Sean and Aonika Thomas on Naming Lola Jolie

10/10/2008 at 03:00 PM ET
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"We often spoke of what it may be like before Lola Jolie came, but it doesn’t compare," Sean Patrick Thomas tells BabyCouture in their back to school issue. "She gives us a great feeling of purpose and responsibility.” The road to parenthood was a long one for the Save the Last Dance star and his wife, actress Aonika Laurent Thomas, as the couple experienced difficulties in both conceiving and carrying to term. They were considering fertility treatment options last fall when Aonika discovered she was expecting — and the pregnancy was sticking.

Welcoming their much-awaited baby girl last May, Sean and Aonika thought long and hard over the best choice of name for their daughter. "There were two things that I considered when naming Lola," Aonika — who is from a French-Creole background — shares. "I wanted to name her spirit, and I hoped to give her a French or Creole name." While pregnant, the baby was "very active in my belly and loved music. I thought she had spunk," notes Aonika. "I suggested both ‘Lola’ and ‘Jolie’ as potential first names. Sean loved both." When their little girl arrived on the night of the 16th, the name was found to be a perfect match.

"Lola was alert, tiny, and filled with energy immediately. She was a ‘Lola,’ and of course we think she is absolutely beautiful, which is the meaning of the French word, ‘Jolie.’ It was perfect."

Source: BabyCouture

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Am on

She’s a cutie.
Lola Jolie’s a great name.

Susan on

Lovely pictures, beautiful baby, happy family. Lucky man.


What a beautiful baby girl and I love her name…such a sweet little cutie!

mary on

Nothing more sexy than a father holding his child!

blackrose on

shes an angel!!i just adore black babies!! they r the cutest!

annie on

have to disagree with you there blackrose, the race of a baby is not a factor when it comes to cuteness.

speaking as a black girl who used to work in daycare i have seen plenty of cute babies and not all of them were black.

but i digress, i love the name choice. i think we’ll be seeing a lot of jolie’s in the future, it seems to be a popular name these days.

meghan on

What a beautiful family. And you’re right Mary, there is nothing sexier than a father holding his child!

brannon on

gorgeous baby – gorgeous family

Xan on

Beautiful! I hope they enlarge and frame that first one. I’m a daddy’s girl and I cherish photos of my pop and me;)

I agree with you all, good dads are a turn on! Also, nice playthingy. I’ve never seen one made of wood.

Maddie on

Love the 3rd pic of Sean holding Lola, its beautiful. I’m embarrased to admit it brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful little girl, who was so longed for, it makes it all the more special. Congratulations to Sean and Aonika for getting their greatest wish. I love the name, although can’t help but think of the Jolie-Pitts! It’s great to see a unique, but not weird, baby name. Lola is so cute.

amanda on

That first picture – the way Lola is looking at the camera is a wonderful blend of “what is going on” and “I so have my Daddy wrapped around my finger.” Wonderful.

I agree with Mary and all the rest – men get sexier as Daddies. Of course, most of them are taken by then – but still. A father holding his child, oooooh.

Motherless Hula Girl on

He has always been one of my favorite actors. What a gorgeous baby girl and that name is just beautiful too!

kaya on

Hee, her expressions in some of those pictures are priceless, like ‘huuu? what’s going on here?’. cute!

Valerie on

I love that 3rd picture too- of the baby and her Dad. I love her expression- her eyes are open with a very knowing look- almost as if she knows she is in her loving father’s arms and this is such a secure place and right where she should be.

Laura on

What a fox!

Billie007 on

Beautiful baby!

natacha on

beautiful family pics! she’s adorable.

emily on

She looks just like her mom. In French, jolie means pretty and belle means beautiful.

m-dot on

She looks just like mommy, but she couldn’t go wrong. I’m glad their dream of being parents came true. She’s a doll!

Sidebar- a lot of people are going with “Lola” and “Jolie”. I def think Angelina has much to do with the “Jolie” popularity.

Chimene Clarke-Holmes on

Lola, is a Beautiful Miracle Angel”. I thank God for being apart of her life.

Congrats Cousins,

Chimene Clarke-Holmes

FC on

My goodness, how could I have missed this? She’s the sweetest little thing, and her name is just as cute as her!

The first photo is darling. I have a weakness for doting dads and their babies.🙂 *le sigh*

phoebe on

Beautiful name, beautiful family, too cute baby….so much cuteness in those photos I can’t take it lol.

Liz Cheeks on

I was so happy to see little Lola for the first time. She is soooo beautiful, but she had no choice because her mama and daddy are both extremely good looking.
Love you guys, your cousin Liz

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