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Celebrity Trend: Naming Baby Girls Junior After Dad

Hmmm… Is this a trend of celebrities naming their baby girls after their dads?

Could be! As the institutional memory in celebrity pregnancy online content, I have noticed a pattern.

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant chose to name their newest arrival, daughter Capri Kobe Bryant.

Two years ago, tennis ace and newest Wheaties box cover model Serena Williams named her daughter after her husband, who famously has a name that is usually given to a girl anyway: Alexis.

Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. is named after dad, Reddit co-founder and investor Alexis Ohanian. (She boasts over a half a million followers on Instagram)

Similarly, NBA star Imani Shumpert has a unisex first name that usually is given to girls and thus it’s not a stretch to have his daughter with singer, model and dancer Teyana Taylor be named Imani Shumpert, Jr. (though she is affectionately nicknamed “Junebug” and has 444K followers)

I must admit, the “Junior” at the end adds an extra layer of “kicking conventionality in the buttocks” to me! Gotta love it!

Who else? Add to the list and join the convo at @Bellyitch on Facebook under this post!

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Welcome 4th Daughter, Capri

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Congrats to Vanessa Bryant on the birth of her fourth child, another baby girl.

The wife to NBA star Kobe Bryant shared the news on Friday, June 21 via Instagram though she actually gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, June 20, US Weekly reports.

“Our baby girl is here!!!!!!” Vanessa wrote on Friday, June 21, via Instagram. “Capri Kobe Bryant. So thankful for our newest baby blessing.”

The former Los Angeles, Lakers star and his wife announced on New Year’s Day on January 1 that they had another baby on the way with an enthusiastic Instagram reveal.

“Vanessa and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting another #mambacita to go along with Natalia, Gianna and Bianca,” the athlete wrote at the time. “New Year, New Baby! Baby Mamba on the Way 2019.”

The couple are parents to daughters 16-year old Natalia Diamante, 13-year old Gianna Maria-Onore and 2-year old Bianka Bella,.

The baby’s middle and last name is the same as dad’s!

It is reminiscent of Serena Williams‘ daughter who shares the same firs and last name as her dad, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, and Teyana Taylor‘s daughter Imani Shumpert Jr. who shares the same first and last name as her dad. Is this a new celebrity trend or what?

Inside Vanessa Bryant’s Baby Shower for Baby Girl #4

Vanessa Bryant celebrated her Mother’s Day weekend with a baby shower to welcome the addition of her latest princess to the Bryant family.

In family photos of the event posted by Bryant and her famous Los Angeles Lakers retired basketball player husband Kobe Bryant, pink white and gold balloons, butterfly ornaments and pink rose florals in white box vases can be seen in front of a green shrub wall.

“Happy Mother’s Day @vanessabryant,” the NBA legend captioned a photo of his family at the baby shower. “We love you and thank you for all that you do for our family. You are the foundation of all that we hold dear.”

Vanessa took time to pose with her mom at the event.

The 4-time mom-to-be wore a stunning pink bump-hugging, long sleeve off the shoulder dress which looked fab with her neutral baby pink nails, and soft blush makeup, her hair in loose cascading ringlets.

The couple are parents to three girls: 16-year old Natalia Diamante, 13-year old Gianna Maria-Onore and 2-year old Bianka Bella.

They announced they were expecting their fourth child on New Year’s Day, another girl.

Kim Kardashian-West and Vanessa Bryant Both Expecting 4th Child

The year has started out with new celebrity baby news. Kim Kardashian West and her husband rapper/designer Kanye West confirmed that they are expecting their fourth child via surrogate. 

The baby on the way will join big siblings 1-year old Chicago, 3-year old Saint and 5 1/2 year old North, PEOPLE confirmed.

Also, former NBA star turned Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant announced via Instagram that he and his wife since 2001, Vanessa Bryant are expecting their fourth child as well.

“Vanessa and I are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting another #mambacita to go along with Natalia, Gianna and Bianka,”  the Academy Award-winning Dear Basketball animated short producer shared, revealing the sex of the child. 

