Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley welcomed their son Joshua Bishop Jr. four months ago. And though their new baby is named after his father, settling on his moniker was not an easy decision.
“I couldn’t come up with a name for ages,” the 38-year-old actress confessed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. “I don’t know why, I just struggled with it. It’s a big thing, and you don’t want to fail this child with the wrong name.”
“I think Joshua is a beautiful name. And one night I sort of broached it with : ‘How do you feel about a junior?’ ” Heigl explains. “In the past he said, ‘Oh I hate that idea, I would never be that guy.’ I just wasn’t finding something I was responding to. And he was like, ‘Oh I love that, that would mean a lot to me.’ ”
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Rather than relief, Heigl felt frustration. “I was like, ‘Well, maybe had I known that nine months ago, I would have had a name sooner!’ ” she jokes.
“I did give my middle daughter my middle name, and I named my oldest after my mother and sister,” Heigl says. “That’s why I wanted this one to have Josh’s family — Josh’s name.”
With his name now set, though, the Grey’s Anatomy alum is hopeful her son will stick with it and not go by too much of a nickname. “I don’t want him to be a Joshy. Or a Junior. Or a J.J.,” she said.
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“This little boy is going to have all these girls fawning over him,” she admitted, adding, “We’re at the point where we’re really obsessed with him!”
“With a newborn, you’re forced to be still … and you have this beautiful reason to do that.”