Meg Ryan Reveals How She Chose Daisy's Name

09/16/2008 at 09:00 AM ET
Bauer Griffin

When it came to choosing a name for her daughter, 3 ½-year-old Daisy True, Meg Ryan took her time — one month, to be exact! In a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the 46-year-old actress shared that Daisy’s name was initially going to be Rae. "In the end, I didn’t like it…I got so nervous about it…it’s a guy’s name, and she had enough to deal with, you know?" Meg explained. Three days before mom and daughter would meet, Meg found herself in China — still without a name — sorting through endless emails and voicemails from friends and family members after putting out the call for help. Some suggestions, Meg reveals, were better than others!

"I had a friend who was in a little bit of a manic phase, a little bi-polar, and I was getting reams and reams of names [from her]. My favorite was Oprah Winfrey Ryan. I knew then that I was in trouble. She was convinced that celebrities should just name their babies after celebrities…But we had to rule it out."

When the duo left China together, Daisy had officially been named Charlotte — but the name didn’t fit; about a month after their return, Meg made the switch. "It took me a while to get to know her," Meg explained. "[Daisy]’s a really ridiculously happy person, and it was the happiest name I could think of."

Click ‘more’ to read about Daisy’s personality, and how she gets along with her big brother. 

Like many toddlers Daisy is "very much running the show," Meg said. During one recent outing, mother and daughter were navigating their way through a parking lot when Daisy decided that Meg had made one too many turns with the stroller, prompting Daisy to yell "Oh no! We are lost!" Her daughter is also "very susceptible to advertising," Meg shared.

"It’s stuff like kitchen appliances. She will say, ‘Oh we need that!’ Or, ‘There’s a third off that muffler!’ She’s all into Meineke and Jiffy Lube. She’s a mysterious person."

The dynamic between Daisy and Meg’s son Jack Henry, 16, is equally humorous. Although the two "get along really well" and are "hilarious together," Jack "for some reason is threatened by [Daisy] telling him what to do," Meg said.

"We will be driving around, looking at Christmas lights, and I’ll say ‘Oh, look at the lights outside!’ And before anything, she’ll say "Look at the lights, Jack!" And he’s all, like, ‘Mom, she’s telling me what to do again.’"

Jack is Meg’s son with ex-husband Dennis Quaid. Her new film, The Women, is in theaters now.

Source: The Late Show with David Letterman

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Kayla on

She looks great..Another Celeb mother that doesn’t age..

Tara on

the comment about the christmas lights is just precious. I totally understand what it’s like to have a name picked out and then once you meet the baby it totally doesn’t fit so you have to change it.

kmb on

Such cute stories, and I love the name Daisy.
In Meg Ryan’s film “You’ve Got Mail,” her character’s favorite flower is the daisy, and she refers to it as being the “friendliest flower.”

stephanie on

kmb- That was my first thought too! It’s one of my favourite movies🙂 Daisy is also a nickname for Margaret (as is Meg), funnily enough: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_(given_name)

Elyse on

I love flower names for girls. Daisy, Lily, Poppy. They just all seem so fresh and sweet. Daisy sounds an looks like a little cutie!

Surprised on

I watched the interview and thought she was rude when she was describing her Chinese cab driver. It’s wonderful that he knew any English.

I was disappointed because I love that she is highlighting the incredible blessing of adoption. I just wish she hadn’t talked badly about her daughter’s birth country.

Angel on

LOL. She sounds like a little ham. I can just imagine her teenage son sitting in the car complaining about his little sister telling him what to do. How cute is that!!

a on

loved that interview

Mirabai on

I think it’s great that she went with her instinct and changed the baby’s name to something that suited her baby. In my country, it is usual to wait about a month (and sometimes more) before naming a child. Although not the intention of this practice, it does have the added benefit of giving parent/s the opportunity to discovery a personality and find a name that matches.

Becky's Daughter on

Refreshing to see that other parents have to meet their children before naming them. I, too, was not able to finalize on names until I finally saw my babies.

Stephany on

Daisy sounds like such a character! She must be a fun little person to have around!!!

Kiel Watson on

Hey has anyone heard anything about the film “The Deal” coming out on DVD?

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