Jenna Fischer, Kelly Clarkson welcome daughters Harper & River


Everything’s coming up PINK! First off, Kelly Clarkson welcomed her baby girl on Thursday (June 12) with husband Brandon Blackstock. Kelly announced that she was having a girl back in January, but before that Kelly was very vocal about how she really wanted a daughter. So, congrats to her. Kelly and Brandon named their girl….River Rose Blackstock. Kelly tweeted: “Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th! Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :).”

Thoughts on the name? For me… River will always be a boy’s name, because I associate it with River Phoenix. I doubt I’m the only one who has that association. So, I girl named River. I don’t know. I don’t hate it, but I’m not really in love with it either. River Blackstock sounds like a music festival, right? “I hear Radiohead is performing at River Blackstock this year!”

Meanwhile, Jenna Fischer also announced her second child’s birth. Apparently, she gave birth way back on May 25th and no one noticed until now. She gave birth to daughter Harper Marie Kirk, who joins big brother Weston Lee Kirk (who is two-and-a-half). Harper is an super-popular name these days, probably because of Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. Isn’t it funny that most people who know Harper Lee actually refer to her as Nelle? That’s her first name. Harper is her middle name. Anyway, it’s a cute name. My fear is that all of Harper Marie’s classmates are going to be named: Bella, Harper, Ben, Jackson or Kai. Those seem to be the most popular names in celebrity circles. All of a sudden, River Blackstock is looking pretty good, eh?


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  1. tinyfencer says:

    They are both really pretty girls’ names. Congrats to everyone!

  2. antisocial says:

    I thought of River (crazy smart sister) from Firefly/Serenity series first and then of River Phoenix. Adding Rose as a middle name seems cheesy and extra, but certainly it could have been much, much worse.

    Harper is nice but makes me think of ‘ole harpy/ies’ Though Perhaps no one in her generation will remember that.

    • Lex says:

      How is Rose a cheesy middle name?

      • Stef Leppard says:

        I think anti means it’s cheesy with the first name River. Like a little hippie-ish. Btw I love the name River for a boy.

    • Tippy says:

      I think “River Rose” is a type of flower that grows along the banks of a river.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      Yep, River Tam was my first thought, too. I love the name. I like Harper and I don’t know why it would be a bad thing to choose a popular name. If you like a name, why not use it just because other people like it too?

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      If only Stephen who is destroying Canada did not hold the last name of Harper, then it would seem ok – but all I can envision is his cold blue eyes.

  3. lisa2 says:

    Congrats to both ladies.

    Harper and River.. cute names.

  4. TG says:

    I like both if these women and am happy for them and River Rose has a nice sound to it but I can’t help but think of a V.C. Andrews character.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I love Harper because I have a good friend with that name, and I associate it with her. It is very popular now, but that happens. River doesn’t do anything for me, but it’s not my baby. So congrats everybody.

  6. cubfan34 says:

    I thought Kelly said they had the same named picked out for the baby whether is was a boy or girl. I assume that was first name, not middle.

    • Jessica says:

      I remember hearing that too. I think Rose is Kelly’s mother’s maiden name.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        My daughter has my great grandmother’s maiden name as her first name.

  7. D says:

    I love the name River Rose. “River” will always remind me of Doctor Who…River Song 🙂

  8. MG says:

    They are both cute but Harper is played out.

  9. Sayrah says:

    They both could be so much worse. Congrats to them!

  10. Elena says:

    River to me can never be a guy’s name. It is beautiful for a girl, though. Harper too. Congratulations to the happy parents!

  11. OhDear says:

    Congratulations to them both!

  12. Doodle says:

    My son’s name is Kai. It wasn’t popular when we chose it, I swear! Don’t mind either name, I like them better than the Ava/Madison maelstrom going on where I live.

    • AM says:

      I have a name that topped the charts in the decade after my birth, and my mother had to get my older cousins to swear up and down that it was somewhat unusual when I was born. For as ubiquitous as it became, it turns out I actually am a few years older than many with the name, I was always the only one in any classroom with my name until I got to college. Which is the long winded way of saying your Kai will be just fine!

      • Mayamae says:

        My name is Kelly, and it was not a popular name when I was growing up. There was never a pencil, keychain, etc with my name on it. It’s become popular over time, and I spent a decade hearing my name called out at stores – strange. Anyway, I can determine a “Kelly’s” age by how it’s spelled. The right way and then the cutesie add an e or an ie.

      • Stephanie says:

        I assumed you had the same first name as my daughter, Maya:)

    • GiGi says:

      My 11 year old is an Ava – and she’s way older than other kids we know with that name. It *was* unusual at one time, lol!

      And my son, Henry, is 9. We were going to name him Jude and then saw on the cover of a baby magazine that Jude was “the hot name of 2005” so we named him Henry, instead. Now, of course we know about 10 Henrys and no Judes. Womp womp.

  13. ughinsomnia says:

    Whovians everywhere rejoiced! River song and rose tyler, arguably two of the best supporting characters on Doctor Who!

  14. irishserra says:

    Me thinks Kelly just may be a closeted nerd and I love it! River and Rose…. Firefly and Who references possibly, although I am old enough to remember River Phoenix. Whatever the reason I’m happy for her and Jenna. Congrats to them on their new arrivals!

  15. A Fan says:

    Wow, ridiculous first names.

    [*Reverse the order and now we’re talkin’*]

  16. LadyElle says:

    What if it were reversed and Jenna had named her child River Fischer?

  17. Mojoman says:

    Anything is better than an Apple, Pilot Inspektor or North!

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    Congrats and happy Father’s Day to all the dads, new and old!

    • Mayamae says:

      My dad died when I was seventeen, and every year Father’s Day sneaks up and me and I’m surprised that I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  19. lucy2 says:

    Congrats to both!

  20. devon says:

    Nice names. A little too popular for me but both are nice.

  21. Marianne says:

    I like both River and Rose, just not together. It ends up sounding like you’re describing a thing rather than a name.

    Harper is also nice….but pretty overused at the moment.

  22. jwoolman says:

    You can’t guess on names. My mother named me after her sister because it was an uncommon name. There were four of us in first grade…

    Am I the only one who briefly wondered from the headline when Jenna and Kelly married each other? Yes, I’m way out of all loops.

  23. Amanda_M87 says:

    For some reason, I imagined that when Kelly said she wanted to give her child a gender neutral name, I was thinking of something like Darcy or Avery. River was quite unexpected.

  24. Jayna says:

    River doesn’t seem to go with Blackstock all that well as a last name. For some reason, I expected a name more like Callie. I love that name and it’s southern.

  25. Mikeyangel says:

    I like them both. I don’t love them but I don’t think they need my approval. So happy I named my girls classics. Alexandria and Elizabeth. Both have my two grandmother’s names as middle names. Classic and timeless (to me and my husband at least) and they probably won’t have 10 of them in their classes. I love that both of my girls can choose from about 5 different options as to what they want to be called from such long names.

  26. Lou says:

    I’m just stoked about the surname, because it’s the same as mine and I never meet other Blackstocks!