Drew Barrymore Reveals Story Behind Daughter’s Name
Drew Barrymore welcomed her baby last September 26 and named it Olive, what’s more intriguing about it is, the name could have been Peanut or Grapefruit.
Barrymore unveiled the meaning behind her baby name selection on her first talk show appearance since she and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, welcomed their daughter.
“I never would have guessed that would have been the name,” the 37-year-old “Big Miracle” star said on Thursday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “But I was reading a book with my husband. I was three months pregnant and they said your baby is the size of an olive, and that was it. We never looked back.”
After hearing the story behind the name, DeGeneres then gagged that the baby could have been the size of a peanut, grape, or kidney bean, and then perhaps Barrymore could have selected one of those foods as a name.
“It could have been,” Barrymore laughed, but added, “Kidney’s not such a fun name.”
Barrymore explained that she and Kopelman were “shopping a few names, as people who are so blessed to get to do this do, and then once the light was shed, there was just no turning back.”
A symbol of peace and victory is what the name Olive stands for, however, the actress has another meaning of it as well.
In 1999, Barrymore voiced the title character in the animated TV special “Olive, the Other Reindeer,” about a Jack Russell Terrier who saved Christmas. And Barrymore isn’t the only celebrity to name an offspring Olive. In 2007, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher also have given the name to their first born. Moreover, just last Thanksgiving, country singer Jake Owen welcomed his own little Olive.
As for Barrymore’s little one, she’s a dream says the proud mom. “She is a good baby,” she told DeGeneres. “I count my lucky stars every day. She’s really interactive and happy and nice to people. She’s a nice person!”