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Zooey Deschanel Really Out-Zooeyed Herself With Her Baby Daughter’s Name

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"Rock The Kasbah" New York Premiere

Earlier this year Zooey Deschanel gave birth to her first child, a daughter, and married Jacob Pechenik. We've been wondering what they named the baby ever since. Finally, last night at the New York premiere of her new movie Rock the Kasbah, Zooey revealed it. She unfortunately didn't use any of our perfectly good suggestions, but she still kept it quirky. Quirky in a way even I wasn't expecting. I hope you're sitting down.

Zooey named her baby Elsie Otter.

Yes, you read that right. That says Otter. Like the cute animals your friends post pictures of on your Facebook wall sometimes. The name Elsie is quirky enough. It makes me think of an adorable old lady with hard candies in her cardigan, which is perfect. But Otter? Fingers crossed Elsie's schoolmates don't find out about her middle name, or she'll be called “Elsie the Otter” every day. That's fine for a children's book character, but not so much for a human child.

You might be wondering where the inspiration for the name came from. Is it a family name? Did an otter save Zooey's life as a child? Were her ancestors turned into otters by a witch? What could possibly cause her to give her daughter such an unusual middle name? Well, it turns out she has a very Zooey reason for it. Here's what she said on Today this morning:

“We just really liked the name Elsie and then we both love otters, they’re very sweet and they’re also smart. They use tools…they hold hands while they sleep, there’s so many amazing things about otters. They’re wonderful animals.”

They hold hands while they sleep. Have you ever read a more adorkable explanation for a baby name? But really, I have to call BS here. Zooey just wanted to keep up with the weird celebrity baby name trend, because everyone was speculating about which Instagram filter would serve as her inspiration, and she didn't want to disappoint us. Well, she certainly didn't.

(Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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