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Eric Dane: Baby Name Is 'Straight Down the Middle'

02/09/2010 at 04:00 PM ET

Ben Dome/Pacific Coast News

During a recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eric Dane revealed that the baby girl he expects with wife Rebecca Gayheart could arrive earlier than expected. “The upgrade is coming soon,” he said, “[in] two, three weeks maybe.”

The couple have likely settled on a name, but “Rebecca wants to wait to see her before we start calling her it,” the Grey’s Anatomy star explained, because “you want to make sure that the name sticks.”

Although he opted not to share their choice with the public at large, Eric, 37, promised that the “fairly” traditional moniker has been well received by the couple’s family and friends.

When show host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out that they could be muting their response for fear of offending the couple, Eric agreed — to a point.

“You don’t want to say [you don't like it] because you don’t want to be met with an adverse reaction, but I think this one is going to fly.”

When pressed by Jimmy — who jokingly suggested the name Jane Dane — to clarify whether baby girl would have a “normal name” or “one of those crazy celebrity names,” Eric said that neither label will apply.

“We went straight down the middle.”

Baby-on-the-way will be the first for Eric and Rebecca, who celebrated their five-year anniversary in October.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Luna on

I am very glad they aren’t picking something trendy (Jayden, Hayden, Cayden, Aiden, Kaylie, Haylie, etc.) or too out there (Pilot Inspektor, Peanut, Bronx, Ikyhd, etc.). I like not too weird but not too common names. It’s how I came to my kids’ names. :)

Mira on

Same here, Luna. Though definitions of normal vary…

kendrajoi on

I just love this family! I can’t wait to hear a birth announcement.

Court on

i feel like this woman has been pregnant forever!

Chris on

Straight down the middle? Now I’m intrigued! :)

Nicole on

Court, I think it’s because they announced it seemingly as early as possible, perhaps in order to change the tone of stories reported about this pair. Everybody makes mistakes, and they’ve wanted a baby for a while, so I wish them all the best and hope that parenthood is a great experience for them and the baby.

brannon on

Not sure…fear that “straight down the middle” will result in trendy. Not classic, not odd…(She has looked a lot like Ellen Pompeo lately!)

Cyndy on

Im guessing Meghan

HeatherB on

Court, I agree!

Erika on

Maybe a little Erica (Erika) after Eric? lol I haven’t heard of a child with my name in years.

christina on

Definitions of “normal” do vary…I’m hoping they don’t go the overly trendy route!! Go classic!

Molly on

Is Rebecca an elephant? Seems like she’s been pregnant for FOREVER! I can’t wait to hear what her name is.

ashley on

hopefully it will be a really cool name not tooo out there like bronx or pilot or ever. Cant wait to see what baby dane is named i have feeling they will choose the perfect name for her congrats you guys

DD on

Luna – hilarious! I’m with you on the trendy names. You nailed every one! I would also add Brayden, Brinley, and Kylie.

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