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Welcomed Their Third Daughter

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When you’ve already given birth but you want to share with the world your totally gorgeous maternity portrait with all that shiny and healthy pregnancy hair and your man giving off all the feels vibes…was totally what Vanessa Bryant’s latest Instagram post was telling me.

Mrs. Vanessa Bryant and her husband veteran retired NBA star of the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant welcomed their third daughter last week, TMZ Sports reported.

The new arrival joins their daughters 13-year old Diamante and 10-year old Gianna Marie-Onore.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the 2016 ESPY Awards in July.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the 2016 ESPY Awards in July.

We see RED is the philanthropist mom’s fave color. She looks good in it and wore it often this pregnancy, during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the ESPYs this year in July, shortly after announcing the pregnancy and that they were having a baby girl.

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She also looked great in a red mini dress when in this 2011 archival photo at the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

photo: Getty, Starcast, Screengrab

The Bryants Take in a Lakers Game Courtside

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Third-time mom-to-be Vanessa Bryant took in a game with her girls (in belly and out) and her husband, retired NBA veteran Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. She posted a photo of her brood enjoying a Lakers game court side and apparently, all of the activity and action had her soon-to-born daughter excited as well.

“My baby girl kept kicking me????,” the philanthropist captioned a photo she shared on Instagram.  “and Gigi (her daughter) looks like she’s ready to go in and play.”

Nice! You know how the saying goes: a family that has court side seats together…stays together. Ok. Maybe, that’s not precisely how the saying goes but you get the drift. It was a very adorable family fun moment captured.

Pregnant Vanessa Bryant Enjoys Perks of Not Having to Share Kobe with NBA

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Third-time mom-to-be Vanessa Bryant is enjoying the perks of having her husband, retired NBA veteran Kobe Bryant, home more often. The couple is currently baby-mooning in Hawaii.

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Bryant shared photos of some of the sights that she is enjoying on the big island.

And a couple of weeks ago, on the way home from the Adele concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, she enjoyed a nice foot massage to soothe her achy pregnancy ankles.

“#Adele #Concert #Prego#TinyAnkles #BigBelly #PregoProblems#AcidReflux #SpriteBurp #FootMassageThx baby! ” she captioned the photo of Kobe rivaling Jay-Z for the best celeb hubby.

She also shared photos from the concert.

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The former high school sweethearts are parents to 10-year old daughter Gianna and 13-year old daughter Natalia. Baby #3 is certainly a blessing because Vanessa suffered a miscarriage loss in between giving birth to her two daughters when she had an ecoptic pregnancy in 2005.

 

Vanessa Bryant Bumps it Up in Crimson at The 2016 Espys

 

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Vanessa Bryant bumped it up in crimson at the 2016 ESPN ESPY Awards held Wednesday, July 13 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Accompanying her husband veteran retired NBA player Kobe Bryant, the third-time mom-to-be looked absolutely radiant in a red low cut wrap dress that revealed a tiny bump.  We are loving her blush colored nails and butterfly ring.

It was only this week that the couple announced they were expecting after a pretty long lapse. Their current youngest daughter, Gianna, just turned 10 but is about got be de-throned when daughter number 3 arrives later this year. In red carpet interviews, the couple gushed that they are“very excited” about their third child on the way!

GET THE LOOK!

 

Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa are expecting their 3rd daughter 



Congrats are in order to Vanessa Bryant who is expecting her third daughter with her husband NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Vanessa announced the news on her Instagram account Tuesday night by posting a photo of a onesie with a tiny red bow and miniature red basketball shoes. 



The onesie read, “Baby Mamba”, after dad whose nickname is Mamba.

“Blessed, blessed and excited to share we are expecting our third baby girl!!! #Blessed #BabyMamba #Thankful ❤️??????”

He shared the same image and message on his Instagram page. 

There is a huge gap between this baby and the couple’s older daughters 13-year old Natalia and 10-year old Gianna. Vanessa suffered a loss in between giving birth to her two daughters when she had an ecoptic pregnancy in 2005. 

She started dating Kobe in high school and married him at a young age, 19. He was 23.

The multiple NBA MVP will have a lot of time to spend with this one and won’t be on the road since he retired from the sport this past April after a 20-year run. 

Guess we know what he has been doing with all his new spare time. Ha!