouth. QQ…

  28. Sarah says:

    Fancy southern names? I know someone about to name his daughter Alyvia. It goes well with his anti Obama memes on Facebook. Everly sounds fine in my opinion. Nothing goes with my married name either.

  29. Katia says:

    To each his own

    Personally I don’t care for Everly, Evelyn, Evangeline, or Ever (I know a little girl with that name)
    I kinda love Eva though

  30. Katia says:

    To each his own

    Personally I don’t care for Everly, Evelyn, Evangeline, or Ever (yes, I know a child with that name)
    I kinda love Eva though

    • Abby says:

      Sad! Evangeline is my #2 baby name choice right now. We find out this week if we’re having a boy or a girl. To each his own!

      • Esmom says:

        I love it, it’s a beautiful name. I always liked seeing it in print in the Lost credits :)

  31. madpoe says:

    I like Everly. Pretty country girl.

    ‘sides, Everly beats the core outta Apple anyday!

  32. Jen34 says:

    I really like the name. It reminds me of the southern tradition of giving a child a family surname. I went to school in the South and had friends named Branson, Fonda and Jamieson because they were surnames on the mom’s side.

  33. Rabia says:

    Everly is a cute name, even though it doesn’t really pair well with Tatum.

  34. Lucybelle says:

    I have friends who have a daughter Evelyn (which totally reminds me of Evelyn Couch on Fried Green Tomatoes) and call her Evie. Maybe that’s what the Tatums will do. Who knows. At least they didn’t name her Fifi Trixiebelle.
    I like it. But then again I’m a dirt road Indiana hick so what do I know.

  35. ohiogirl says:

    While we’re on the topic of names, what does everyone think of the name Dorothy? It’s my grandma’s name and I think it’s pretty but don’t want to stick my daughter with a name that is too old-fashioned. I could switch it to Dorothea and then nickname her Thea…I can’t wait to hear what you all say!

    • Lucybelle says:

      I love the idea of naming after a beloved grandparent or other relative. I read a book which had a character Dorothy and her nickname was Dottie. Or you could do Dory.
      I love classic old fashioned names, much better than Madysyn or Paityn (both spellings I have seen).

      • Georgina says:

        I can’t stand when parents get creative with spelling their kids’ names. Giving them something that looks trashy and no one will be able to spell right is a disservice, IMO. I know a baby named Kynzleigh, for Pete’s sake!

      • Bodhi says:

        @Georgina, I said something like that down thread. I LOATHE the “creative” spellings people come up with.

        How in the hell do you pronounce that crazy name?

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      I’m not a huge fan of old-fashioned names (a friend has a daughter named Mabel & I just can’t bring myself to like it). We definitely recycle names in our family tho, so I love that idea. We usually do it as middle names & often change it up a bit-my son’s middle name is Jon after a great-uncle John, one daughter’s middle name is Elise b/c my mum & grandma were both named Alice, one brother’s middle name is Hart for an Uncle Harry. My first name is Marisa after my great-uncle Moishe (Maurice).

      • Lucybelle says:

        Oh wow, Mabel is a little TOO old fashioned. My sister (age 36) graduated high school with an Ethel and that was sad to me!
        I like names like Eleanor, Susanna, Mary (my best friend’s and grandma’s names), Rebecca, Elizabeth etc. Not Mabel, Ethel, Edna. I think there’s a difference between classic and straight up old lady!

      • Suze says:

        Some of the trendiest names on the Upper West Side of New York are what you consider straight up old lady names: Mabel/Agatha/Edith.

        in a few years they won’t sound so old fashioned to your ears. I guarantee it.

        In 1975 *almost no one – outside of hardcore Italians* would have dreamed of naming their kid Sophia – it sounded old and out of date and granny. It was a joke to most folks. And look what happened.

      • Georgina says:

        My sister (Theodora), brother (Edward), and I all got shit when we were younger for our granny/grandpa names, but I’m glad my parents didn’t go with anything super trendy or unusual. There were so many gorls named Brittany, Ashley and Amy in my class.

      • Lauren says:

        I agree with you, Suze. Mabel doesn’t even sound that old-fashioned to me anymore because it is becoming so trendy. And that whole era of names is coming back and are very popular right now. Probably better than yet another Olivia or Madison…until they become that!

    • Amanda says:

      I love the name Dorothy! Old fashioned names are coming back now. Dot and Dotty are also cute nicknames for little girl.

    • Jen34 says:

      I like traditional names, so I think it’s fine. It will probably become trendy, though. I have a friend who named her daughter Hannah about 15 years ago and was annoyed when it became popular.

    • Esmom says:

      I think it’s pretty. I just met someone whose little daughter is named Joanne. To me that seemed really old fashioned, in a cool way.

      Dorothy is an even prettier name, with lots of ways you can go with nicknames if you want. And your daughter will be unique.

      • ohiogirl says:

        Awww thanks everyone for taking the time to respond to my question! :) I knew I could trust the collective wisdom here. I think I will use Dorothy!

      • Lucija says:

        I have a friend named Dorothy and really like that name.
        My kids are named Mislav, Morana and Dunja (traditional Croatian names)because I’m Croatian, but my husband is Irish American so they have a very Irish last name. I don’t think the name has to go with the surname.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I went to school with a girl named Dorothy (after her grandmother), and she went by Dee Dee. I thought that was cute.

      I always liked the name Emma. After my second child was born, I thought if I ever had another girl that I would name her Emma Rose (it wasn’t common or popular at the time). I’m sooo glad that I never did, because now it’s everywhere, lol!

