Thomas Rhett Shared the Meaning Behind His Daughter’s Names and We Love Them Even More Now

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Naming kids is hard. Naming kids that kind of come into your life at the same time is probably even harder. But, according to Thomas Rhett, he and wife Lauren didn’t struggle that much.

When Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren revealed they were adopting a baby girl from Uganda and expecting another little girl in August, they discussed baby names and said they wanted to use family names, but all of their family names were boy names. They ultimately chose two beautiful names, Willa Gray for their baby girl from Uganda, and Ada James, for their little girl who was just born on August 12th. Thomas Rhett explains, “Willa came from my mom’s dad, his name is Willard, which translated means innately brave. And so we felt like Willa was a beautiful girl name and also I think we thought it represented kind of her story, like you have to be strong to survive what she went through. And then Gray is short for Lauren’s brother Grayson and we really love Grayson’s personality and we love him so much. We just thought Willa and Gray really nice together.”


As for their new little girl, Thomas says, “We’re a huge double name family if you haven’t known. Ada James, James comes from my uncle, my dad’s brother his name is James Elias. So James is her middle name and Ada, Lauren said that she had a dream and she kept hearing the name Ada in the dream. And that is why we went with Ada. Pretty random but really cool.”

Besides being a brand new dad for a second time, Thomas is also preparing to release his brand new album, appropriately titled Life Changes, on September 8th, featuring his latest single, “Unforgettable.”