Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, have picked out some adorable names for their two daughters — Willa Gray and Ada James. They just roll off the tongue, don’t they?
It turns out those monikers don’t just sound great, they also have deeper meanings related to Thomas and Lauren’s respective families.
Willa Gray was adopted from an orphanage in Uganda, so the couple gave her a name that signifies her journey so far.
Thomas says, “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.”
So this is about 17 hrs post delivery & after I'd slept for the first time in about 58 hours so I'm still a bit zonked in the video, but this is when Willa Gray met Ada for the first time 💗💗I know everyone is wondering about WG & AJ and how they're doing together 😘 honestly it's taken WG a little bit of adjusting and she's been staying with family and friends off & on especially when Thomas Rhett leaves because I think it's impossible for me to recover, take care of our 2 pups and a newborn and a 21 month old all at the same time 😂 soooo Willa Gray hasn't been around a ton the last week but don't worry! There will be LOTS of sister time soon. And she LOVES Ada now. We're just working on being "gentle" right now haha She's home today and so is daddy so all is right in our world at least for a little bit 🙂 p.s. The fact that WG was showing AJ her bug bite meant she wanted to be friends with her right off the bat so we knew that was a good sign 😂 (sorry for the novel)
As for their newest baby, Ada James, Thomas has joked that he named her for Blake Shelton’s hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, but the real reason is a little more mysterious than that.
“We’re a huge double name family if you haven’t known,” Thomas says. “[With] 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.”
Thomas sings all about his newly-expanded family on his upcoming album, “Life Changes,” due out September 8. You can hear his brand-new song from that project, “Grave,” here.