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Zooey Deschanel Names Female Offspring Exactly What You'd Imagine

Actor/musician Zooey Deschanel gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in July. 

While on the Today Show to promote Rock the Kasbah, her new comedy with Bill Murray, Zooey finally revealed the name she and her producer husband Jacob Pechenik bestowed upon their now three-month-old bb girl:

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Pechenik, Deschanel

Elsie Otter.

Give me a moment while I'm stare out at the pale autumn horizon. 

One more moment.

OK, I'm good. 

Yes, Elsie. Otter. 

As transcribed by the Today Show, Zooey said this in her explanation for the whimsical name.

"We just really liked the name Elsie, and then we both love otters because they're so sweet and also smart,"she said, giggling."They use tools, they keep their favorite tools, they hold hands while they sleep, there are so many wonderful things about otters. They're wonderful animals."

"She said, giggling" is going to stay with me for a long time.

Watch the interview here.

Admittedly, the name is completely adorable, and 100% on point for Ms. Deschanel, privileged gypsy thrift witch of the late aughts and early 2010s. 

But let's take a minute to consider some other names Zooey could've gone with:

Christy Trinket (pronounced Ka-wristy)

Strudel May 

Miniature Pony

The Limited Too



Thomas Jane (actor)

Sunlight shimmering through a cobweb in your nana's attic 

Deus Ex Machina

Fax Machine

The sound of someone walking in Dutch clogs 

Maître d'


Alas, Elsie Otter will have to do. 

Watch the trailer for Rock the Kasbah below, out this Friday (October 23).

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