Survivor‘s Yul Kwon Welcomes Daughter Genevie

10/01/2010 at 12:30 PM ET
Courtesy Yul Kwon

He outwitted, outplayed and outlasted everyone to win Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006, then joined the FCC last year as the deputy chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Now Yul Kwon adds another illustrious title to his resume: dad.

Kwon’s wife Sophie, 32, gave birth to their first child, daughter Genevie Kwon, on Friday, Oct. 1 at a Virginia hospital, the Survivor star tells PEOPLE.

Genevie weighed in at 7 lbs., 8 oz., and measured 21½ inches long.

“We’ve already signed her up for golfing lessons to become the next Michelle Wie,” Kwon, 35, joked in an announcement to family and friends.

“Of course, we plan to encourage her to follow her own path so long as it doesn’t involve dating older men or going on reality shows.”

Courtesy Yul Kwon

— Cynthia Wang

FILED UNDER: Babies , Births , News , Reality TV

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Jordan on

I love that name! And she’s a cutie pie.

Miche on

Congrats! What a doll!!
I’ve never heard this name before but it’s beautiful.

C on

Please tell me that name is misspelled, and is meant to be the lovely French name Genevieve…

Jaedyn on

C, I like that it is Genevie and not Genevieve. Genevie is a name I have never heard before, but I love it! Congrats!

CelebBabyLover on

Love the name!

Lorus on

Loved him on Survivor!! Congrats.

Sophia on

Beautiful baby and the name’s okay but it looks unfinished (Genevieve…).

Kerry on

Yul, you are a beautiful example of determination and hard work. You have achieved many things in your life and contine to encourage and enrich many people. Continue on this path. Congrats on your baby.

Michelle on

I had such a crush on him when he was on Survivor. He seemed like such a nice guy, I bet he will be a great dad.

Lacey on

Great! Another beautiful name is butchered. Nonetheless, congratulations!

CelebBabyLover on

Before we automatically assume that her name is a “butchered” version of Genevieve, perhaps Genevie is an Asian version of Genevieve? Maybe Yul wanted to honor his homeland (I don’t know the exact country he’s from, which is why I said Asian). 🙂

Elena on

LOVED him on Survivor!!!! Congratulations! Super cute little china doll 🙂

Sarah M. on

CelebBabyLover – I thought the same thing at first. But whenever I type it into google to find a origin or meaning for ‘Genevie’, it automatically changes it to ‘Genevieve’. I would think it would come up on something is was an alternate spelling. I even looked at ‘Genevieve’ and for alternate spellings of that name, and the only one I found was ‘Jenivieve’.

I kindof like it. I just thing that it will constantly be misspelled as Genevieve.

Niko on

Love Yul! Greatest Survivor player ever, IMO. Congrats on the baby girl!:)

JP on

Who cares what people name their kids? Or spelling variations for that matter.

Sarah M. on

JP – Some people just like names. That’s not a bad thing. It’s similar to liking anything else. And realistically, whether it’s wrong or not, when employers are looking at resume’s and have to spend very long at all trying to figure out how to even pronounce a name (based on unusual spellings of common names or unusual names in and of themselves) they wind up throwing away those applications and moving on to ones with names that they can at least read and are able to pronounce. So maybe when some people say they don’t like a name, or a certain spelling of a name, they are actually thinking about the child and what they will have to go through later in life with the names they are given. (Not to mention maybe the people commenting are people who have unusual names or unusual spellings of common names and have had to go through their whole life having to spell their name for others. Or explain how they got such an unusual name. And while I realize that no matter what the name it will have to be spelled for someone, at some point in a person’s life, it is MUCH more common if it’s not a common name or common spelling.)

Stephanie on

I’m guessing it’s a real name–there’s Sophia and Sophie, a Stefania and Stephanie, probably there’s a Geneva and Genevie. I’m partial to “Genevieve” myself as I have a 5.5 year old named Genevieve Adele. However, I will say that every other person thinks I say “Genevie” anyway when I introduce her (apparently the last syllable gets sucked up into an alternate universe), so I think they just saved themselves some trouble, LOL, and gave their child a pretty name to boot ;).