  36. Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

    UGH! I looooooooooove that name. I wanted to name my daughter Everly so bad. Cam Gigandet has a daughter named Everly as well :)

  37. Bodhi says:

    Eh, its ok, but its WAY too trendy for me. At least it isn’t a made up name or a “regular” name with a jacked up spelling. It makes me cringe when I see some cute little kid with 7 unnecessary ys in their name

  38. RobN says:

    I actually love the name. Cute without being stupid, and it’ll work as an adult. They’ve also varied the number of syllables from first name to last, and I think that tends to sound better.

  39. Isa says:

    I almost named my 5 year old Everly! I would have called her Ever for short. I love the name, not many people I know liked it. (I’m in the south.)

  40. Itsa Reallyme says:

    I like the name Everly. I know a beautiful little girl named Everly so I already have a good impression of the name. And, her parents are very educated people so it’s not a “redneck” name.

  41. Abby says:

    Man I’m so surprised at the hate for Everly. Maybe it’s because I’m name shopping for my own baby, but it’s not a crazy name. Lots of kids are named Everly. He’s from the South… I wouldn’t expect anything hoity toity. It’s perfect, I think.

    P.S. Jenna is my maternity fashion inspiration.I wish she’d shown off more of her style!

    • Sarah says:

      I agree. She looks great in thar last pic of her in that coat

    • nc_magnolia says:

      Um, Abby?

      “He’s from the South… I wouldn’t expect anything hoity toity.”

      That was seriously an ignorant comment. Have you ever visited anyone who lives in the Southeast? I assure you, we’re not all Hee-Haw and monster truck rallies. Most of my friends are educated, well mannered and gracious. And (GASP!) we don’t all live in trailers. *eyes rolling into back of skull*

      • Abby says:

        Dude. I live in the South too. I was addressing the people dissing the South in previous comments.

      • Abby says:

        I mostly meant that in his previous interviews, at least two I can think of… he was 4-wheeling and drinking beer and talking about cooking fried chicken. He’s the one that embraces that image of the South.

  42. lisa2 says:

    I have a cousin named Ever lee.. and it is a very old family name. I like it. not sure how it sounds with the last name. And I am a southern black girl..

  43. amilu says:

    I like the name Everly mainly because my guy is a huge Everly Brothers fan.

    ^^^ and lisa2, I love Ever Lee. How perfectly Southern.

  44. anonymoose says:

    Everly is a beautiful name. And so is Everly Tatum.

  45. kct says:

    Tatum is not “odd”, in the South anyway. I went to school with several Tatum’s. I always associated it with a first name as well, since Tatum O’Neal was a child star in my day.

    I always assumed Channing Tatum was his Hollywood name but I looked it up and evidently it’s his given name.

    Everly is cute. I’m hearing a lot of Emerson lately for girls, too.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I’ve heard Emerson. I have a son named Everett. (A family name, although not a surname). I once met someone who named their daughter Everett, first time I’d heard it used for a girl. But as people have said, using boys’ names for girls seems to be on the upswing.

      • Spooks says:

        That sounds pretty cool. T bad we can’t do it here.

      • Mr. Stinky FishFace says:

        Both my girls have “Gender Neutral” names (Shea and Drew) and I love it. I do get some strange looks with Drew but honestly she’s so tiny and doll looking that it seems to fit her perfectly. We’ve decided that if we have any more kids (and especially if they’re girls) we’ll try to stick to gender neutral names like Dylan or Ryan or Kyle.

  46. Tassi says:

    My daughters name is Everly. She is 5 years old & surrounded by brothers with ‘last names’ as first nsme. We are not rednecks – educated professionals from western Canada… We call her Evs and Ever for short – but usually Everly. I don’t consider it a princess type name. To each his / her own.

    • Jayna says:

      I love the name for a lttle girl.

      I laughed at the comment that it sounded like a southern guy naming his daugher the name because he thought it sounded “fancy.”

  47. Ray says:

    What is that box on the larger dogs neck?

    • buckley says:

      I’ve been wondering too.
      I love that dog in all his pictures…so much attitude, in a good way.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        I think it might be the container of plastic baggies used for picking up any doggie “gifts”.

    • missiecoco says:

      anti bark device? gives them a wee zap if they yap too much. They seem like real animal lovers so I doubt they’d advocate something like that. But if they are barking all day & night, you’d have to do something especially with new baby coming into the house.

  48. Loren says:

    He is SO GROSS! His face, ears, body. Ugh. Yuck. When I hear “Tatum” I’m really hearing “Taint”. Everly Taint… That actually sounds better. I bet she’s a little cutie though. I love me some babies!!!

  49. kittenilla says:

    I know someone who named their daughter Alexzandriyah. Super lame but she was only 15 when she had her.

    On topic, Everly isn’t that bad. But it’s giving me future child pageant queen vibes…or maybe I’ve just been watching too much Toddlers and Tiaras.

  50. Ryan says:

    I like the name. It’s cute and feminine, and I would think their daughter might be, too. Time will tell, though.

  51. rose says:

    I like it. Everly Dewan Tatum. Nice ring to it

  52. SW says:

    I love the name!

  53. Mandy says:

    I kinda of like Everly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that before. And yes, I live in the South. ;)

  54. Jenny says:

    I think it’s a beautiful name and I don’t have a problem with it together with Tatum. But then I’m not American and English isn’t my mother tongue so maybe I’d feel differently if it was. The whole redneck-association I don’t get at all either.